Bolles Coach Sergio Lopez-Miro, who has been the head coach of the impressive club/high school combo program since 2007, has informed his team that he will be stepping down from that role to assume a position as the head coach of the Singapore National Team, multiple sources have confirmed to SwimSwam today. His swimmers were told after lunch, with a parents meeting in the evening to share with the rest of the team.
“It’s a little heartbreaking,” Lopez said of leaving Bolles. “I feel like I’ve grown as a person and as a coach at Bolles, and it was a great place for both me and my family.”
Lopez will now become one of four coaches at the Singapore Sports Institution that will advise coaches across all sports. That means Lopez will be impacting multiple sports outside of swimming, though his expertise in aquatics will still be a major asset to the national staff.
He emphasized the importance of his children’s education in his family’s decision – Lopez has two children just heading into their high school years, and made sure they would have strong educational opportunities in Singapore before deciding to take the job.
Representing Spain at the 1988 Summer Olympic Games, Lopez won an individual bronze medal in the 200 breaststroke as an athlete. Since then, he has become one of the world’s most successful coaches at developing talent, which includes producing two of the fastest High School swimmers in history last year: sprinter Caeleb Dressel and butterflier Joseph Schooling. Another former swimmer of his, Ryan Murphy, won two backstroke NCAA Championships in his freshman season at Cal.