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.

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.


Sydney Vandenberg Concord Coach
Brody Heck Concord Coach
Svetlana Dolgova Concord Assistant 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.  Svetlana was a Russian and Ukraine Championship winner and multiple time finalist in the USSR Junior Nationals Championships in 100 and 200 freestyle.  

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.

Olivia Linkel Masters Coach