President and Head of School Tyler Hodges announced Peter Verhoef as the next head swim coach and aquatics director for The Bolles School on Monday, Nov. 26. Verhoef will take the helm on Jan. 7, 2019, and work with Jon Sakovich to make the transition as seamless as possible.
“With Peter’s outstanding experience as a coach, mentor and athlete, I know he will continue the many proud traditions and successes of the Bolles swimming and diving teams and Sharks program with courage, integrity and compassion,” Hodges said.
Verhoef brings with him a wealth of experience in national, international and Olympic competitions. During the past three years, he has earned acclaim as a senior coach and high performance director for SwimMAC, a globally competitive swimming program in Charlotte, N.C. There, he worked with the Senior 1 program — a group that includes the highest performing 15- to 18-year-olds — and also directed the program’s age 15 and over programs from state to national levels.
Senior athletes from SwimMAC have achieved positions on the USA National Junior Team, won Junior National Championships and recorded the highest number of scholastic All-Americans of any program in the country. Prior to that, Verhoef assisted in coaching SwimMAC's Team Elite program for Olympic level athletes from 2010 to 2016. During this time, Team Elite athletes combined for a total of nine gold, four silver and one bronze. Throughout his tenure at SwimMAC, Verhoef helped guide strategic decisions including staff development, growth, team culture, member relationships and more.
“I am thrilled to have the opportunity to be a part of an internationally known swim program like Bolles and to work with young men and women to help them achieve their best level of success,” Verhoef said.
Prior to SwimMAC, Verhoef was the assistant head coach for men’s and women’s swimming at Queens University in Charlotte, North Carolina, coaching elite swimmers from 2013 to 2015. In this role, he experienced all facets of leadership from the pool deck, including coaching, recruiting, scheduling, compliance, administration, travel and outreach. During his tenure there, Verhoef greatly contributed in the team's 2015 NCAA DII Championships for both the men’s and women’s teams.
As a student-athlete, Verhoef found success in the pool and classroom at the University of Georgia (UGA) where he received a Bachelor of Business Administration and double majored in management and management information systems in 2007 from the Terry College of Business. While at Georgia, he was a finalist at the 2004 and 2008 Olympic Trials and represented the United States at the World Championships in 2007, where he also served as the Team USA captain and earned a silver medal at the World University Games in 2005. He was also the recipient of UGA’s Jeff Poppell Leadership Award in 2006, among other honors.
The Bolles School swimming and diving program has a combined total of 14 national titles and 72 state championships. Fifty-nine Bolles students, alumni or Sharks have participated in every Olympics since 1972, representing 28 countries and claiming 20 medals.