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Truckee Tahoe Swim Team hires new coach

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The Crews family enjoys a fishing outing on Lake Tahoe. Cyrus Crews was recently hired as head coach of the Truckee Tahoe Swim Team.
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There are big changes in the works for the Truckee Tahoe Swim Team with the hiring of a new head coach and state-of-the-art swimming facility coming soon.

The Truckee Tahoe Swim Team (TTST) hiring committee interviewed applicants from around the world before choosing Cyrus Crews as their new head coach.

Crews and his family have relocated to Truckee from Purworkerto, Indonesia. He will start as TTST head coach in September. Crews stood out in a talented group of applicants because of his innovative coaching approach, which places the emphasis on stroke technique.

“We are very fortunate to be able to bring someone of Cyrus Crews’ talent and experience here to the Truckee Tahoe area,” said TTST board president Karen Cole. “With Cyrus on the pool deck and the new aquatic facility opening next summer, we are poised to elevate TTST to a whole new level of competitive swimming.”

Crews holds a bachelor’s degree in education from Salem International University in West Virginia. He is from Maui, and in his youth competed around the Hawaiian Islands in swimming, surfing and paddling. His peak swimming result was during the 1997 Seal Beach, Calif., Rough Water, where he set a world-class time of 2 hours, 36 minutes in the 10-mile race.

He swam as a NCAA Division II level scholarship athlete. He started his coaching career in 1999, and moved to South East Asia in 2000.

Crews coached in Thailand and Indonesia during his 15 years in Southeast Asia. In Surabaya, Indonesia, he was a physical education teacher at two international schools, and headed the school swimming programs.

Under Crews’ coaching, both school swim programs grew quickly. From Surabaya, he moved to be head coach of the Flying Fish Swim Club in Phuket Thailand. The Flying Fish team grew fast and continued to be one of the best elite-training, student-athlete-centered options for young national swimmers in Southeast Asia.

He spent his last four years as head coach of Bina Taruna Swim Club of Purworkerto, Indonesia. During his time there he supervised the construction, and then general managed a team-owned aquatic facility. Bina Taruna continues to grow rapidly both in numbers and competitive successes.

Crews has coached with Olympic and national coaches from the USA, Hungary and Singapore. He is considered to be an innovative coach by his colleagues and is willing to share and receive new knowledge to produce a holistic, fun and challenging program from development levels to elite level swimmers.

His program has helped produce an Indonesian Junior National Medalist, Indonesian National Top 8 Swimmers, Southeast Asia Age Group Finalist and Indonesian Age Group Record Holders.

For his swimmers who represent USA swimming, there have been Western Zone Champions, Hawaiian Age Group Records and multiple No. 1 age group annual times.

TTST is holding an open house on Sept. 8 from 3-5:30 p.m. at the Truckee Community Pool. Anyone interested in learning more about the team is encouraged to come. The team is accepting new members between the ages of 5 and 18. More information about TTST can be found at http://www.truckeeswim.com.