Friday, September 21, 2018

Johnnie Means


via Houston Chronicle

Swimming World Q&A with HCAP's Johnnie Means is here

A diverse swimming environment is one where any and everybody is presented with an affordable opportunity to be a part of the swimming world.

CSCAA Open Water Champs



Tomorrow's schedule:
  • 7:30-8:15 a.m. - Women’s Check-in
  • 8:15 a.m. - Women’s Pre-Race Briefing
  • 8:25 a.m. - Women’s Inspection and Roll Call
  • 8:30 a.m. - Women’s 5K Start
  • 9:30-10:15 a.m. - Men’s Check-in
  • 10:15 a.m. - Men’s Pre-Race Briefing
  • 10:25 a.m. - Men’s Inspection and Roll Call
  • 10:30 a.m. - Men’s 5K Start
  • Noon - Women’s and Men’s Awards

More info here

Still More Jobs


ATAC position still open:

The Academy of Texas Aquatic Champions, Inc., a year-round swim club that has operated for over 20 years, is seeking qualified applicants for the position of Age Group Assistant Coach. ATAC  trains in far north Dallas at Loos Natatorium and the Greenhill School.
The ideal candidate is passionate about the sport of swimming, is focused on swimmer development and loves children. The candidate will be an assistant coach of our developmental level age group swimmers ranging in age between 5-10 years old. This position will require working late afternoon hours on weekdays, and morning hours on weekends, including weekend hours on meet weekends.
Preferred Qualifications/Expectations

  • Previous Coaching Experience
  • Maintain the safety and background check requirements required to be a USA Swimming Coach Member
  • A Knowledge of Competitive Swimming and Stroke Mechanics to coach developmental swimmers
  • Enthusiastic, Energetic, Positive Role Model, Team-Oriented, Good Communicator
  •  Availability to work evenings and weekends
  • US Citizen or Visa Authority to work in the USA

Compensation

Pay is based upon experience and will be an hourly wage. The Club will cover the costs of required certifications and USA Swimming membership, as well as reimburse approved professional development fees.
HOW TO APPLY:  Contact Head Age Group Coach Sherry Gentry at gentrysherry67@gmail.com
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City of Texas City aquatics coordinator

University of Incarnate Word triathlon swim instructor


Quote of the Day


My face is my mask.

via Habs Goalies

Lorne John "Gump" Worsley

Friday, September 14, 2018

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Jobs


University of Houston aquatics program director

City of Austin aquatic supervisor

Fit-N-Wise swim coach

City of Keller assistant aquatic supervisor

City of Abilene aquatic supervisor

Quote of the Day


I just invent, then wait until man comes
around to needing what I've invented.

via PBS

Richard Buckminster "Bucky" Fuller

Friday, September 07, 2018

Jobs


First, I am very interested in moving back to club coaching, on a full-time basis.

I am under contract at present and was unable to pursue a couple of excellent opportunities.

If y'all get wind of future openings, please give me a shout.  I need a little lead time to work out any possible exit plan.

If water is available for a coach-owned program, just send me contact info and I'll see what we can work out.

USA Swimming coaching credentials are current and I'll renew for '19.

Thanks,

Button

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Shadowbend YMCA swim team coach

J.E.R. Chilton YMCA assistant swim team coach


Where Title IX Went Wrong


Christina Hoff Sommers reviews The Transformation of Title IX here

There could have been many sensible, non-radical ways to apply Title IX to sports programs. In assessing the fairness of a school’s resource distribution, for example, why not consider the full array of athletic opportunities—from varsity, club, and intramural sports to dance, fitness, and outdoor exploration programs? Or find a way to assess whether an institution’s offerings effectively satisfy the interests and abilities of both male and female students? But the women’s groups wanted more than that. In their view, if women were truly free and equal, they would be just as interested in competitive varsity sports as men. These advocates insisted on “proportionality”—if a college’s student body was 60 percent female, then 60 percent of the varsity athletes should be female. Anything less was proof of continuing discrimination. And rock climbing, yoga, and dance did not count. For the activists, Title IX was not an equal opportunity law; it was a mandate to change conventional understandings of what it means to be a man or a woman. “This was a heady job for government regulators,” writes Melnick.

In 1996, assistant secretary of OCR Norma CantĂș sent out a “Letter of Clarification,” which mentioned “proportionality” as a “safe harbor” that would protect schools from investigation. Schools got the message that anything less than statistical parity was risky. Previously, schools had been safe from investigation if they could show they were making good-faith efforts to accommodate student interests and abilities in sports. But CantĂș’s letter represented a radical policy change. It was in effect imposing a quota system—even though the original law explicitly forbade quotas. And the change was made by “administrative fiat,” in Melnick’s words, without a notice-and-comment proceeding or the president’s signature. But the OCR labeled the secretary’s decree a “clarification.” Judges deferred.

Melnick describes the chaos and expense that ensued. Colleges and universities generally have far more female than male students, yet far fewer women than men aspire to participate in varsity athletics. To keep their football teams and avoid losing even more male wrestlers, baseball players, and swimmers, most schools have opted to devote a greater share of their athletic budgets to varsity sports. Untold millions now go to a relatively small group of elite male and female athletes inside the increasingly cloistered, commercialized world of college sports. Melnick wonders what the current regulation-driven system has to do with increasing educational opportunities for young women. The average female college student might have benefited from more federal funding for physical fitness programs. Now, she helps foot the bill for the ever-expanding college athletic-industrial complex.

Proportionality means almost all schools with large football programs must do three (3) things:

1) Dump male sports until they offer only the minimum allowed by NCAA rules,
2) Use roster caps to force remaining male sports to keep their numbers to a minimum, &
3) Add pseudo-sports for women like equestrian, beach volleyball, etc.

