Bruce Gemmell To Take Over Yuri Suguiyama’s NCAP Site

  21 Braden Keith | October 06th, 2012 | Club, News

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.

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  1. coachsid says:

    Bruce has one of the most creative aquatic minds going back to the days he was mentored as a Wilmington Aquatic Club Sea Tiger under legendary Coach Bob Mattson. I was lucky enough to inherit him as a college swimmer home from Michigan at that club in the early 1980’s when mega-distance training was in vogue. Bruce was a great inspiration to the younger swimmers, tremendously conscientiousness and definitely was a thinking swimmer. He came in to me with an idea that he wanted to do something really out of the box and complete 50,000 yards in one day of training. A bit overwhelmed by this request I replied that of course he could do that… and that he should come back with a plan as to how such a goal would be accomplished.The next day Bruce had a typed sheet detailing two four hour sessions of 25,000 yards each in a most creative but balanced and mirrored mix of his two best strokes, backstroke and freestyle. His performance on the day of reckoning was nothing short of incredible and if there had been a marathon event in World or Olympic Games at that time, I have little doubt that Bruce may well have have preceded his son as a global podium performer.
    Congrats on the move Bruce … NCAP got a good one!

  2. ahamp says:

    I had the opportunity to train with bruce my last 2 and a half years of high school. There is no doubt that he is a successful distance coach and that he will do a great job. One of the best coaches I have ever swam for and he will develop many great swimmers at this program.

  3. Opinionated says:

    I’ve known Bruce for a long time and I have always been impressed with his passion, knowledge, and character. As a coach he has a “well-rounded athlete” style, which is why he has had such success with IMers (especially female IMers). The fact that his athletes have success in the 400 IM proves that he understands how to create fit athletes who are mentally tough (a necessity for distance). This is an excellent hire for NCAP. I don’t know if he will be coaching Katie, but there are few coaches who are as prepared to develop a young distance star as Bruce.

  4. NCAP Parent says:

    We’re looking forward to having Bruce join the team and start practices with the group this week. It is a great group of kids with lots of potential and we have a good feeling he can keep moving them all forward.

  5. WHOKNOWS says:

    Coaches have a long term plan for their swimmers. High school swimmers are still in development – they are not at full maturation. Coaches develop their athletes through the age group years and high school years. With the right guidance, they will springboard into their ultimate potential in the collegiate years and beyond. You need all the pieces of the puzzle. The foundation of the swimmers is just as iimportant.

    • Hank says:

      Gemmell coached his son and Jones both from like age 9. I think he can figure out developing swimmers and long term plans.

      • coach says:

        Very Correct. Coach Gemmell looks at long term, focused on developing age group swimmers. Not focused on short term success, college rankings, etc… not sure they were ever fully tappered for a SC meet. Like his son and Jones, for the past 4 years his focus was on trials…and it paid off for both of them.

      • WHOKNOWS says:

        My point exactly! Give him credit!

  6. Jg says:

    It is good that he has at least one female distance success. If I had a S1,000 for every coach that tried to train distance girls like men I would be out driving around in my latest model Ferrari.

    • michman says:

      1st….some of Braden’s details are off in this blurb. Tanner Kurz is not a Bruce Gemmell product.

      not sure what kind of significant distance resume he has? credit uga coaching staff on andrew’s success at trials & making the olympic team.
      yes bruce had his son coming out of hs as a VERY respectable distance free swimmer:
      scy – 423/915/1522
      lcm – 359/813/1514
      in the 400/800/mile respectively.
      the last 3 years you have to attribute to jack & his time with Fullerton

      in any case thats one distance free study. none female. like JG seems to think.
      kaitlyn jones & nicole vernon, gemmell’s 2 female success stories were/are backstrokers & 4imers, far cry from Dfree.

      most well wishes

      only a dissection, not going to change anything

      • Braden Keith says:

        michman – I don’t believe it says kurz is a genmell product. He did swim for gemmell’s club, however, and if they expect to build as a successful club, part of that success would come under some of his other coaches, no?

        • joeb says:

          Andrew went home this summer after school to train with his father before Trials and so not UGA credit. Also, remember he was silver medalist at Worlds OW 10K in high school when only his dad coached him. Give Bruce some coaching credit..he deserves it.

          • Hank says:

            Maybe his dad was preparing him for future success very successfully; not overtrain him or burn him out in high school. If that was the plan it seems to be working very well. Maybe a club coach who actually has long term success of his swimmers in mind. Not many of those out there.

        • michman says:

          i guess you’re right. that is a clever journalism move there though, attaching tanner’s name in the same sentence as coach Gemmell. For someone just reading it over it lends one to believe it to be the case. as happened to me

      • Jg says:

        It caught my attention in 2010 Jr pan Pacs that a female swimmer from Delaware won the 400/800 in approx 4.11 & 8.32.

        I presumed this to be Kaitlyn but I am not that obsessive to check. Furthermore I consider those times to be very much a ‘successful distance swimmer ‘.

        As for Andrew Gemmell -he has done fantastic & no one gets those results as a young adult without some solid beneficial youth distance background.

        In my mind these 2 swimmers have put Delaware on the map. if ey are Bruce’s then he is a good coach.

        • JJ says:

          No, Lauren Driscoll won the 800 free (Florida) and Chelsea Chenault won the 400 free (California). Kaitlyn was not part of the 2010 Junior Pan Pac team. Nicole Vernon was though.

    • Curious says:

      What do you see as the major differences? Thanks.

  7. Coaches says:

    Wow. Great hire.

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