CLEARWATER – The Carlouel Yacht Club, 1091 Eldorado Ave., has hired swimming specialist Ian O’Neil as the new director of family programs, aquatics and wellness. His responsibilities will include overseeing the club’s swim team program, aquatic facilities and developing new athletic programs and family activities.
Prior to this position, O’Neil served as the aquatics director of Countryside Country Club where he worked since 1991. He has also served as the head swim coach at Countryside High for the last 12 years and was honored as Pinellas Coach of the Year in 2002, 2004, and 2009. He was also nominated as the 2012 Pinellas County Athletic Conference boys team coach of the year. He is the current president of the Tampa Bay Aquatics swim team board.
“We are thrilled to have such a highly regarded swimming professional at Carlouel,” said Lee Mackay, general manager. “In addition to rebuilding the Pirate’s swim program, Mr. O’Neil will expand Carlouel’s recreation and safety programs to include scuba instruction, CPR certification courses, and a variety of athletic activities both on land and on water.”
O’Neil has high expectations for Carlouel’s swim team program.
“My ultimate goal is to make Carlouel Yacht Club an acting participant in the ninth branch of Tampa Bay Aquatics,” O’Neil said. “Currently 700 swimmers strong, the USA registered swimming team is recognized as one of the top competitive teams in the country, and I intend to elevate Carlouel’s swim program to the highest level.”