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The Hornet

Serving the Fullerton Community Since 1922

The Hornet

Olympic coach returns back to his hometown

Fullerton College welcomes new swim and dive head coach Jerry Olszewski to the Hornets.

“It feels great to be back in my hometown. Some medical issues that my dad was battling brought me back home from my position in New Zealand,” Olszewski said.

Olszewski returns to Fullerton with an extraordinary resume that includes being the head coach of the New Zealand national swim and dive team.

“I’m happy to be back and to be able to contribute with Rhett Price and Gabriel Martinez, to the great tradition Fullerton College swimming and water polo,” said Olszewski.

He began his career as a teacher and swimming head coach at Buena Park High School in 1991. During his time there, his team became Freeway League Champions three times and he managed his team to third in CIF standings during his run.

Olszewski spent most of his coaching years with the USA swimming national team from 1996 to 2016. He coached athletes from the top US swim club teams such as King Aquatics, Scottsdale Aquatics and Arizona Gold.

With his determination and dedication to aquatics, he led his team to US Junior National, State and Sectional Team Championship titles and almost every year his club teams have remained ranked in the top 25 of USA Swimming.

Olszewski had the pleasure of coaching numerous swimmers that qualified for the US Olympic trials and Olympic games, with one athlete earning a bronze medal at the 2000 Sydney Olympics.

In addition to his coaching resume and his career as a former swimmer at the University of Nebraska, Olszewski also received his masters degree in sports administration from the University of New Mexico in 1985.

“I’ve been very fortunate in my career to be able to work with great coaches and great athletes that have taught me a lot,” said Olszewski. “I will continue to carry that tradition on at FC and build on what has been achieved here in the past.”