Monday, January 21, 2019

Quote of the Day

When you've got something to prove, there's
nothing greater than a challenge.

via Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Terry Paxton Bradshaw

Sunday, January 13, 2019

Just About That Time Again

5A & 6A State Meet Call-ups

Unless we get a volunteer to replace Scott, I'll be putting together the unofficial call-ups list this year.

Anyone interested?

To make it work, we need a coach to email region results - including prelims - as quickly as possible on Saturday, February 2nd.

More details on that later.

via ARINGO flikr

4A State Meet

Look for another 4A Mythical State Champs meet again this year.  After Clark Wilson's passing last year, I went ahead and renamed it the Clark Wilson Invitational.

For those who didn't know him, Clark ran a coach-owned club program in Longview that produced numerous state qualifiers out of little schools you probably never heard of.  He was a larger-than-life figure and we mustn't forget the man.

Once the 5A state meet's wrapped up and the dust has settled, I'll go back through district, region, and state meet results and sort out the 4A kids and relays.

Last year's team standing post is here

Middle School Rankings

Please get the word out to middle school coaches to email me meet results so I can get this year's rankings done by the end of the school year.

Once completed, those will look similar to the TISCA All-State lists for high school.

It's never too early for those...hint, hint...

Weakly Demotivator

Quote of the Day

We cannot put off living until we are ready.

via Wikimedia Commons

José Ortega y Gasset

Sunday, January 06, 2019

Aggie Swim Camp

The Aggie Swim Camp at Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas has opportunities available for two or more weeks May 26-June 19 for coaches from college, high school and club teams who are excited about the opportunity to learn and work with younger kids and an excellent staff.  The Camp is a very successful operation with over 600 campers over four multiple-day sessions.  In addition to assisting with camp as an assistant coach and camp counselor, you will also have the opportunity to spend time with successful collegiate coaches Jay Holmes, Steve Bultman, Tanica Jamison and Jason Calanog .  Free meals and housing are included, as well as a salary each week based on experience.  Applicants must be 19 years or older, have attended at least one year of college and have experience as a competitive swimmer and/or coach.  Current First Aid, CPR, and/or Lifeguard/Safety Training for Swim Coaches are helpful.  All staff must be willing to work a minimum of two weeks in an alcohol/drug free environment.  With our emphasis on stroke, start, and turn technique, this camp can make a great coaching clinic for any coach.  To apply for this great learning opportunity, please send your resume and a list of three or more references to Shannon Clark, Camp Director, at .
Session 1 - May 26 – 31  (Full week, Sunday through Friday)
Session 2 - June 2 – 7  (Full week, Sunday through Friday)
Session 3 - June 9 – 14  (Full week, Sunday through Friday)
Session 4 - June 16 – 19  (Half technique week, Sunday through Wednesday)

Weakly Demotivator

Quote of the Day

Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes.
Art is knowing which ones to keep.

via Digital Brand Strategy

Scott Raymond Adams

Wednesday, December 26, 2018

Quote of the Day

My pitching philosophy is simple;  you gotta
keep the ball off the fat part of the bat.


Leroy Robert "Satchel" Paige

Monday, December 17, 2018

Sunday, December 09, 2018

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

New Book on Alzheimer's

Guy I work with told me about this.  Author is his sister.  Buy on Amazon here

Quote of the Day

We choose our joys and sorrows
long before we experience them.

via OSHO News

Khalil Gibran

Sunday, November 25, 2018

Weakly Demotivator

Quote of the Day

A hypocrite is the kind of politician who would cut
down a redwood tree, then mount the stump
and make a speech for conservation.

via radio Diaries

Adlai Ewing Stevenson II

Saturday, November 24, 2018

Something for the "Big Game"

Anyone else wonder...

...what they do with all those extra mole parts?

Golden Goggles

Pflugerville's Micah Lawrence Sumrall:

For 145 meters, it was all about King. At least the Golden Goggles voters knew outstanding swims when they saw them.  Sumrall was honored with this year's Perseverance Award.

Earning the Perseverance Award was 2012 Olympian Micah Sumrall (Pflugerville, Texas/Chattahoochee Gold Swim Club), who bounced back in a big way with a gold-medal performance in the 200m breaststroke at the Pan Pacific Championships. After missing the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team, she took time away from the sport before resurfacing with Chattahoochee Gold Swim Club earlier this year. Buoyed by the support of the age-group swimmers she coaches, Sumrall won the 200m breast title at Phillips 66 Nationals and took third in the 100m breast in Irvine to qualify for her first international roster since 2015. In Tokyo, she nearly matched her career-best time in the 200m breast en route to gold, her first at a major international competition.

Complete Golden Goggles recap is here

2018 Pan-Pac 200 breast:


City of Corpus Christi aquatics area supervisor

Circle C Aquatics assistant swim coach

Grand Prairie YMCA swim team coach


Winter Nationals

Psych Sheet


Prelim Timelines

Quote of the Day

The most important thing a mayor does
is hire talented people to run the city.

via Outside

John Wright Hickenlooper, Jr.

Monday, November 19, 2018

Sunday, November 18, 2018

Catching Up

Results of Texas A&M's intra-squad time trials are here...hold on, there were other teams in attendance.  It was actually the Art Adamson Invite

Just one day remaining in the Golden Goggles Silent Auction

USA Swimming sent out a link to Dr. David Hoch's article Dealing with parental interference in coaching.  You might be surprised to learn that Step 1 isn't Ban the Parent.  Tap the brakes, buddy, that's Step 8.

