Paoli Physician, Coach at Upper Main Line YMCA Named National Swimming Coach of the Year

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Dr. James (Jamie) Krull

Paoli physician Dr. James (Jamie) Krull has been named the YMCA National Swimming Coach of the Year.

For the past 30 years, Krull has been volunteering his time to coach swimmers at the Upper Main Line YMCA (UMLY), where he once swam as a youth.

The Swimming Coach of the Year Award is a national honor bestowed upon the person who best exemplifies his/her role in fostering the cognitive, physical, and social-emotional development of young athletes. The recipient intentionally strengthens the foundations of his/her community and actively promotes youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility.

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Former UMLY coach Glenn Neufeld calls Krull the “rock upon which the UMLY program is built. He has been instrumental in developing the program design at UMLY and gives countless hours off the deck.”

Current coach Lou Petto refers to Krull as “the center of UMLY culture” who has been a mentor to countless swimmers and coaches over the years.

Krull’s holistic approach toward each swimmer has been a cornerstone for the development of UMLY athletes. He truly values the whole person and not just the athlete. He is passionate about helping each UMLY swimmer to reach his or her full potential, both in and out of the pool.

“As a coach and person, Jamie Krull is a role model for our youth,” said Helen Flanders, the UMLY’s Senior Executive Director. “He is an irreplaceable asset to the UMLY team, and we are fortunate to have such a dedicated volunteer.”

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