Under the tutelage of head coach Ray Bosse, the Army men's and women's swimming teams remain highly regarded as one of the top programs in the East.
The Army men's squad has won eight of the nine Patriot League titles, including a crown in 1999-2000. The Cadets have now had the last four Patriot League "Swimmer of the Meet" recipients, including three-time honoree Joe Novak, who graduated in 1999 as one of the most decorated swimmers in Academy history, and this year's winner freshman Dan Downs. The Army women had a fine season as well, placin1g third in the Patriot League and sixth at the ECAC Championships. Bosse also helped groom several terrific newcomers on the women's side, including freshman Stacey Kalota, who rewrote the Army record book in the backstroke events.
Bosse's swimming roots can be traced to Cincinnati, Ohio, where he swam for St. Xavier H.S. and the Pepsi Marlins. During his senior year in 1973, St. Xavier earned a national high school championship. Bosse went on to earn a bachelor of science degree in engineering from West Point in 1977. A four-year letterman in swimming, he helped the Cadets to a fourth-place finish at the Eastern Seaboard meet and first-place honors at the Metropolitan AAU Championship as a senior co-captain.
Bosse was a two-time NCAA Division I qualifier and an Eastern Seaboard finalist in the 200 and 400 individual medleys. As a freshman, he set plebe marks in the 200 IM and 500 freestyle, and as an upperclassman, he helped establish Academy records (which have since been broken) as a member of several relay teams.
Commissioned in the Field Artillery Branch, Bosse served military tours in Europe and Alabama. While overseas, he competed in the German Swimming Federation while breaking into the coaching ranks at Ft. Rucker, Ala., where two of his swimmers qualified and placed at the Junior National Championships. He also coached a local high school team in the area, and four of his prep swimmers went on to become state champions, including one high school All-American.
After completing his five-year service obligation and earning the rank of captain, Bosse returned to West Point in 1982 to rejoin his former mentor, Jack Ryan, as an assistant swimming coach. When the legendary Ryan retired in 1988, Bosse was named his successor, becoming just the seventh head swimming coach in Academy annals.
Bosse's men's teams have racked up an impressive .545 winning percentage (84-70) during his tenure, while the Cadet women have won 50 percent of their dual meets (69-69) in that time. He is the winningest women's swimming coach in Academy history and has been singled out by his peers for coaching awards six times, including Patriot League "Men's Coach of the Year" this season. In addition to his coaching duties, Bosse is an instructor in USMA's Department of Physical Education, he serves on the College Swimming Coaches Association Division I national ranking committee, and he is the secretary of the Eastern Intercollegiate Swimming League. This past summer Bosse served as head coach for the USA team at the World Military Games in Zagreb, Croatia.
Bosse is married to the former Sherri Hayward, a former All-America swimmer at Nebraska who served on Army's staff from 1985-94. The Bosses live at West Point with their six-year old son Timothy and three-year old son Matthew.