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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Quote of the Day

I much prefer the sharpest criticism
of a single intelligent man to the
thoughtless approval of the masses.

(via Einstein)

Johannes Kepler


Thursday, January 29, 2015

Another Misc.

TAPPS region and state meet info (including psych sheets & results) will be here.

White Rock YMCA (Dallas) needs an aquatics coordinator.

Austin vs. Centenary (M&W)

TFA BB & Under

Cleveland 2015 ASCA World Clinic info here.

Alvin Classic

Shady Oaks Country Club (Ft. Worth) needs an aquatics director.

Jesse Coon Memorial (masters)

Who pooped in the pool?  Probably a lesson kid, right?

Who pooped in the gym?   CSI Gustine is on the case!

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Quote of the Day

Truth is ever to be found in simplicity, and not
in the multiplicity and confusion of things.

(via biography)

Sir Isaac Newton


Monday, January 26, 2015


Some districts haven't yet held their championship meets, but - with just a little research - you can get a look at many of those that have.  Wouldn't be right to post just some, so I'm not posting any.  Sorry.

The City of Lewisville needs a swim coach.




Trinity/Depauw/Chicago (W)

Trinity/Depauw/Chicago (M)

UTPB vs. Wayland Baptist (M&W)

UNT vs. Tulane (W)

UTPB/Southwestern/McMurry (M&W)

LSU vs. A&M (M&W)

Greater Southwest Invite

London might be follerin' the New York model fer river swimmin'.  Read 'bout it here.

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Quote of the Day

You must try to generate happiness within
yourself.  If you aren't happy in one place,
chances are you won't be happy anyplace.

(via wttw)

Ernest "Ernie" Banks, a.k.a. Mr. Cub


Friday, January 23, 2015

Laura Sogar Returns


Latest CSCAA D-III poll is here.  While unable to crack the top twenty-five (25), Trinity men did get votes.

D-I men's poll has Texas on top and Texas A&M at #16.



The City of Georgetown needs a summer pool manager.

The City of Brownsville needs a pool supervisor.

Twin Lakes YMCA needs an aquatics coordinator.

The City of Lewisville needs an assistant aquatic supervisor.



Movie Premier

A Walk in the Woods, starring Robert Redford and Nick Nolte, will premier today at the Sundance Film Festival.  More here.

It's a film version of Bill Bryson's best-seller on his AT thru-hike attempt.

When an aging travel writer sets out to hike the 2,100-mile-long Appalachian Trail with a long-estranged high school buddy, the duo learn that some roads are better left untraveled.

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Quote of the Day

Information's pretty thin stuff
unless mixed with experience.

(via Britannica)

Clarence Shepard Day, Jr.


Tuesday, January 20, 2015

No horses were harmed...

...in the making of this film:

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Quick into Texas Sports Hall of Fame

The late Richard Quick has made it into the Texas Sports Hall of Fame.  More here and here.

Quick, an all-Southwest Conference swimmer at SMU, won a record 13 NCAA swimming titles as coach at Stanford, Texas and Auburn. He also was the head coach of the U.S. team in three Olympics and an assistant coach of the U.S. team in three other Olympics. He died in 2009. 

Induction ceremony for the Class of 2015 is scheduled for April 9.

Quote of the Day

A true conservationist is a man who knows
that the world is not given by his fathers,
but borrowed from his children.

John James Audubon


Monday, January 19, 2015

State Meet Schedule

2015 UIL state meet schedule is here.

What adjustments would you make to accommodate a third heat in each event for both prelim sessions?

See how easy it would be to bring twenty-four (24) per event?!?!


Yet Another 5A Alignment Update

UIL updated 5A swim alignment again.

Toss out the 11-13-14 version and go with the 1-6-15 update.

6A (8-12-14 version) remains unchanged.

It's been a while...

...since I posted fishin' pics.  These are the first since May.

They're from Saturday out on the Gulf of Mexico.

