I currently am finishing up my bachelors in exercise science. I have competed in USA swimming for over eight years and also competed as a college athlete for a Division Two Program with the University of Texas Permian Basin. I have so much passion for the field of coaching, exercise science, and psychology services. I have coached previously both as an age group coach, swim instructor, and summer league coach and have enjoyed every opportunity to help swimmers learn the correct technique to better themselves in the pool and to also help prevent injuries from occurring. I’m passionate to get back into the field of swim coaching!
My experiences come from coaching four years at the high school level, as well as four years of a local club team and finally making the move to coaching at the collegiate level for DePauw University for the past 3 years. Many of the experiences that I have come across came from the fifteen years I have been swimming competitively, my years as a high school swimmer, and for my years as a college athlete in swimming and water polo.
Throughout my years as an athlete I have been able to experience many different styles of coaching, techniques and understanding of new ways to teach certain strokes. I have had the pleasure of working with many different coaching styles as well as coaches who have brought a new way in looking at the strokes. Through my prior experience as a teammate and as an assistant coach, I have learned many lessons and techniques that have helped me be an excellent and proficient coach - all of which I employ in my coaching duties today. Among others these include teaching proper stroke technique, instilling a winning work ethic, running drills to maximize conditioning, helping maintain a healthy mental attitude and explaining race strategies for many of the events.
When it comes to my coaching philosophy. I am a big believer in the idea of how one's body feels, and what is going through one's mind before and after each race. Helping with ideas, race strategy and mental positivity is one of my biggest focus points as a coach.
When getting to the heart of the season in regards to racing, meets and practice there is no other place I would rather be than on the pool deck. Being able to coach everyday, talking to the team and getting to know them/what they want to work on throughout the practice, week or even the season really helps me focus on what should be prioritized when writing for practice groups. I have had the great fortune to work with wonderful athletes, and they are a huge reason why I love coaching. Being able to connect with them and just help when they are on and off the pool deck really helps make that connection stronger, and also helps build trust between myself and the team.
Collegiate Assistant Swimming Coach
Watertown, MN, USA
Nearly fifty years of coaching experience. Learned from Frank Elm at Rutgers University and Bob Matson at the Wilmington Aquatic Club. Used this high level of education to build high school teams and developmental programs. Most recently completed 18 summers providing a feeder program for local USA teams, including Indian River Rats in Fort Pierce.
The Swim Squad mentioned above has utilized my high school swimmers as volunteers and then as paid staff. We have developed a consistent teaching methodology and are known in our area for our success at teaching superior stroke mechanics.
I'm also an occupational therapy practitioner with a specialty in aquatic therapy.
I'm particularly good at training younger coaches.
I'm open to a new challenge- in a hot weather state only. Very interested in a college coaching position. I enjoy coaching Masters and am good at teaching adult beginners.
Florida, California, Hawaii, or Puerto Rico, one of the islands, Mexico. Austin, Texas- possibly.
Would consider any place in the world as long as there is hot weather. I'm currently ten minutes from the beach and working as a private coach, mainly for adults of all levels. Can only give up living here in Vero Beach for an amazing opportunity where I can fully utilize my talents.
I have been the BLA/Dolphin Aquatics’ Program Director since 1996.
I am also the Director of Alumni and Community Engagement at Saint Thomas Academy.
2021 Inductee into the Hinsdale South Foundation Hall of Fame
2018 NHSACA National Swimming Coach of the Year
ASCA level 5 Coach
7 Olympic Trial Qualifiers
15 National Qualifiers
30 Junior National Qualifiers
24 High School All Americans
2 World University Game Gold Medalists
High School Dual Meet record 151-7-1
15 State Championship Teams 14 at STA 1 at Minnetonka HS (The most State Swimming Championships in the History of Minnesota High School Swimming)
1996,2013 2014 2015 2016 MN High School Coach of the Year.
1991 MN ASCA Age Group Coach of the year
Former member of the CAL men's swim team (2011-2016).
2x American Record Holder, 5x NCAA Div I National Champion, 2x NCAA Div I National Team Champion, 15x NCAA All-American, and was on USA National teams (2009-2011).
Over the past 4 years I have served as the National Group Assistant Coach and the Senior Group Lead Coach at Scottsdale Aquatic Club.
This past August I was given the reigns Senior Group. Through mindful healthy program of individual personal development, mental health practices, overall athlete development all while making each individual feel 'seen' and welcomed, the group grew from a roster size of 16 in August, to 45+ by the end of March.
I did not have the best experience in my swimming career which also spilled over into my overall development as a human being; this was much in part to a coach I had in my life.
To which my driving force in why I do what I do is:
"I never want an athlete to feel the way I felt growing up".