Two time Olympic Coach Mike Walker came to Gold Medal Swim School with fifteen years of collegiate coaching and fifteen years of competitive swimming, including three varsity years swimming at Arizona State University.

In July of 2005, Mike Walker decided it was time to make a change in his career, to get back to the basics of swimming, and to allow his passion for swimming to influence children’s discovery of the joy of water. Walker partnered with Mike Troy in 2006 and founded Gold Medal Swim School.  Once the partnership was formed Troy and Walker constructed a state of the art teaching facility in Chandler, Arizona.  They opened the doors in 2007.

During his time as Head Coach at the University of Texas at Austin (2000-2007) and the University of California at Berkeley (1994-2000), Walker led his teams to 11 straight NCAA Division 1 Top 10 finishes and was named “Conference Coach of the Year” 5 times.

Walker’s vast international experience includes: coaching at the Olympic games (1996 and 2000), numerous World Championships, Commonwealth Games, Pan Pacific Games, Southeast Asian Games, Canadian World and Olympic Trials, Australian World and Olympic Trials.

Domestically, he has coached over 300 individual Division 1 All American honorees, numerous individual NCAA division 1 collegiate titles, and multiple United States National team and individual titlists. He has coached athletes that have competed at every major international competition in the world, producing titles, medals, and records including Olympic Gold Medals, American and World Records.  

Walker has taken his passion for coaching and directed it to teaching Olympic level fundamentals to new and experienced swimmers.  His belief is that swimming should be clear, easy to understand, and fun.  “We want people to understand that learning Olympic level fundamentals should begin at the start of the swimmers aquatic experience.”

This philosophy resonates through the Gold Medal Swim School curriculum in all programs and levels.  It encourages teachers and swimmers to enjoy the learning process because the approach is clear, simple, and fun.  

All classes and all levels at Gold Medal Swim School are based on 5 core values:  Safety, Relaxation, Air Regulation, Body Position, and Propulsion.

We hope to inspire every person to embrace swimming as a lifelong/lifesaving activity.


Read about Co-Owner Mike Troy

Mike Troy
is a double Olympic Gold Medalist, world record holder, and an NCAA and an AAU Champion. Mike has been inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame, as well as the Indiana University Hall of Fame, and the Helms Arco Hall of Fame.


He is a teacher, a mentor, and an inspiration to all those who admire his dedication to the sport he has loved since the age of 8.

Mike began swimming competitively at the age of 12. He won two gold medals in the 1960 Olympic Games for the U.S.A. in the 200 meter butterfly and the 800 meter freestyle relay.  Troy was a multi time World and American Record holder and World and National Champion in Freestyle and Butterfly.  With a college degree  from Indiana University in hand, he became a naval officer and joined the Navy Underwater Demolition/SEALS. He was nominated for the Silver Star award for distinguished and heroic service in Vietnam.

As a coach, Mike has developed many age group, junior, and senior champions. Over fifty of his swimmers have been on national and international teams, including four swimmers that he coached to Olympic Championship. Mike has served as Chairman of the International Section of the Olympic Committee and Vice President of the American Swimming Coaches Association. Mike is currently the National Director of the USA Paralympic Swimming Team. He accompanied the team to Athens, Greece in September 2004 where the USA Paralympic team won numerous medals. He was recently named the 2004 National Teacher of the Year from the USSSA (United States Swim School Association)

Mike now wants to focus on teaching people of all ages and disabilities a sport that can save their lives...swimming. He feels that he has come full circle from learning to swim, swimming competitively himself, coaching others, and now back to where it all begins.




Read about Co-Owner Mike Walker