It was an honor well-deserved and inevitable given his long coaching career from the shores to Delaware to the pool decks of Nation’s Capital Swim Club in Washington D.C.
Recently, Gemmell has enjoyed success especially with Katie Ledecky who won 4 gold medals and set 2 world records in 2013.
The American Swim Coaches Association Coach of the Year award is given annually to the individual whose coaching effectiveness has contributed the most towards American swimming excellence at the world level. James “Doc” Counsilman, the famed American swimming coach and English Channel swimmer was the first recipient of the award in 1961.
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