Kromowidjojo’s Coach Decides He Is Not The Right Man For The Job

Only eight months after deciding to take the opportunity to work with Olympic champion Ranomi Kromowidjojo Christiaan Sloof has decided he is not the right man for the job,“After the events of Sette Colli in Rome, I have evaluated the recent past for myself,” Sloof told NRC Media.

I thereby have come to the conclusion that I’m not the coach to guide Ranomi to her Olympic mission. I currently do not have sufficient knowledge and experience to bring this mission to a successful conclusion.”

Kromowidjojo results in Rome were not terrible in season swims, but she was beat in the 50 freestyle by Sarah Sjoestroem and in the 100 freestyle by both Sjoestroem and Dutch teammate Femke Heemskerk.

This will be Kromowidjojo’s third coach since she brought home Olympic gold in both the 50 and 100 freestyle in London. Her partnership with her long time coach Jacco Verhaeren ended in November of 2012 when he decided not continue as the National Training Centre coach so that he was able to concentrate on his duties as the Technical Director for the Netherlands.

At that time Marcel Wouda took over the job at the national training centre becoming Kromowidjojo’s coach.

In October of 2013 a lot of things in Dutch Swimming changed. Jacco Verhaeren accepted the job as the Head Coach of the Australian National Team and shortly after it was announced that Kromowidjojo would split with Wouda.

At the time Kromowidjojo said that she had lost 0.1 in his coaching and told NRC that, “And no one wins gold at 99.9 percent.”

After much deliberation 26 year old Sloof, who was Wouda’s assistant, decided to take the opportunity to coach the Kromowidjojo, “I did not immediately say yes, but this is the opportunity of a lifetime,” Sloof told Omroep Brabant at the time of the appointment.

Sloof announced today that he did not feel prepared to coach Kromowidjojo, who expressed her disappointment, but told NRC she wasn’t surprised that he felt that way, “My experience is that he has great potential as a swimming coach, however, I noticed that he is still inexperienced as a coach, which is not surprising since he is only at the beginning of his career. ”

“In consultation with the KNZB we will search for a coach who can get me to the top and is the best for me leading into the 2016 Olympics”

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7 years ago

Dave Marsh? Dave Salo?

Totally being serious, DeSantis out there some where??..

Reply to  coacherik
7 years ago

De Santis would rather coach Sjostrom I believe.

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Reply to  aswimfan
7 years ago

Would love to coach either! But I think there is some geography mixed up- Ranomi is in Holland and Sjostrom in Sweden. I am in Denmark

But hey, if she wants to share two long course lanes with 17 other swimmers next year, come on up!

7 years ago

IMO, the best way would be for Kromowidjojo to follow the path of De Bruijn by going to the US and train under a US coach.

7 years ago

Maybe move to Denmarks or Swedens performancecentre. Only 2 hours from Schiphol

7 years ago

If i was her , i would dig the program of Cal !

7 years ago

Sara has two great coaches here in Sweden, with a solid training group, Maybe Kromowidjojo would train with them?

7 years ago

I agree good choices would be with Shannon in Denmark or in Sweden with Sarah but not sure their countries are up for training other swimmers.

7 years ago

She should go to Swimmac or something

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