Liam Donnelly, the head coach of the Simon Fraser University swimming program, has announced the hiring of Claude-Yves Bertrand as the program’s new assistant coach.
“Claude-Yves is one of the top performing coaches in Canada,” said Donnelly. “He has developed and nurtured international level swimmers in several different programs. His ability and motivation will be a great enhancement to our coaching staff here at SFU.”
Bertrand has had great success during his 27 year coaching career. In 2008 he was the Canadian Youth Coach of the Year placing Savannah King on the Olympic team and was recently named to the 2013 Canadian World Championships Team coaching staff after guiding Erika Seltenreich-Hodgson on to the team.
“I’m really excited to join the Clan and work with a very professional, dedicated and driven group of people,” said Bertrand. “The very fact that SFU decided to join the NCAA showed a lot of seriousness and desire to work towards excellence.”
Bertrand was part of a UBC Thunderbird coaching staff that won two men’s and women’s CIS Championships and has also served as the Head Coach of both the University of Montreal and the University of Ottawa swimming programs.
The Quebec native is also a NCCP level 4 coach and received a Bachelor of Exercise Science from the University of Laval. He will be joining the Clan staff this fall.