Tuesday, July 17, 2018

V-P Button

Bobby just signed on with an Austin company as vice-president of FinTegration Strategy & Sales.  Finance and banking stuff.  Way over my head.  More here

"...Community Bankers will have more integration points, more options, more leverage and more room to lower their digital spend when it comes to vendor selection."

Gateway Prep

Gateway College Preparatory School swim coach

Quote of the Day

Progress doesn't stop because you lost a game.

via Sports Illustrated

Bruce Charles Arians

Saturday, July 07, 2018

2018 Age Group COTY

View list of nominees and vote via the Fitter & Faster site here

Texas coaches up for the award:

Chris Coghill, Austin Swim Club

Colin Kennedy, Cypress Fairbanks Swim Club

Lindsay Kenney, Texas Ford Aquatics

Daniel McCord, Nitro Swimming

Rick Mills, Magnolia Aquatic Club

Jarrod Murphy, The Woodlands Swim Team

Stuart Smith, Texas Ford Aquatics

Tracey Spurgeon, Alamo Area Aquatics NE

Bryan Welter, Lakeside Aquatic Club


More Opportunities

George Ranch HS head coach - Nick Cavallo

Galveston Island Swim Team

Quote of the Day

If you make 10,000 regulations you
destroy all respect for the law.

via Pinterest

Sir Winston Leonard Spencer Churchill

Tuesday, July 03, 2018

NISCA All-America

2018 Swimming

Directors' Cup

Final Standings:

Division I

Texas - 5th
A&M - 10th

Division II

West Texas A&M - 3rd
Texas A&M Commerce - 22nd 
Angelo State - 26th

Division III

Trinity - 31st


Wayland Baptist - 3rd


The City of West University Place program specialist - aquatics & recreation

Lifetime (Katy) aquatics manager

Tarleton State University assistant director, recreational sports

Nitro Swimming swim instructor

Quote of the Day

In a highly competitive environment, feeling
comfortable is first cousin to being complacent.

via Mangin Photography

William Ernest "Bill" Walsh

Friday, June 29, 2018

2018 Lone Star Cup


If you're in Dallas this weekend, drop by D&J's annual Tent Sale:

Harvey Lewis is taking a shot at the AT thru-hike record.  He's in Connecticut right now.  Follow progress here

Sugar Land's own Simone Manuel is this year's Honda Cup winner.  She's the female collegiate athlete of the year.  Read more here

Texas Senior Circuit Results:

SC 1

SC 2

Still More Jobs

Texas Tritons assistant coaches - Shannon McPherson 832-437-6186

City of Austin aquatic recreation programs specialist

Lifetime swim Team (South Austin) assistant coach - Lucas Alves

City of McAllen pool coordinator & pool manager

Quote of the Day

Before we set our hearts too much upon
anything, let us examine how happy
those are who already possess it.

via Bytes

Fran├žois VI, Duc de La Rochefoucauld

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Even More Jobs

Grand Prairie ISD:

Swim assistant position. Knowledge of swimming technique and skills required. Will assist the Head Swim Coach with the high school program.

Email letter of interest and resume to Matiana Wiley

Saginaw HS head coach - Brent Barker 817-807-2617

City of Weatherford recreation manager

Bodyworks Family Sports Centers (Lubbock) aquatics director

The Pod Aquatics (The Woodlands) swim coach

Remember, click on "Jobs" below to see other recent jobs posts

Questions for High School Coaches*

via Pinterest

Annie Chandler Grevers posted the follerin' on Facebook this morning:

Hi coaches! Seeking some 1-2 paragraph answers to the following question for an upcoming issue of Swimming World. 

Should high school swimmers be required to attend more high school workouts than club workouts during HS season? Why or why not? 

If you have insight to offer, I'd love to hear it. I know answers will vary widely as high school swimming structures vary widely from state to state. 

Please email your answer and a high-rez headshot to annieg@swimmingworld.com

Thanks in advanced!

*Input from sponsors not necessary

More Jobs

St. John XXIII College Prep head coach

Killeen HS assistant - Neil Searcy 254-336-0429

Arlington-Mansfield Area YMCA sports & aquatics director

The Shelton School head coach - Freddie Jones

Quote of the Day

What you cannot enforce, do not command.



