With the matter of Scottish independence from the UK settled, for now, and some certainty surrounding the future setting in, Scottish Swimming has appointed Alan Lynn as their new National Coach.
Lynn has a background in the academic side of coaching; in 2010 he developed the UK’s first “online Masters course for performance coaches” while at Stirling University. He also established a program called Coaching Matters, which is a mentoring & support program that has been funded by sportscotland and contributed to the coaching of several medal-winning athletes at the 2014 Commonwealth Games.
He was also the director of the Achieve 2014 program in Scotland during the commonwealth Games, and has contributed to the Performance Plan for the nation.
“Scottish Swimming is on a real high after another successful Commonwealth Games and to have the chance to work with the swimmers and coaches in this role is a real honour,” Lynn said of his new role. “We have some established performers and some outstanding potential to look out for in the next few years. I plan to support the excellent performance environments already in place and challenge our swimmers and coaches to make the gains necessary for even greater success.”
This will further solidify a program that, despite having an odd half-status as a governing body, is one of the hottest and most intriguing programs in the world right now. The Scots came away from the swimming portion of the meet with 10 medals, including 3 golds from Ross Murdoch, Dan Wallace, and Hannah Miley. That’s an uptick from just 6 medals in 2010.