Michael Wong Named Assistant Swimming Coach
Stockton, Calif. - Michael Wong has been named the assistant coach of the Pacific Swimming program, head coach Peter Richardson announced Wednesday, May 30.
Wong's primary focus will be with the Tigers' sprint groups in addition to serving as the team's recruiting coordinator.
"Coach Wong brings a very technical focus to our workouts after a year at USC working under technique guru and Olympic coach Dave Salo," Richardson said. "His ambition and enthusiasm for Pacific Swimming are his best qualities. He will constantly push our swimmers to be the best they can, and he will never settle for 'good enough'."
Wong comes to Stockton after serving as an assistant coach at USC for the 2011-12 season. He helped guide the Trojans' women's team to a third place finish while the men placed seventh at the 2012 NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships. The two squads combined for four individual national titles and three second place finishes. He also worked with the Trojan Swim Club, assisting the staff with all aspects of on-deck coaching while directing the annual Los Angeles Invitational swim meet.
He spent the 2010-11 season as the interim head coach of Pomona-Pitzer after acting as the program's assistant coach the year prior. Under his tutelage, the team set five new school records while one swimmer earned All-America honors. Wong also coordinated the program's recruiting efforts.
Wong began coaching as an assistant at Pasadena City College for the 2008-09 season before taking over the Claremont High School swimming program in 2010. He led the school's boys' team to the league championship while the girls' team placed 11th at the CIF Swimming Championships.
He graduated with his bachelors degree in American Studies from Occidental in 2009. He earned four letters for the Tigers in the pool and was the team's captain as a senior. Wong earned his masters degree in physical education from Azusa Pacific in January 2012.
Wong joins first-year head coach and Pacific alum Peter Richardson as the Tigers look forward to the 2012-13 season. The men's team returns 19 letter winners while the women's squad welcomes back 18 swimmers.