Saturday, June 23, 2018


The Salvation Army (Houston) aquatics director

Rice University women's assistant & club

YMCA (Dallas) aquatics director

King HS (Corpus Christi) head coach - Brenda Marshall 361-793-8095

Perry Family YMCA (Houston) youth development director - aquatics

Houston Cougar Aquatic Sports assistant coach

East View HS (Georgetown) head coach - Todd York 512-943-5106

Richardson YMCA swim team coach

Crowley HS head coach - JJ Resendez

Madison HS (San Antonio) - David Johnson

Quote of the Day

Jealousy is the tribute mediocrity pays to genius.


Fulton John Sheen

Friday, June 22, 2018

Quote of the Day

When a thing is done, it's done.  Don't look back.
Look forward to your next objective.

via Vermont Humanities

George Catlett Marshall, Jr.

Thursday, June 07, 2018

Handful of Jobs

Cypress Springs HS assistant - Charles Rohan

Circle C assistant

Southern Methodist men's assistant

Blue Legend assistant

City of Abilene aquatics supervisor

Canyon Creek Country Club swim coach


Quote of the Day

It's amazing how quickly nature consumes human places
after we turn our backs on them.  Life is a hungry thing.

via KUT

Scott David Westerfeld

Thursday, May 31, 2018

Clark Wilson Invitational Results

As 4A schools with swimming programs approach 100 (in the 80's now, I think), here are team scores (top ten) from this year's Mythical 4A State Championships:


Gateway - 255
Bridgeland - 229.5
Andrews - 226
Fulshear - 172
El Campo - 164
Randolph - 138
Great Hearts - 132
Decatur - 121
Monahans - 94.5
Pecos - 88


Bridgeland - 346
Pecos - 274
Andrews - 167
Fredericksburg - 167
Hudson - 164
Monahans - 151
Lebanon Trail - 149
Gateway - 109
Boerne - 87
Pampa - 67


Bridgeland - 575.5
Andrews - 393
Gateway - 364
Pecos - 362
Fredericksburg - 250
Hudson - 250
Monahans - 245.5
Fulshear - 221
El Campo - 212
Lebanon Trail - 169

Send me an email if you'd like a copy of complete results and team scores.

Even More Help Wanted

Denison HS head coach - Rodney Been 903-462-7084

Eagle Swimming Association (ESA) head coach

Plano West HS head coach - Gerald Brence 469-752-1086

Wimberley HS head coach

Bastrop Family YMCA program director

Park South YMCA aquatics coordinator

To find more recent job postings, just click "Jobs" below.

Quote of the Day

Habit is habit and not to be flung out of the window
by any man, but coaxed downstairs a step at a time.

Samuel Langhorne Clemens, a.k.a. Mark Twain

Friday, May 25, 2018

Still More Help Wanted (edited)

Plano HS assistant* - Gerald Brence 469-752-1086

MacArthur HS (Irving) head coach - Ronny Mullins 972-600-7270

Elkins HS assistant - Dennis Brantley 281-634-2349

East Central HS (San Antonio) assistant - Suzette Arriola 210-885-7686

Rockwall HS head coach - Russ Reeves 469-698-7363

Concordia Lutheran HS head coach & assistant - Travis Subda

Centennial (Frisco) head coach - Matt Webb 469-633-5670

Smithson Valley HS assistant - Courtney Patton 830-885-1102

Morton Ranch HS assistant - Chivonne Kiser 281-237-2519

*originally listed as head coach position

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Quote of the Day

There was a time when we completely operated
without phones.  We're addicted to our phones.

via The Source

Kanye Omari West

Sunday, May 20, 2018

More Help Wanted

via The Living Urn
Pine Tree HS head coach - Jody Berryhill, 903-295-5140

Saginaw HS head coach - Stephen Johnson, 817-306-0914

College Park HS assistant - Lonnie Madison, 936-709-3150

Grand Prairie HS assistant - Matiana Wiley

City of Mesquite swim coach

Ursuline Academy swim coach

Lost Creek Aquatics age group coach

Walnut Creek Country Club pool supervisor

Click on "Jobs" tag below for other recent job postings!

Weakly Demotivator

Quote of the Day

Don't worry about the horse being
blind, just load the wagon.


