S: University of Arizona Swimming
FC: Arizona Women's Swimming Frank Busch
1: Dianna Groff Metzger 1995-1998 Frank, Thank you for always encouraging me to reach higher and never stop smiling! Bear Down, D
2: Karen Hansen Smith 1996-2000 Frank, I still smile when I think of my time swimming at U of A. I remember your jokes, your pep talks, and the way you always believed in me. Not only did you instill the importance of hard work and being part of a team, but you made sure we understood the value of family as well. I know you will be sorely missed at Arizona, but you will be phenomenal in your new position. Congratulations and good luck! Love ~ Karen
3: Lindsey Farella 1997-2002 Frank, The day I met you, I knew you were different. The way you looked at me, the way you saw me and the way you treated me was so much deeper than just "another swimmer". I can never express how much I appreciate your friendship, leadership and mentoring. You are a man exuding no less than complete sincerity, authenticity and genuine kindness. You truly deserve all the success and happiness coming your way. I am one of the blessed individuals to have been on your journey at Arizona and was able to experience your one of a kind character! I love you Frank and wish you all the happiness in the world. ~ Lindsey
4: Rachel Joseph 1998-2000 Frankster, I don’t even know where to begin! I have learned so much from you and want to thank you for guiding me to a path that has given me so much! You are such a great ambassador to the sport of swimming. I have a lot of respect for you and Patty, you are both like family to me! Thank you for everything and most of all for giving me the opportunity to be a part of the U of A swim family. Another positive for your move, Colorado Springs is closer to Portland and with Air Force being one of my schools I should be able to see you more often. :) Much Love, Rachel
5: Jamie Krohn Staley 1998-2002 Hi Frank, Congratulations on your new job! What an honor that must be! We are all so proud of you and I am so lucky to have had you as a coach. Since graduating I moved to the Bay area and started working as a Physician Assistant in Orthopaedics. Josh and I got married in 2006 and have two boys, Josiah (3) and Rylan (1). We are very blessed. Good Luck with everything! If you are ever in the Bay Area please get in touch as I would love to see you! BEAR DOWN! ~ Jamie
6: Sarah Tolar Huckelberry 1998-2002 Dear Frank, I can't imagine what my life would be like without Arizona swimming and I don't know how to thank you for all that you have given me. Thank you for challenging me to achieve what I never imagined I was capable of. Thank you for putting up with me even when I made it difficult. And thank for always making me smile. Arizona will not be the same without you. I wish you all of the happiness in the world. Bear down Arizona! Love, Sarah
7: Jessamyn Miller 1998-2002 Dear Frank, Congratulations on the head national coaching position! No one is more deserving or more worthy. You have always been such a motivational force to those around you and having been one of our swimmers, I can say how very lucky they are to have you. I don’t know if I ever told you but while my initial decision to go to Arizona was a toss up between there and UCLA, you were the determining reason why I became a wildcat. Your ‘can do’ approach, unparalleled leadership and constant guidance were the foundation from which I grew throughout my four years as part of your team as well as well after I graduated and moved on from swimming. Thank you for believing in me so long ago and for how much of yourself you have devoted to your collegiate family. You will truly be missed. As one of your 10 incoming freshmen female swimmers in 1998, I am proud to say that I’ve had the pleasure of being coached by you. Cheers to you, Frank! Always ~ Jessamyn
8: Emily Mastin Holewinski 1998-2002 Coach, It’s hard to believe that it has been nearly 13 years since I forever became a Wildcat. I can vividly remember the day I committed to the Wildcat family. I remember the discussion we had and the feeling I had when I hung up the phone that day. I knew that I had made the right decision; I knew that you had my best interests at heart and that you were inviting me to become part of the family that you had built within the walls of Hillenbrand Aquatic Center. That day, that phone conversation, changed my life forever. You have stood poolside for many years, coaching and cheering your athletes on to accomplish many great athletic feats, many for which you have been recognized and rightfully so, but perhaps it is the accomplishments that your athletes, your students of the sport, your family, have achieved outside the pool that are your greatest accomplishments. Academic All-Americans, Honda Award Winners, Sports Woman of Year, PhD’s, MD’s, Teachers, Coaches, Scientists, Engineers, Mothers, Fathers, and Friends. From the cushions of the couch in your office you changed the lives of many of our athletes, encouraging them to be better people, not just better athletes, students of life, not just student athletes, academics before athletics, family first, honesty, integrity, humility, and hard work. There is a bond you have fostered amongst Wildcat Swimmers and Divers over the years that make your presence in and imprint on the lives of so many stretches far beyond the lane lines and walls, and for all of us I say thank you! As you begin a new chapter of your career it is with great pride that I look back on my years as a Wildcat and know that your new post will shape the lives of many more athletes, guiding them to reach their potential not only in the pool, but in life. Thank you for so many memories, some painful, some glorious, but all unforgettable! Good Luck and BEAR DOWN! "M"
