USA Swimming to announce 2008 coaches Sept. 8

Updated: August 31, 2006, 9:59 PM ET
Associated Press

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- USA Swimming will reveal the men's and women's head coaches for the Beijing Olympics in Washington, D.C., on Sept. 8.

Mark Schubert, who coached the women at the 2004 Athens Games and now oversees the national program, will make the announcement at the National Press Club.

The rest of the coaching staff will be announced after the U.S. Olympic trials, which will be in Omaha, Neb., about a month before the start of Beijing Games. Those decisions will be based largely on who makes the team so the top swimmers will have access to their personal coaches.

At the last Olympics, the top coaches were Schubert and Eddie Reese of Texas, who was in charge of the men's team. But USA Swimming restructured its hierarchy this year by hiring Schubert as national head coach and general manager, a newly created position.

Schubert is assisted by former Olympic relay gold medalist Lindsay Mintenko, who swam for him at Southern California and is now responsible for day-to-day affairs of the organization.

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