The John Abbott College Athletics department announced Tuesday that David Emory has been named the new head coach of the Islander swim team. The Pointe-Claire, QC, native brings more than ten years of coaching experience to his alma mater.
The Athletics department had been looking for a new coach since late July, following the departure of Cliff Berry.
“I am thrilled to be a part of [the team] this year,” says Emory. “While I never swam for the John Abbott team, every year I would hear from friends and co-workers about how exciting and fun the team was.”
Emory is a former John Abbott College student who graduated in the winter of 2006. Since then, he has attended Bishop’s University, earning a Bachelor of Arts in Educational Studies in 2010 and a Bachelor of Education a year later. Since then, he has been working towards a Master of Arts at McGill University.
The 27-year-old got involved at pools in his neighbourhood at a young age, serving as a lifeguard and giving swimming lessons. He made the transition to coaching in 2005 and is now a NCCP Certified level 1 coach. In addition to working around the West Island and with the Dollard-des-Ormeaux swim club, Emory was a volunteer coach with a Special Olympics team for two years.
As for assigning assistant coaches, Emory says he has a few coaches from around the West Island who could potentially help him out, but he isn’t making anything official yet.
Any John Abbott students interested in trying out for the varsity swim team should keep their ears open tryout dates. Emory could start evaluating the talent pool as early as next week.