Age Group Coach
Nikola joined us at Lakeridge in 2001. He too was born in Belgrade, Yugoslavia. He started swimmming at the age of 10. He was a member of the Yugoslav Swimming National Team and was the National Record Holder in breaststroke events from 1990 until 2001. As a member of the national team, he took part in lots of international swimming events, including the Olympic Games in Sydney (2000), World Swimming Championships, World University Games, and lots more. In 2001, he decided to make a change in his life and come to the United States to continue his swimming career, coach, and even train occasionally. As part of the Lakeridge Swim Team and Lesson staff, Nik works with the Silver, Bronze, and Stroke Class groups. He also represents Lakeridge as a swimmer, and Sierra Nevada Masters team as a masters swimmer because "swimming is the first thing (not counting chocolate!) that brings happiness to (his) life". Nikola also loves working with animals and currently when he is not on deck with the swimmers, he works as a veterinary technician in an animal hospital here in Reno. Besides swimming, he likes talking, reading, watching movies, eating, and dancing.