Ken's Retirement Announcement

Posted by North Bay Aquatics on Mar 10 2021 at 02:44PM PST

Dear NBA Community,

With both sadness and gratitude, we are announcing that Ken DeMont will be resigning as Head Coach of the NBA Youth team. Six months ago, Ken stepped away from NBA Youth coaching to take a break and allow himself to heal physically and mentally and he has decided to make this change permanent.

Ken founded the Senior level NBA team in 2001 and has worked tirelessly to build the organization to what it is today, a vibrant competitive swim program for youth and a complimentary program for masters. While many national level and college swimmers have trained at NBA, Ken is most proud of the NBA culture, the team-first attitude and enthusiasm for engaging in the process. Ken will always be a part of the fabric of North Bay Aquatics. We thank him and are grateful for his years of leadership and appreciate his dedication to our team.

While Ken may be stepping away from coaching the youth, he will remain an integral part of the NBA family, continuing on with operational duties for youth and masters, coaching masters and holding a position on the Board of Directors.

During the six-month sabbatical, Don Swartz ably stepped in to fill the shoes as Interim Head Coach. He has been a powerful force bringing our team together during these challenging Covid times. Don will continue to be acting Interim Head Coach until our permanent hire is in place and will lead our team of top-notch Youth coaches, Devon, Jeff, Mike and Katie.

The Board of Directors will oversee the process of permanently filling the position of Head Coach. The Board has engaged Stacy Nelson & Associates-Leadership Search Partners to support our search and transition process. (, The goal of the Board is to hire a new Head Coach and have her/him in place for the start of the fall training block in September.

We are confident that our coaching staff will make this a smooth transition for our community.

Please see the Head Coach job description attached. We welcome your input and your referrals for this opportunity.

Sincerely, NBA Board of Directors
Ken DeMont, Don Swartz, Andrea Salmi, Ken Brakebill, John Harlow

Search and Transition Team Contact Info
Ken Brakebill- Search and Transition
Andrea Salmi- Search Assistant-
Stephen Root- Parent Representative/Liason to

The document Head_Coach_Listing_3-9.pdf was attached to this post.