9: Jenny Vanker McCuiston 1998-2002 Dear Frank, Congratulations on your new coaching position! If anyone deserves it, you do! I just want to thank you for all that you did for me during my time at Arizona. I was a long way from home and you always made me feel welcome and comfortable in Arizona. I have such awesome memories of my 4 years at the U of A and the coaching staff had a lot to do with that! I learned so much both in and out of the pool. You always cared about us as people, not just athletes. I really appreciate and respect that about you. As a team we had good days and bad days but one thing remained we were a family and we were in it together. I have carried that lesson (and many others) into both my everyday family life as well my business life. I feel so grateful and blessed to have been part of the U of A swim team and to have been coached by one of the best coaches in history! I wish you the best of luck in your new venture and many thanks for all you taught me about swimming and more importantly life! Swimmingly, Jenny
10: Katie Zimbone Sullivan 1998-2002 Frank, Congratulations on your new role as Director of USA Swimming. I couldn't think of a better man for the job. You've had such a positive impact on my life and served as a great mentor during my years at University of Arizona. Even today, as a wife, daughter, sister, friend and mom to Liam (2 yrs old) and baby boy #2 (due in June 2011), I think often to all of the lessons you taught and advice you gave throughout my four years in 'Zona. Yes, it is true, we were all swimmers, but most importantly you helped guide us in life -- to apply our skills in the water to real life situations. "Bear down" means more than a cheer on the side of the pool. It means to always work hard, support others and stay positive... together with my teammates, we could conquer anything that we put our mind to because of your guidance. Thank you for all you've done for me. You're the best and I wish you continued success and happiness. ~ Katie
11: Caroline Kilian 1998-2002 Dear Frank, Congratulations on the USA National team director position. That is quite an honor and you must be very proud. Thank you for being a part of my life (coaching, saying hi on the pool deck, allowing me to hop in Hilly during medical school, etc.) over the last decade. Tucson will miss you! Best, Caroline Kilian
12: Annie Joseph Morris 1999-2003 Frank, I don’t know how words could ever express what a huge impact you have made on my life in and out of the pool! I will be eternally thankful for the opportunity to have swum for you, learned from you and been part of the Arizona family. Everyday when walked up on deck for practice I knew I didn’t deserve to be there, but that I was blessed to be there because of you. I remember when I was 13 years old when I first met you in my parents living roomAfter that day all I could dream of was one day being able to swim for a coach like you! You made my dreams come true when you allowed me to be on your team and you forever changed my life. You gave me memories that will never fade away, experience that will last a life time and friends that I will grow old with. Thank you for your kindness, thank you for your encouragement, thank you for teaching me commitment, thank you for giving me pride, thank you for giving me opportunities, thank you for giving me confidence, thank you for giving me hope, thank you for giving me guidance, thank you for your time but most of all thank you for being you! Blessings to you and your family always! Colorado is lucky to have you and Patty. Big hugs and lots of love, Annie
13: Julie Manitt Andrew 1999-2003 Frank - I will never forget the day you showed up on my doorstep - it was like a dream come true! Thank you for believing in me enough to be a part of the Wildcat family! You have dedicated your life to coaching and mentoring student athletes - without you, I would not be the person I am today! "Pop" McKale, Lute Olson, Frank Busch. Coach, you are the greatest! Love, Jules
14: Beth Botsford 1999-2003 Dear Frank, Congratulations on such a wonderful honor! I can not think of anyone more deserving of this than you. Your influence on me has exceeded far beyond the walls of the Arizona Swimming and Diving pool as your encouragement, dedication and sincerity inspire me daily. Thank you for granting me the opportunity to have been a part of the amazing culture and community of the U if A. You will forever hold an extremely special place in my heart for allowing me to become who I am today. Love, Beth
