Monday, October 12, 2015

Latest Job Opportunities

Anderson Mill (Austin) needs an assistant coach

The City of Allen needs an aquatic program supervisor

The Tellepsen Family Downtown YMCA (Houston) needs a youth development director - aquatics

The City of Lakeway needs an aquatic programs coordinator


Quote of the Day

Science is the belief in the
ignorance of the experts.

via Scientific American

Richard Phillips Feynman


Wednesday, October 07, 2015

Quote of the Day

The world hates change, yet it is the
only thing that has brought progress.

via pinterest

Charles Franklin Kettering


Monday, October 05, 2015

Meet Results...unsorted...sorry...

Quote of the Day

Happiness is not a matter of intensity, but
of balance, order, rhythm, and harmony.

via patheos

Thomas Merton


Saturday, October 03, 2015

Bridger Bell Videos

Just got off the phone with Bridger Bell's dad, Keith.  He put me onto Bridger's YouTube site.

Here are a couple of short videos to help kids fire muscles in correct order for dolphin kicking:


Early Results

Golden Goggles Voting

Golden Goggles nominees are here

Quote of the Day

The only vice that cannot be forgiven
is hypocrisy.  the repentance of a
hypocrite is itself hypocrisy.

via Wikipedia

William Hazlitt


Friday, October 02, 2015

There's a Storm Brewin'!

...maybe that's it...maybe that ain't it...

Quote of the Day

The ultimate tragedy is not the oppression
and cruelty by the bad people but the
silence over that by the good people.

via Huffington Post

Martin Luther King, Jr.


Thursday, October 01, 2015

Adult Camp

More info here.

If you want to attend, you'd best register right away (here).

Quote of the Day

Vows made in storms are forgotten in calm.

via Great Thoughts Treasury

Thomas Fuller


Monday, September 28, 2015

Energy Core

Energy Core Swimming (Houston) needs two (2) assistant coaches


Quote of the Day

I couldn't wait for success,
so I went ahead without it.

via Variety

Jonathan Harshman Winters III


Saturday, September 26, 2015

Click on Pics for Enlargificationing

These were posted on the Thru-Hike blog.  They're two of my favorites from the Maine section.

Bald Pate


When we had them, the views in Maine were fantastic!


Even More Opportunities

San Jacinto College (Houston) needs a physical education professor

The YMCA in Irving needs an aquatics coordinator

Stephen F. Austin State University (Nacogdoches) needs an aquatics & safety coordinator

The East Communities YMCA (Austin) needs an aquatics program director

The City of Lancaster needs an aquatics supervisor

Even if you're not interested in a job,
pass the info along to someone who might be!


What could go wrong?

Chilly reception at the NOC February 26

via Wikipedia
Seemed like every time we had a tough choice to make out on the trail, it turned out to be a mini-disaster.  Eventually, I began adding "What could go wrong?" after each decision.

Knowing how our leaders have tackled "Border Security", the "War on Poverty", and the "War on Drugs", how much faith do you have in their "War on Supplements"?  Read more here.

Insert:  What could go wrong?

Thanks to USA Swimming for sharing this funny...they don't really believe, do they?

In case you haven't seen them, here are the UT men's Orange/White meet results.  No, they weren't tapered/shaved.

Coach Reese recently spoke at the TISCA coaches' clinic in Austin.  As usual, he was both entertaining and informative.  His best "stuff" comes when he's gone off on a tangent, then follers that with another tangent (or three).

Check out combined results from yesterday's North Texas pentathlon meet.

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Quote of the Day

If you are depressed, you are living in the past.
If you are anxious, you are living in the future.
If you are at peace, you are living in the present.

via Catalyzing Change



Friday, September 25, 2015

Athletic Foodie Update

via Athletic Foodie

Olympic swimmer turned stunt cyclist Garrett Weber-Gale gives us the latest on his business in this Swimming World article.

Great results ain't easy, easy results ain't great.

SW: When did the idea for AthleticFoodie spring to mind?

GWG: We started AthleticFoodie in 2009, as a way to start helping athletes learn about sports nutrition, and use it to not only feel better, but improve overall performance. AthleticFoodie began as a blog that published nutrition content, a place where we shared healthy recipes, and put on events with sports teams and schools.

AthleticFoodie snacks became an idea in 2014 after interviewing over 120 athletes and their parents about the things they struggle with, regarding nutrition and performance. It was obvious that the parents didn’t have much time, and were not sure how to best fuel their athletes. The athletes also didn’t know much about nutrition, and it became apparent that we could really help them.

We came up with the concept of shipping snacks, designed specifically for a swimmer’s performance, directly to the swimmer’s doorstep. It has been amazing to hear such positive responses from the athletes and parents around the country who are shipped AthleticFoodie snacks. We knew this would be a way that we could help many athletes achieve better performance, while also making parents’ lives easier.

