April 2, 2014
Dear Episcopal Swim Parents,
I would like to share with you the news that our Head Swim Coach and Program Director, Benji DeMotte, has resigned and will move with his family to Charleston, South Carolina. Additionally, assistant swim coach Doug Schuster will be resigning his position as he and his family will be relocating to Texas. We are thankful to Coaches DeMotte and Schuster for their contributions to the Episcopal and Amberjax swim programs over the past 7 years.
During their time as coaches, Coach DeMotte and Schuster have helped our swimmers achieve both individual and team success at the highest levels. Under their guidance, Episcopal and Amberjax swimmers have competed and won at the local, state, and national levels. Additionally, our coaches have helped send numerous Episcopal and Amberjax alums to compete at the collegiate level. Finally, it should be noted that the Amberjax swim club’s numbers have grown to include over 200 swimmers at three facilities in Northeast Florida with their leadership.
Above and beyond any team or individual successes, we are thankful to Coaches DeMotte and Schuster for the level of care and support they provided our student-athletes during their tenure. We wish Coach DeMotte and Coach Schuster the best of luck in their future pursuits and thank them for their leadership of the Episcopal and Amberjax swim programs.
While we are sorry to see Coach DeMotte, Coach Schuster and their families leave us, I am pleased to announce that Martin Zubero has accepted our offer to become the next Episcopal Swim Program Director. As program director, Martin will be responsible for overseeing both the Episcopal and Amberjax swim programs. He will begin serving in his new role beginning May 12.
We are pleased to be able to bring a coach with the level of experience and expertise that Martin possesses to our swim program. Martin has all the characteristics we desire for the next leader of our program. In addition to his strong coaching and swimming pedigree, his values and philosophies are consistent with those of Episcopal. Martin has a strong understanding of what it takes to be successful and we look forward to him leading our program moving forward.
Following his high school days as an All-American swimmer at Bolles, Martin received a scholarship to swim for Coach Randy Reese at the University of Florida. During Martin’s career at Florida he received many honors including being recognized as a two-time conference swimmer of the year as well as the 1991 NCAA swimmer of the year. At the international level, Martin is a decorated Olympic and World Champion. He competed for Spain in three Olympics and won the gold medal in the 200m backstroke at the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona, Spain. Additionally, Martin held the world record for the 200m backstroke from 1991-1999.
Since his retirement from international competition, Martin has been inducted into the University of Florida Hall of Fame as well as the International Swimming Hall of Fame. As a coach, Martin has served as the Head Age Group Program Manager for Lake Brantley Aquatics, Head Age Group Director and Senior Assistant Coach for Bolles Sharks and the Senior Assistant Coach and Age Group Coach for Marlins of Raleigh. Most recently Martin has led the Spartan Aquatic Club at St. John’s Country Day School in Orange Park. He has received numerous accolades as a coach including being named the Florida Head Age Group Coach of the Year and the ASCA Age Group Coach of the Year for Florida Swimming. In addition to club coaching, Martin has coached at the international level at the World Championships (Malaysia) and Pan American Games (Netherland Antilles).
Please join me in welcoming Martin and his family to the Episcopal community.
Andy Kidd '99
Director of Athletics
Episcopal School of Jacksonville
4455 Atlantic Boulevard
Jacksonville, Florida 32207
O. 904.396.5751, ext. 1612