To the rig:

One of Bobby's snappers:

Headed home:

The day's catch:

(l to r):  John Doe I, John Doe II, Blake D., Leon B., Clayton A., Bobby B.


Just the Usual

Quote of the Day

When we try to pick out anything
by itself, we find it hitched to
everything else in the universe.

(via National Park Service)

John Muir


Thursday, January 15, 2015


(via pfluger)

Austin Arena Pro (a.k.a. Austin Grand Prix) live stream here.

City of El Paso building first of two 50m pools.  Story here.

The pool is one of the quality of life bond issue projects that voters approved in 2012. Under the bond issue, a second 50-meter pool is slated to be built in the East Side.

2015 ASCA Hall of Fame inductees include A&M women's coach Steve Bultman.  See all here.

NCAA reforms and Title IX implications discussed here.

Recent and upcoming changes to National Collegiate Athletic Association rules -- including a new pilot program that will provide travel expenses to the families of basketball players who play in national championship games -- are rife with “serious Title IX complications,” a panel of gender equity experts said here Wednesday.

McMurry's Bev Ball featured here.   Abilene HS (and former Granbury HS) coach Casey Pacheco on Ball:

"She's been an inspiration through high school, I had her through high school and college and just seeing what she did with kids then and seeing what she has done with kids now, still to this day is pretty amazing," said Casey Pacheco, Ball's first recruit and current AHS swim coach.

Great little tune from The Hillbilly Moon Explosion & Sparky.

Warning:  Vid's a little bloody...

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More Results

More Jobs

Assistant Coach at Thousand Oaks Family YMCA (San Antonio)

Aquatics Director at Westside Family YMCA (El Paso)

Pool Director for Girls Scouts of San Jacinto Council (Houston area)

Aquatics Coordinator for Southwest Family YMCA (Austin)

Assistant Coach for Space City Aquatic Team (Clear Lake)

Head Coach for Eisenhower HS (Houston)


Quote of the Day

It is easy to sit up and take notice.  What
is difficult is getting up and taking action.

Allen "Al" Batt


Monday, January 12, 2015

Monday Morning Variety Post

The City of Kerrville needs a pool manager and an assistant manager.

The City of Austin needs three (3) aquatics instructors.

High School News

(via Dallas Morning News)
Officials hoping to work the UIL state meet (February 20 & 21) should get applications in ASAP.

Swimming Application

Diving Application

Both are due by 6:00 p.m. Wednesday evening!

Traci Neely's UIL swimming director's report is here.  How much longer before they do something about that suggestive officials problem?  Us coaches is gittin' tired of all that winkin' an flirtin'!

Tex Robertson Invite

Tomball New Year's Classic

Waco Midway Winter Classic

El Paso ISD Invite

Midway HS Alumni

AAHSSL Dual Weekend #4 (Palo Alto)

AAHSSL Dual Weekend #4 (San Antonio)

The Woodlands vs. Kingwood Mixed Sprint Meet

Georgetown ISD New Year's Invite

Club News

Psych sheet for this week's Austin Grand Prix is here.  Tentative prelim timeline is here.

Info on the USA Swimming Diversity Select Camp (including coach and athlete applications) is here.

A coach up in Massachusetts was fired from his YMCA job, but USA Swimming has ruled he didn't violate their (USAS's) code of conduct.  More here, here, and here.

Border New Year's Resolution

Del Norte #3

LAC Level 1

Palo Alto Unclassified

AQTX Trained or Tapered

AAAA "C" (Palo Alto)

TXLA New Year's  Classic

AAAA "B" Champs

WAVE into 2015

CBA Winter Wonderland Unclassified

College News

(via Guajardo Imagery)
Several Texas college programs are competing in this week's Austin Grand Prix.  Info above in club news.

A&M vs. Alabama (M&W)

Texas vs. Georgia (M&W)

Torero Shootout (W)

Austin College Relay Meet (M&W)

Austin College Invite (M&W)  Ties for first, third, sixth, and eight in the men's 200 medley relay?  Plus one between tenth and the exhibition swim?  No way!

