A new name is entering the world of professional, post-collegiate training in the United States. Aaron Ciarla is spearheading a new pro group in Miami under the umbrella of Miami Swimming: a team that is led by Andy De Angulo. Ciarla and de Angulo will split the time in coaching the pros, with Ciarla taking morning practices while he continues to focus on building an outside-of-swimming business and working with a non-profit that he’s become involved with fundraising for. De Angulo will work with those athletes who do doubles in the afternoon.
The team will train out of the Ransom – Everglades High School facility.
“The Ransom Everglades facility that Andy de Angulo helped get built is one of the best in the world,” Ciarla said. “So the idea is to attract world-wide talent, even if just for training camps to allow exposure among top athletes.”
The Ransom Everglades pool in Coconut Grove has a 50 meter, 25-yard outdoor pool that is at least 7 feet deep all around. The pool also has 16 track-start blocks, and a separate 5-lane 25-yard pool, and the whole complex overlooks Biscayne Bay.
The club doesn’t have a name yet, but they’re seeking a sponsor for the team to set up a naming similar to what the Tucson Ford Aquatics program has in Arizona: which is one of the best opportunities a team has to get a club sponsor’s logo on deck at meets like the Olympic Trials.
“Our overall goal is to provide an alternative training location for post grad or professional athletes,” Ciarla elaborated. “Miami is obviously a destination city, and training with a group with similar objectives provides an ideal environment. Miami can also provide career-based goals, post swimming career, which many small college towns cannot provide.”
Ciarla’s personal coaching history is largely working with NCAA athletes; he spent three years each as an assistant with Auburn and Miami, where he developed mostly sprinters. But Ciarla says that this program will “welcome all athletes with international ambitions, not just sprinters.”
De Angulo, meanwhile, is an alum of Miami, who in addition to being the Head Swimming Coach at Ransom Everglades and Miami Swimming is also the Assistant Athletic Director at Ransom Everglades. Among the biggest names on his resume is former National High School Record holder Christina Swindle.
While Ciarla declined to commit anyone to the group in the long-term until they were physically in Miami (training locations for swimmers can be a bit of a waffle-y thing), he did name a handful of swimmers who were involved in the ‘masterminding’ of the group. Those names include:
- American Record holder Lara Jackson
- former Virginia Tech All-American Zach McGinnis
- Bahamas Olympian Elvis Burrows
- Venezuelan National Record holder Roberto Gomez
- South African Olympic gold medalist and World Record holder Roland Schoeman.
Overall, Ciarla is expecting a group of about 10 to start, with a teaser that conversations are ongoing with some really big names to join the group down the road.