Another Change For Daiya Seto As He Leaves Longtime Coach Umehara

Japanese swimming superstar Daiya Seto has experienced a string of life changes recently. This includes the Olympian welcoming his second daughter into the world last month, as well as engaging in unique swim training in the form of a temporary backyard pool due to coronavirus facility closures.

Now, the 25-year-old multi-world champion has said goodbye to long-time coach Takayuki Umehara.

Seto confirmed directly to SwimSwam that he has parted with Umehara, the man who has guided him to Olympic bronze, two short course world records, and double IM gold at last year’s World Championships. Seto has been under Umehara’s tutelage since the ANA swimmer was in 5th grade.

The decision reportedly came after the announcement of the 2020 Olympic Games’ delay to next summer, with Seto not yet revealing who his next coach will be. Speculation is that Seto may train by himself leading up to the Games, but we are awaiting his confirmation.

Although it does raise some eyebrows, changing coaches just over a year out from an Olympics is not entirely unusual. Just this week several British swimmers announced moves from their longtime clubs to National Training Centres, including two-time European Short Course Champion from 2019, Freya Anderson.

Few athletes making the change have had as much success as Seto, especially as of late.

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3 years ago

Don’t need a coach for snorkel swimming in a backyard pool…

3 years ago

Apparently his coach wanted him to train 11 sessions per week of 8000m per session and Daiya prefers to only do 6 per week averaging 3000m per season to allow for more video game play time.

Mr Piano
3 years ago

This is like if Phelps left Bowman in 2007.

Reply to  Mr Piano
3 years ago

Not quite

Reply to  Mr Piano
3 years ago

Or Lochte leaving Troy.

3 years ago

Seems like a bad idea to change a winning formula but I guess he must have important reasons.

Reply to  Troyy
3 years ago

yeah I had seto winning 3 individual medals at Tokyo. 200im 400im, and 200fly. Let’s hope he can keep his momentum

Reply to  Swiman333
3 years ago

Same! I hope we get to see the same caliber of performances that he was pushing for in 2020, in 2021

Reply to  Swiman333
3 years ago

Out of curiosity, what had you choosing Seto over Milak?

Sean S
Reply to  SwimSam
3 years ago

He only said meals not golds.

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