John Madden

Sunday, May 13, 2018

Help Wanted

City of Conroe aquatic coordinator

Boy Scouts of America summer aquatics director

City of Lewisville swim coach

Aaron Family JCC assistant swim coach

YMCA of Dallas aquatics coordinator

The Shelton School head swim coach, contact Freddie Jones

City of McAllen pool manager

YMCA of Southeast Texas aquatics director

Texas Christian University assistant coach

YMCA of Dallas swim coach

Seguin HS head coach, contact Alex Weidemann

Texas A&M/Commerce coordinator of aquatics & special events

YMCA of Houston youth development director-aquatics

Space City Aquatic Team head age group coach

Click on "Jobs" below for more

Weakly Demotivator

Quote of the Day

Racism is not dead, but it is on life support -
kept alive by politicians, race hustlers,
and people who get a sense of superiority
by denouncing others as "racists".

via Value Walk

Thomas Sowell

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Open Water Results

ASA Cap2k

USA Nationals:

Men's 10k

Women's 10k

Men's 5k

Women's 5k

Jr. Men's 7.5k

Jr. Women's 7.5k

Jr. Men's 5k

Jr. Women's 5k

A Few HS Jobs

Odessa HS (head & assistant) - Berry Borchardt - 432-456-0029

North Crowley HS (head) - Tommy Brakel - 817-263-1250

Mesquite ISD (assistant) - Steven Bragg - 972-882-7400

Plano West HS (head) - Gerald Brence - 469-752-1086

Elgin HS (head) - Jens Anderson - 512-285-9113

Quote of the Day

When you're good at something, you'll tell everyone.
When you're great at something, they'll tell you.

via Chicago Tribune

Walter Jerry Payton

Tuesday, May 01, 2018

TGCA Satellite Clinic

The Texas Girls Coaches Association will be hosting a Houston Sports Clinic June 13 & 14.

Swimming presentations:

Amanda Chow, Cypress Ridge - Creating a Home-Grown High School Team
Katie Anselmo, Kempner - Season Planning
Meredith May, Lamar CISD - Meet Management - Start to Finish
John Isbell, Elkins - Sprinting:  Race Pace Training
Scott Slay, Foster - Water Polo:  Creating an Off-Season Program

Complete Agenda

Registration Form

Quote of the Day

Design is not just what it looks like and
feels like.  Design is how it works.

via ISO50

Steven Paul Jobs

Sunday, April 29, 2018

More of This and That

If you didn't get the email:

Hey Coach,

 I am reaching out to all high school swim coaches in Texas to let you know that Williams Baptist University in Walnut Ridge, AR still has roster spots open on our swim team for next year.  I would love to fill them with swimmers of ANY level that would like to compete at the NAIA collegiate level and are looking for a partial-tuition scholarship to help with the cost of a private Christian university.  I would so appreciate you letting me know if you have any seniors for this fall or juniors for 2019 that might be looking for just this type of opportunity.  Feel free to give my contact information to any of your swimmers.  I look forward to hearing back from you.  Thanks so much!

Lee Moore
Head Volleyball and Swimming Coach
Williams Baptist University
Office (870) 759-4214 ext. 4214
Cell (706) 975-6354

I've sent a few coaches a draft of the Clark Wilson Invite (2018 Mythical 4A State).  Once we've corrected errors/omissions, I'll get that out to anyone who'd like to see it.

USA Swimming now requires certification for both front & backstroke starts.  Backstroke start cert mandatory starting May 1.  More here

Okay, now for the jobs:

Team Yes! assistant coach

Lehman HS head coach Bruce Salmon 512.268.8454

City of Cedar Park aquatics specialist

Killeen HS assistant coach Valerie Nogle

Northbrook HS & Spring Woods HS head coaches Michael Stokebrand

Las Colinas Country Club pool supervisor

Craig Ranch Fitness & Spa masters coach

Stonebriar Country Club swim coach

St. Anthony Catholic HS head coach

The Christian School at Castle Hill head coach

Oakmont Country Club pool manager

Bent Tree West Swim & Tennis Club swim coach

MARS (click for embigificationing)

Weakly Demotivator

Quote of the Day

Discipline is not a light switch.
Discipline is a way of life.

via YouTube

John W. Harbaugh

Sunday, April 22, 2018

Weakly Demotivator

Quote of the Day

Consider the postage stamp, son.
It secures success through its ability
to stick to one thing till it gets there.

via Aphorisms 4 All

Henry Wheeler Shaw, a.k.a. Josh Billings

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Quote of the Day

I hate to hear "Less is more."  It's a crock of crap.

via Wikipedia

Ronald Lee Ermey

Monday, April 16, 2018

This Post Has No Title

Results from last weekend's Mesa TYR Pro are here

Stratford HS needs a head coach.  Contact Chad Crowson

First time I met Clark Wilson was at a long course meet in 2010.  Guy walked up to me during warm-up and just started talking away.

