Peter Verhoef has been announced as the new head swim coach at The Bolles School. He’ll take over for Jon Sakovich, who announced in September that he would resign at the end of 2018. Verhoef’s tenure will officially begin on January 7th.
Verhoef has spent the last 3 years as a Seniro Coach and High Performance Director at SwimMAC Carolina in Charlotte. There he worked with the Senior 1 program (the club’s top 15-18 year olds program) and coach athletes to National Junior Team positions and to win Junior National Championships. The club also produced the most Scholastic All-Americas in the country.
For the 6 years prior to that, Verhoef worked in David Marsh’s Team Elite program before Marsh (and his elite training group). That group won 8 medals at the 2016 Olympics. He concurrently served as an assistant coach at Division II Queens University from 2013-2015, including during their 2015 NCAA Championship season.
“I am thrilled to have the opportunity to be a part of an internationally known swim program like Bolles and to work with young men and women to help them achieve their best level of success,” Verhoef said.
Verhoef swam at the University of Georgia as an undergrad, where he graduated with a double major in Management and MIS in 2007. He was a finalist at the 2004 and 2008 Olympic Trials and swam as a team captain at the 2007 World Championships. His biggest international success was a silver at the 2005 World University Games.
Earlier this month, the Bolles School won its 28th-consecutive Florida State Championship in the girls’ meet, and 31st-consecutive boys’ meet. The school swims in Class 1A, which is dominated by private prep schools and very small public schools. The Bolles program is historically one of the best high school programs in American swimming history, having produced 13 Olympic medalists (winning 20 total medals), in addition to 9 other Olympians who weren’t students but trained at the Bolles club team.
The coaching job has often been a stepping stone to major collegiate positions, especially at the University of Florida, where the recently-retired Gregg Troy was a former head coach at Bolles, as is current Florida head women’s coach Jeff Poppell. Virginia Tech’s new head coach, Sergio Lopez, was also a recent head coach at Bolles. Bolles coaches and former coaches have had a presence at every Olympics since 1988.