General Manager & Head
Ivan Batsanov is the General
Manager and Head Coach of the 'Iolani Swim Club.
Furthermore, Batsanov oversees all levels, but his focus
is the Senior Group of the 'Iolani Swim Club and
he is also in charge of the 'Iolani Masters program.
A Bulgarian National Team
member, Batsanov joined the 'Iolani Swim Club back
in 2011 and has been working with all age groups ever since.
Batsanov`s experience as a coach started back in 2009 when his
collegiate career was over. After a couple of years coaching in
Bulgaria, Batsanov decided to move to Hawaii and train and work
with the well known Coach Bobby Brewer at ‘Iolani Swim
Collegiately, Batsanov swam for
National Sports Academy of Bulgaria and he has earned a Bachelor
degree in Coaching and Sports Management and a Master`s degree in
the field of High Performance Swimming & Coaching.
A native of Sofia, Bulgaria, Batsanov
started swimming at the age of 8. So far, he has a career total of
over 80 medals from national and international competitions,
including individual and relay events. His specialties are the
shorter races, 50 to 200 meters in length freestyle. Ivan Batsanov
has been part of Bulgarian National Swim Team for a period of 6
years and as well part of the country`s Olympic and European Junior
Championship programs in 2004.
Batsanov’s coaching philosophy
focuses on hard work both in and out of the pool. His coaching
approach aims at the perfect stoke technique that will definitely
lead to the best possible race preparation. His practices are
structured towards the individual goals of each and every swimmer
on the team and stress on being ready for a race on daily
"If you are going to
do something, do it well. Take pride in everything you
do. Your accomplishments are a direct result of your
Brian Lee is the
Founder of the 'Iolani Swim Club. He has coached the 'Iolani
School to 6 Boys State Championships and 4 Girls State
Championships and his swimmers have broken many state and high
school records. He has helped many swimmers achieve success at the
Jr. National, National, and Olympic Trial level over the past 30
years. Brian is also a multi-time USA National Team Coach.
Brian graduated from the
University of Hawaii and has been coaching Iolani since