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Posted on Wed, May 16, 2012 : 9:07 p.m.

Jim Richardson retiring after 27 years as Michigan women's swimming coach

By Staff

Michigan women's swimming coach Jim Richardson will retire from the program on June 30 after 27 seasons with the Wolverines, the school announced Wednesday.

"It has been a privilege and honor to serve as the women's swimming coach at the University of Michigan," Richardson said in a statement. "Michigan is truly one of the great institutions in the world and to be a part of the development of young women has been my sole purpose."

Richardson's teams were 175-77 (.694) in his career. They won 14 Big Ten championships, including 12 straight between 1987-98, and finished in the top 10 nationally 14 times. His swimmers won 168 individual conference titles and five individual national titles.


Jim Richardson

The Wolverines' best season under Richardson was a second-place finish at the NCAA Championships in 1995, earning him one of his two NCAA Coach of the Year awards.

"We are grateful for the passion, enthusiasm and dedication that Jim has provided to our women's swimming program over the past 27 years," said Michigan athletic director Dave Brandon. "Jim worked hard to mold our young women into some of the finest swimmers in the conference and in the nation. He placed an even higher emphasis on academics and made sure that his swimmers were prepared for the life that followed after competition."

Under Richardson, Michigan has earned College Swimming Coaches Association of America national all-academic recognition every season since it started being awarded in 1992. Sixty-two swimmers were named CSCAA All-Academic or honorable mention and 141 earned Academic All-Big Ten honors.