Australia's new head swimming coach is Dutchman Jacco Verhaeren, who has guided Olympic greats including Pieter van den Hoogenband and Inge De Bruin and London Games sprint sensation Ranomi Kromowidjojo.
Verhaeren, 44, is currently technical director for the Dutch Swimming Federation but will start his new role in Australia in January.
He fill the spot left vacant since Leigh Nugent's departure in March in the wake of last year's disappointing London Olympic campaign and subsequent ugly fallout.
Announcing the appointment - a break with tradition in signing a foreign head coach - new Swimming Australia President John Bertrand said it was another step in enhancing a "world's best" approach for the sport.
"To be world best, we must search the world for the very best people and we believe we have done this in appointing Jacco Verhaeren as our new national head coach," said Bertrand.
"High performance teams require strong cultural values of trust, integrity, transparency of communication, respect for others and having fun. Jacco lives all of these values."
Having coached at the last five Olympic Games and been the director of Dutch swimming for the past seven years, Verhaeren said the chance to work in Australia and with some of the best athletes and coaches in the world was too good to pass up.
"Australian swimming is extremely well respected on the international stage and to have the chance to work with the athletes and coaches in this role is humbling," said Verhaeren.
"In the Netherlands we are a small swimming nation that has worked hard technically to maximise every opportunity.
"We've had some success working on those technical elements and I hope to bring that focus and drive to this new role in Australia.
"To have the competitive edge in international swimming you have to combine the physical, psychological and technical components of our sport, and I'm looking forward to challenging and inspiring the athletes and the coaches to achieve their goals."