May 21st, 2012

Brucato To Lead Bellarmine Swimming

Staff Report

Brucato To Lead Bellarmine Swimming
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Former UK assistant tabbed to lead brand new program


LOUISVILLE, Ky.--Bellarmine University and Director of Athletics Scott Wiegandt have announced that John Brucato will be the first coach of Bellarmine's men's and women's swim team.

Brucato has a wealth of coaching experience both on the collegiate and club level.  He spent the past 12 seasons as an assistant coach at the University of Kentucky and since 1990 has coached the Wildcat Aquatics club team, where he coached Megan Kleine to a gold medal in the 1992 Olympics.  Brucato is a former Kentucky Swimming Coach of the Year and has served as an Olympic Festival Coach.

“With John's background, I am convinced that he is the perfect candidate to get Bellarmine's new swim program off to a great start,” Wiegandt said. “His knowledge of both collegiate swimming and the local swim community is vast, which should help Bellarmine launch our swim program successfully.”

Wiegandt added that Brucato also could have an edge at recruiting students to Bellarmine. “As the parent of a recent Bellarmine graduate, John is uniquely qualified to speak to the value and excellence of a Bellarmine education,” he said. “That's something most schools can't offer.”

Brucato said, “It is an honor to become a part of a great school and have the opportunity to contribute to an exciting and growing athletic department. I believe my primary mission in coaching,” he added, “is to create an environment which complements the overall student-athlete's experience and adds to the personal growth which occurs at Bellarmine University.”

A native of Covington, Ky., Brucato began his coaching career at the Covington YMCA before spending two years with the Covington Clippers and five years with the Nashville Aquatic Club.

Bellarmine announced the formation of an NCAA Division II-level swim team earlier this spring.  The school plans to start competing in the 2012-13 academic year and will join the Great Lakes Valley Conference when it adds swimming as an official league sport.


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