April 10, 2014
WEST POINT, N.Y. -
Eric Bugby rejoins the Army swimming and diving staff following a one-year stint as the head swimming coach and aquatics director at Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago. He previously spent three years along the banks of the Hudson from 2010-2013, serving as the Black Knights' assistant coach and recruiting coordinator.
"The Army Swimming and Diving program is delighted to welcome Coach Bugby back to West Point," said Army head coach Mickey Wender. "Eric has been a trusted and valued member of our family since 2010 and has made a multitude of invaluable contributions to the development of our team. We are all excited to have him back and he has picked up right where he left off a year ago.
"His experience as a head coach has given him a unique perspective on what it takes to move a program to the next level." Wender added. "Eric will continue to work primarily with our sprinters, while serving as co-recruiting coordinator, and assuming a wide-variety of additional responsibilities."
During his one season guiding Illinois Institute of Technology, the women's team doubled in size due to increased recruiting efforts. Bugby placed four student-athletes on the Liberal Arts Championship All-Conference Team, coached five swimmers to LAC Swimmer of the Week awards and led the women's program to its first dual-meet victory in two years. He also coordinated all of the program's social media, alumni outreach and fund raising efforts.
At Army in 2012-13, Bugby helped the Black Knights shatter the Academy record in the 400-yard freestyle relay. He also mentored former Army sprinter Alyssa Tran break the school standard in the 50 free. Dan Foky, one of Bugby's top sprinters on the men's side took gold in both the 50 free and 100 free versus Navy in 2011.
Bugby arrived at West Point after serving a one-year stint as an assistant coach with the Emmaus Aquatic Club in Emmaus, Pa. Within the last 18 months, he has also coached for Middle Atlantic Swimming, Lehigh Valley Aquatics and Freedom High School.
While at Freedom High, he developed several All-Americans, saw three school records fall and guided the team to its first points at the PIAA state meet in 15 years.
Bugby served as a graduate assistant coach at Arizona State University in Tempe, Ariz., from 2007-09 while earning his master's degree in Higher and Postsecondary Education. While at ASU, Bugby assisted in practice planning and the sprint and stroke power circuits.
Bugby swam collegiately at Duquesne University and the University of Pittsburgh in Pittsburgh, Pa., from 2002-07 while pursuing his bachelor's degree in Liberal Arts and Humanities. In the pool, Bugby held down a world ranking in the 100 LCM backstroke (2003), while also qualifying for the 2004 Olympic trials in that event.
In 2007, Bugby was the Atlantic 10 champion in the 100 SCY butterfly. Later that year, he was ranked first in the 100 SCM freestyle by the U.S. Masters Swimming organization.