Tyler McGill Announces Head Coaching Role For Opelika Swim Team

2012 Olympic gold medalist Tyler McGill announced via Twitter on Wednesday that he is the new head swim coach of the Opelika Swim Team in Alabama.

Previously, McGill was an assistant coach with Auburn University, his alma mater, for nearly five years from August of 2013 to June of this year. McGill joined the coaching staff full-time after finishing up his competitive career at the 2013 U.S. Open.

Graduating from Auburn in 2010, McGill had a successful post-graduate career where he was the #2 American in the 100 fly behind Michael Phelps. That included a 2012 Olympic gold in the 400 medley relay (as a prelim-only swimmer), along with 2011 LC and 2010 SC World Championship titles in the same race. Individually, he won bronze at the 2011 Championships in the 100 fly, and also added a Worlds gold in the medley relay in 2009 while he was still in college.

Collegiately, McGill was a two-time national champion in 2009 in the 400 free and medley relays, and also won an SEC title in the same year in the 800 free relay.

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Sergio Lopez Miro

I am so happy for Tyler. The city of Opelika just got one of the most talented young coaches in the country. Tyler is an amazing coach but most important he is an amazing human being. I can’t wait to see the amazing influence that he will have not just in the swimming but in everything else. Congrats Tyler, so happy for you and your family!!!

Ken Hancock

Congratulations! Great for Tyler, and great for the city of Opelika!

Chico Rego

Extremely excited for Tyler and the kids in Opelika! It warms my heart to know the kids are in the good hands of a friend that loves the sport as much as I do!

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James Sutherland

James formerly competed for the Laurentian Voyageurs in Sudbury, Ontario, specializing in the 200 free, back and IM. He finished up his collegiate swimming career in February of 2018, placing 11th at the OUA Championships in the 200 IM, and graduated with a bachelor's degree in economics in May. He …

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