BALTIMORE, Md. – UMBC swimming and diving coach Chad Cradock announced that Rob Bellamy will join the Retriever staff as an assistant coach. Bellamy fills the position left by the departure of UMBC Hall of Famer Brad Green who coached one year at his alma mater.
Bellamy comes to Baltimore with a wealth of experience in both swimming and personal training. For the past five years he was the owner and manager, while also doing personal training, at Snap Fitness in Pasadena, Md. In addition, he also coached for two years for the Greater Baltimore Swim Association.
"We're really excited for Rob to join our staff," said Cradock. "With his background, he will bring a lot of strength to our land programs [weight lifting and dry land activities]."
In addition to coordinating dry land workouts, Bellamy will be responsible for the majority of the recruiting effort for the Retrievers.
Originally from Maryland, Bellamy spent three years in California after college where he assisted in coaching the varsity and junior varsity swim teams at Mt. Carmel High School while also working as a personal trainer.
"We pursued Rob knowing that he could elevate our team to the next level," Cradock said. "He brings things to the table a lot of things that our staff was not as strong in and I think he will help everyone involved with our program."
Bellamy is certified for personal training and performance enhancement through the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM).
The Columbia, Md. native went north for college and swam for four years at the University of Massachusetts – Amherst (UMASS) where he served as captain during his junior season. His times in the 500-yd. (4:34.78) and 200-yd. free (1:40.61) still rank seventh and ninth, respectively, in school history. In 2009, while swimming under coach Gibeau and Cradock, Bellamy qualified for the USA Swimming National Championship meet in 50 meter free (24.19) and 100 meter free (52.24).
Bellamy, who currently resides in his hometown, graduated from UMASS with a Bachelor's degree in Hospitality and Tourism Management in 2003.