Nevada/Rice/San Diego State (W)

More back here.

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Quote of the Day

Every day, I am reminded that our life's journey
is really about the people who touch us.

(via LA Times)

Stuart Orlando Scott


Friday, January 09, 2015

2015 Call-Ups Link

(via Derek Vreeland)

As many of y'all know, the Green Tunnel is callin' and I we must go.

Bobby has decided to put his career on hold and set out on the adventure of a lifetime!  Starting AT thru hike in about a month!  Catch/Keep up here and here.

Scott Scofield has volunteered to compile and post this year's high school state meet call-up lists for swimmers, coaches, and parents interested in finding out before the UIL posts their official list.

I appreciate all the help I had doing the 2013 & 2014 lists.  Thanks in advance for providing Scott with results and support.

Here's the site where he'll be posting that info (along with some other meet results):

Texas Swim Meet Results

You can contact Scott via email

Edited 9:41

Couldn't let y'all go into the weekend without sharing this:

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College Meet Results

(via The Eagle)

Tennessee (M&W)/Missouri State (M)/A&M (M&W)/SMU (W)

LaVerne/Austin College/Colorado College (M&W)

Incarnate Word/Air Force/UC San Diego/San Diego State (M&W)

Incarnate Word/Grand Canyon/UC San Diego/San Diego State (M&W)

Florida Atlantic (M&W)/TCU (M&W)/Florida International (W)/Central Connecticut State (W)

Texas vs. Auburn (M&W)

(via Lubbock Online)
Longhorn sophomore Madisyn Cox (Lubbock HS/Lubbock SC) featured on Big XII website here.

Cox has earned a second selection to a U.S. national team and will compete in the World University Games set for July 4-11 in Gwangju, South Korea where she will compete in the 200m individual medley.  Cox’s rise to the international scene came after a freshman campaign that saw her make an immediate impact from the day she stepped onto campus.


Before it was the coolest pool in Texas*...

...it was the Deep Eddy Bathing Beach.  More here.

The oldest pool in Texas, Deep Eddy began not as a pool but as a privately owned swimming hole along the banks of the Colorado River, as this 1920s-era postcard shows. Students and locals alike flocked to the Deep Eddy Bathing Beach not just to swim, but also to rent cabins, ride a zipline, go down a slide, and watch shows like Lorena’s Diving Horse—a steed and rider plunging dangerously off a 50-foot diving platform.

*Sorry, Balmorhea State Park.  Y'all are a very, very close second!


Pool manager for City of Pflugerville

Aquatics Coordinator for TownLake YMCA (Austin)

Aquatics/Lakefront specialist for Camp Hoblitzelle (Midlothian)

Head coach for Long Meadow Stars (Richmond)

Aquatics Manager for Splash Kingdom Waterpark (Amarillo)

Aquatics Manager for City of Bay City

Learn to Swim Coordinator for City of Plano


While we're on the topic of women's hockey...

...kind of...actually out on a tangent...catch up here:

(via UMD Hockey)

Minnesota/Duluth non-renewed their women's hockey coach, Shannon Miller.

Last month, Miller’s $215,000 contract wasn’t renewed, with the university saying a shrinking budget no longer allows for such a salary. But, with the men’s hockey coach still employed and earning about $20,000 per year more than Miller, some are asking whether the firing was based on her gender as much as her salary.

“Coach Miller was a highly successful coach who has graduated her players, earned the respect of her community and peers, and hasn’t gotten in any trouble or in a scandal,” Nicole LaVoi, associate director of the University of Minnesota's Tucker Center for Research on Girls and Women In Sport, said. “I have never in my career in studying women coaches ever heard of a coach like that not being retained because they were being paid too much. It’s kind of a game-changer."

In her sixteen (16) seasons as the Bulldog head coach, the program has been in the NCAA tourney ten (10) times, reached the Frozen Four seven (7) times, and won the national championship five (5) times.

