Chris DeSantis Accepts Coaching Job in Denmark after 2012-2013 Season

After four seasons as an assistant at Georgia Tech, swim-blogger extraordinnaire Chris DeSantis has accepted a job overseas in Denmark as the head coach with the club Sigma Swim after the 2012-2013 college season.

Read his own account of the move here.

DeSantis, who first rose to fame with the legendary Flo Swimming, leads the recruiting efforts at Georgia Tech, including signing the #6-ranked recruiting class in the country in 2011, according to Among the swimmers DeSantis has specifically trained at Georgia Tech includes Andrew Kosic, who last season was the fastest freshman at the ACC Championships in both the 50 and 100 free. He also worked with Nico van Duijn, who is now the Swiss National Record holder in the 100 fly (breaking the mark of Dominik Meichtry).

His real specialty, though, is breaststrokers: he coached Anton Lagerqvist to the 2012 ACC title in the 200 breaststroke.

This move returns DeSantis to his ancestral home base of Denmark, where he has developed phenomenal connections with the elite members of their coaching community. His club, referred to casually as “Sigma,” is north of the capital Copenhagen. It is a joint effort between the clubs in the affluent suburbs of Allerod and Birkerod, and specifically caters to elite talent (junior and senior level swimmers).

DeSantis will be the head coach alongside current coach Simon Winther. DeSantis’ focus will specifically be on sprints and strokes, and after the departure of Winnie Wildeboer to join her husband Paulus, who took a high-level job in Australia, he will spend the summer coaching the juniors before moving on to the seniors.

Among the swimmers who officially represent the club include Mathias Gydesen, Lotte Friis, Mads Glaesner and Pernille Blume, all of whom were Danish Olympians. None of the four trained with the club on a full-time basis on the way to London, but they all do make regular appearances at practices and represent the program at national meets.

Friis recently returned to the club after a year away to begin the development of a professional group that the club aspires to build. They hope to work in parallel with the nearby National Training Center, except that Sigma will not be limited to only Danish swimmers. In summary: this project is designed to only work with the best-of-the-best in Denmark (they put 7 swimmers on the Junior National Team last year, and sent two to Euro Juniors).

DeSantis has a previous college stop as an assistant coach at Penn. He plans to continue running his current website, The Swim Brief.

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9 years ago


9 years ago

Now who’s going to come into the timing room and correct scoring errors at meets? Congrats Chris, best of luck in your new gig. You will be sorely missed in Atlanta.

9 years ago

How about some where warmer and cheaper! Ha! The best of luck!

9 years ago

Congrats Chris… best wishes.

10 years ago

Does anyone know any powerful coaches in Norway or maybe the Bahamas? I am planning to start writing really nice articles about them in the hope that it will help me land a kick ass job like this.

Congrats, Chris!

Reply to  The Screaming Viking!
9 years ago

I’ll run your age group program in Norway, SV!

Chris DeSantis
Reply to  The Screaming Viking!
9 years ago

In all seriousness, there are a number of head coaching positions available in Scandinavia at the moment.

Reply to  Chris DeSantis
9 years ago

where is the list, and is it in English?

Chris DeSantis
Reply to  The Screaming Viking!
9 years ago has a scroll on the right side. Google translate will at least translate the titles of everything. The job listings themselves are not in English.

Charlotte Petersen
10 years ago

Now I understand why Chris always has been so positive in his writing about the Danish swimmers.Held og lykke I København.

Chris DeSantis
Reply to  Charlotte Petersen
9 years ago

Tak Charlotte!

10 years ago

Dreams really do come true! Congrats, Chris!

Reply to  Josh
10 years ago

Chris’s dream of coaching elite swimmers, or USA Swimming’s (Leonard + Weilgus) dream that he would leave the country?

I’m glad his blog will continue, it’s interesting and sometimes a needed thorn in the side to the old boy’s network.

10 years ago

Awesome, Coach! Congrats!

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