In a partnership between University of Aberdeen, Scottish Swimming and Aberdeen Sports Village, Patrick Miley has been appointed High Performance Swim Coach with the University of Aberdeen.
As part of the University’s Sport & Exercise Team, Miley - father and coach of Commonwealth Gold Medallist, Hannah Miley - will lead the development of performance swimming within the University, and look to establish Aberdeen as one of Scottish Swimming’s four Performance Centres.
Based at the Aberdeen Sports Village Aquatics Centre, Miley will provide leadership and direction to support the pathway for talented swimmers within the City of Aberdeen and the North East Region.
Speaking about the appointment Miley said: “I’m delighted to have been given this opportunity to work with the most talented up-and-coming swimmers in the region.
“Establishing this post shows how committed the University of Aberdeen, Scottish Swimming and Aberdeen Sports Village are to creating new champions in the pool, and with the new Aquatics Centre, we certainly have the best possible facilities to help us do that.
“Over the years, working with Hannah and other successful international athletes, coaching has worked its way into my DNA and I am hugely passionate about helping swimmers become the best they can be. It’s a privilege to work with young, promising athletes and the performance plan is to take these athletes to the highest possible level they can achieve.”
Donald Pirie, Head of Sport & Exercise at the University of Aberdeen, commented: “We are delighted to be welcoming Patrick into the University of Aberdeen team. He has worked at the very top level of the sport and our young swimmers will benefit massively from his experience and guidance.
“We have the facilities and the support structure in place to deliver more first class athletes, and we feel there is no one better than Patrick to drive things forward.”
Ally Whike, Performance Director at Scottish Swimming, added: “Scottish Swimming is delighted with the appointment of Patrick Miley as Performance Coach in Aberdeen – we look forward to working with him along with the University of Aberdeen and other local partners to build on the good work that has already taken place in the city.
“Aberdeen has always had the core ingredients for producing world class athletes and in appointing a Performance Coach in partnership with the University of Aberdeen, the next step of the process is now in place.”