Club Wolverine Names Gunnar Schmidt New Head Coach

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The Club Wolverine Parent Board of Directors is pleased to announce that it has officially named Gunnar Schmidt as Head Coach. During Gunnar’s tenure as Interim Head Coach he has exhibited extraordinary leadership, innovation long and short term planning, commitment, innovation and athlete success. He has implemented a state of the art training routine involving technology, dryland and nutrition. He is also a positive liaison between CW and collegiate programs hoping to recruit CW swimmers.

Gunnar was a 4-year varsity letter winner for the University of Michigan Men’s Swim Team and was a 2008 and 2012 Olympic Trials Qualifier. He was also a part of Club Wolverine’s 2006 and 2007 USA Swimming National Championship Team. His coaching career began in 2009 in Illinois at Big Blue Aquatics as Head Coach and later moved to TOPS YMCA as Head Age Group Coach and Assistant Senior Coach. In 2014 he became an Assistant Coach of both Club Wolverine and Club Wolverine Elite. He is also a volunteer Assistant Coach for the University of Michigan Men’s & Women’s Team. He has helped develop multiple Michigan State Champions, Central Zone Champions, USA Swimming Junior National Qualifiers, U.S. Open Qualifiers, National Junior Team members and U.S. Olympic Trial Qualifiers.

Gunnar’s coaching philosophy is that “the process behind success is unique to each individual. By helping athletes discover their own path to success in swimming, they learn skills and lessons that will help them be successful in life.”

Club Wolverine was founded in 1956 and is celebrating its 60th Anniversary as the leading age group team not only in Michigan, but one of the most successful clubs nationally. We congratulate Gunnar and look forward to where he and his team of coaches lead Club Wolverine in the future.

In a statement provided to Swimming World, Schmidt explained his excitement about the new position.

“I am honored and excited to continue working with the great athletes, families, and coaches we have on Club Wolverine. I look forward to continuing Club Wolverine’s tradition of success and excellence.”

Press release courtesy of Club Wolverine.

2 Comments

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  1. avatar
    Dunc1952

    This is the Gunnar Schmidt who went to Michigan from Arizona, right?

    • avatar
      Az lady

      Yes

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