NCAA Swimming: Who is Herbie Behm? A Closer Look at Bob Bowman’s Successor at Arizona State Sun Devils

Published 04/02/2024, 5:33 PM EDT

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Within 48 hours after Arizona State’s impressive historic feat at the 2024 NCAA Championships, Head Coach Bob Bowman moved forward with a new challenge. In a twist and turn of events, he decided to take over the position of head coach at the University of Texas over Eddie Reese, who is yet to retire from the post after the US Olympic trials. 

Following this shocking news about Bowman’s departure, the next biggest question in line was who would take over the vacant position of national champion Sun Devils. Interestingly, we don’t have to wait any longer for the answer to this question as the associate head coach of the team, Herbie Behm, has been found apt for fulfilling the purpose. 

Introducing the new head coach for ASU: Herbie Behm


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To reveal this news among the spectators, the Arizona State University’s swimming team took it to their official Instagram account and penned, “New leader in Tempe #SunDevil4Life Herbie Behm is the new head coach of Sun Devil Swim! ” Joining ASU as an assistant coach in 2018, Herbie has always been known for offering valuable guidance to the students.

Eventually, his unwavering determination enabled him to reach his recent position in just four years. “Herbie is the brightest young coach in America, and becoming the Head Coach at ASU is a perfect opportunity for himHe was my trusted partner in building our championship program,” said Bob Bowman.


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“And he will lead the Sun Devils to many more milestones in the future. I couldn’t be happier for Herbie or for ASU!“, he added. As Herbie steps into the new role with the Arizona State Sun Devils Swimming Program, he brings a vision shaped by his years of experience. However, this is not as easy as it may seem to be. 

Will Herbie be able to prove himself?

The challenges awaiting Herbie can be estimated by the Arizona State Swimming team’s recent triumphant victory at the NCAA Swimming Championships last Saturday. The team led by the French phenom Leon Marchand, not only showcased skills in pool but also accomplished an impressive feat by holding the trophy as NCAA champions. Not only this but, the team recently became a combined program at the beginning of this season.


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Navigating the transition from an assistant coach to head coach has its own set of challenges for Behm. While he has been pivotal in ASU’s achievements recently, stepping into the leadership role at the top required a broader scope of responsibilities. Now the question is, will he be able to keep up with the heavy weight of expectations for a higher rankings team like ASU?

 Also Read: USA Swimming Avails Final Chance to Witness Katie Ledecky on Home Turf Ahead of Paris Olympics


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Yashika Dutta


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Sampurna Pal