SwimBC is very pleased to announce the hiring of Jay Benner as the new Provincial Performance Director. Jay comes to SwimBC from the Ridgefield Aquatic Club in Connecticut where he was the Head Coach and CEO for the 2014-2015 season
Prior to that, Jay, a US citizen who grew up just south of Seattle, served as Head Coach of the United Arab Emirates National Team where he was instrumental in building the UAE National Swim Team from pretty much a non-entity, to sending a swimmer to both the 2008 and 2012 Summer Olympics.
Before moving to the UAE in 2007, he was the Head Coach of the Tacoma (Washington) Swim Club (TSC) for over ten years. While at TSC, Jay was awarded the USA Swimming Developmental Coach of the Year award in 2005, inducted into the Pacific Northwest Swimming Hall of Fame in 2010, served as a Coach on several US National Teams, and placed several swimmers on US National Teams.
In addition to his tenure in Tacoma, Jay has also served as Head Coach of the Mecklenburg Aquatic Club in North Carolina and got his start in coaching working as an Assistant Coach at Washington State University.
Jay is a graduate of the University of Washington and prior to his coaching career was also an accomplished swimmer. He was once ranked in the top 25 in the world in the 400 individual medley and the 800 and 1,500 freestyles and was a collegiate All-American. He was a National Team Member from 1994 to 1997, representing the USA at a number of international competitions, and competing for 10 years on the professional open water circuit.
We are looking forward to Jay bringing his extensive coaching experience and expertise to British Columbia to enrich SwimBC’s programs and performances, keeping BC at the forefront of swimming in Canada.
We look forward to having Jay and his family join us in BC as soon as possible, with him commencing his duties on August 1, 2015.