Going through my mind was stuff like "Do I know this guy?  Where is Champion Aquatics?  How does he know me?"

From that point on, I looked forward to seeing Clark on deck, or in the stands.  He'd put his arm around you and say something like "Bobby, let me ask you something..." or "Here's what I think about..."  My favorite was "I'd like to get ___ in a room and just kick his ass..." 

Never a dull moment or conversation with that guy!

You'll find very few coaches as loyal to his swimmers as Clark was.  He celebrated when they celebrated.  He hurt when they hurt.  He was absolutely All In.  That's what's so difficult about losing him.  He was larger than life and we'll all remember him as such.

From Saturday's service:

Clear Brook HS and Clear Springs HS need assistant coaches.  Contact Debbie Fuchs

via Austin Fit Magazine

The 15th Annual Cap2K will be on Sunday, April 29.  Get info and register here

Eastern Michigan's dumping men's swimming...but keeping the women's program.  Yes, we've seen/heard this story before.  The university claims it's a cost-cutting move.  We all know that's bullcorn.  It's a Title IX quota issue.  Want proof it's not a money issue?

Bunsis claims when all the revenue losses and mistakes are accounted for, EMU will actually lose $61,000  a year by cutting the sports.

He says the only way for EMU to save money on sports is to switch the expensive football program from Division 1 to Division 2.

He says EMU spends millions more on the football program than it gets in revenue, and it simply can't afford to compete on coaching salaries with more successful Division 1 programs like the University of Michigan.  Bunsis says he plans to release an analysis of how much EMU could save by switching football to Division 2 within a few weeks. 

Entire article is here

via MPR News

Hope y'all don't think all my stuff on Title IX is negative.  Three years after posting on the Minnesota-Duluth women's hockey coach non-renewal (read original post here), there's been a positive outcome for Coach Shannon Miller.  From Business Management:

A federal jury hearing a discrimination lawsuit filed against the University of Minnesota Duluth has awarded $3.7 million to Shannon Miller, the university’s former women’s hockey coach.

In December 2014, UMD Chancellor Lendley Black and Athletic Director Josh Berlo called Miller into a meeting and delivered an ultimatum: either retire or resign. When Miller refused to do either, they elected not to renew her contract.

Miller is one of the most successful coaches in NCAA women’s hockey history. She won five national championships during her tenure at the University of Minnesota Duluth and had taken her team to the “Frozen Four” NCAA tournament quarter finals 11 times.

The university offered various reasons why Miller’s contract wasn’t renewed, including the team’s relatively poor performance in recent years. But university officials also said it was purely a monetary decision. (Miller countered that the coach of the men’s team was paid $93,241 more than she earned.)

Miller alleged a more nefarious motive: Bias against women in general and her in particular, as an openly gay woman. The jury agreed.

Glad she dug in her heels and fought back.  The truth was on her side, she was tough, and she didn't give up.

Friendswood HS needs an assistant coach.  Contact Robert Koopmann at 281-996-6554

The Ranch at Stonebridge needs a swim coach

In case you're desperate, the City of Stephenville is paying $7.50-$8.50 per hour for a swim coach

Cross Timbers YMCA needs a swim coach

Quote of the Day

Well, a lot of people would say it's ridiculous
to imagine the United States would either
start something or stage something but,
gee whiz, remember the Gulf of Tonkin?

via Simon & Schuster

Arthur William "Art" Bell III

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Clark's Service

Well done, but still very sad.

Spoke briefly with Grant Koudelka afterward.  He didn't know what the coaching situation is going forward.

Saw an excellent suggestion on Facebook that we coaches make ourselves available to help Clark's kids out.

Hoping they can find someone soon, but:

If your USA Swimming credentials are current, why not volunteer some time this summer?  The kids will need someone for practices and meets.

Looking for Work?

The Woodlands Swim Team needs an assistant.  Contact Kit Raulerson at 850-228-1017

Power for Life Aquatics needs an assistant

Frisco ISD needs a district diving coach and assistant swim coach.  Contact Melissa Howard at 469-633-6162

Cypress Woods HS needs an assistant coach.  Contact Trenton Faith at 281-798-7521

Granbury ISD needs an assistant coach.  Contact Jason Pullano

Dickinson HS needs a head swim coach.  Contact John Snelson at 281-229-6410

Weakly Demotivator

Quote of the Day

To achieve great things we must live as
though we were never going to die.

via Wikipedia

Luc de Clapiers, marquis de Vauvenargues