WRITTEN BY SHARON ROBB
April 18, 2012
South Florida Aquatic Club age group coach Josh Laban has been named to the coaching staff for the Florida Gold Coast’s Zone All-Star team that will compete in Rockwall, Texas, July 31-August 5.
Laban, 29, will coach the 13-14 boys’ contingent.
Laban, who grew up in St. Croix, is a two-time Olympian for the Virgin Islands (2004, 2008) and worked closely as a swimmer and assistant coach with six-time Olympic coach and SOFLO co-founder Michael Lohberg.
Laban was the Virgin Islands’ flag bearer for the Olympics and Pan American Games.
The sprinter competed in every major championship including the World Championships, Central American and Caribbean Games, two Olympics and two Pan American Games.
Laban swam at the University of Miami and graduated from the University of Georgia. He was a two-time collegiate All-American.
Laban coaches at SOFLO’s Academic Village Pool in Pembroke Pines and is expected to have several SOFLO swimmers on the Zone team.
Each age group (11-12, 13-14, and 15-18) will be comprised of an equal number of athletes (8 girls and 8 boys) for the 2012 Southern Zone Age Group Championships.
Florida Gold Coast will select 48 swimmers and up to six swimmers with disabilities to compete in this year’s championships.
Laban will be joined on the coaching staff by Marcello Gatti, 11-12 girls; Cathy Silviera, 13-14 girls; Richard Garza, 15-18 girls; Chadli Fernandez, 11-12 boys; and John Shipman, 15-18 boys.
Julie Smiddy will serve as head coach and team manager.
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