Sandpipers of Nevada’s Ron Aitken is On Deck at Tokyo Olympics

Sandpipers of Nevada head coach Ron Aitken has been spotted on deck at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics

Aitken was not named to the official U.S. Olympic swim team staff after the U.S. Olympic Trials, even though three of his swimmers made the team: distance specialists Erica Sullivan, Katie Grimes, and Bella Sims. This raised eyebrows, especially given that two of the swimmers are very young amid a staff of coaches that primarily work with collegiate and professional swimmers, but USA Swimming and the USOPC managed to get him to Tokyo afterall.

He was also the youth coach of Bowe Becker who was on the gold-medal-winning 4×100 free relay alongside Blake Pieroni who represents the Sandpipers in national competitions but has not regularly trained there.

He has been seen on deck standing with the other U.S. Olympic swim coaches during the meet and coaching swimmers. We reached out to USA Swimming staff to confirm Aitken’s specific role in Tokyo, but they have not responded. This is not the first time that a coach has been added to the Olympic staff in an unannounced and ambiguous role – Yuri Suguiyama, then a Cal assistant and now the Wisconsin head coach, was with the U.S. team in Rio, though he was never actually listed as a member of the staff.

This means Aitken was on deck to see Sullivan win silver in the first-ever women’s 1500 free Olympic final, completing a 1-2 USA finish behind Katie Ledecky.

Aitken and Sarasota Sharks’ Brent Arckey both accompanied the U.S. Olympic swim team to training camp in Hawaii before the Games.

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1 month ago


1 month ago

I don’t care what role they gave him – I’m glad he’s there!

Reply to  MissM
1 month ago

assistant to the assistant of the team manager of team usa

NM Coach
Reply to  Taa
1 month ago

Assistant (to the) Regional Manager! I’m glad they got him there!

Reply to  NM Coach
1 month ago

Dwight/Gareth Aitken deserves the promotion!

Reply to  NM Coach
1 month ago

Does this mean he is the one they call when Karen wants to see the manager?

Big bear
1 month ago

He deserves to be there!

1 month ago

As he should be

1 month ago

He best be

1 month ago

Erica Sullivan swam a brilliant 1500 free last night.

Awesome that her coach got to witness her performance.

He’ll treasure that memory forever.

Sam B
1 month ago

Erica Sullivan’s swim was epic. And Katie Grimes will swim her PB too. He better be there.

1 month ago

A well-deserved appointment. Smart move on somebody’s part!