“The path to Success is guided through belief, desires
& dreams, in which each individual must find that spark
that will make them champions from within their body and mind, so
that success can be a reality.” — Jarrod
Jarrod Hunte, or better known as Coach J-Rod to his swimmers, follows that path every day. Born and raised in Caracas, Venezuela, he credits the sport of swimming as the vehicle for his achievements. Although he started swimming competitively at the age of 6, he discovered the spark that ignited his passion for the sport when he moved to the USA with his family. In Florida, Jarrod swam for Fort Lauderdale Swim Team (FLST) under the leadership of International Swimming Hall of Fame Coach Jack Nelson and Coach Duffy Dillon, the current ASCA International Speaker. Jarrod considers these two coaches to have had the most influence on his dreams and subsequently his life. Using Coach Nelson’s quote, “Access to Success is Through the Mind” as a guide, Jarrod achieved success at Fairmont State University, where he was a four-year letter winner, was a member of the record setting men’s 800 freestyle relay and was captain of the swim team his senior year.
While earning his degree in Electronics Engineering at Fairmont, Coach J-Rod lead the Age Group program for Fairmont Area Swim Team (FAST) from 2004 to 2007. As a student, he also coached the Fairmont Summer League Swim Session for two years. After graduating, he moved to Florida, earning a comprehensive degree in music production and audio engineering from the Florida Institute of Recording Arts and Technology,. But he never stepped far away from the pool deck. Coach J-Rod joined the Wahoos in Ocala, and served as their Assistant Coach in charge of the Age Group program and morning workouts for their Senior Group.
In 2013, opportunity lead Coach J-Rod to become Head Coach of the Mako Swim Team in Valparaiso, Indiana. There, he guided swimmers not only to the Divisional, State, Zones and Sectionals championship meets, but also to both Summer and Winter Junior and Senior Nationals. One of his swimmers, Anya Goeders, placed 9th at the 2016 Olympic Trials in Omaha and, under his mentorship, earned a spot on Team USA’s Junior Pan Pacific Team for the past three years. Another Mako swimmer, Maddi Johnson, placed 6th in the open water Junior Nationals last summer.
Coach J-Rod’s vision to success for his swimmers also earned recognition for himself. He has been placed on the 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018 USA Junior Team coaches list as well as the 2017 World 100 18 & Under coaches list.
Coach J-Rod believes that a swimmer’s environment is tantamount. At DCS, Jarrod Hunte will create an atmosphere where all swimmers enjoy the levels of competition and training through these key components: Respect, Responsibility, Discipline, Determination, Desires, Dreams, Humility, and most of all — FUN!
Joining DCS as our Head Coach in November 2017, Coach Jarrod Hunte’s path to success is now our path. Together we are boundless.