Mar 25, 2020

Patricia Woodhull

  • Swim Coach
  • Raleigh, NC, USA
Full time Head Coach Head Age Group Coach Age Group Coach Assistant Coach

Personal Summary

My swimming philosophy capitalizes on the laws of physics to achieve maximum potential and speed. Technique is the number one component to my practices. Drills are used in order to get the students swimming correctly in a very short period of time. Because of stroke similarities, most of my practices are broken up into concentrations on free/ back, breast/ fly, or IM days. Turns and dives are reinforced every single session, as they are what separate the great from the mediocre.

I believe that it is important to prevent the faster swimmers from getting bored, and slower swimmers from feeling discouraged. I arrange the lanes according to ability and give extra instructions or faster intervals/ longer distances as needed. We always finish together for dives at the end of practice. I have a work hard/ play hard outlook. Spiderman, dolphins, sharks, and rockets are some of the references used on a daily basis in order to relate to the swimmers. If I am able to get through practice without interruptions, we often play a game for the last 5-10 minutes.

All of my dry land exercises are directly related to what we are doing in the pool that day. I often show videos in my teachings. We frequently study world-record races in order to stay abreast of the fastest techniques and look at our own recordings in order to correct certain movements as well.

As a USA Swimming coach, I have regularly utilized TeamUnify when registering athletes for meets, emailing weekly updates to parents, editing the schedule, and obtaining swimmers' records. Swimming has been a constant life-long passion of mine. I competed with USA Swimming for eight years and swam with US Masters over the course of three. When I swim, I am constantly thinking about my body movements and how I can get to the other end of the pool with the least amount of energy as possible. I am happy in the Raleigh area, but also excited about the opportunity to relocate. I look forward to hearing from you. 

Work Experience

USA Swimming Lead Swim Coach
Aug 2017 - Aug 2019 Raleigh Swimming Association

- USA Swimming lead coach for two groups: ages 5-7 and 8-12

- Comfortable composing a season plan with goals and written practices.

- Has managed several assistant USA Swim Coaches at a time.

- Collaborates well with the Head Coach.

- Assists with other groups as needed. Ages 3-18

- Extensive experience with meet preparation for both swimmers and parents alike.

- Has been responsible for weekly parent emails through TeamUnify.

- Has established a proven method to get kids swimming legal in a very short amount of time.

- Uses a holistic approach when applying the laws of physics to swimming.

- Each lesson builds upon the other in regards to specific skills. Once correct form is achieved, yardage is added.

- Specializes in teaching dives, flip-turns, and butterfly.

- Dry-land workouts directly relate to what is being taught in the pool.

- Has overseen swimmers at state championship meets.

Lesson Instructor/ Assistant Coach
Apr 2016 - Aug 2017 Raleigh Swimming Association

- Teaching swimming as a life-skill to children ages 2-7

- Successfully connecting to children with ADHD, Autism, and Down Syndrome.

- Helping children overcome their fears of the water.

- Using a play-to-learn approach

- Oversaw an Eagle-Scout project that involved teaching needy Hispanic children in the community.

- Assisted USA Swimming coaches

Summer League Head Coach
May 2015 - Jul 2015 Meredith Townes Mudpuppies

- Stepping up as head coach one week after the previous coach passed away from cancer.

- Writing practices for children ages 3-18.

- Leading assistant and junior coaches.

- Working with the board of directors.

- Communicating with parents.

- Registering athletes for swim meets

- Composing relays.

Summer League Assistant Swim Coach
May 2010 - Jul 2020 Meredith Townes Mudpuppies

- Helping to carry out the head coach's vision for the season.

- Preparing, leading, and implementing all instruction of the 6 & Under Age Group.

- Leading the team whenever the head coach was unavailable.

- Assisting the head coach with composing relays and suggesting main-heat contenders.

- Focusing on the legality of the four strokes, which is the most challenging for the 6 & Unders.

Summer League Assistant Coach
May 1996 - Jul 1997 Seven Oaks Swim and Raquet Club

- Learning all aspects of how to run a swim team.

- Following the direction of the head coach

- Specializing in the 6 & Under age group.


Associate in Graphic Design
Aug 2014 - Aug 2015 Wake Technical Community College
Associate in Arts
Aug 2012 - Aug 2014
Liberal Arts Education
Aug 1998 - May 1999 The University of North Carolina at Wilmington


- Brent St. Pierre

Head Coach            Raleigh Swimming Association       919-859-4881

- Tyler Shepherd

Lead Coach             Raleigh Swimming Association      919-859-4881