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13 December 2011 | PR 11/155

Legendary swimming coach to leave University

Ian Armiger

Ian Armiger

Loughborough University has announced today (13 December) that Ian Armiger, Director of Swimming, is to leave his post following the completion of the London 2012 Olympic Games.

After 15 years of unparalleled success at Loughborough, Ian has accepted the offer to become the new Technical Director for Swimming in the Cayman Islands. Ian will start his new role on 1 September 2012.

Ian has nearly 40 years’ experience as a professional swimming coach, during which time he has been totally committed to helping a host of swimmers achieve their dreams.

Since arriving at the University in 1997 Ian, together with an outstanding group of coaches and support staff, has built a unique programme based upon a holistic and inclusive approach to coaching which enables swimmers to combine elite performance with academic excellence.

This programme has firmly established Loughborough as the number one swimming environment in the UK, and created one of the finest swim teams that has dominated the British Universities Championships and won many national and international honours.

During his time at Loughborough Ian has been instrumental in developing the careers of many of the finest swimmers and coaches the UK has ever produced. With a group of world class coaches and unquestionable support from everyone involved, the programme has enabled swimmers to win numerous medals and break records at National, Commonwealth, European, World and Olympic level.

Speaking of his decision Ian Armiger said:

“Loughborough University Swimming has been my life for the past 15 years and I’ve loved every minute of it. Working with such fine coaches, swimmers and support staff in a unique and positive environment has enabled us to develop the programme from relatively small beginnings to the dizzy heights of world swimming.

“It’s been a tough decision to move on but, as for many coaches, post 2012 Olympics is a time for reflection and new challenges.

“Whilst I am very sad to be leaving Loughborough University, I am looking forward to the exciting opportunity to make a difference to Cayman Island Swimming.”

Andy Borrie, Deputy Director of Sport at Loughborough University said:

“Ian has quite simply been Mr Swimming at Loughborough for many years.  His energy, commitment and drive to our programme has made us the best performance centre in the UK, attracting the best elite swimmers to train and study at the University.

“Although we are sad to see Ian go, I would like to thank him for all that he has given to the University. I wish him well for his new role in the Cayman Islands.”

With Ian moving on, the University and British Swimming are taking the opportunity to think creatively about swimming at Loughborough and are committed to working in partnership to continue to build Loughborough’s reputation as a world class swimming environment.

Michael Scott, National Performance Director at British Swimming said:

“Loughborough University and British Swimming have implemented one of the best training centres in the country and Ian has played a valuable role in achieving this and the successes that have followed.

“Ian has been selected to various British Teams where his enthusiasm and passion for the sport is infectious and has a very positive effect of those around him.

“All of his team mates at British Swimming wish him the very best for the future and in his new role, and look forward to seeing him on the international pool deck again soon.”

−ENDS−

For all media enquiries contact:

Rob Knott
PR Officer (Sport)
Loughborough University
T: 01509 228686
E: R.A.Knott@lboro.ac.uk

Notes for editors:

Loughborough is one of the country’s leading universities, with an international reputation for research that matters, excellence in teaching, strong links with industry, and unrivalled achievement in sport and its underpinning academic disciplines.

It was awarded the coveted Sunday Times University of the Year 2008-09 title, and is consistently ranked in the top twenty of UK universities in national newspaper league tables. In the 2011 National Student Survey, Loughborough was voted one of the top universities in the UK, and has topped the Times Higher Education league for the UK’s Best Student Experience every year since the poll's inception in 2006. In recognition of its contribution to the sector, the University has been awarded six Queen's Anniversary Prizes.

Loughborough is also the UK’s premier university for sport. It has perhaps the best integrated sports development environment in the world and is home to some of the country’s leading coaches, sports scientists and support staff. It also has the country’s largest concentration of world-class training facilities across a wide range of sports.

It is a member of the 1994 Group of 19 leading research-intensive universities. The Group was established in 1994 to promote excellence in university research and teaching. Each member undertakes diverse and high-quality research, while ensuring excellent levels of teaching and student experience.

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