Quote of the Day

A nation can have a constitution or it can
have a bureaucracy.  It cannot have both.

via fanshare

François-René, Vicomte de Chateaubriand


Thursday, September 24, 2015

Houston Christian

Houston Christian HS needs an assistant swim coach

Quote of the Day

I promise to play for the logo on the
front, not the name on the back.

via tinypic

Sidney Patrick Crosby


Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Quote of the Day

I never said most of the things I said.

via SB*Nation

Lawrence Peter "Yogi" Berra


Tuesday, September 22, 2015

More Opportunities

Great Wolf Lodge (Grapevine) needs an aquatics manager.

Pearland Aquatics (PEAK) needs a part time age group coach.


Quote of the Day

The way to get started is to
quit talking and begin doing.

via Walt Disney

Walter Elias "Walt" Disney


Friday, September 18, 2015


KATY needs an age group coach.  Details at ASCA site here.

Dripping Springs (YMCA) needs a swim coach.  Info here.

Quote of the Day

Adventure is worthwhile in itself.

via Huffington Post

Amelia Mary Earhart


Monday, September 14, 2015

Latest Job Postings

Sienna Plantation (SPA) needs an assistant coach

Alamo Colleges (San Antonio) needs a swim coach

Regents School of Austin needs a swim coach


Quote of the Day

I never thought I'd lead the NBA
in rebounding, but I got a lot of
help from my teammates -
they did a lot of missing.

via USA Today

Moses Eugene Malone


Friday, September 11, 2015

Quote of the Day

Wise men speak because they have something to
say;  fools because they have to say something.

via Unequally Yoked



Saturday, September 05, 2015

Prescription Strength Nature

Click Pic for Art Bell's Broadcast Schedule


Labor Day Weekend

Let's salute the workin' man/woman this weekend:

Here's a pic from May.  Missed a turn in Pennsylvania and ended up lost for forty-five minutes out on Boulderfield Trail.  That's probably where my foot pain started going from just horrible to nearly unbearable...

Journal entry for the stretch that included that "adventure" is here

The Richardson Family YMCA needs a program director

The JCC Piranhas Swim Team (Austin) needs a head coach

Northstar School (Arlington) needs a middle/high school swim coach.  Contact Lisa Odom

TISCA clinic schedule is here.  The Doubletree is sold out, so you'll need to either pitch a tent or find a different hotel.  Let me know if you need a (very, very used) tent...

Edited 9/6/15, 9:30 p.m.:

While out on the trail, I heard the UIL was going to allow 24 qualifiers to state meet in each division.  Thought it was a done deal and we'd be seeing that happen this year.  Guess that may not be the case.  We'll see...

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Quote of the Day

My former wife made me a millionaire.
I used to have three million dollars.

via HockeyGods

Robert Marvin "Bobby" Hull


Friday, August 28, 2015

Recent Fishin' Pics and More!

Bobby's blacktip shark and bull red:

Leon fighting and landing a ray:

A few jobs:

The YMCA of Abilene needs a swim team coach

Highland Village needs an assistant age group coach

TeamFINS needs an assistant head coach

We have room for four (4) two (2) one (1) more teams in our Fantasy Foosball league.  It's FREE and champion will get a trophy.  Info here

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Quote of the Day

When everything is said and done
there is nothing left to do or say.

via The Times-Tribune

Darryl Dawkins


Sunday, August 23, 2015

City of Lakeway

The City of Lakeway needs an aquatic program coordinator.


Quote of the Day

A window of opportunity won't open itself.

(via Twitter)

Dave Weinbaum


Wednesday, August 19, 2015

NITRO-Bee Cave & IWA-Houston

NITRO needs an assistant at their Bee Cave facility.  Info on ASCA page here.

Incarnate Word Academy in Houston needs a head swim coach.  Info on TAPPS page here.


Quote of the Day

You measure the size of the accomplishment
by the obstacles you had to overcome
to reach your goals.

via biography

Booker Taliaferro Washington


Sunday, August 16, 2015

Jobs List

Here are jobs that have been posted/updated in August:

Pearland Aquatics (PEAK) needs a full time age group coach.

Eagle Swimming Association (ESA) needs an associate head coach.

Swim Streamline (SSAN) needs two (2) assistant coaches, a part time and a full time.

SHARKS (in Friendswood) needs a full time age group coach.

Blue Tide (BTA) needs two (2) coaches, a head coach & head age group coach.

Sienna Plantation (SPA) needs several part time assistant coaches.

Energy Core (ECS) needs a full time assistant coach.

The City of Georgetown needs an aquatic supervisor.

The City of Rowlett needs an athletic & aquatics supervisor.

The Twin Lakes Family YMCA needs two (2) coaches, a masters & youth coach.

The YMCA of Austin TownLake Branch needs an assistant coach.

The City of Little Elm needs an athletics & aquatics coordinator.

Several more jobs are posted on the ASCA site here:

Cy-Fair (CFSC) needs a full time head satellite coach.

