Brad Schumacher

Brad Schumacher

Brad Schumacher
Personal information
Full name Bradley Darrell Schumacher
Nickname(s) "Brad"
National team  United States
Born (1974-03-06) March 6, 1974
Bowie, Maryland
Height 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Weight 198 lb (90 kg)
Sport Swimming
Strokes Freestyle, water polo
Club Tiger Aquatics
College team University of the Pacific

Bradley Darrell Schumacher (born March 6, 1974) is an American former competition swimmer, water polo player, and Olympic gold medalist. Schumacher is a two-time, two-sport Olympian. He was a member of the winning relay teams at the 1996 Summer Olympics. Four years later, he was a member of the U.S. men's water polo team at the 2000 Summer Olympics.

Schumacher's two gold medals came as a member of the U.S. men's swimming relay teams at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta, Georgia: in the men's 4×100-meter freestyle relay and in the men's 4×200m-meter freestyle relay. Although Schumacher qualified for both swimming and water polo for the 2000 Olympic Games, he chose to compete only in water polo. At the 2000 Olympics in Sydney, Australia, he helped the U.S. men's water polo team to a sixth place finish.

Schumacher was the first American world champion in swimming and water polo since the 1904 Olympic Games. In 1997, he earned a gold medal at the Pan-Pacific Games and his first national championship at the U.S. Spring Nationals. In water polo, he has represented the U.S. at the FINA World Championships, FINA World Cup, World University Games and the Goodwill Games.

In 1998, Schumacher competed in World Championships in both sports and joined an elite group of aquatics stars that competed in both sports on the world-class level: Duke Khanamoku, Johnny Weissmuller, Bob Hughes, and Matt Biondi.[1]

He was a swimming and water polo All-American in college for coach John Tanner at the University of the Pacific, in Stockton, California, where he completed bachelor's and master's degrees in business administration.[2]

Schumacher is the co-founder of Kap7, Inc., a commercial pool equipment and supply company, and he spends his time as the head coach of SET water polo club, a Southern California-based team that continues to rank among the top water polo clubs in the country. His 18-and-under girls club team won the gold medal at the 2009 S&R Sport National Junior Olympics.

See also


  1. ^ "Bradley Schumacher Biography, SET Water Polo Club". SET Water Polo Club. Retrieved August 1, 2012. 
  2. ^ Gilbert, Lori (July 29, 2012). "10 Questions with Brad". Retrieved August 1, 2012. 

External links

  • Brad Schumacher – Maryland Swimming Hall of Fame profile