Titley set to lead Canadian National Swim Centre
13th September 2012
British Swimming coach Ben Titley will leave the British Gas ITC in Loughborough next month to take up a new Head Coach role in Toronto.
One of the most decorated and longest-standing British coaches, Titley has decided to join Swimming Canada after spending 16 years in Loughborough and for family reasons, following his marriage to Canadian Nicky last year.
“I’m excited to be taking up this role with Swimming Canada which comes at a perfect time for me in terms of my family, career and next chapter in my life,” explained Titley.
He continued: “The last 16 years based at Loughborough University, and specifically the last seven years with British Swimming, has been an unbelievable experience for which I will always be grateful.
“I have been so fortunate to learn from and share with many great coaches, and have been blessed to coach not only some of the most talented and hard working athletes but also the best people I have been lucky enough to meet.
“I wish all at British Swimming the very best for the future.”
During his time at Loughborough, Titley coached at three Olympic Games in 2004, 2008 (Head Women’s Coach) and 2012 as well as six World Championships (50m), four Commonwealth Games and numerous other major international meets.
In 2003, Titley coached James Gibson to become the first British male world champion for 28 years and along the way has won another 120 international medals at World, European and Commonwealth level with the likes of Mel Marshall, Liam Tancock, Fran Halsall, Lizzie Simmonds, Caitlin McClatchey and Kate Haywood.
Titley has coached athletes to World, European and Commonwealth records as well as to national records in all strokes and distances from 50 to 400m.
British Swimming National Performance Director Michael Scott said: “I would like to thank Ben on behalf of everyone at British Swimming for his dedication and contribution over the past three Olympic cycles as well as the international success he’s achieved.
“We wish him all the best both personally and professionally in his new role and life in Canada.
”The process to appoint a replacement will commence as soon as possible but will take into consideration the outcomes of the Olympic performance debrief as well as British Swimming’s plans to establish a national sprint centre"