Mike Rochelle hired as new Holy Trinity swim coach


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Mike Rochelle has been named the new swimming coach at Holy Trinity Episcopal Academy, the school announced Tuesday.

Rochelle has more than 20 years of coaching experience and most recently served as the head swimming coach at West Shore and Satellite High Schools. He was also an assistant coach at Florida Tech.

In addition, he is the owner of the Brevard Swim Club, which was established in 2009 and has grown to be one of the largest and strongest USA Swimming Club members in Brevard County.

Before moving to Florida from North Carolina in 2007, Rochelle led West Henderson High School to state swimming championships in 2003 and 2004. He was named the Western North Carolina Area Coach of the Year from 2003-05.

Rochelle takes over the program from former coach Steven Gilmer.

To date, the Tigers have made six new coaching hires for the current 2014-15 and the upcoming 2015-16 seasons.

Swimming is a fall sport.

A press release from the school described Rochelle as a goal-oriented coach who said, “I am looking forward to meeting with the team and defining what we want to achieve in terms of success and then making a plan for the swimmers, coaches and parents to achieve our goals.”

The Tigers sent one athlete to the Class 1A state meet last season. Noel Whitlock finished 17th in girls diving.

“Coach Rochelle brings a great deal of experience and energy to the swim program,” Holy Trinity Episcopal Academy athletic director Scott Crockett said in a school press release. “After speaking with him in-depth, it became apparent that Coach Rochelle is a great fit for Holy Trinity.

“He has a wealth of resources, and his coaching philosophy will be beneficial to our swimmers. I am excited he will be joining the Holy Trinity coaching staff.”