Stacy Busack will be entering her first season as an associate head coach with the Minnesota men’s and women’s swimming and diving program in 2021-22. She was named to the role of associate head coach in June 2021, but had previously spent four seasons as a volunteer assistant coach for the Gophers from 2010-13.
A native of Fergus Falls, Minn., Busack rejoined the Gophers after spending five seasons in a coaching position at Oakland University. She originally joined the Golden Grizzlies in July 2016 as an assistant coach, and was promoted to associate head coach in July 2019.
In her time at Oakland, Busack was no stranger to winning, as she helped coach both the men’s and women’s swimming programs to five straight Horizon League conference titles. Among the many student-athletes she’s helped coach at the highest level, the most recent and one of the strongest was 2021 All-American Susan LaGrand, who was the lone Grizzly to compete at the 2021 national championships. LaGrand was Oakland’s first All-American since 2016 and the first woman All-American since 2004.
Before joining the Grizzlies, Busack spent four seasons as an assistant coach at the University of Pittsburgh (2013-16). During her tenure at Pitt, Busack helped coach 25 separate women to set school records. Her coaching work prior to Pitt had all come with the Gophers.
Prior to her time coaching, Busack was a force in the water for the Maroon and Gold from 2005-09. In that time, she managed to accomplish a remarkable amount, including earning 13 All-American nods and four individual Big Ten titles, helping her team secure the 2008 Big Ten Conference Championship title, qualifying in two events for the 2008 Olympic Trials, setting 14 separate Minnesota school records (five of which still stand as of June 2021) and securing her spot in the 2015 class of the Minnesota Aquatic Center Hall of Fame.
Busack’s prowess in the pool came entirely in the sprint freestyle category, as all 13 All-American honors came from either individual or relay-leg sprint free performances. Her five standing Gopher records (as of June 2021) all came in the same fashion. Busack’s current Minnesota team SCY record in the 100 freestyle (48.08) stood as the Big Ten Conference record from when she set it at the 2009 Big Ten Championships until it was eventually bested in 2014.
In the classroom, Busack excelled during her time as a student-athlete as well, as she managed to rack up three Big-Ten All-Academic honors and an Academic All-American honor over her career.