Read the entire article, along with some interesting comments, here.

In a statement earlier this month, Josh Berlo, the university’s athletic director, called Miller’s departure a “financially driven” decision, adding that UMD is “not in a position to sustain the current salary levels of our women’s hockey coaching staff.” Newhall called the justification "weak," saying it's "not hard to see that firing a female coach under the guise of being paid too much where there are other, less successful coaches who are paid more" is gender discrimination.

Mark Nagel, a professor of sports and entertainment management at the University of South Carolina, said a contract not being renewed because a college can no longer afford to pay a coach's salary is "very rare." Whether the gender disparity makes it illegal or not is a more complicated question.


Manvel HS Tragedy

Manvel HS lost three students in a wreck Wednesday, including senior class president and swimmer Zori Petrova.  More here. 

Zori Petrova of Pearland, TX, was senior class president.  She was also on the swim and tennis teams. Zori had an outgoing, contagious personality. She was a brilliant student and an integral member of the debate and academic decathlon teams. She had been accepted, and was planning to attend, Texas A&M University.

Quote of the Day

The more we exile ourselves from nature,
the more we crave its miracle waters.

(via The University of Arizona)

Diane Ackerman


Monday, January 05, 2015

City of Burleson

An aquatics coordinator is needed in The City of Burleson.  Info here.


Lou Walker Fires Back

Remember Syracuse A.D. Daryl Gross?  Yeah, that guy who dumped the men's and women's swim program!

A recent article on "non-revenue" sports at S.U. (here) gave Gross high marks.

If football is the red mark on Syracuse athletic director Daryl Gross' track record at Syracuse, the non-revenue sports are his gold star.

Quick note to writer Chris Carlson:  The only Orange sport in the black is the men's basketball program.  Therefore, foosball is a non-revenue sport.

One of the more controversial decisions Gross has made regarding non-revenue sports was cutting both the men's and women's swimming and diving programs in 2007. 

The decision was made at the time because the school's facilities did not allow it to compete at a national level and its geography made recruiting elite swimmers difficult. Building a new facility, it was decided, would be too costly.

AAAA-NE head coach Lou Walker was the Orange head coach at the time.  His letter to the editor takes on Carlson and his slanted story.

While I would agree that my discussions with Daryl at the time were relative to the age of the facilities I would disagree that there was any discussion relative to "geography and recruiting elite swimmers."

Gross replaced the swim programs with a women's hockey team.

At the time, NostraButton reminded readers* that The 'Cuse would be hunting for lady rinksters outside the state (and country).  N.Y.S. girls' high school hockey just wasn't up to supplying a D-I program with the required talent and numbers.

(via The Post-Standard)

In May of 2013, this post provided an update on the hockey team's "progress".

They've imported six (6) Canadian women and have only four (4) New Yorkers on their roster of seventeen (17). 

Women's ice hockey isn't an Atlantic Coast Conference sport.  The program bleeds red ink.

Time for another update.  This year's squad is 4-8-7.  There's no conference record, since they aren't in a conference.  Not sure what universe Carlson was posting his article from when he stated:

The team has become a winning program under Paul Flanagan in short order and has reached a conference title game.

Since inception, their record is 97-107-24...almost "average".  Nothing wrong with that, but not exactly the "winning program" Carlson makes them out to be.

(via The Post-Standard)

When the decision was made to scrap swimming and add women's hockey, it was supposed to help with Title IX numbers (and it has), make the overall athletics program more "competitive" (it hasn't), and save money (it hasn't even come close).

The current S.U. women's hockey roster lists twenty-five (25) players.  Eleven (11) are Canadians and two (2) are New Yorkers.

Funding player scholarships alone (at the NCAA limit of 18, times an annual cost of attendance of nearly $60,000) costs the university around a million bucks each year!

(via Cuse)

Good News

With attendance numbers approaching those of the on-ice participants, the program has yet to cost the university a billion dollars.

