ASU to Get a High-Profile Coach: Michael Phelps

Tempe apparently agrees with him
By Luke Roney,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 28, 2015 7:37 AM CST
ASU to Get a High-Profile Coach: Michael Phelps
Michael Phelps adjusts his goggles during a practice session for the US Winter Nationals swimming event.   (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

With 22 medals and 39 world records under his belt, swimmer Michael Phelps is set to retire (again) after Rio 2016 this summer, the Washington Post reports. So, what's next for the most decorated Olympian of all time? Phelps has signed on to be a Arizona State University volunteer assistant coach in 2016-17, reports the Arizona Republic. "I don't think I'll be able to go far from the sport because it is a part of me," Phelps says.

Phelps, per the Post, moved to Tempe, Ariz., earlier this year, following longtime coach Bob Bowman, who took over as head coach at ASU. "Being able to see a clear blue sky and sun 95% of the time, it's just a good change," says Phelps, who has spent most of his career training indoors. He calls Tempe "one of the best places I've ever lived." In November, about a year after being charged with a DUI, Phelps announced his fiancée is pregnant; a son is due in May. (More Michael Phelps stories.)

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