Dynamo Swim Club Announces Ian Murray From Carmel Swim Club As New Head Coach

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The Board of Directors of Dynamo Swim Club announced the hiring of Ian Murray as its new Head Coach and Mike Cotter as Chief Executive Officer. Ian comes to Dynamo from Carmel Swim Club in Carmel, Indiana where he served as Associate Head Coach. Ian’s first day at Dynamo will be Tuesday September 5.  Mike Cotter moves from Interim CEO to assume the permanent CEO role.

“We are excited to welcome Ian to the Dynamo family,” said Barbara Coats, Dynamo Board President. “The combination of Ian’s leadership and our talented coaching staff will allow Dynamo to continue to flourish. We are delighted to name Mike Cotter to be Dynamo’s CEO.  He has served Dynamo for more than 25 years and his breath of knowledge about Dynamo’s operations is unsurpassed.”

“It is an honor and privilege to join the Dynamo team,” said Murray.  “I am looking forward to working with great athletes, coaches, and families.  We will strive to build upon the sustained excellence the program has demonstrated throughout its history.  My family and I are excited to be a part of it.”


About Ian Murray:

Ian has served as Associate Head Coach of Carmel Swim Club since September 2013. Ian brings vast experience in coaching swimmers of all levels, including a World Junior Record Holder, a USA Swimming 2015 National Champion, and multiple Junior National Champions.  During his time at Carmel, Ian’s swimmers set multiple USA Swimming Age Group national records.  Ian served USA Swimming as a 2016 National Team coach, a member of the coaching staff of the 2016 USA Swimming College Challenge, head coach for the 2016 Southern Zone Select Camp, and an assistant coach for the 2013 National Select Camp.  The American Swim Coaches Association named Ian a 2015 Coach of Excellence.

As Carmel’s Associate Head Coach, Ian was responsible for the daily coaching of the club’s High Performance training group, overseeing Carmel’s coaching staff, and working with the club’s business manager and CEO on yearly financial budgets.  Ian has experience with fundraising, sponsorship campaigns, and alumni relations.  In addition, he worked on the club’s efforts to build a new facility.

Ian served as Carmel’s Head Age Group Coach from 2006 – 2013.  During his tenure, Carmel won 12 Indiana Swimming Age Group Team Championships. His athletes consistently earned national rankings and broke more than 60 Carmel Swim Club records and more than 25 Indiana Swimming Records. In 2012, Ian was named Indiana Swimming Age Group Coach of the Year.

In addition to his responsibilities with Carmel Swim Club, Ian as an assistant coach on the Carmel High School swim team.  The girls team has won 31 consecutive Indiana High School State Swimming Championships, a national record for all sports.

Prior to Carmel, Ian coached from 2000-2006 on the staff of the Lake Erie Silver Dolphins in suburban Cleveland, Ohio, where he was an Age Group and Senior Coach.  While at Lake Erie, Ian worked with multiple members of the USA Swimming National Team, including an Olympic gold medalist.  Ian was named the 2006 Lake Erie Swimming Age Group Coach of the Year.  While at Lake Erie, Ian served on the staff of the Richard Quick/Stanford National Swim Camp, and was Head Coach of the 2003 Ohio Mid-States QUAD Team and the 2004 Lake Erie Zone Team.

Ian worked as a Volunteer Assistant Coach for the Cleveland State University swim team from 2000-2001.  He was a standout swimmer at Cleveland State from 1996-2000.   As a college swimmer, Ian was a conference champion, school and conference record holder, and team captain.

Ian and his wife Jennifer are the proud parents of two children, Arran and Ainsley.

About Mike Cotter

Mike Cotter has served Dynamo for over 25 years, mostly recently as Interim Chief Executive Officer and prior as the Chief Operating Officer/CFO.  Mike has been a key leader in Dynamo’s growth, helping Dynamo grow from the original Chamblee location to multiple facilities.  During his tenure, Mike led the construction and expansion of the Alpharetta facility, installment of the dome at the Chamblee’s long course pool, and the recent Chamblee facility expansion and renovation.

Mike’s long involvement with Dynamo has been a key factor in the organization’s success and Mike has been instrumental in the startup and continued success of Dynamo Pool Management, Inc.

Mike and his wife Michelle are the parents of two children.

The above press release courtesy of Dynamo Swim Club


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    Bizarre hire.

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      Congratulations, Ian! Your dad would be proud. He was my swim coach in Jr. High and the beginning of HS. You have an impressive coaching background. The Dynamos are lucky to have you.

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    Helen Munro

    Hi Ian, well done. Good to see you going from strength to strength. Best wishes from your family in Scotland. 🐱🐱

  3. Jeff Arnold

    Congratulations Ian. Nice move up the ladder. Good Luck.

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    Steps backward.

    High risk business model adjustment and hire. Looking at the history of Head Coaches with real NCAA and International coaching experience, it appears Dynamo has hired a coach that has none. He should have continued to bloom in IN a few more years. The separation of CEO/Head Coach model has not succeeded anywhere in the sport. Why will it work at Dynamo? We need our high powered clubs to have proven coaches building athletes to be put on Olympic Teams, not junior teams. Look for staff departures. Jason was mentoring some of the best coaches in the US at Dynamo.

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    See above^

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    Randy Randolph

    Ian, Welcome to Dynamo and to the greater Atlanta area swimming awesomeness! Dynamo is a platform for maximizing passion, excellence and fun! Dream big and challenge us to execute in new and exciting ways everyday. Leverage our many assets to help yourself and our collective community be the best we can be!