Jon Urbanchek

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Jon Urbanchek, Olympic Coach
Jon Urbanchek is an American swimming coach, best known for his ability to develop Olympians and great swimmers. He was the 1982 – 2004 Swimming & Diving Head Coach for the University of Michigan from 1982-2004 and has served as a coach on multiple USA Swimming National Teams over the decades from the 1970s to the present. He has also coached numerous world-class open water swimmers including Chip Peterson, Emily Brunemann, Kalyn Keller, Klete Keller.

He was born in Hungary and swam for the University of Michigan from 1958-1962.

[edit] Coaching Career

Urbanchek's first job was as a health teacher and very successful swimming and water polo coach at Anaheim High School. He coached highly successful teams in both water polo and swimming. In 1978, Urbanchek became the head coach at Long Beach State for five years. He not only coached highly successful pool swimmers, but also open water swimmers and water polo players. Beginning in 1982, he was responsible for the renaissance of the University of Michigan men's swimming program. After retiring from the University, Urbanchek continued to coach the club team, Club Wolverine. Urbanchek currently resides in Fullerton, California where he coaches several world-class swimmers in preparation for the 2012 London Olympics.

Urbanchek was inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame (ISHOF) in 2008 and the Michigan Sports Hall of Fame in 2009.

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