John E Flanagan
John began his coaching career after his graduation from Auburn University where he was a member of the NCAA National Championship Swim Team in 1997 and a 4 year National Team member. John is a distance freestyle specialist where his swimming career continued to excel after college by winning the 10K National Open Water Championship in 2001. John’s international fame came from a gold medal in the 1998 World Championships and the 1999 Pan Pacific Championships. John also competed as a professional triathlete with an 8:49 best Ironman. He was first out of the water at the 2009 Ironman World Championships and holds numerous 70.3 and Ironman Swim Records.
John combines his coaching strengths with his brother Kevin, as they share the Head Coach responsibilities at the Kamehameha Swim Club. He joined KSC in 2001 and has seen the team win 28 straight Hawaii State Championships. John and Kevin have taken KSC swimmers to a USA National Title, the 2008 Olympic games, Olympic Trials, Senior Nationals, Junior Nationals, Sectionals, and Zones. Along the way KSC swimmers have broke over 300 Hawaii State Records and also include Sectional and Zone Champions. John is an ASCA Level 5 coach with a Masters in Exercise Physiology from the University of Hawaii.