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Thank you for stopping by.  My name is Sergio Lopez Miro and I have been involved in the swimming world as a swimmer or as a coach for almost 40 years.  Swimming has given me a path in life and my goal is to share some of my thoughts and experiences here with you.  Let me know what you think and enjoy!



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Oliver Luck visits WVU Alumni in Jacksonville at Big Dawgs Restaurant

Last night Michael Walker and I went to Big Dawgs Restaurant to meet Oliver Luck, the Athletic Director at West Virginia University.  Big Dawgs Restaurant is the place where the WVU Alumni Chapter of Jacksonville meets to watch the WVU football games.  Chad Dean is Director of the Alumni Chapter here in Jacksonville and has done a tremendous job with the events.  We have been to the restaurant before, to watch WVU play and now we went to meet and hopefully be able to talk with Oliver Luck. 

The gathering was great and it was good to hear Oliver Luck’s thoughts about the move to the Big 12 and also their projects for updating their athletic facilities.  Also in attendance was JR Rogers, member of Board of Governors for WVU, that he also gave some good insight about the new projects to enhance Morgantown and bring more people to this beautiful city.  Oliver Luck was very nice and spent quality time sitting and talking with every WVU Alumni and supporter.

Michael Walker and I also got the chance to talk with Oliver Luck.  I had many questions that I wanted to ask but I did not want to ruin his visit to Jacksonville ;-)  Michael however asked him a very good question that he did not have an answer for and at the end he told us that he would look into it.  Michael’s question was:

Why has the 2007 Men’s Big East Champions Banner been taken down from the Natatorium and nothing has been hung up to replace that banner? 

We know that we are not there anymore and it is only history, but I want to believe that it is a big part of the WVU Swimming & Diving History.  Hopefully they have a plan to place it back and they don’t take it for granted. The last 5 years in the Big East, they were far from winning a Championship Team Title and it should be there to remind them that it can be done.  Just my humble opinion.

Any way I am happy that I kept my mouth shut about my feelings about where the WVU Swimming & Diving Team has gone these past years.  We were there only for few years but we will be Mountaineers for the rest of our lives.  The three years that I worked there were three amazing years and we build something good and now it seems gone.

My son Cobi, Michael Walker and I will be traveling to Morgantown November 17th to watch WVU play Oklahoma. This is our own way of continuing to be Proud Mountaineers instead of just being Mountaineer History.

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Old Pic of Sean Mahoney, Wizard, Jason Calanog, Cobi, Michael Walker and Me at Big Dawgs



Back in 2006-2007 I had the privilege to coach an amazing group of swimmers back at West Virginia University on both our men’s and woman’s swimming and diving teams.  That was the year that we won THE BIG EAST CHAMPIONSHIP, what a year.  I guess now since WVU has moved to the Big 12 we will go down in history as the only WVU Swimming & Diving team that has won the BIG EAST Championship ;-)

Well before I lose track of what I wanted to write here let me go back to that year.  One of the great swimmers and more importantly great people that I had the privilege to coach was Sean Mahoney.  He is really one of a kind as a swimmer and as a person.  That was a very good season before my move from WVU to Bolles.  At that point, Sean decided to go back home and attend classes and swim for Cal Berkley.  Well, after the 2012 Trials Sean asked me if he could come and train at Bolles for a while.  He did not know for how long, but at least to prepare for the World Cup Circuit.  I was so excited because after I left WVU and he went To Cal, I never thought that I would have the privilege to coach him again.  I told Sean absolutely if you want to come and train with us at Bolles you are more than welcome.  So he packed up and he came this past August and trained with us until last week when he left to start traveling to the World Cup Circuit.  Sean will be going to every single World Cup competition with the exception of Stockholm, Sweden.  Here is his schedule:

2-3 Oct. 2012                      Dubai (UAE)

6-7 Oct. 2012                      Doha (QAT)

17-18 Oct. 2012                 Moscow (RUS)

20-21 Oct. 2012                 Berlin (GER)

2-3 Nov. 2012                     Beijing (CHN)

6-7 Nov. 2012                     Tokyo (JPN)

10-11 Nov. 2012                Singapore (SIN) (Sean will be doing some clinics here in Singapore ;-) 

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These past couple of months have been great, having the chance to coach and be on deck with my “Bro” Sean and I just want to wish him the BEST OF LUCK in this great adventure that he has just started.  Watching him train I feel very confident that he will have an amazing experience and that he will be able to have great performances at these meets.  Most importantly he will have an amazing opportunity to see the World and grow as a swimmer and person.

Here is a picture of Sean, “Wizard”, Jason, my son Cobi, Michael and me enjoying the season opener for WVU Football vs. Marshall.