Director of Competitive Development/Makos Head Coach
Jon came to the United States in 2011 from Tirana, Albania. He started swimming at age 10 and at 14 he decided to take his competitive career seriously. He represented Albania in two World Championships (Manchester 2008 and Rome 2009) and one European Championships (Istanbul 2009). When it came time for college, Jon decided to cross the Atlantic to New York City where he received a full scholarship from St. Francis College in Brooklyn Heights. During his four-year career at SFC, Jon lit up the pool. He holds numerous school records, was the men’s team Captain for the 2014-2015 season, won the Coach’s Award in 2014, and was the team MVP in 2015. After graduating in May '15, he knew he didn’t want to give up the sport completely. So, he did what so many other top college swimmers have done after they hang up their racing goggles - he joined Imagine Swimming! Jon has been a Makos Coach since July 2016.