Craig McCord, one of the most successful coaches in Canadian sport, announced in April 2016 he is stepping down as the national para-swimming coach for Swimming Canada following the Rio Games, after 12 years in the role.
At the 2012 Paralympic Games in London, McCord guided the Canadian team to 16 medals (four gold, nine silver and three bronze). Veterans Benoit Huot and Valérie Grand’Maison delivered multi-medal performances once again while newcomers Morgan Bird, Katarina Roxon and Aurélie Rivard left no doubt Canada will be a para-swimming powerhouse for years to come.
McCord is a chartered professional coach and an NCCP Level 3 certified coach. He has been coaching since 1986, joining Swimming Canada in 2004. That includes head coach positions at the 2004, 2008 and 2012 Paralympic Games, the 2006 and 2010 IPC World Championships and the 2007 and 2011 Parapan American Games.
McCord has made an impact at both the national and international levels. With Swimming Canada he developed and implemented a national team development strategy which has made the Canadian para-swimming program the envy of other nations and a primary reason Canada can continually produce top flight para-swimmers.
McCord will maintain his position on the International Paralympic Committee’s Competition and Programming Committee after Rio.
Head coach at three Paralympic Games and three Parapan American Games…
From 1989 to 2004 was director of swimming with the Richmond Racers and Richmond Rapids Swim Club… UBC science and physical education graduate… In 2012 was selected as a member of the IPC Swimming Coaching Advisory Council and the London 2012 Event Program Working Group.