15: Jessica Wagner Stolze "Wags" 2000-2004 Frank From the moment I arrived at Arizona you made me feel like I was part of a family, not just a team. That secure sense of family gave me the confidence to grow not only as an athlete but more importantly as a person under your guidance. As I have moved on with my life in other endeavors I realize more every day how much your leadership and integrity has had a positive impact in my life. I will always cherish the memories of my four years with Arizona swimming and consider it an honor to have been a member of your team (family). Thank you. ~Jessica
16: Jessica Hayes 2001-2005 Dear Frank, Thank you for four memorable years as an Arizona Wildcat. You gave me the opportunity to allow myself to not only train and be part of a great team, but learn, grow, laugh and become part of an extended family. Thank you. I have composed a short list of three of my favorite Frank quotes and made my best attempt for how they may be useful to you on your new journey: 1. “You couldn’t pour piss out of a boot if the instructions were on the heel.” (I don't remember the context of this quote, but I will never forget it) Translation: Don't be afraid to ask questions! 2. “Don’t beat the horse it already wants to run.” (This was in reference to the 800 free relay.) Translation: Don’t take it out too hard. Be calm and pace yourself! 3. “Your mother didn’t beat you enough when you were a kid.” (Usually this was reminded to me during a difficult main set.) Translation: Remember where you came from! Good luck and best wishes with your new endeavors! ~ - J Hayes
17: Emily Mason-Milak 2001-2005 Frank, I will never have enough breath or ink to thank you for your influence on my life. You were always so much more than a coach and you wore all the hats well. I will never forget my time spent at Arizona and I dream about having those days back. These experiences shaped my life. I thank you for the opportunity to swim for you and U of A and for rescuing me from myself when I needed it. When I first heard about your promotion I asked my self "what is Arizona Swimming without Frank" and after thinking about it I remembered it was and always will be all of us as a family, as a team. I love you with all my heart and will miss you sorely. USA Swimming is lucky to have you. Congratulations!
18: Brianna Loecher 2001-2005 Dear Frank, I’ll never forget walking up to my first practice and showing up 2 minutes late because J-Hayes and I had no clue how to get up to the pool deck. I had never been told if you are going to be late, don’t bother coming. From that point on I have never been late (well this does not include social events). You showed me what commitment to excellence is. I still stay in touch with several of the swimmers. We joke about “picking up a pair of running shoes” in the off season. Or “your mother didn’t beat your enough when you were a kid”. One of my favorites, “my grandma could swim faster than you”, which at that point was probably true. You stayed by me through the ups and downs of my career, unfortunately I had a few more downs while swimming at Arizona. I still would not trade out any of those experiences because they have shaped me into the person I am today. It is sad for Arizona Athletics to lose you, but a great day for USA Swimming. Best of luck in your new position. Thank you for everything Frank. Always~ Bree
19: Marshi Smith 2002-2006 Dear Frank, Arizona Swimming has been one of the greatest blessings of my life. Of all the lessons I learned in my years there, the greatest of all was leaning to grab my dreams BLAST through them. I will be able to carry that confidence throughout every phase of the rest of my life. I owe much of that ability to you and the support, guidance, and love you and the rest of the coaching staff showed me in my precious years in Tucson. Not only has the team changed my life, but it has now become a tradition in the Smith family...I made sure of it. I prayed Jordan and Andrea could have a taste of the amazing experience I had and they certainly have. You helped to produce not one but TWO NCAA National Champions in this family! But looking back now, you were right. It was never about the trophy, but the journey...and what an incredible, unforgettable journey it has been. The Smith Family loves you. We wish you the best of luck in your next phase of success. Much Love, Marshi
20: Jenna Davis (2002-2006) Frank, Being a part of the U of A Swimming and Diving family is an experience and memory that I will forever cherish. Thank you for being such a great coach and mentor to me. Thank you for challenging me and pushing me to always give my best. It has been such a blessing in my life to have you as a coach and to be a part of such an awesome team. Your passion, love for the sport of swimming, and interest in the well being of all of your athletes is what makes you stand out as a truly amazing coach. Congratulations on your new position! Best wishes to you and your family! Love, Jenna
21: Bear down Arizona, bear down red and blue. Bear down Arizona, swim hard let 'em know who's who! Bear down Arizona, bear down red and blue, GO CATS, WILDCATS, GO, Arizona bear down!