German swimming is seeking new coaches for three of its performance centres. The first will be a replacement for Petra Wolfram, who announced she was leaving Hamburg at the end of the year, while Berlin and Heidelberg are the other two centres seeking new mentors.
Gerd Eßer is leaving the Berlin centre, Lisa Graf the charge that made the Rio 2016 Olympics cut, while Heidelberg has been run by Michael Spikermann, Clemens Rapp, Sarah Köhler and Philip Heinz in recent years, as well as Switzerland’s Martina van Berkel.
A restructuring of German swimming is nigh. A question mark hangs over the performance centres, the likelihood that they will survive higher than the chance they will fold. Just how much support there will be for the centres is as yet unknown.
Head Germany coach Henning Lambertz favours a slimmed-down, more efficient performance program. The advert for the coaching jobs, with applications due by December 9, offers a “long-term appointment” that is geared to the Olympic cycle and success in the ultimate realm in the pool.
Those wishing to apply can do so via the following links: