Courtesy of Julio Zárate
Swim Torrance is excited to announce the hiring of Kimi Davidson as it new Head Age Group Coach. Kimi comes to Swim Torrance after spending the last 3 years at SwimMAC Carolina one of the Nation’s leading club programs. While at SwimMAC Carolina Coach Kimi was the Marlin Division lead as well as Shark II lead Coach.
Coach Kimi graduated from The University of Akron, B.A. Communications (2008), M.A. Sports Science and Coaching (2011)
Kimi was born and adopted in the Philippines. She grew up as a “navy brat,” going to school and swimming in Maryland, Virginia, California, and South Carolina. While attending The University of Akron in Ohio to get her bachelor’s degree in communication, Kimi swam and lettered all four years. She stayed on after graduating to get her master’s in sports science and worked as a graduate assistant in the role of athletic-academic advisor.
Her coaching career began when she worked as a fifth-year assistant to The University of Akron’s Division I Women’s Team. During the summer she coached for Firestone Akron Swim Team (FAST), was a camp coach at the University at Buffalo, and a camp coach at The University of Akron. Then Kimi moved back to South Carolina and coached at Mount Pleasant Swim Club (MPSC).
During her time at MPSC, Kimi was an age-group assistant coach, senior assistant coach, and the head age-group coach. She was also chosen to be an SC Zone Team assistant coach, an SC Select Camp Camp assistant coach, has both managed and assistant coached at the National Diversity Select Camp, and worked as an assistant coach at the Southern Zone Select Camp. Kimi was selected to attend the Ethnic and Minority Women in Coaching Leadership Conference, and has been nominated for South Carolina Swimming’s Age-Group Coach of the Year.
Kimi’s coaching experience has allowed her to work with swimmers of all levels, from novice, to state champion, to national finalists at the junior, senior and open water championships. Throughout her career, Kimi has found that hard work, great technique, and enjoying practices aid in developing character traits which will last a lifetime.
“I am very excited to have Kimi join our staff. I believe we have one of the best young coaches in the country in Kimi Davidson and I look forward to working with her again. We have a common goal to turn Swim Torrance into a place for young athletes to develop the skills and work ethic that will allow them to be successful in and out of the pool.”- Head Coach Julio Zarate