Dwight Dickerman CEO

CEO | SAFE Sport Coordinator 

Dwight was an age group swimmer and state finalist in South Carolina and had the opportunity to be influenced by Olympic Coach’s Don Gambrel and Doc Councilman. After serving in the US Submarine Service and attending college, Dwight found his way back to swimming through his daughters.


Serving his children’s club team as an Official and the competitive chairman for the board, he managing 15 meets a year from inter-squad to USA Swimming National Team level Grand Prix meets, Dwight has seen every level of swimmer and had a role in directing how teams can develop high quality people and swimmers to every level they aspire. 


Volunteering as a Meet Director and Meet Official to support his daughters, Dwight has found officiating to be a rewarding experience. Over his 15 plus years of officiating, Dwight is certified  as the highest level of official in each national position. Having been selected to officiate at every level of meet from USA Swimming’s US Open Nationals and NCAA championships to being the Meet Referee of North Carolina Swimming State Championship is an honor Dwight appreciates.  


Seeing our kids have a great swim, have fun and be rewarded for their hard work is why I stay involved in swimming.

Vladimir Dolgov Head Coach

Coach Vladimir is accredited with a Level 4/5 American and Level 5 International Swimming Coaches Association certification. 

Coach Vladimir joined Sailfish Aquatics in 2015.  He is a former Olympic Bronze medalist and a university PhD graduate in Sport Science.  Vladimir was a member of the USSR National Swim Team for seven years; participating in many International competitions.  He was a Top 10 ranked swimmers in the World for three consecutive years, and 15 times USSR National medalist in 100 and 200 Backstroke.

Vladimir has been involved with coaching for over 30 years.  During his coaching career he developed numerous National Top age group swimmers, Junior National, National and Olympic trial qualifiers.  In 2019, he was honorably recognized by North Carolina Swimming as Coach of the National Top Ten Swimmers.

Coach Vladimir has mentored and consulted many elite swimmers from the Russian Federation, Ukraine, Belarus and Costa Rica.  He has organized, hosted and lead multiple successful series of International Swimming Camps and Clinics with Olympic champions and Russian National coaches in the USA.

Career Achievements

  • NCAA championship and World Student Games champion at the 2007
  • Olympic Trial Qualifiers
  • Senior National Qualifiers
  • Junior National Qualifiers
  • Top ranked Age Group swimmers in the USA
  • Ohio and NC State Record holders
  • OH and NC State Champions
  • Top 16 USA age group swimmers

Personal Achievements

  • Bronze medalist in 100 meters backstroke in the XXII Olympic Games
  • Silver medalist in 100 backstroke at the 1979 and 1981 World Student Games
  • Ranked in the Top 10 backstroke swimmers in the World from 1979-1981
  • Member of USSR National Team for 7 consecutive years
  • 15 times USSR National medalist in 100 and 200 backstroke

Coach Vladimir believes that competitive swimming is an opportunity for young athletes to be both challenged as individuals and develop a sense of teamwork and discipline.  Swimmers should be encouraged to use their sport and skills they develop as a key to success into their future careers. His goal is to strengthen and accentuate the athletes’ talents by facilitating growth and making sure they understand the commitment that comes with it.


Brody Heck Concord Coach

Brody was an age group swimmer and 14&U champ in the 50&100 freestyle. While attending highschool in Florida Brody was the 4A 50 & 100 freestyle state champion. Brody swam for Auburn Univserity for 2 years where he made the SEC team his sophomore year. Brody then transferred to Queens where he was the D2 NCAA champion in the 50 Freestyle and 5 relays his Junior year. One of the relays was also an NCAA D2 record. 

Brody has coached at summer league teams throughout the Charlotte and Lake Norman areas. Along with coaching summer league, Brody also worked at a swim school where he taught entry level swimmers the basics. Brody has been able to coach and work with swimmers from all different levels and help them succeed.

Throughout his swimming career and coaching expereince Brody has found a passion for extending his swimming knowledge and positive experiences to the athletes that he coaches. Brody is excited and ready to help excel your swimmers to the next level and create a great environment in and out of the pool.

Svetlana Dolgova Concord Coach

Coach Svetlana joined Sailfish Aquatics in 2015.  She was a member of the USSR National Swim Team for five years and represented the country in many International competitions.  Coach Svetlana was a Russian and Ukraine Championship winner and multiple time finalist in the USSR Junior Nationals Championships in 100 and 200 freestyle.  

Coach Svetlana holds a Master’s degree in Sport Coaching, Physical Education and Computer Science.  After retirement from her IT management career in the American Electric Company, she decided to continue her passion in swimming.  Svetlana’s career has given her the vast experience of coaching every level of athletes, from beginners to Olympic Trail qualifiers including Triathlon athletes. 

Coach Svetlana is a Level 4/5 ASCA.  She assists with coaching of all age groups, tryouts and communication with the team’s parents.

Coach Svetlana and Coach Vladimir have two sons.  Oldest, Alex, was a National qualifier and captain of the Wright State University (Division I) swim team; younger, Dmitry, was a World Championship Trial and Olympic Trial qualifier for the Ohio State University (Division I) swim team. 


Jonathan Walters Stanly Lead Coach

Coach Jonathan joined Sailfish Aquatics in 2018. He swam competitively as an age group and highschool swimmer. After graduating from Texas A&M in 2015 he returned to the sport to coach.


Coach Jonathan has been coaching for 5 years. He has worked with a large variety of swimmers of all ages and abilities, from beginner 10 and unders to state champion highschool swimmers.


Coach Jonathan believes that swimming can teach life lessons that extend far beyond the pool. He strives to share the things he has learned, both as a swimmer and coach, with the athletes that he works with.