TCU swimmer representing home nation of Panama in London
Bill Koppelman joined the TCU staff in the fall of 2006 after spending the previous year as head coach of Cyprus High School in Magna, Utah, as well as serving as head coach of the Pirate Swim Club, a USA Swimming Club team.
Koppelman, who has been involved with coaching swimming since before he graduated college, has seen numerous school records fall during his tenure as a TCU assistant and has seen Edgar Crespo claim the 2010 Mountain West Conference title in the 100-breaststroke and Sabine Rasch win the 100-freestyle conference crown in 2011.
Though he works predominately with the men's program, Koppelman also tutors TCU's breaststroke and and butterfly swimmers and has seen all of those women's school records broke under his guidance along with 14 of 19 men's swimming records.
Along the way as a coach, Koppelman has worked with numerous top-level swimmers who have landed spots in the Olympics, NCAA Championships and World Championships. While at TCU, the Horned Frogs have skyrocketed in the national rankings and have seen their recruiting classes consistently gain recognition from around the country.
Koppelman was an integral part of TCU's climb to the top of the Mountain West Conference in 2009-10 when the men's team stormed through its schedule to an 8-0 overall record and 5-0 record in the league. It was the first MWC team crown for TCU.
Prior to his stint at Cyprus High School, Koppelman worked as a graduate assistant with the University of Utah swim team, and was a volunteer assistant coach at the University of Wyoming as an undergraduate.
In his coaching career, Koppelman has worked alongside multiple award-winning coaches. With coach Richard Sybesma at TCU, Koppelman has learned the ins and outs of recruiting, planning and team management that come from working with a coach with 32 years of head-coaching experience. While at Wyoming, Koppelman worked with coach Tom Johnson and helped coach U.S. Olympian Scott Usher. Koppelman credits Mike Litzinger at Utah with showing him stroke techniques for swimmer development.
Under Koppelman's tutelage, the Cyprus High School swimming program showed improvement, as the women placed fifth in the state and the men finished seventh. His club team also improved significantly, as the size of the team doubled and the number of state qualifiers tripled in Koppelman's one year.
During his time at Utah, Koppelman worked with 11 U.S. National swimmers, one Canadian National finalist, 17 All-Mountain West Conference swimmers and two NCAA qualifiers.
Koppelman earned a B.S. in mathematics at the University of Wyoming, and a master of mathematics at the University of Utah. Koppelman lives in Fort Worth with his wife, RheaAnn, and their daughter, Adelyn. The couple is expecting a boy in September.
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