Former All-American swimmer Bill Weaver is in his fourth season as an assistant coach for the Boilermaker men's swimming team.
Purdue has steadily progressed under Weaver's watch over his first three years on the job. The Boilermakers reached new heights last season with a 16th-place finish at the NCAA Championships, qualifying five individuals who comprised three relays (200 freestyle, 200 and 400 medley). The 200 medley of Joe Colley, Chris Etherington, Giordan Pogioli and Trey Smith was the program's first relay since 1998 to earn honorable mention All-America citations. Additionally, junior Romain Maire qualified for his thrid NCAA meet in as many years and finished 18th in the 200 backstroke.
At Big Tens, Weaver and head coach Dan Ross guided nine different individuals into the top 16 of eight separate events. Etherington, a newcomer who received Big Ten Swimmer of the Week accolades following his first meet, scored in three races at the conference meet while Pogioli and Colley scored in two. Just as impressive was the performance of walk-on Luke Zehrung, who clinched the 16th and final scoring position of the 100 butterfly.
In three full seasons at Purdue, Weaver has coached a pair of a Big Ten Champions and taken six individuals to the NCAA Championships. Seven of his Boilermakers also have succeeded in long-course meters in qualifying for the U.S. National Championships.
The varsity record and top-five performance lists have changed dramatically since Weaver's arrival. Louis Paul set four new varsity marks in his final season of 2004-05 in the 100 and 200 free, 200 back and 200 IM). Pogioli graduated last season as the program's top swimmer in the 100 and 200 breaststroke, and at last year's Big Tens, Etherington and Jon Ranochak posted the team's two fastest times in 100 fly. Etherington and Pogioli also were part of the 400 medley relay at Big Tens (alongside Joe Colley and Trey Smith) that set a new varsity record of 3:13.54.
Weaver received one All-America honor and seven honorable mention All-America citations during his days competing for Ohio State, where he also won three Big Ten Conference championship titles. After qualifying for the U.S. National Team, Weaver claimed silver medals at the 1995 U.S. National Swimming Championships, U.S. Open and World University Games. In 1996, Weaver was a finalist at the U.S. Swimming Olympic Trials.
Prior to joining Ross' staff, Weaver spent three productive seasons as an assistant swimming coach for the University of Pittsburgh. During his tenure with the Panthers, the men's team collected three consecutive Big East championships.
Weaver arrived at Pittsburgh from San Diego, Calif., where he spent a year coaching the North Coast Aquatics club team. Prior to his stint with North Coast Aquatics, Weaver served as head coach for the St. Charles Swim Team in Illinois. In his coaching career, Weaver has assisted in the development and training of every level of swimmer, from the beginner to the Olympic Trials finalist.
A 1995 graduate of Ohio State, Weaver and his wife, Deborah, are parents of sons, Lain (6) and Kal (1).