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American named new Swimming NZ coach

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 12/07/2016

Swimming New Zealand have signed on American Jerry Olszewski as national head coach from September this year.

Olszewski has been coaching at top club level in the US for more than 25 years.

He is currently head coach and chief executive of the Arizona Gold Swimming organisation he founded, and a former head coach at Scottsdale Aquatic Club and King Aquatic Club near Seattle.

Olszewski's focus is primarily on the development of swimmers through to college level, and he has been responsible for identifying and developing swimmers to Olympic Trials, US and other national teams, and to Olympic medals.

Olszewski will take over from Clive Power, who has been acting head coach since high performance director Luis Villanueva resigned in April last year after two years in the job.

Swimming NZ chief executive Christian Renford said Olszewski's credentials were an ideal fit for high performance swimming in New Zealand.

"Jerry has significant success creating and building programmes, and implementing a performance culture where they have prospered to international level," Renford said.

"He also has a great understanding of the high performance environment needed to make this happen, and is hugely passionate about swimming and nurturing young people to reach their full potential."

Olszewski said he was looking forward to shifting to New Zealand and tackling new challenges.

"I hope to bring some of the things that have been successful for me into the New Zealand environment," he said.

His five key mantras are team culture, expectation, consistency, work ethic and attention to detail.

"I want to set the expectation of what the group brings to each individual and what each individual brings to the group. I will be setting expectations and not settling for anything less than their best."

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