Myriam Glez named USA Synchro High Performance Director
INDIANAPOLIS – USA Synchro has named former British Swimming assistant coach Myriam Glez as its new high-performance director. “USA Synchro is really excited to have Myriam join our family,” USA Synchro Executive Director Julie Fabsik-Swarts said. “Her experience as an athlete, a coach and a leader in multiple countries has given her a unique background that, we believe, will lead USA Synchro back into the medals.”
Glez, a former Olympic synchronized swimmer, was most recently a synchronized swimming consultant and assistant coach for British Swimming. She was in charge of the development programs for the British Junior and Age Group National Teams.
Glez also assisted the British National Team by helping design its flexibility programs and creating a business plan for Team GB to secure funding for Rio 2016. Great Britain placed sixth in team and ninth in duet at the 2012 Olympic Games in London.
“I hope to bring everybody back together working to get the U.S. back to the top and build a strong program at all levels, including the grass roots,” Glez said. “Being an Olympic athlete will definitely help as I can relate to the athletes. I know the sport really well and its demand.”
Glez was also head coach for the British Amateur Swimming Association, leading the 2012 Junior and Talent National Teams. Her Talent team placed first in figures, first in team, first and second in duet and first in solo at the Primojre Cup in Croatia in 2012.
Before joining British Swimming, she was founder, president and head coach of the Sydney (Australia) Emeralds Synchro Club from 2007 to 2011. She was brand manager for Accor Hotels Australia and a sport sponsorship executive for Accor Hotels France before that, where she worked with various Olympic committees and on the candidacy of Paris for the 2012 Olympic Games.
“I have seen how synchro is organized in three different countries, and I have coached at all levels," Glez said. 'It is the combination of all these experiences and the international network I have built over the years that will help guide me in this new position.”
Glez was a member of the French synchronized swimming team at the 2000 Olympic Games, helping the squad to a fourth-place finish. She also was a member of the 2008 Australian Olympic team, which finished seventh. She was 19th in the duet. Other athletic honors include: bronze medalist (duet) at the 2002 European Championships; fifth place (duet) at the 2002 World Cup; and silver medalist (team) at the 1999 European Championships.