September 12, 2011
NES AGE GROUP COACH OF THE YEAR!
Susan Trainer joined Shawmut Aquatic Club in 2003 and now serves as Co-Head Coach along with Matt Craven. Susan directs the training for the top two levels of the club while also working with the age group program. Since 2003, SAC has risen to the top levels of New England swimming across all age-divisions highlighted by 3 team titles - 12 & Under Championships (2007 & 2011) and 14 & Under Championships (2011). SAC has also produced numerous National, Junior National, and Sectional qualifiers, as well as NAG Top 16 times and NE records.Her life-long dream of coaching began in 1998 as the Student-Assistant coach for the UCLA Bruins then later becoming the Assistant Swim Coach. During her last year on staff, the UCLA Bruins won their 1st Pac-10 Conference title. She also coached at the University of of Miami serving first as the Assistant Coach then later named the Interim-Head Coach during the 2005-06 season. Through these posts, Susan coached many NCAA Division 1 Championship qualifiers & US Olympic Trial qualifiers and two US National Team Members. Susan credits much of her teams’ success to the knowledge she gained from working under the tutelage of Cyndi Gallagher, Mariusz Podkoscielny and Brad Burnham.
As a swimmer, Susan was a NCAA Division 1 All-American for the University of Florida Gators and UCLA Bruins, and a 1996 US Olympic Swimming Trials competitor. This May she will complete her Doctorate of Education from Teachers College, Columbia University.