For the second-straight year, NCAP’s Bruce Gemmell has been named the American Swim Coaches’ Association (ASCA) Coach of the Year, the organization announced at their annual awards ceremony on Friday night.
Gemmell is primarily known for his two senior-level athletes: his son, Andrew Gemmell, who splits time between training with his father and at the University of Georgia; and Katie Ledecky, the World Record holder in the 400, 800, and 1500 meter freestyles in long course meters.
This year was another banner season for Bruce Gemmell’s athletes. Ledecky broke the 800 and 1500 freestyle World Records mid-season, and then capped her year with 5 gold medals at the 2014 Pan Pac Championships in Australia, where she broke the World Record in the 400 for the second time in a month in 3:58.37 (she also got it at U.S. Nationals), and also re-broke her own record in the 1500 free. In total, she won every women’s individual freestyle from 200-1500 meters, and was a part of the American effort to win the 800 free relay.
Andrew Gemmell, meanwhile, won his second career National Championship in the men’s 10km race: the premier event in open water swimming. He also earned a second spot on the U.S. National Team with a 15:07.82 in the 1500 free at Nationals (5th-ranked), and won gold in the 10k at the rescheduled Pan Pacs race in Hawaii.
Gemmell is also the “coach of record” for 2014 Jr. Pan Pacs team swimmer Isabella Rongione, who won a bronze medal in the 1500 meter free at that meet.