Michael Phelps has had his fair share of success in the pool. Eighteen Olympic gold medals. Twenty-two overall. Thirty-nine world records. And having already committed to retiring, presumably for good this time, following this summer’s Rio Olympics, it appears he is already thinking about what he will do beyond the pool — or at least out of it.
Phelps currently resides in Tempe, Ariz., after following his longtime coach, Bob Bowman, from his near-lifetime training grounds at North Baltimore Aquatic Club to Arizona State University, where Bowman took over as head coach earlier this year. And according to the Arizona Republic, Phelps has told his coach that he will be sticking around after the Olympics to be a volunteer assistant coach for the Sun Devils during the 2016-17 season.
“I wanted nothing to do with the water” after London, Phelps said. “I wanted to be as far away from it as I could. Now, being around it more than I have in a long time, I don’t think I’ll be able to go far from the sport because it is a part of me.”
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