The Rose Bowl Aquatics Center (RBAC) announced Monday that Andrew Nguyen, a “rising young star in the profession and swimming community,” has been named its new Head Swim Coach.
Nguyen will assume his new role at the RBAC in August.
Nguyen comes to the RBAC from the Scottsdale Aquatic Club where he served as the Head Coach and CEO of the Scottsdale Aquatic Club in Scottsdale, Arizona since August 2021. Under Nguyen’s leadership, Scottsdale Aquatic Club recently won the Team Championship at the 2022 Speedo Sectionals in Austin, Texas.
Prior to Scottsdale, Nguyen was the Head Coach of the Bellevue Club Swim Team in Bellevue, Washington. Under his leadership, Bellevue Club Swim Team was named a USA Swimming Gold Medal Club and was the 2019 Winter Junior Nationals Champions, with the Women placing third and the Men placing second at the meet.
“This is a great day for the RBAC and Rose Bowl Aquatics Swim Team,” according to President and Executive Director Jimmy Francis. “Andrew is a highly regarded coach who distinguished himself during a very competitive search process. His commitment to character development, inclusion, community building, and competitive excellence will be instrumental in continuing the long history of success of the program.”
As a former student-athlete, having swam at the University of Washington, Nguyen was a finalist at the Pacific-10 Conference each season. Prior to swimming at University of Washington, Nguyen grew up in La Cañada and competed as a swimmer for Rose Bowl and Swim Pasadena.
Nguyen believes that a positive and strong program not just develops great swimmers, but exceptional young adults who contribute in many ways outside of the pool. Nguyen states, “I truly believe in establishing a team culture first and that high-achieving results will be a by-product of developing an environment in which everyone is motivated to do their best for each other.”
“I’m extremely excited and grateful for the opportunity to lead this program,” said Nguyen. “This program has a standard of excellence we intend to maintain. We will consistently compete at the highest levels in and out of the pool, and also create a positive team experience for a diverse (group of swimmers) and families at all levels and ages.”
The Rose Bowl Aquatics Swim Team is a nationally competitive team that trains over 500 swimmers year-round from the developmental level to elite athletes competing on the local, state, and national level. A Silver Medal Club in USA’s Swimming Club Excellence Program, the team is consistently among top performers in the region and nation.