Bruce Gemmell Joins Eddie Reese In Elite Club Of 3 Straight ASCA Coach Of Year Prizes

On target: five golds for Katie Ledecky, with coach Bruce Gemmell, at world titles this year - main image Patrick B. Kraemer

For the third successive year, Bruce Gemmell has been voted the American Swimming Coaches Association’s Coach of the Year by his peers. Top of the heap is his work guiding Katie Ledecky at Nation’s Capital to five gold medals and three world records the World Championships in Kazan last month.

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For the third successive year, Bruce Gemmell has been voted the American Swimming Coaches Association’s Coach of the Year by his peers. Top of the heap is his work guiding Katie Ledecky at Nation’s Capital to five gold medals and three world records the World Championships in Kazan last month.

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Ger

I would like to hear his presentation from today. I hope it’s uploaded later on.

Craig Lord

Ger, I’ll have something up later in the day beyond more listing, more notes and a lot of transcribing on that and other presentations 🙂

Yozhik

Originally I thought of Gemmell as of humble club coach like many others. The one that got a lucky lottery ticket being actually Katie’s swimming tutor at Ledecky’s household. Coaching Ledecky is not a simple job not only because she has a strong opinion of what is good for her and is apprehensive about changing to her training, but because he had to developed a training system for the person who swims at elite level from 200m to 1500m. If there was someone with similar experience then I don’t know about such. Making World Champion from the swimmer who was just two years ago a surprise at Nationals with her 1:57:63, changing the swimming attitude at 800 making her first 200m at historical 8:07 actually slower than she did it in London could not happen without smart and talented coaching who definitely understands what he is doing. My congratulations to Bruce Gemmell.

beachmouse

You don’t get to coach a senior group at NCAP unless you’re already an elite coach. It’s a team with a long storied history as both NCAP and Curl-Burke (name change happened a few years back when Rick Curl got himself on USAS’ permanently banned for sexual misconduct list) and has a record board including not just Ledecky but also Tom Dolan, Ed Moses, Mike Barrowman, and many more who have represented club and country in international competition.

They’ve never had a huge postgrad group so often don’t have quite the same buzz as a Trojan or Swim MAC, but they have been outstanding at junior talent development for decades, and Bruce fits in well with their club philosophy.

Yozhik

I believe that Mr. Gemmell was an experienced and qualified coach. Otherwise who will entrust him 15 year old prodigy. What puzzles me is his ability to be a high level professional at training of long distance swimmers and at the same time to have enough expertise to train first class sprinters. Is it a usual thing in coach community? Or someone else’s assistance is used to develop and to hone Ledecky’s sprinter abilities.

Craig Lord

Yozhik, I will post something soon that may explain the following: she is not sprinting. Blocks have been and are being built for 400 upwards, blocks so impressive that they are good enough for the 200, too. “Had Katie needed to do a 1:54 that day, I have no doubt that she would have done it” – the article will explain that and the process, coaching and character behind it.

Yozhik

I am looking forward to read it. Besides it is a fun to be Ledecky’s fan (she always delivers so far 🙂 ) I have a pure professional interest in grounded discussion of such rare phenomenon.

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