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Bruce Gemmell has been involved in the sport for 50+ years as a swimmer, coach, and parent.  He had a distinguished career in the 1980’s as a standout swimmer at the University of Michigan and was the 1982 Big Ten champion in the 400 individual medley.  He qualified for the U.S. Olympic Trials in 1980 and 1984 but didn’t get near qualifying for either team.  So he settled into a successful career as an engineering manager and consultant—he holds a dozen patents—while dabbling in coaching.


His first coaching job was at Delaware Swim Team before moving on to Nation’s Capital Swim Club (NCAP) where he inherited a young Katie Ledecky who many consider to be the GOAT of female swimming.  Because of his success with Katie and others, Bruce was named USAC and ASCA Coach of the Year 3 times.  He has also been on the coaching staff st the 2016 Olympics and 2 World Championship Teams.


In addition to the strong senior program, NCAP has had one of the top age group programs in the country over the years.  They have been ranked #1 several times and have been a USA Swimming Gold Medal Team for 12 consecutive years.  


Bruce’s son Andrew who competed in the 1912 London Olympics and his daughter Erin who recently qualified for the 2024 Paris Olympics.  

  • Olympic & World Championship Coach

  • Nation's Capital (NCAP) Coach

  • Coach of Katie Ledecky

  • USA Swimming Gold Medal Team 12 Years

Bruce Gemmell

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