Jon Carroll has been named the new head swimming coach for Team Santa Monica, after a six-month nationwide search.
Carroll previously served as head age-group coach for the past year and has been with the Santa Monica-based club for three years.
As a young swimmer, he trained under coach Jim Ellis, whose leadership of the Philadelphia Department of Recreation swim team is the basis for the movie Pride, which was released March 23rd across the country.
“The position of head coach of our team was highly sought after and brought in a strong list of qualified candidates,” said Laurie Dodd, chair of the Team Santa Monica board.
“Following an exhaustive search, spearheaded by a specially appointed committee comprised of parents and swimmers, the board voted unanimously that Jon was the best qualified candidate to lead our team of swimmers and continue building for the future.
“Jon exudes an unsurpassed level of energy, maintains a unique connection with our young athletes and has proven that he can lead our club with integrity and compassion,” Dodd said.
For his part, Carroll said he plans on using the lessons he learned from the hours he spent with Ellis.
“He made it a part of the program that we become students of the sport and understood the work that we did,” Carroll said of his former coach.
“I plan on carrying this on with my swimmers,” he said.
Team Santa Monica resumed competition during Mother’s Day weekend at its home pool, the Santa Monica Swim Center at Santa Monica College.
Team Santa Monica is a nonprofit swimming club that serves Santa Monica and its surrounding areas.
Information, www.teamsanta monica.org/.