A successor has been named for the Nation’s Capital Swim Club (NCAP – formerly known as Curl Burke) site at Georgetown that was recently vacated when Yuri Suguiyama took the Cal Men’s assistant coaching job.
That successor will be Bruce Gemmell, a coach who already has a significant resume in distance swimming from work with his son Andrew Gemmell – the winner of the men’s 1500 at this year’s Olympic Trials.
Gemmell comes from a position as the Senior National Team coach at the Delaware Swim Team that has produced most recently swimmers like Kaitlyn Jones and National Age Group Record holder Tanner Kurz. Gemmell also traveled as the head coach of the USA Swimming Junior Open Water team as they headed to Canada this year for the first ever Junior Open Water Championships.
The first, most noticable difference will be in the ages – Gemmell has quite a few years on Suguiyama, the site’s old coach. Aside from this, they have certainly found a distance coach with an outstanding reputation who is more than capable of picking up right where Suguiyama left off.