British Swimming has appointed former American national team director Dennis Pursley as the new national head coach.
Pursley, who takes charge in October, has been given the task of leading British swimming to the 2012 Olympics.
"I'm delighted to have someone of Dennis's calibre leading our efforts," said national performance director Michael Scott.
"He's got an impeccable record around the globe and led the US to new heights when leading their Olympic teams."
The newly defined role will see him working with Intensive Training Centres and coaches around the country, rather than individual athletes.
"He will become the technical leader and will work in partnership with myself as NPD to deliver the best results," said Scott.
"He's personally coached some outstanding swimmers and the record books reflect this. I'm looking forward to working with him in the future as we take British swimming to a new level."
Pursley, who said he was "excited and honoured by the opportunity," spent 14 years as national team director of USA Swimming, during which time they topped both the men's and women's medal tables in each of the three Olympics.