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Luba Pohilenco

Liubov (Luba) Pohilenco

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Tell us about you (family, education, how you got to this area):

Coach Liubov (Luba) grew up in Moldova, part of the USSR. Luba earned her BA Degree from the State Pedagogig, University of Moldova.

Coach Luba’s professional goal is to teach good swimming technique and, through excellence in training and workouts, to help swimmers go faster. Luba’s personal goal is to develop fast swimmers, thereby helping the club grow larger, stronger and more successful. 


Swimming Background:

Coach Luba was Moldova’s National Coach and a USSR National Team Coach prior to coming to the USA. She was awarded a USSR Government medal for “outstanding working achievements” and “Honor Coach of Moldova”. Luba was also a Bronze Medalist at the 1969 USSR National Championships.


Personal Coaching Philosophy or “Why I Coach”: 

Working with children, seeing their smiling faces, hearing their humorous, innocent comments and their happiness when she arrives on deck motivates Coach Luba each day. Luba loves her groups and her swimmers want to see them go fast and have fun. Every workout counts!



1987 World University Games, Zagreb (Silver Medal 400IM)

1990 Goodwill Games, Seattle, Washington (Bronze Medal 400IM)

1991 European Championships, Athens, Greece

1993 FINA SC World Championships, Palma de Mallorca, Spain (Silver Medal 400 IM)

1994 FINA World Championships, Rome, Italy

1995 European Championships, Vienna, Austria


1993-200IM 1ST PLACE,1995-1ST 200 IM,1995-1ST-400IM


1992 Barcelona, Spain (7TH place), 1996 Atlanta, USA (8TH place), 2000 Sydney, Australia (Finalist)


Throughout her time at SCSC, Coach Luba has led numerous swimmers to compete at JO’s, Far Westerns, Western Zones and Futures Championships. Many of her swimmers have been medalists both in individual events and as part of relays.

Luba also led several of her age group swimmers to Junior National qualifying times and broken Pacific Swimming Age Group Records. Many swimmers have also been recognized by USA Swimming’s Age Group Top 10 Program.

Coach Luba has also been nominated as Pacific Swimming Age Group Coach of the year several times and in 2015 was a finalist for the National Age Group Coach of the year.


Interesting Fact:

Luba enjoys swimming, hiking and sailing in her free time.

Luba’s favorite quote: “To be successful you need, every time, to do a little more than you can.”


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