Mitchell Ivey

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Olympic medalist became a successful coach in swimming

The former American swimmer, Olympic medalist and a specialist in swimming on their backs. After completing a career ,Ivy became a respected university and Olympic swimming coach.

Mitch Ivey was born on February 2, 1949 in San Jose, California (San Jose, California), and trained at the club `Santa Clara Swim Club` under the direction of coach George Haines (George Haines). Speaking for `Santa Clara Swim Club`,he won three national championship among fans under the auspices of the Amateur Athletic Union (Amateur Athletic Union, AAU).

First Ivey studied at Stanford University (Stanford University), but later transferred to the University of California at Long Beach (California State University, Long Beach),where she trained by Don Gembrila coach (Don Gambril) and played for the university team. In 1970 he won the championship in swimming and diving NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association, NCAA), at a distance of 200 yards at the back. In 1972 he graduated from the University. As a member of the American team Ivey took part in two Olympic Games, 1968 Summer Olympics in Mexico City (Mexico City) and the Summer Olympics in 1972 in Munich, Germany (Munich, Germany), and has won two Olympic medals. He won a silver medal in Mexico City, yielding 1-place at a distance of 200 meters on the back of the German Roland Matthes (Roland Matthes), and took the bronze medal in the same discipline in Munich. In addition, in 1972 he took the 4th place at a distance of 100 m backstroke. He took part in the preliminary heats in the 4x100 relay race among men who brought gold US team ,but is not entitled to a medal by the rules of 1972, since it does not participate in the final.

Having completed his own career, he became a coach. From 1974 to 1981 he was the head coach `Santa Clara Swim Club`, succeeding George Haynes. Three of his swimmers were given the right to speak at the Summer Olympics in 1976. In 1981, Ivey became the head coach of the club `Concord Pleasant Hill Swim Club`. From late 1988 until 1990 he worked in the elite `Etobicoke Swim Club` in Toronto, Ontario (Toronto, Ontario). During the Summer Olympics in 1988 Ivey served as assistant head coach of the US Olympic team. Then he replaced Randy Reese (Randy Reese), head coach of swimming and jumping in the water of the Florida University (University of Florida), `Florida Gators`, and from 1990 to 1993 led the women`s team of the University. For three seasons under his swimmer from `Lady Gators` three consecutive years won championships South-Eastern Conference (Southeastern Conference, SEC), and ranked 3rd and 2nd places at the championships in swimming and diving in the National Collegiate Athletic Association. Three years in a row Mitch Ivy was awarded the title of coach of the year the Southeastern Conference.

Despite the truly impressive achievements ,in October 1993, the Sports Association of the University of Florida Ivey released from their duties after an episode of the television show `Outside the Lines` channel ESPN, which tells the story of a romantic relationship coach with several of his former swimmer - before Ivey led the university team in swimming. Girls with screen accused him of sexual harassment. Ivey has been married three times by the time, and his second wife, too, swimmer, was 18 years old when they married. He denied all the charges. Channel not interviewed him, and he, too, Ivey did not act on the air with denials. Interesting,his university women`s team issued a unanimous statement in which swimmers supported his coach, insisting that they never witnessed reprehensible behavior on his part.

Later, in the late 90`s, Mitch Ivy coached swimming school Trinity Preparatory School in Winter Park,Florida (Winter Park, Florida), and the club `Trinity Prep Aquatics`.

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