Dickie Fernández currently holds a USMS Level 2 coaching certification. He started coaching masters swimming for Ford Aquatics Masters under the supervision of Head Coach Jim Stites in 2003. Furthermore, while coaching in Tucson he was also fortunate to be a guest coach with the University of Arizona swim team, focusing on Rick DeMont’s coaching approach to sprinting workouts and the positive team energy within the group.
In August of 2006 Dickie moved to California after accepting a civil engineering position with a consulting company in Irvine. Shortly after arriving he found a new swimming home with Nova Masters. Within a few months Dickie went on to join the Nova Masters coaching staff where he has remained actively involved with Head Coach Michael Collins and the rest of Nova Masters coaches since 2007.
Dickie Fernández grew up in Marbella, Spain until 1989 when he came to the United States during his senior year of high school via the foreign student exchange program. He went on to attend Colorado State University where he graduated with a degree in civil engineering. A few years later, in 1999, Dickie moved to Tucson, Arizona where he stayed for 7 years, swimming with Ford Aquatics Masters.
As a masters swimmer, Dickie has been ranked twice in FINA’s Top 10 world ranking in the 200 meters freestyle (long course in 2005 and short course in 2006), he has earned six Spanish masters swimming national records, has won 25 Spanish masters swimming national championships and has been ranked number 1 in Spain in the 100 and 200 meters freestyle from 2001 through 2009.
Outside of swimming Dickie practices civil engineering for Orange County Sanitation District. He travels often to Marbella and continues to be a loyal member of Club Natación Mijas (Spain), the masters swim club with which he started swimming in 1998.