COACHING STAFF

SERGIO LOPEZ MIRO

HEAD COACH

Sergio Lopez Miro became the 14th swimming and diving head coach at Virginia Tech in May 2018.

He joined the Hokies after spending the two seasons as the associate head coach at Auburn University, following a two-year stint as the head high performance coach of the Singapore Swimming Association.

Lopez Miro owns previous head coaching experience at West Virginia from 2004-07, where he was a two-time Big East Men's Coach of the Year. His list of notable pupils includes Olympic gold medalists and NCAA champions Ryan Murphy and Joseph Schooling.

Following his stint at WVU, Lopez led the prestigious Bolles School in Jacksonville, Florida from 2007-14. During his tenure, he led both the boys' and girls' teams to state titles and his teams held five of the 11 independent school national high school records. In addition, the boys team claimed four national titles while the girls finished as runners-up twice. Murphy and Schooling both swam for Lopez Miro at Bolles.

While working with the Singapore Swimming Association, Lopez Miro created and coached the National Training Center where he worked with 33 of the best swimmers in the country. He developed and coached the first Olympic gold medalist, Schooling, in Singapore's history. He is a three-time Olympic team coach, serving as the head coach for Singapore at the 2016 Rio games and as an assistant in 2012 for the London games. In addition, Lopez Miro was the head coach for Netherlands Antilles at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

The Barcelona, Spain native was a member of the Spanish national team from 1984-96. He won a silver medal at the 1993 World Championships and has held European and U.S. Open records as well as 14 records in Spain. Lopez Miro claimed a bronze medal at the 1988 Olympics in the 200 breaststroke.

Lopez Miro began his coaching career as a volunteer at Arizona from 1994-96. From 1996-97 he was the technical director at the Cantabric Swimming Federation in Santander, Spain before returning to the U.S. to serve as the head coach at Hillenbrand Aquatics in Tucson, Arizona.

He returned to the college ranks to serve as an assistant (2000-03) coach at Northwestern before being promoted to associate head coach in 2003. While there he helped the Wildcats to produce seven All-Americans, eight Big Ten champions, a Big Ten Swimmer of the Year and a Big Ten Freshman of the Year.

Lopez graduated from American University in 1992 with a degree in Kinesiology. During his collegiate career, Lopez Miro earned nine All-America honors in the breaststroke and IM events.

STEVE STEKETEE

ASSOCIATE HEAD COACH

Steve Steketee joined Virginia Tech swimming and diving as an assistant coach in July 2018.
 
Steketee reunites with head coach Sergio Lopez Miro after having served as an assistant on Lopez Miro's staff at WVU 2004-07. The two were instrumental in improving the Mountaineers' women from 11th to third in the Big East while taking the men from seventh to first. In their final season, Steketee and Lopez Miro pushed the men's team to a top-20 finish at NCAAs.
 
Most recently, Steketee was a volunteer assistant at Northwestern with the women's swimming and diving program, helping to coach 2016 Olympian Valerie Gruest and NCAA Champion diver Olivia Rosendahl. Prior to Northwestern, Steketee was an assistant at Nevada where he helped the Wolfpack to a third place finish at the Mountain West Championships, its highest ever, and a 33rd place finish at NCAAs. 
 
Steketee served as an assistant at University of South Carolina from 2008-2013 where he coached swimmers that competed in multiple US National Champmionship meets as well as the 2008 Olympic trials and 2009 World Championships. 
 
A former BigTen Champion in the 200 free at Northwestern, Steketee also competed in the 2000 US Olympic trials, recording a top-20 finish in the 200 free. While competing for the Wildcats, he simultaneously held the program records in the 50, 100 and 200 free as well as five relay events. 
 
He began his career at Denver, serving as an assistant for the 2003-04 season.
 
Steketee graduated from Northwestern with a BA in Political Science and Philosophy in 2001. He is married to Abby Steketee, née Meadema, who is from Danville, Virginia. 

 

 

 

 

 

JACY DYER

ASSISTANT COACH/WOMEN'S RECRUITING COORDINATOR

Jacy Dyer joined Virginia Tech swimming and diving as an assistant coach in August 2018.

Dyer joined the Hokies after four seasons as an assistant coach at James Madison, helping to lead the team to the 2018 CAA title as the Dukes secured nine individual medals and the 200 free relay title. During her tenure, JMU also finished as runner-up the other three seasons, capturing 20 individual and seven relay medals over the span.

Prior to JMU, Dyer was an assistant at the University of Toledo, helping to guide the team to the 2012 MAC Championship while coaching an All-American that season. In addition to her collegiate experience, Dyer has served as camp and club coaches throughout the state of Virginia.

Dyer was an NCAA qualifier while competing for Toledo in the 1650yd free, 500yd free and 200yd free. She was a 2012 Olympic Trials qualifier and earned a world ranking of 38th in the 1500m freestyle. Dyer was tabbed the Mid-American Conference Swimmer of the year in 2010 and claimed 16 medals at the MAC Championship during her career including: 10 gold, three silver and three bronze.

The Lebanon, Pennsylvania native graduated from Toledo in 2011 with a degree in psychology. She was inducted into the Toledo Hall of Fame in 2017.

 

ALBERT SUBIRATS

ASSISTANT COACH/MEN'S RECRUITING COORDINATOR

Albert Subirats joined the Virginia Tech swimming & diving staff as an assistant coach in August 2018.

Subirats is a four-time Olympic qualifier for Venezuela, having made the cut in 2004, 2008, 2012 and 2016. In 2007 he claimed Venezuela's first (and only to date) long-course medal, winning bronze in the 100 fly at the World Championships and in 2010 he was the World Champion in the 50m fly.

He holds the Venezuelan long course records individually in the 100m free, 50m fly, 100m fly (also the South America record) and 100m backstroke. Along with his relay teammates, Subirats holds records in the 4x100m free relay and 4x100m medley relay. He is a three-time winner of Venezuela's Sportsman Athlete of the Year, taking the title in 2006, 2007 and 2009 and is the most decorated swimmer in the history of the South American and Central American Games.

"I am very thankful for the opportunity Coach Sergio and the administration at Virginia Tech have given me," said Subirats. "I cannot wait to start working with such a talented coaching staff and group of athletes. I believe this team can achieve anything under the leadership of Sergio and the rest of the staff, I feel ready for this great challenge."

Collegiately, Subirats swam for the University of Arizona 2004-07. While with the Wildcats, Subirats claimed three NCAA individual titles, winning the 100yd fly both his junior and senior years as well as the 100yd back during his junior campaign. He also helped the Wildcats to five relay titles during his career. In 2008, he won Arizona's Sapphire Award given to the top male athlete. For his accomplishments, Subirats was inducted into the University of Arizona Hall of Fame in 2017.

Subirats graduated from Arizona in 2009 with a degree in business administration. In addition, he holds an MBA from Nova Southeastern, having graduated in 2016.