As Westley Mejias watched the Summer Olympic Games on television in 1988, he turned to his parents and said “I want to do that!” The Olympic Games created a spark that grew into a life-long passion for swimming and coaching. He was signed up for swim lessons, and he was on his way!
Westley competed in age group and college in Puerto Rico; the 200 breast and 400 IM were his best events and he had the opportunity to represent Puerto Rico in competitions in: Mexico, Honduras and in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
Westley became an assistant coach in Nadadores Ponce Leones in 2002; a long time national champion team. Westley was selected three straight years as the assistant coach for the Puerto Rico age group national team. Other major competitions include: 2002-Curacao (C.I.S.C.) Caribbean Island Swimming Championships; 2003-México D.F. (C.C.C.A.N.) Confederacion Americana de Natación Amateur; & 2004 -Jamaica (C.I.S.C.) Caribbean Island Swimming Championships.
In 2004 Westley had the opportunity to build his own team Pioneros de Ponce and in the second year the team was in the top ten in the national championship and in the fourth year the team was awarded with the Excellence Award. (This award is given to the team with most points per swimmer at the national championships.)
In 2012 Westley moved to the Albergue Olímpico in Salinas to train age group team and in the same year the Interamericana University of Puerto Rico ofer the opportunity to build their first swimming program to compete at the University League (L.A.I.). During that time he had several age group swimmers on the national team and went from seven to second place the university league. In 2017 the tigers of the Interamerican University made history by winning their first ever Swimming championship, winning by 70 points the male team and second place the female team with only seven swimmers.
Westley was selected as the head coach of the Puerto Rico National team to compete in the World short course championship in Doha, Qatar in 2014. Coach Westley was awarded Coach of the Year in 2016 and 2017 by the Interamerican University.
Today, following the devastation of Hurricane Maria, Coach Westley made the difficult decision to leave his position as the head coach of the University of Puerto Rico and has joined the HeadHunter Tribe. He plans to help every swimmer on our team become a better swimmer! Westley is excited to start a new life here in Camas, Washington with his wife, Juana, and his three kids, Dianne, Sarah, and Manuel.