Elite (ESP) needs a part time age group coach.

Austin Swim Club needs a head age group coach & an assistant age group coach.


Quote of the Day

Happiness is a butterfly, which when pursued,
is always beyond your grasp, but which, if you
will sit down quietly, may alight upon you.

Nathaniel Hawthorne


Friday, August 14, 2015

Plano Senior High

Plano Senior High School needs a head swim coach.  Teaching assignment is P.E.  Job is posted on THSCA site.  Contact Gerald Brence at 469-752-1086

2015 UIL 6A State Results


Quote of the Day

Forget past mistakes.  Forget failures.
Forget everything except what
you're going to do now and do it.

via Buick Factory History

William Crapo "Billy" Durant


Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Fantasy Foosball 2015

via digital operative

Our league is FREE and the champion will get a groovy trophy.

Past winners:

2005 - Hill (dirtybuttcrackheads)

2006 - Hill (dirtybuttcrackheads)

2007 - Montoya (The Slum Lords)

2008 - Button, Jr. (YouAllSuck-JustQuit)

2009 - Button, Jr. (YouAllSuck-JustQuit)

2010 - Tonya S. (sugar hiccups)

2011 - Button, Sr. (Mansfield Maulers)

2012 - Katie (Smack&Cheese)

2013 - Katie (Smack&Cheese)

2014 - Button, Sr. (Bait Campers)

Only room for nine (9) more teams in this year's league.  Sign up through your Yahoo! account:

League Name/Link: Texas Swimming

Live Draft: Monday, September 7, 8:00 p.m. (Central)

Quote of the Day

I got hit in the head pretty hard.  My
clock ran backwards for two years.


Elzie Wylie "Buddy" Baker, Jr.


Monday, August 10, 2015

We're Back!

We hit the summit on July 30.  Got back to Texas on August 5.

Link to the blog (with plenty of pics from the thru-hike) is here.

Links to the journal:

Start (keep clicking on "Next" to read in order)

Finish (keep clicking on "Previous" to read in reverse order)

Links to the "bests" lists:

First Third

Middle Third

Final Third

Doctor visit this a.m. went well.  Lost sixty pounds and blood pressure has dropped a bunch.  Blood work and foot x-rays scheduled for tomorrow.

Quote of the Day

People remember Don being a country bumpkin,
which he wasn't, and Howard being a pain in
the ass, which he was.  I was the law and order.

via newstimes

Francis Newton "Frank" Gifford


Sunday, August 09, 2015

Quote of the Day

The most common way people give up their
power is by thinking they don't have any.

Alice Malsenior Walker


Monday, February 02, 2015

That's a Wrap!

(via Appalachian Trials)

Quick reminder that Scott Scofield is handling this year's high school state meet call-up list.  Look for that here.  Contact Scott here.

If you'd like to keep up with the hike, here are the links:




Time, energy, cell service, and internet connections will determine how often those are updated.

Planning to come out of retirement in the fall, so keep me in mind if y'all hear of something.

Good luck to all Texas swimmers and coaches in your championship meets!

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January Most-Viewed

Quote of the Day

A rainy day is the perfect time
for a walk in the woods.

(via Environment & Society Portal)

Rachel Louise Carson


Sunday, February 01, 2015

Another from Imelda May

The City of Round Rock needs a pool manager.

Wayland Baptist/Henderson State/UALR

Bobby & Leon with the boat's Thursday catch:

Leon's Wilton Wahoo:

Leon not feeding the pelicans:

MAC Junior Elite/15+ Open

Arizona/SMU/Texas (M&W)

The City of Kyle needs an assistant pool manager and a swim coach.

January 29 CSCAA D-I Women's Poll

(via Palo Alto Online)

#2 Stanford's Simone Manuel featured here.

At the Art Adamson Invitational at Texas A&M in November, she set Stanford records in the 50-yard freestyle (21.59), 100 free (46.62) and 200 free (1:42.03). Her 100 time was an American record, although it was quickly broken by Cal-bound high schooler Abbey Weitzeil.

Oklahoma Baptist tops both men's and women's NAIA pollDrury did the same in the NCAA D-II poll.

Shamrock Invite (M&W)

Baylor Tom Landry Fitness Center needs a swim coach.

Omni Barton Creek Resort & Spa needs an assistant coach.

Prestonwood Country Club needs an aquatics manager.

Houston/Rice/Tulane/LSU (W)

Thousand Oaks Family YMCA needs a swim coach.

The City of Houston needs a pool supervisor.


Latest on Austin Aquatics & Sports Academy with Brendan Hansen is here.

Hansen loves to joke around, but I have a sneaky feeling that the hammer drops when you’ve been training with him a few weeks. It wasn’t until the hour-and-15-minute session was nearly over that Hansen doled out a nice lung-burning sprint set, reminding us that “sometimes I like to drive fast.” He’s coaching the masters program now, but says he’s looking for a world-class coach to take over that program while he focuses on the club program.

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