SwimBC is very pleased to announce the hiring of Rocco Meiring as the new Provincial Coach. Rocco comes to us from South Africa and we expect him to assume his duties in BC by the end of January following the finalization of the immigration process.
"The coaching opportunity produced a number of very strong candidates. Rocco brings the most diverse skill set that the hiring panel believes will benefit our entire membership and give Swim BC the best opportunity to achieve its strategic plan by 2017,” said SwimBC Executive Director, Mark Schuett.
In 1988, Meiring started his coaching career while still at University. He studied psychology at the University of Pretoria (TUKS) and continued in sports management and coaching.
After completion of his military service in 1992, Coach Rocco worked full time in club coaching in Pretoria (South Africa’s capital city) where he developed swimmers and coaches from stroke development to senior national level. During this time he specialized in identifying new talent and utilized the the different stages of the swimming performance pathways for their development. Among the swimmers who came through his program and started with Coach Rocco was 2012 Olympic Gold medalist, Cameron van der Burgh.
In 1997, Swimming South Africa created the position of National Coaching Director to improve the standard of South African swimming and coaching within the country. Coach Rocco was appointed as the Coaching Director, tasked with building internationally competitive swimmers and world class coaches, as well as developing the untapped talent of the previously disadvantaged communities so that South African teams reflected the make up of the population.
In 2003, Coach Rocco established the first National Training Centre in South Africa, located at the University of Pretoria’s High Performance Centre and newly opened High school for Sport. Swimmers from all over South Africa and sub-Saharan Africa flocked to the National Training Centre to the extent that additional coaches had to be appointed.
The University’s high performance centre offered him the position of Academies Director in 2006 and an agreement was reached between Swimming South Africa and the University to allow Coach Rocco to continue managing the National Training Centre in addition to taking up the new position.
In October 2012, Coach Rocco was appointed as University sports manager for all the Aquatic programmes as well as Triathlon. The University programme is consistently ranked top in the country and has produced swimmers on the SA Olympic team since Coach Rocco re-opened the club in October 1999. This is the club of choice for Roland Schoeman and his training base when he is in South Africa.
We look forward to having Rocco and his family join us in BC as soon as possible and will publish an announcement as to his actual arrival once all of the immigration filings have been completed and we have a date confirmed.