Ryan Mallette named national swim coach

Replaces Randy Bennett who died of cancer last month

Ryan Mallette has been named head coach of the Swimming Canada High Performance Centre in Victoria.

Mallette has been coaching the top centre athletes on an interim basis since January due to the late Randy Bennett’s battle with cancer. He joins Swimming Canada on a permanent basis after having served as the swimming NextGen coach with the Canadian Sport Institute Pacific for three years. He also oversaw the Claremont Secondary School program.

“Appointing Ryan Mallette into the position of the head coach of the Swimming Canada High Performance Centre in Victoria is a great move for the centre, the athletes and for swimming in Canada,” said Swimming Canada High Performance director John Atkinson.

“I look forward to continuing to work with Ryan over this next year and in the build up to the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.”

After nearly 15 years of experience in the Montreal area Mallette was recruited in 2012 to oversee the Canadian Sport Institute Pacific Talent Development Program in Victoria. He worked alongside Bennett, the former High Performance Centre – Victoria head coach, for three years.

Previously he served as head coach of the Pointe-Claire Swim Club, and his national team roles have included the Pan Pacific Championships, FINA World Junior Championships and Pan American Games.