Russ Franklin Bio

Longtime Montreal-based coach Russ Franklin has been named the new skipper of the Region of Waterloo Swim Club.

The Winnipeg native has drawn rave reviews from the local swim community, including a former ROW coach and the man he will replace.

“I think (in a lot of ways) he’s better than I am,” said former ROW boss Dean Boles, now Swim Ontario’s mentor coach. “He knows his stuff. I think the club and the university will be really happy with him.”

Franklin enters his new position, which includes dual duties as head coach of Wilfrid Laurier University’s swim team, after spending 35 years in Montreal.
He is the former head coach of the Pointe-Claire Swim Club and the Beaconsfield Bluefins.

Franklin has a proven track record of guiding Olympic-calibre swimmers including Craig Hutchison and Stephanie Horner, Boles said.
His approach is a patient one, Franklin said in a news release.

“Over the years I have been fortunate to work with a lot of talented, hard-working athletes that I have developed from the novice level to the national level. I like to think long term for each swimmer which allows them to develop at their own pace.”

ROW, the 35-year-old Olympic juggernaut, launched the international swim careers of Victor Davis, Mike West, Laura Nicholls, Jennifer Button and, most recently, Keith Beavers.

Franklin, in his early 50s, said he was impressed by the club’s commitment to excellence at all levels.

“I think the greater Kitchener-Waterloo area is a vibrant and growing community that can make a huge contribution to the sport both in Ontario and the rest of Canada.”

Franklin replaces departing ROW head coach Nandi Kormendi who recently handed in his resignation.

Kormendi also sang Franklin’s praises. “He’s a strong coach,” he said. “He’s a nice guy. He’s a friend.”

Franklin assumes his duties on Sept. 1.

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