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Joseph Bernal

Head Coach of Bernal’s Gator Swim Club



Coach Bernal has over 30 years of experience in coaching and developing elite athletes.

The following are highlights of his credentials and accomplishments:

  • Established New England’s most successful comprehensive swim program to develop and train young athletes, as well as prepare them for future athletic opportunities and acceptance at major universities.
  • Coached and achieved excellent results at Harvard and Fordham Universities; Won numerous Ivy League and Eastern Collegiate Athletic Association Swimming Championships; Produced over 40 N.C.A.A. Collegiate Division I “All Americans” and two National Swimming Champions.
  • Developed and coached 6 Olympic champions; was on the coaching staff for the XXIV Olympic games; Coached USA National Team (head coach).
  • Through innovation and creativity revolutionized the 5th stroke with the dolphin kick. Pioneered and refined the use of the dolphin kick for strokes, starts, turns and zones.
  • Achieved American Swimming Coaches Association (A.S.C.A) – Level V Coaching – Division 1 status.

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