Director: Sean Emery
The Sailfish Sports Project’s director is no stranger to the benefits of swimming. Sean Emery grew up with a backyard pool, swimming came as naturally as any other type of activity a boy would do.
But when it came to structured swim training, magic happened. Sean fell in love with competitive swimming on a summer league in Georgia and continued throughout high school.
He went on to swim for Florida State University where he studied Exercise Physiology and Sports Management and qualified for several Junior Nationals and US Open swim meets.
Sean has shared the benefits of competitive swimming for many years through coaching with accomplishments include:
Bringing the ATAC age group swim team from 23rd in the state of Florida up to 5th with a 13-14 junior national qualifier. He also produced several swimmers with National Top 16 times.
Head age group coach and assistant senior coach for the Marietta Marlins. He produced swimmers with 10 national top 10 times, 3 state championships and several state records. Under Sean’s direction Kylie Stewart attained several No. 1 national rankings.
As the assistant coach of Sedona Red Rock High school, he was instrumental in helping the team win the state championship.
Coaching the Verde Valley High Performance/Race Pace Club AZ, as one of the few highly qualified experts of ultra-short race pace training, he continues to equip young athletes with all the benefits competitive swimming provides.
His USA Swimming team produced national finalists at the TYR Showcase Classic in St. Petersburg Florida, finalists at the Far Westerns in California, multiple Arizona state record holders, and Arizona state short course individual champions.
His non-profit foundation, Sailfish Sports Project, has been vital in providing year-round pool access to swimmers in the Verde Valley since 2015 and expanding swim team opportunities to include the rural Town of Camp Verde.