Martin Truijens Named Head Coach and GM of NY Breakers, Replaces Tina Andrew

The New York Breakers’ team page has been updated to name head coach Martin Truijens as the team’s General Manager for season 3 of the ISL. Tina Andrew held the position for the team’s first two seasons. This will be Truijens’ second season as head coach, taking over for Peter Andrew after season 1. The Breakers are the only team in the ISL to have the same GM and head coach.

Truijens was the face of the team during the season 3 draft, which began today. Most teams, with the exception of Dave Salo for Tokyo, were represented by their GM. Toronto had GM Robert Kent and head coach Byron MacDonald both on their screen.

The Breakers’ official league page shows Truikens as GM, in addition to his role as head coach, which was confirmed by team sources. The Breakers retained 15 swimmers and welcomed one rookie – Matt Temple – to the team. They shared their day 1 picks in an Instagram post:

The team also announced that 2020 top point-scorer and team captain Michael Andrew will not return for the league’s third season. Andrew was expected to be an ISL favorite after his performances at the 2021 U.S. Olympic Trials, where he won the 100 breast and 200 IM and was runner-up in the 50 free. He was also the Breakers’ top point-scorer last season. Andrew did not comment on why he will not be swimming in the 2021 league.

The Breakers finished 7th out of 8 teams in the 2019 season of the ISL and 8th out 10 teams in the 2020 season of the ISL. The 2020 season included advancing to the league semi-finals, but they placed 4th in their pod of 4 teams, which ended their season.

Michael, Tina, and Peter are still involved in the team’s ownership group.

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cynthia curran
1 year ago

Well, you had to do New York which gets less elite swimmers out of that state than Florida does. Think Caleb Dressel and Ryan Lochte. Maybe, because Miami is less famous as a city than New York. I would have picked the Miami breakers. Personality, I thought this might happen given that Michael doesn’t want to do this.

ab88
1 year ago

it seems like they don’t want to follow the covid protocols, so they are out. Let’s not forget that foreign countries will not welcome unvaccinated travelers for quite a long time (Olympics are a special/different case)

Admin
Reply to  ab88
1 year ago

They followed protocols fine last season. When I spoke to them at the time, while they had their beliefs about what was necessary, they never once said “we’re going to refuse to follow this protocol.”

(Also, the protocols were generally not only followed at a mediocre level last season, as was evidenced by social media posts from several athletes).

From our sources within the team and the league, nobody believes that this has anything to do with COVID. I understand that their views on COVID are controversial, but that doesn’t mean that this withdrawal is related.

Li Shu
1 year ago

Can we stop labeling someone anti vax because they don’t want a specific vax? I avoid Advil due to stomach problems, it doesn’t mean I’m anti medicine. We don’t yet know of the side effects of the covid vax (you scientifically cannot know any long term effects, it hasn’t been around long enough). With recent additions of side effects from FDA including heart inflammation, I think we should cut Andrew some slack. Why would he need it anyways?

Xman
Reply to  Li Shu
1 year ago

His family is Anti-Vax not just Covid.

Nicole
Reply to  Li Shu
1 year ago

He openly stated in his interview with Brett Hawke that his family are conspiracy theorists. During the early lockdown in CA, his mom and sister posted instagram videos from “liberty protests” and took selfies at massive, unmasked indoor church gatherings. Just very little care for others during the worst stages of a global pandemic.

Walter
Reply to  Nicole
1 year ago

I wonder if he is ever allowed to move out on his own.

Admin
Reply to  Walter
1 year ago

Michael has not lived with his parents for a while now.

Taa
Reply to  Braden Keith
1 year ago

Yeah but they probably implanted a mind control chip in his brain. Peter stands by the side of the pool with remote control adjusting Michaels speed during a race…..how else would you explain his weird splitting of races

sbr waver rider
Reply to  Braden Keith
1 year ago

not true

Last edited 1 year ago by sbr waver rider
Corn Pop
Reply to  Nicole
1 year ago

‘The worst stages of the global pandemic’ = absolutely the worst when it is in our backyard but we don’t allow Japan to feel that way .They have to take us all in vaccinated or not .

Rafael
Reply to  Li Shu
1 year ago

Side effect os Vaccine: Sore arms for a few hours, death at old age.. how terrible
Side effect of covid: Death, Neurological problems, diabetes and others..

Yup
1 year ago

Perhaps the Breakers will now have a chance…

swimapologist
Reply to  Yup
1 year ago

LOL did you watch day 1 of the draft? The Breakers are clearly now the worst team in the league. And it’s not even close.

Jojo
1 year ago

Michael Andrew is Anti Vaxxer???

Swimlikefishdrinklikefish
Reply to  Jojo
1 year ago

Loud and proud too! Willing to throw away the Olympic dream by leaving the possibility of catching Covid open.

BillyBob
Reply to  Swimlikefishdrinklikefish
1 year ago

He already had it…

Rafael
Reply to  BillyBob
1 year ago

you know reinfections exist right?

Troyy
1 year ago

I just realised Temple withheld himself from the Breakers’ protected list and still ended up there.

Admin
Reply to  Troyy
1 year ago

There doesn’t seem to have been a consistent standard applied to who was able to be reserved among swimmers who didn’t actually compete for teams in previous seasons, and who wasn’t able to be reserved.

D_halas
1 year ago

I think the Andrew family move out of the ISL could lead to the focus of the Michael Andrew Swim Academy that he mentioned about and represented at Trials

DMacNCheez
1 year ago

That’s the great part about being a pet project funded entirely by a billionaire oligarch. You don’t have to make anything

Corn Pop
Reply to  DMacNCheez
1 year ago

Victor Orban has also been very helpful. Plenty here dislike our Unwoke Victor but were happy to have him gift the 2020 season .

Last edited 1 year ago by Corn Pop