ABRAHAM “TITO” SOLANO

ASCA Level 3

Head Coach


Tito has swum competitively for over 30 years and coached for over 20 years. His first major coaching job was as an Assistant Swim Coach at the University of Louisville (1993-1995) after he finished his intercollegiate career for the Cardinals as the Most Valuable Team Swimmer and Most Valuable Conference Swimmer. He then went on to coach at the Lakeside Swim Team from 1995 to 2003 as age group coach. While coaching the Seahawks he broke Kentucky State Open Records in the 100 and 200 meter Breastroke. From 1984 to 2002 Tito represented his native Ecuador in international competitions all over the globe – one of the longest international careers in the world of swimming. Highlights of his career include a 16th place finish at the World Championships in Rio de Janeiro (200 Breastroke) and 5 World Masters Records (200 Breastroke). In addition to those accomplishments Tito won gold, silver and bronze medals in international/regional games and championships competing for his country. He broke multiple national records in a variety of events during his career: including the Breastroke and the individual medley. As a master swimmer, Tito has broken dozens of Kentucky State Masters records in multiple age groups and more than a handful of US national records and Ecuadorean records. Check KYLMSC.ORG online for his 1995 and beyond racing history and current state records.

The most memorable coaching experience was when he coached his country’s national team at the US (Texas) World Cup in 1998 and the 2004 World Championships in Indianapolis. His proudest moments as a coach have been 3 of his former pupils participated at the Olympic Games: Katerina Klepkou represented Greece in 1996 and Caroline Burckle, won Bronze for the USA in 2008. Recently, Clark Burckle went on to a sixth place finish at the 2012 London Olympics in no other, than the 200 Breastroke. Abraham “Tito” Solano has been a Swim America Coach at Blairwood since 2003. His American Swimming Coaches Association (ASCA) Certifications are: Level 3 ASCA Swim Coach, Swim America Site Supervisor and Certified Stroke Technician. He is currently working on level 4 ASCA Administration School.

In June 2013, Coach Tito Solano participated at the Panamerican Masters Championships in Sarasota, Florida.  The meet was held in an Olympic size pool (50 meter pool) and also had an open water race on the last day of competition. 

He represented his childhood swim club from Ecuador in the 40-44 age group.  Coach Tito won Gold in the following races:

200 Breast 2:34.54; 200 IM  2:210.02; 200 Fly 2:22.53 and Bronze in: 50 Breast 31.73; 100 Breast 1:10.15; 3 Kilometer swim   41 minutes 26 seconds.

 

All his pool swims were new Kentucky State Records and Ecuadorian Records in the corresponding age group (except for the 200 Breast).  Tito obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a Minor in Sociology (1993). He then received a Master of Science in Social Work (1995) from the University of Louisville. He also completed (2009) a Certification in School Social Work - post graduate specialization at U of L. He has a Rank I in his full time position at the Jefferson County Public Schools where he has worked since 1996 in and out of the classroom. He is fully competent in English and Spanish.!