April 11, 2016
INDIANAPOLIS, IN – Indiana Swimming is pleased to introduce Dr. Roch King as the new Sport Development Director. Roch will join Indiana Swimming on May 23rd.
As Sport Development Director, Dr. King will work closely with the new Executive Director, Mr. John Mybeck along with the Board of Directors and staff to guide and support coaches and clubs throughout the state to continue to grow the sport of swimming and to generate opportunities for Indiana athletes to compete at the highest levels of the sport.
Roch returns to Indiana after spending two years on the faculty of the College of Physical Activity and Sports Sciences at West Virginia University in Morgantown, WV. During his time at WVU, Roch taught courses in the Athletic Coaching Education major, focusing on philosophy & ethics, career planning and development, and coaching of technical and tactical skills. Roch also supervised and mentored undergraduate students through their practicum and internship experiences. Roch served as the Co-Director of Center of Applied Coaching & Sport Science which he helped found. Prior to WVU, Roch spent five years as a full-time coach with Carmel Swim Club as Lead Coach of the Senior 1 and Imagination 1/Challenge 3 training groups. Roch was the Head Coach for the 2016 Southern Catch the Spirit Camp hosted by Franklin Regional Swim Club, the 10 & under Boys & Girls Coach for Team Indiana at the 2012 Central Zone Age-Group Championships, and the Lead Coach for Team Indiana at the 2011 Central Zone Senior Championships. Before joining the Carmel staff, Roch held faculty positions at Ball State University and Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania, where he also served as Head Coach for Men’s Swimming. Roch earned his Ph.D. in Psycho-Social Interactions in Sport with an emphasis in Group Dynamics from Temple University in Philadelphia, PA.
“We are very excited to have Roch join our team as he shares our vision of growing the sport of swimming in the state of Indiana” said John Mybeck, Executive Director Indiana Swimming. “Roch has coached at all levels of the sport from age group to collegiate and has experience as a past coach in our camp program. The insight that he can share with our network of coaches should be considered a tremendous resource and will allow Indiana Swimming to build on the successful base established during this quadrennial.”
“I am humbled and honored to be selected to serve Indiana Swimming as the new Sport Development Director. I am excited to return to the great state of Indiana and even more excited to work with the dedicated and passionate coaches, athletes, board members, officials, and volunteers that make up the Indiana Swimming Community. Indiana has been consistently moving towards becoming the model LSC in terms of providing the best youth sport experience in the country while simultaneously competing at the highest levels of our sport. I look forward to working with John and all stake-holders in pursuit of that goal,” said Dr. King.