Emil Dimitrov is the new head coach of the Kelowna AquaJets Swim Club.
Since arriving in the Okanagan in 2009 to work with the Liquid Lightning Swim Club, Dimitrov has earned his share of accolades, including twice being named Swim BC Junior Coach of the Year, winning the Speedo Award of coaching excellence and a community sport hero award.
With a degree in sport science and physical education as well as a background in high performance sport, he has spent the last 25 years developing swimmers of all levels, from regional to international.
Dimitrov most recently helped coach Kelowna’s Kierra Smith to a gold medal at the Pan American Games.
Dimitrov’s coach philosophy begins with the individual, then proceeds to the athlete.
“Raising a person and then a swimmer is in the core of it,” Dimitrov said. “I believe in proper teaching before proper training.”
Dimitrove also coached the University of Calgary Swim Club from 2006 to 2009, and before that with the Milton Marlins in Milton, Ont.
As a club, the Jets are excited to have Dimitrov on board.
“Emil has accepted the head coach position with great enthusiasm and excitement,” read an AquaJets’ press release. “We believe he will be the best person to bring that enthusiasm and his high level of coaching to our swimmers. He is deeply involved in our swim community and we are truly happy to hire a local resident that has shown his dedication and passion for the sport.”
Dimitrov will continue to hold his position with the LLSC in West Kelowna and will oversee coach and swimmers from both programs.
Registration for new and returning AquaJets swimmers for the 2015-2016 swimming season will begin on Tuesday, Sept. 8.