Eddie's work with Joseph Schooling on the "Fifth Stroke" paid off in the FINA World Cup.  Schooling set a new Singapore national record in the 50 SCM back (:24.08) while leading off a medley relay.  More here

Weakly Demotivator

Quote of the Day

Face front, true believers!

via reddit

Stanley Martin Lieber, a.k.a. Stan Lee

Thursday, November 01, 2018

Quote of the Day

Ballplayers, like everyone else, like
to get told they did something right.

via SF Giants Photos

Willie Lee McCovey

Sunday, October 28, 2018


Several open water events have been dropped due to flooding.

ASA's Lake Travis Relay and Highland Lakes Challenge have both been "Cancelled due to historic flooding" and the swimming portion of the Waco Triathlon was scrapped as well.

“Ironman has strict safety benchmarks in place that have been surpassed, including the rate of water flow,” race officials said in an email message sent to the 3,000 athletes registered to compete in the race. “The abundance of rain created additional flow with a rate higher than the limit deemed safe for swimming in the Brazos River.”

More at the Waco Tribune-Herald here

Arlington-Mansfield Area YMCA association director of aquatics

Lackland AFB tactical athlete coach - swim

Missed an excellent article on Linkedin last year:

Why hire the swimmer who swam all four years of college?

Have you ever worked hard on a project for an entire week and finally presented a seamless masterpiece to your client that brought you great recognition? What if this masterpiece only lasted twenty seconds and what if your hard work lasted 22 weeks? Would it be worth it? This swimmer has lived this scenario and has done it for most of their life. The ability to work towards a goal for such a long time is something that's not found in most people, which could be an asset for multi-year projects.

What doesn’t always happen is being successful, but this swimmer comes back year after year to achieve greatness.

Full article here

The CSCAA TYR Top 25 October polls:

Division I

Division II

Division III

Former Longhorn Brendan Hansen is organizing a benefit clinic in Austin.  The clinic will feature Olympic medalists and collegiate All-Americans.

Who:  Athletes of all ages & abilities
What:   age group swim clinic, masters swim workout, nutrition sessions, etc.
When:  Sunday, November 4 from 8 a.m. to noon
Where:  Rollingwood Pool, 4801 Rollingwood Drive
How:  Preregister via email here

“When the University of Texas swimming and diving family heard of the Carter’s situation with their twin babies, it affected all of us as if it were our own kids,” said Brendan Hansen, an event organizer and clinic coach. “We wanted to put together an event to share our skills with the Austin fitness community that not only would have an immediate impact for the family financially, but also for them to know we stand behind them through this process. That’s what family does and the overwhelming response up to this point shows how strong the Longhorn family is.”

Full Statesman article here

Facebook page here

gofundme page here

Weakly Demotivator

Quote of the Day

If I'm honest with you, you might not like me for a day or
two.  But, if I lie to you, you're going to hate me forever.

Joseph John "Joe" Maddon, Jr.

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

2019 Clinics

Legends of Texas, April 4 - 7, Ft. Worth

ASCA, September 2 - 8, Dallas

TISCA, September 19-22, Austin


City of Corpus Christi recreation coordinator (aquatics)

Longhorn Aquatics assistant

Benbrook Community Center YMCA Head Swim Coach/Aquatics Coordinator

Great Wolf Lodge Aquatics Manager

City of Dallas Community Recreation Program Coordinator (Aquatics)

News from the UIL Legislative Council Meetings

Those pushing for a third conference might point out that swimming/diving is the only UIL activity* divided into two (2) conferences.  Even Team Tennis is a three-conference sport in Texas.


The Standing Committee on Policy authorized the UIL staff to monitor several proposals, including sanctioning water polo.

The committee LAUGHED OUT LOUD denied, rejected, or took no action on several other proposals, including:
  • sanctioning disc golf,
  • adding a competitive stomp season,
  • sanctioning bowling, &
  • adding archery.
If we could somehow combine archery with disc golf, we'd have a winner!

The entire UIL press release is here

*That includes not only Athletics, but also Academics and Music

Quote of the Day

Most of what we call management consists of making
it difficult for people to get their work done.

via Wikipedia

Peter Ferdinand Drucker

Saturday, October 20, 2018

Rocktober (edited 11:15 a.m.)

Looks like Rocktober has been rough on the guys:

Florida/Indiana/Texas (M&W, real time)

Here in BC, we're shut down...again.  This time it's due to cold water.

A week ago, everyone in town knew a cold front was coming in.  Not only isn't the heater in the city pool working, but they didn't put tarps on until Monday.  By then, the water was 74 degrees.

In the 60's now.  So tired of the old "one step up and two steps back" routine here...

via Storyblocks
In June, my ultra-lib cousin from Dallas asked me if I thought Beto had a chance to win.  I laughed and said "Only if he gets enough illegal votes!"

Was that a light bulb I saw flash over her head?  Is this really happening?

The Texas Democratic Party asked non-citizens to register to vote, sending out applications to immigrants with the box citizenship already checked “Yes,” according to new complaints filed Thursday asking prosecutors to see what laws may have been broken.

More at The Washington Times here

Lutheran South Academy needs a MS/HS swim coach.  Contact Susan Paling

Richardson YMCA needs a swim coach

City of Lakeway needs a swim center assistant manager

City of Texas City needs an aquatics coordinator

USA Swimming Sport Development Division survey

See where swimming ranks (overall and in specific categories) among high school sports: