Brad Shively enters his 17th season as the head swimming & diving coach at Washington University in St. Louis in 2016-17, and his 20th year with the WashU swimming & diving program. With Shively at the helm, the WashU programs have established themselves as two of the best in the nation.
In his 15 years as the head coach, Shively has coached 78 Bears to 489 All-America finishes, including a record 53 in 2006. He has had at least one men's and one women's All-American in each of his 15 seasons at WashU. Four men (Kevin Leckey, Michael Slavik, Eric Triebe, Zane Turpin) and five women (Kelly Kono, Jessie Lodewyk, Meredith Nordbrock, Jenny Scott, Sara Taege) have earned All-America honors all four seasons of their careers under Shively's guidance. In addition, all but three of WashU's swimming & diving school records have been set during Shively's tenure on the Danforth Campus.
This past season, the Bears had one of their best years in school history under Shively's guidance. The WashU men finished sixth and the women's team was eighth at the 2015 NCAA Championships. It was just the fourth season in school history that both teams have placed in the top-10. Seven men and seven women combined for 47 All-America citations. Highlighting the performances was junior Reed Dalton, who broke the NCAA Division III record (46.97) on his way to winning the men's 100 butterfly National Championship. After the season, Dalton and junior Kristalyn McAfee were each named to the Academic All-America At-Large Third Team. The Bears also had 18 individuals earn 2015 CSCAA Scholar All-America honors.
WashU had 18 individuals qualify for the 2014 NCAA Division III Swimming & Diving Championships. Freshman Michael Lagieski set the NCAA Division III record in the men's 100 breaststroke (54.10) on his way to becoming the fifth individual national champion in Washu history. Overall, the Bears had 16 individuals combine to bring home 44 All-America honors as the WashU women placed eighth overall, and the men finished 13th. WashU also excelled academically during the season, with both teams earning CSCAA Scholar All-America Team honors, and 12 individuals being recognized as CSCAA Scholar All-Americans.
The 2005-06 season stands as one of the finest during Shively's tenure, as he led the Red and Green to their top finishes in program history. The women placed fifth at NCAAs, while the men took sixth. Seniors Michael Slavik and Eric Triebe won the first (50 free) and second (200 free) individual national titles in WashU swimming & diving history to lead the men. Senior Jenny Scott, a 25-time All-American, paced the women with seven All-America citations of her own.
The 2008-09 season stood out as another remarkable chapter in the history of the WashU swimming program. Alex Beyer captured the third individual national title in school history and the WashU men's team came in seventh overall at the NCAA Championships. The women's team earned a 14th-place finish and the squads combined to account for 35 All-America citations at the NCAA meet.
In 2009-10, the WashU. men's swimming & diving team placed 10th at the NCAA Division III Championships, securing its second straight top-10 finish. Additionally, Beyer repeated as the 400 IM national champion, becoming the first student-athlete in program history to capture two individual national championships. He graduated as the NCAA Division III record holder in the 400 IM (3:45.51).
Shively guided the WashU men's swimming & diving team to a 16th-place finish at the 2011 NCAA Division III Championships, while the women's squad placed 24th. Eight student-athletes combined to garner 18 All-America accolades in 2010-11. During the 2011-12 season, three individuals earned four All-America finishes. In 2012-13, Shively led 11 Bears to 24 All-America finishes at the NCAA Championships. The WashU women finished 12th as a team, while the men placed 21st in the team standings.
It was in 2002-03, that the impact of Shively began to take shape, as the Bears completed what was at the time their best season in school history. The men's and women's teams placed 10th at the NCAA Championships, both of which were their highest in school history. Both squads also posted their best conference finishes, placing second at the UAA Championships. For its efforts, WashU garnered six of the eight UAA postseason awards - including Shively's Coaching Staff of the Year awards for both men and women.
Shively continued that trend in 2003-04. The women's squad again placed second at the conference meet, while the men took third. At the NCAA Championships, the men placed 10th and the women took 12th. The 2004-05 season marked another banner year. The women's team placed seventh at the NCAA Championships, while Washington U.'s men placed eighth.
Shively's impact extends far beyond the pool as both the WashU men's and women's swimming teams routinely receive national recognition for their success in the classroom. The WashU men posted the highest GPA in the nation among all three NCAA Divisions in the fall of 2008, with the women's team boasting the top team GPA in Division III in the fall of 2010. Both squads received the College Swim Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) Team Scholar All-America honors in 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015.
Shively came to WashU from Kalamazoo College (Mich.), where he served as the assistant men's and women's swimming & diving coach from 1991-97. At Kalamazoo, Shively helped coach the Hornets' men's team to four top-10 finishes at the NCAA Division III National Championships. He also helped produce 34 All-Americans and 12 Academic All-Americans.
A 1989 graduate of Kalamazoo, Shively was a two-time All-Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) swimmer for the Hornets and a team captain his senior season. Shively is also a head counselor with several nationally prominent swimming camps that have produced numerous Olympians. He has worked at the 1998 Stanford University and the 1999-2012 University of Michigan swimming camps.