SCOTTSDALE, Arizona, June 19.The Scottsdale Aquatic Club (SAC) of Scottsdale Arizona has recently hired a new Head Coach, Jerry Olszewski.
SAC is a year-round USA Swimming affiliated club, sponsored by the City of Scottsdale. Membership ranges from 230-250 swimmers annually. The SAC age group program in one of the premier programs in the United Stated having produced over 40 National Reportable Times (Top 16 Nationally) in 2002, multiple state records, and a second place finish at the Spring Sectional Championships. SAC is the four time defending AZ State Champion in both short course and long course.
For the past 19 years, Jerry has been leading age-group swimmers to their personal best in sprint and distance events in all four strokes. Highlights of Jerry's coaching career include 100 Junior National swimmers, 6 National Junior record holders, 35 Senior National swimmers, 100 High School and College All – Americans. Jerry has coached a world-ranking swimmer for 9 consecutive years and has had swimmers qualify for the last two Olympic Games, with one swimer medaling in the 2000 Olympics.
Under Jerry's coaching, 3 National records were set in the girls 15-16 division in 2001, a National Junior Team Championship was achieved in 1998 and Chris Thompson became the 1996-98 National Champion in the 1500M free.
King Aquatic Club, in Seattle, Washington, has been Jerry's home for the last seven years. When Jerry arrived at King Aquatic Club, the club had 110 swimmers. He built the team to over 400 swimmers and 14 coaches. Jerry's coaching and leadership style is based on encouragement and leading by example. Jerry is well versed in sprint training, distance training, and specialty training and he believes in continuous technique training at all levels.
Jerry's enthusiasm and passion for swimming began as a child when he swam for Jon Urbanchek at the club level. With his success in the 200 Breast and the 400 IM, Jerry secured a college scholarship to the University of Nebraska. Today, Jerry is passionate about helping young swimmers reach their goals. He and his wife Shelly have four sons, ages 14, 7 and 5 (twins).