© Telegram file photo/Joe Gibbons
Brad Hutton and his wife Ariel are shown in this file photo at the St. John’s Aquarena. After seven years in St. John’s, where he coached both the St. John’s Legends and Memorial University swim teams, Brad Hutton and his young family are preparing to leave for the Caribbean, where he will become head coach at the Camana club on the Cayman Islands
By Robin Short
Telegram Sports Editor—Sherbrooke, Que.
As a swim coach, Brad Hutton’s work attire is usually a pair of shorts, T-shirt and flip-flops.
Until he ventures outside the Aquarena.
But the St. John’s Legends coach can pack away the boots and winter coat, for a while anyway, as he prepares to take up a new job in the Cayman Islands later this month.
Hutton, his wife, Ariel, and their new daughter leave for Grand Cayman Aug. 25, when he assumes his position at the three-year-old Camana Bay Aquatic Club.
Hutton’s last coaching gig with a Newfoundland-based team — he was also the Memorial University varsity coach — is here at the 2013 Canada Summer Games.
“I guess I was in the right place at the right time,” Hutton said. “The job was open, so I applied.
“I kind of did it to see what happens, and it eventually became a little more realistic. The interview went well and next thing you know, they’re putting me through the international hiring process.
“We’re very excited.”
Hutton’s wife was also coaching with the Legends, but won’t be involved with the Camana club. And that’s just fine, considering she’ll be busy with Baby Kajsa.
“The new family was a big part of it,” Hutton said of the move. “We loved our time in St. John’s, and totally appreciate everything that we’ve gotten out of the Legends.
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“But as a family, it was going to be really hard to keep both our coaching schedules and have a baby.”
An Alberta native, Hutton was a swim coach while attending university. From there, he moved to a club in B.C., where he stayed for four years before taking the job in St. John’s.
That was seven years ago.
He enjoyed helping build the Legends club, and in some ways faces a similar challenge in the Caymans.
The Camana club currently has about 120 swimmers, less than half the size of the Legends, and Hutton looks forward to helping boost those numbers, while at the same time churning out competitive swimmers.
“They’re growing pretty rapidly, and a big part of why they hired me is what’s happened with the Legends over the last few years.
“They’re pretty excited I’ve already gone through that process, and hopefully we can do it with the club down there.
“I’ve definitely learned a lot along the way in St. John’s, so it’s going to be kind of fun to start again and maybe learn a little bit from some of my past mistakes.”