Bad News

The women's hockey program needs a new facility.

I wonder how Gross - along with his partner in propaganda Carlson - will spin this one...

* I believe there were eleven (11) of y'all at the time...

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College Results

Quote of the Day

A true initiation never ends.

(via tumblr)

Robert Anton Wilson


Thursday, January 01, 2015

December Most-Viewed

Quote of the Day

How did thinking that benefited the few
gain the acceptance of the many?

(via Wikipedia)

Herbert Irving Schiller


Friday, December 26, 2014

Winning Isn't Normal

(via Us Too)
If you're not familiar with Dr. Keith Bell's books, it's probably because they've become tough to find in recent years.

Some of my favorites were Target on GoldThe Nuts & Bolts of Psychology for Swimmers, and (of course) Winning Isn't Normal.

I'd be very surprised if our more "senior" coaches didn't have at least a couple of Bell's books on the office shelf.

Great news!  You can now get eBook versions of Keith's work at Keel Publications

Quote of the Day

A tie is a noose, and inverted though it is, it will
hang a man nonetheless if he's not careful.

(via The Book Catapult)

Yann Martel


Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Pre-Christmas Update

Enjoy any or all of seventy minutes with The Pretenders:

The City of Lakeway needs an aquatic facility coordinator

Yesterday's CSCAA D-II (M&W) poll is here.

NITRO was the only Texas program to achieve "Gold Medal Club" status.  There were plenty that made it onto the Silver and Bronze lists.  View all here.

Incarnate Word Christmas Invite

Burnet 5A & Under Invite

Gulf Age Group Champs

Brownsville City Meet

Northside Invite (South Pool)

Northside Invite (North Pool)

CBA Thursday Night at the Races

King Marlin Pro-Am

American Energy Pro-Am

Burnet TISCA


Tentative start date for the AT thru-hike is February 7.  That's just forty-five (45) days away!  Shopping list has been whittled down quite a bit.  Still need to pick up some clothes (socks, soft-shell jacket, gloves, pants, etc.), stuff sacks, bear bag, etc.  A couple more trips to REI ought to do it.

I'm torn between planning too much and not enough.  Sure don't want to feel the need to be in any given spot by any specific date, but there is a need to have at least some idea of when/where I'll re-supply and pick up mail drops.  Also want to have this wrapped up in time to return to the workforce in the fall.

Once on the trail, I'll update both the official trail journal (starts here) and the hike blog (here) as often as possible. We'll see how it all works out.  If uploading pics and vids takes too much time/effort, it might just end up being text.

Am often asked "Why?"  There isn't a simple answer.  Maybe it's just a desire to see lots of stars and hear plenty of birds...without having been hit on the head first...

Our tenth season of Texas Swimming fantasy foosball came to an end with yours truly on top of the fourteen-team league.  Four of the top five this year are Bay City guys.  Blake Holden was third, Bobby was fourth, and Keith Hill was fifth.

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Quote of the Day

When we finally got to "A Little Help" I
felt this throng of humanity come alive.

(via William & Mary)

John Robert "Joe" Cocker


Thursday, December 18, 2014

From Peyton's Dad

Many of you know that College Park HS assistant coach David James recently lost his son, Peyton.  Catch up here.

Thanks to all who responded so positively.  Coach James asked me to post this message thanking y'all for your kindness:

Thank you one and all for your donations to Products for Peyton.  The donations that we received at the TISCA meet at The Conroe ISD Natatorium were incredible.  They far exceeded my expectations.

I have made it my goal to email the principal at every school that donated. I realize every one of you did this out of the kindness of your hearts with no intention of recognition, but I want to brag on you to your principals.

We all put in long hours working with every kid from future Olympians to the kid we high five the first time he does a flip turn or swims a 200 nonstop, but because we coach a "non revenue" sport, rarely receive recognition.  I want to brag on my colleagues for their selfless contributions.

If you would contact me at djames@ conroeisd.net, I would appreciate it.

Thank you