Anthony Boettcher enters his third season as Air Force men's swimming assistant coach. Boettcher is a lifelong resident of Colorado and brings nearly 30 years of experience as a club coach in the state.
Boettcher comes to the Academy most recently from Falfins Swimming, a USA Swimming club team in the Colorado Springs area, and has coached seasonally in the Denver area as the head coach for the Wheat Ridge Piranhas (1982-1990), and as a year round USA Swimming Coach in the town of Evergreen.
"I grew up here in Colorado and have always been a fan of the Air Force Academy, as a sports fan growing up, and for their mission of developing the best young men and women in the country to serve their country," Boettcher said. "I competed against Academy athletes as a swimmer in college and had a tremendous amount of respect for their work ethic and sacrifices to be a Division I athlete while undertaking the rigors of the Academy regimen. I have had athletes go on to swim at the Academy and become officers in the Air Force and I know what sacrifices they made and how rewarding those sacrifices were for them. To be in the position to assist these athletes and the Academy in their mission is an honor and dream come true for me".
As the head coach for the Evergreen swim team from 1990- 2005, Boettcher built what has become known as a small town powerhouse, posting consistent top 10 finishes at the Colorado State Junior Olympics. His athletes there won over sixty individual state titles, five relay titles, and set numerous state records. Athletes from the Evergreen Swim Team have competed at Zones, Sectionals, Junior and Senior Nationals, and Olympic Trials, with 20-plus athletes going on to compete at NCAA Division I schools, and one representing the USA at the World University Games in 2000.
While at Evergreen, Boettcher also coached the boy's and girl's high school teams at Evergreen High School. He began concentrating only on the boy's team in 1995, and had unprecedented success there until leaving in 2005. His boys won 58 straight dual meets from 1995 through 2003, winning 9-of-11 Jefferson County titles in the process, and finished in the top three at the Boys 4A state meet numerous times. Many athletes achieved all-conference, all-state and All-American status. He retired as the winningest coach in the history of Jefferson County men's swimming.
During his time at Evergreen, Boettcher was named the Colorado Swimming Age Group Coach of the Year in 1998, 2003 and 2005 for his work at the club level, and was the Colorado High School Coach of the Year in 2000 and 2002 as well. In 2003, the American Swim Coaches Association bestowed it's Colorado Swim Coach of the Year on him. In addition, Boettcher won the Jefferson County High School Swim Coach of the Year 10 times, and the Jeffco League honored him with their 2001 Boy's Coach of the Year Award for all sports.
Moving on to a new challenge in 2005, as the age group coach at Falfins Swimming in Colorado Springs, he continued to produce state champions and state record holders, and helped that club grow from 130 swimmers to over 200. Boettcher took the reins as the head coach in April, 2007 and has remained there until his recent move to the Academy.
"Falfins was a great place to learn a lot about the administrative side of swimming, how to run meets, and how to grow a program," Boettcher said. "We had many issues there related to pool use and coaching staff that I had not experienced in Evergreen, and I learned many things. In terms of professional growth in every coaching facet, Falfins taught me to be a more complete coach. The coaches, swimmers, parents and friends I had there will always be very important to me, but the opportunity to coach and teach here at the Academy was once in a lifetime for me."
Boettcher has also invested 17 years as a volunteer for Colorado Swimming, Inc., and USA Swimming. Among his duties were stints as the Age Group Chair and Coaches Representative. He has attended the Western Zone Meet an unprecedented 13 times as a coach on the Colorado Staff, serving as head coach six of those times. He also served as Head Coach of the Colorado Swimming All Star team six times. In 1998 and again in 2003, USA Swimming gave Boettcher it's Phillips 66 Outstanding Service Award for his role as a volunteer.
Boettcher will also serve as a P.E. instructor at the Academy in addition to his coaching duties. His primary role in that capacity will be to teach swimming classes to cadets. Boettcher says, "To be honest, I am just as excited about the opportunity to teach swimming classes as I am about the coaching. I have spent my entire career, dating back to the early 80's, teaching people of all levels from three-year olds to adults how to swim, and how to swim better. It was always a part of my job that kept me fresh and gave me lots of energy, so I welcome that role here as well."