All facts, right?  Tough to argue those, isn't it?

Okay, how about we get those Title IX radicals riled up with another fact - one they really go nuts over - Men and Women are DIFFERENT!

 Argue that one, Billie Jean & Nancy...

Quote of the Day


I can sing as well as Fred Astaire can act.

via Leonard Maltin

Burton Leon "Burt" Reynolds, Jr.

Sunday, September 02, 2018

ICYMI



News & Jobs


via Texas Sports
Madison Cox has been reinstated after it was determined her failed test was due to a multivitamin she was taking.  Cox had declared the supplement, but it wasn't tested prior to her original hearing.  More here

The last six months have been a grave and harrowing learning experience that I would not wish on any honest, clean, elite athlete. I know that any supplement – even a multivitamin purported to contain only those ingredients specified on the label and purchased at a local supermarket – can be suspect.

I would advise any athlete who chooses to take supplements to not only consult resources such as USADA’s Supplement 411, but to also make sure that they are third party batch tested to check for any contamination.

I am excited to return to the pool. I also appreciate the support so many people have shown me throughout this trying ordeal.

Supplement was Cooper Complete Elite Athlete


This year's Tex Robertson Highland Lakes Challenge will take place from October 31 through November 4.  More info here

High school swim/dive officials may begin registering now.  Info is here

A couple of admin-type jobs:

The YMCA of Greater Houston needs two (2) association aquatics directors

Gulf Swimming LSC needs an executive director




Weakly Demotivator



Quote of the Day


I would rather sit on a pumpkin and have it all
to myself, than be crowded on a velvet cushion.

via npr

Henry David Thoreau

Friday, August 31, 2018

Quote of the Day


If I say I'm the best actor for the part,
I mean it and I'm not kidding.

via gettyimages

James Howard Woods

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Quote of the Day


If no one ever took risks, Michelangelo
would have painted the Sistine floor.

via NY Times

Marvin Neil Simon

Monday, August 27, 2018

Quote of the Day


I'm sick and tired of only being asked about
everything that Donald Trump says or does.

via Rolling Stone

John Sidney McCain III

Sunday, August 26, 2018

More Jobs



The Academy of Texas Aquatic Champions, Inc., a year-round swim club that has operated for over 20 years, is seeking qualified applicants for the position of Age Group Assistant Coach. ATAC  trains in far north Dallas at Loos Natatorium and the Greenhill School.

The ideal candidate is passionate about the sport of swimming, is focused on swimmer development and loves children. The candidate will be an assistant coach of our developmental level age group swimmers ranging in age between 5-10 years old. This position will require working late afternoon hours on weekdays, and morning hours on weekends, including weekend hours on meet weekends.

Preferred Qualifications/Expectations

  • Previous Coaching Experience
  • Maintain the safety and background check requirements required to be a USA Swimming Coach Member
  • A Knowledge of Competitive Swimming and Stroke Mechanics to coach developmental swimmers
  • Enthusiastic, Energetic, Positive Role Model, Team-Oriented, Good Communicator
  •  Availability to work evenings and weekends
  • US Citizen or Visa Authority to work in the USA

Compensation

Pay is based upon experience and will be an hourly wage. The Club will cover the costs of required certifications and USA Swimming membership, as well as reimburse approved professional development fees.
HOW TO APPLY:  Contact Head Age Group Coach Sherry Gentry at gentrysherry67@gmail.com
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Dripping Springs YMCA swim coach

Sharks Swim Club assistant coach

North East Houston Aquatics swim coach

Denison HS head swim coach - Robert Rogers 903-462-7620

Town North YMCA aquatics coordinator

City of McAllen aquatics superintendent

Coastal Bend Allstars age-group swim coach

Weakly Demotivator



Quote of the Day


The most I can do for my friend is simply be his friend.

via Wikipedia

Henry David Thoreau

Sunday, August 19, 2018

Overdue Jobs Post


Longview Metro/Champion head coach

KATY assistant coaches - Travis Sandifer

Southwestern University assistant (M & W)

Department of the Navy (Kingsville) supervisory recreation specialist (sports & aquatics)

Coppell YMCA aquatics coordinator

City of Dallas community recreation program coordinator

South Shore Sails assistant coach

Cypress-Fairbanks Swim Club head site & assistant coaches

Fit-N-Wise head coach

City of Abilene aquatics supervisor


Weakly Demotivator



Quote of the Day


I'm neither Republican nor Democrat.  I've
worked for the past five administrations.

John Owen Brennan

Friday, August 17, 2018

Quote of the Day


Sometimes, what you're looking for is already there.

via songkick

Aretha Louise Franklin

Sunday, August 12, 2018

Tuesday, August 07, 2018

Pan Pac Television Schedule


NBC on August 11 and 12...from 4-6 p.m. ET

You should still check your local listings.
 
Finals will be live on the Olympic Channel:
                                                   
August 9 - 4:23 am Central
August 10 - 4:55 am Central
August 11 - 4:28 am Central
August 12 - 4:06 am Central

More Opportunities


The City of Grand Prairie needs an aquatics coordinator

The YMCA of Corsicana needs a sports & aquatics director

The J.E.R. Chilton YMCA (Rockwall) needs a swim team coach




The Oakridge School


The Oakridge School (Arlington) needs an upper/middle school coach.  Season from early November through mid-February.  Contact Shawn Meadows




Quote of the Day


No matter how sophisticated you may be, a large
granite mountain cannot be denied - it speaks
in silence to the very core of your being.

via HYDE

Ansel Easton Adams