It took less than a week for Nation’s Capital Swim Club to find a replacement for coach Yuri Suguiyama who left his position as the head coach of the club’s Georgetown Prep training site to become the assistant men’s coach at the University of California. Bruce Gemmell, four-time member of USA Swimming’s national coaching staff, will take the reins of the training site located in North Bethesda, which includes Olympic gold medalist Katie Ledecky, 15, and junior national champion Carsten Vissering, 15.
“We are very excited and fortunate to have Bruce join our program,” stated Tom Ugast, CEO of NCAP, in a press release. “His deep experience coaching at the age group, national and international levels will be a perfect fit for the high caliber NCAP training program at Georgetown Prep. There is no one better equipped to continue to build on the great success of our swimmers at this site.”
Gemmell will leave his position as the senior national team coach at Delaware Swim Team where he coached National Age Group record holder Tanner Kurz. He also coached his son, Andrew Gemmell, a member of the 2012 U.S. Olympic team and the winner of the 1,500-meter freestyle at Olympic Trials.
“I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to coach with the nation’s top ranked swim club and lead its Georgetown Prep site where I will be fortunate to work with some of the most talented and promising young swimmers in the country,” stated Gemmell. “I’ve long admired Yuri’s work and the accomplishments of the NCAP swimmers at Georgetown Prep, and look forward to building on these great traditions. I’m also very proud of what we achieved with the Delaware Swim Team and will always consider myself part of their family.”