2-time Age Group Coach of the Year (2010 & 2013). American Swimming Coaches Association.

18-time NCAA All American

5-time NCAA National Champion

3-time NCAA National Record Holder

8-time Brazilian Junior National Champion


Pedro Vinheiro Pereira

Coach Pedro, a former swimmer for the University of North Dakota, is an 18-time NCAA All American. He is a 5-time NCAA National Champion and 3-time NCAA National Record Holder. Coach Pedro was a member of the 2001 Brazilian National Team and an 8-time Brazilian Junior National Champion.

His coaching experience includes Head Coach of the Elizabeth town Dolphins since 2018. He also served as a Head Age Group Coach and Senior Coach for Triton Swimming of Louisville, Head Age Group Coach and Interim Head Coach for the Central Area Aquatic Team in Seattle, Washington. Coach Pedro had a previous coaching experience with the E’town Dolphins, where he served as the Head Age Group Coach and Head Senior Coach for 3 years (2010-2013). During those years, several Dolphins swimmers went on to win multiple state championships, qualified to Sectional meets as well as National level meets.

Other coaching experiences include being a Zone Championship coach for both Team Kentucky and Team Mississippi, All-Stars Coach for Team Kentucky, and a two-year experience coaching Marina Barra Clube back in his hometown, Rio de Janeiro.

Coach Pedro is also a member of American Swimming Coaches Association (ASCA) and has been named as 2-time Age Group Coach of the Year (2010 & 2013).


  • Head Coach/CEO – Etown Dolphins – Elizabethtown, KY (September 2018 – Present)
  • Head Age Group Coach and Senior Coach- Triton Swimming of Louisville (September 2017- August 2018)
  • Head Age Group Coach, Marina Barra Clube – Rio de Janeiro-Brazil (June 2015 – October 2016)
  • Head Age Group Coach and Interim Head Coach, Seattle Metropolitan Aquatic Club – Seattle,WA (September 2013 – August 2014)
  • Head Age Group Coach and Head Senior Coach, Elizabethtown Dolphins, KY Elizabethtown, KY (January 2010 – September 2013)
  • Head Coach Dickinson Dolphins Swim Team (January 2009 – December 2009)
  • Volunteer Assistant Coach University of North Dakota (2008)
  • Age Group Coach Red River Valley Wahoos YMCA (2008)
  • University of North Dakota Swim Camp Assistant Coach (Summer 2007 and 2008)
  • Swim Lessons Instructor (2004 – 2008)

Swimming and Coaching Achievements & Awards

  • Qualified multiple Swimmers for USA Junior Nationals Championships and NCSA Nationals (09/12/13/16/19/21/22/23)
  • Coach of the year in the Kentucky LSC – 2010 & 2013 (ASCA Awarded)
  • Coach of the Kentucky Zones Team in 2012
  • Eighteen time ALL-AMERICAN (NCAA) for the University of North Dakota Swimming & Diving Team
  • 2005 – 2008 Athletic scholarship
  • Five time National Champion (NCAA – Relays)
  • Three time National Record Holder (NCAA – Relays)
  • North Central Conference Freshman of the Year 2005
  • National Swimmer of the Week in 2007 by
  • Eight time Brazilian Junior National Champion – 2000-2002
  • Top 20 in the World in 2001 on 200m Breaststroke at 25m pool
  • Member of the Brazilian National Team during the FINA World Cup in 2001
  • 10th place finish at the FINA World Cup
  • Runner up in 100m Breaststroke at Junior South American Championship
  • Bronze Medal in 50m Breaststroke at International Multination Meet in Europe