Meadowbrook Swim Team creates an atmosphere of opportunity and encouragement in competitive swimming which develops mental discipline, honesty, and teamwork in the pursuit of excellence.
Meadowbrook Swim Team is coached by Head Coach John Cadigan and assistant coaches Nikola Trajkovic who combined have over 50 years of experience coaching summer league, high school, collegiate, and club swimming.
John began his coaching career in 1980 while still in high school at Loyola Blakefield. John coached at every level of NBAC from 1980 until 2017. In addition, he coached four years at Archbishop Curley High School winning two MSA “B” Conference Championships and one MSA Level II meet championship (without a pool). From 2007 until 2017, John directed the NBAC Swim Camp which attracted swimmers from 34 states and 18 foreign countries. He also served as host to 30 national team coaches’ apprenticeships at Meadowbrook for the IOC and USOPC funded International Coaches Enrichment Certificate Program from 2008 until 2016. He has coached summer league at the Roland Run Club (1983-87) and Meadowbrook Swim Club (2005-6). John currently coaches masters swimming and the swim practice groups at Meadowbrook, where he is the general manager. Since 2008, John has served as chair of the Maryland Swimming Hall of Fame committee.
Coach Nik comes to Meadowbrook from UMBC where he swam on the men’s swim team, and coached for three years afterwards. He is a native of Serbia, where he was the Serbian National Champion (20 times) and national record holder in 200 and 400 meter IM. At UMBC, he was selected team captain his senior year and UMBC Athlete of the Year. Hired as an assistant coach from 2018 through 2020, in January 2021, he was named interim head coach until April of 2021. Nik also served as the Director of Operations for the UMBC Men’s and Women’s swimming and diving team from 2018 through October of 2021.
In addition to his university coaching, Nik also served as an age group coach for the Retiever Aquatic Club, a USA Swimming club based at UMBC. Additionally, Nik was head counsellor for the Retriever/UMBC Swim Camp for five years from 2015-2019.