Jon Urbanchek is an American swimming coach, best known for his 22-year tenure (1982–2004) as the Men's Swimming & Diving Head Coach for the University of Michigan. He has served as a coach on multiple USA Swimming National Teams, including at least 2 Olympic Teams (2004 & 2008).
He is of Hungarian descent; and he, himself, swam for Michigan from 1958−1962.
After graduating from the University of Michigan, Urbanchek's first job was as a health teacher and aquatics coach at (Garden Grove High School 1963−64). In the fall of 1964 he started teaching at Anaheim H S[Anaheim High School], where he coached highly successful teams in both water polo and swimming. Highlights at AHS included a third place finish in CIF water polo in 1968 and a CIF team finals appearance in boys swimming in 1970. Also in 1964, Urbanchek co-founded the Fullerton Aquatics Sports Team (FAST Swimming) in Fullerton, California.
University of Michigan Head Coach (1982−2004)
Urbanchek was responsible for the renaissance of the Michigan Men's swimming program upon entering taking over the position in 1982. Within four years he won the Big Ten Championship and then continued to win another 9 in a row establishing a Decade of Dominance for the program (1986-1996), during which time he won the NCAA Championship as well. In total, he won a total 13 Big Ten Championships. Upon his retirement as Men's team head coach in 2004, he was replaced by Bob Bowman.
After retiring as Men's Head Coach at the University, Urbanchek for several years continued to coach with the club team affiliated with the school (Club Wolverine) and to assist the University's men's team as a Head of Aquatics.
Urbanchek returned to Southern California in 2010 to direct the U.S. Olympic Post-Graduate Training Center at Fullerton Aquatics (FAST Swimming). He coached two swimmers to gold medals at the 2012 Olympics (Tyler Clary and Matt McLean) and served as special assistant coach for the 2012 U.S. Olympic Swimming Team.