Sunday, January 26, 2020

It's That Time of Year

We're at Don Cook Nat again this year.  I don't anticipate being home much earlier than 8:00 p.m.

If there's a volunteer who'd like to do call-ups this
year, please have at it!  Just send me a link to where
you're going to post them and I'll share it here.  If
you're not sure how it's done, send me an email
and I'll let you know about the ins and outs.

If there aren't volunteers (and there's still a need for the service), I'll work on call-ups and post them here.  If that's the case, please send me results.  I can get on Meet Mobile, but there are occasional issues and an official result helps keep my errors to a minimum.

Please send complete (prelims & finals) results to my email address

Also, please check this blog every so often.  If I'm having issues getting results from a particular region, I'll let y'all know here.

Finally, there will be glitches!  Help by getting me corrections ASAP!  Even though this is unofficial, we'd like it to be 100% accurate by the time kids check it one last time on Sunday morning.

Good luck to everyone in their region meets!

Once the dust settles on the Texas high school swimming season, I'll be putting together two (2) sets of rankings.

The first will be the 3rd Annual Clark Wilson Invitational, a.k.a. Mythical 4A State Champs.  For those who don't know, Clark was a larger-than-life figure in East Texas swimming.  As a club coach, he enabled kids from tiny towns with no swim programs to represent their schools in UIL swimming.  Clark died suddenly in the spring of 2018.  We miss him greatly.

I'll do another middle school ranking this spring.  Since school districts run their middle school seasons at different times of the year, that won't come out until late in the school year.  Please let anyone know who has middle school swimming programs that I'll be needing results!

Weakly Demotivator

Quote of the Day

A man who has not passed through the inferno
of his passions has never overcome them.

Carl Gustav Jung

Sunday, January 19, 2020

Ray Thibault

It's tough to estimate how many swimmers competed in meets officiated by Ray Thibault.

Tens of thousands?  Hundreds of thousands?

Sadly, Ray passed away earlier this month.

Read the obituary and watch tribute video here

Weakly Demotivator

Quote of the Day

There is nothing in a caterpillar that
tells you it's going to be a butterfly.

Richard Buckminster "Bucky" Fuller

Monday, January 06, 2020


Aggie Swim Camp Assistants:

The Aggie Swim Camp at Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas has opportunities available for two or more weeks May 24-June 17 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 .

Training on Saturday, May 23rd and Sunday, May 24th
Session 1 - May 24 – May 27  (Half technique week, Sunday through Wednesday)
Session 2 – May 31 – June 5  (Full week, Sunday through Friday)
Session 3 - June 7 – 12  (Full week, Sunday through Friday)
Session 4 - June 14 – 17  (Half technique week, Sunday through Wednesday)


City of Garland swim program supervisor

Cedar Park Typhoons summer league head coach

Fair Oaks Ranch swim coach

Harris County Precinct 1 swim coach

VillaSport masters swim coach

Rock Hill HS head swimming coach

Energy Core Swimming assistant coach

Blue Legend Swim School assistant coach

City of Cedar Hill assistant pool manager & swim team head coach

British International School assistant athletic director/swim coach

Quote of the Day

It's easier to resist at the beginning than at the end.

Leonardo da Vinci

Sunday, December 29, 2019

Thursday, December 26, 2019

Job Prospects

We're not seeing a whole lot of openings right now, but expect to see that change between now and April.

Here are a few of the latest listings:

Texas Woman's University head synchronized swimming coach

Moody Family YMCA masters swim coach

SafeSplash Swim School swim coach

TownLake YMCA swim team coach

City of Amarillo pool manager

Falcon Point Swim Team assistant head coach

O2 Performance Aquatics assistant coach & masters swim coach

Quote of the Day

Concentrated power has always been the enemy of liberty.

Ronald Wilson Reagan

Wednesday, December 25, 2019

Quote of the Day

Government's first duty is to protect
the people, not run their lives.

Ronald Wilson Reagan

Tuesday, December 24, 2019

Monday, December 23, 2019

Quote of the Day

They say the world has become too complex
for simple answers.  They are wrong.

Ronald Wilson Reagaon

Sunday, December 22, 2019

Quote of the Day

Freedom is never more than one generation away from
extinction. We didn't pass it to our children in the
bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected,
and handed on for them to do the same, or
one day we will spend our sunset years
telling our children and our children's
children what it was once like in the
United States where men were free.

Ronald Wilson Reagan

Sunday, December 08, 2019

Weakly Demotivator

Quote of the Day

One of the great lessons I've learned is you don't accept
criticism from people you won't seek advice from.

via SI

William Christopher "Dabo" Swinney

Sunday, December 01, 2019

Monday, November 18, 2019

Quote of the Day

I realize that every picture isn't a work of art.

Conrad Lafcadio Hall

Sunday, November 03, 2019


With Patrick Henry's retirement, Belton needs a club coach:

Belton ISD Tigersharks - head coach

City of Alice - aquatics facility manager

City of Georgetown - aquatics specialist

City of Rockwall - athletic and aquatics supervisor

Willowridge HS - head swim coach - Richard Lazarou - 281-634-2450

Weakly Demotivator

Quote of the Day

Habits are critical for players.  They cannot
think and play well at the same time.

Donald Wayne "Don" Meyer

Sunday, October 27, 2019

Weakly Demotivator

Quote of the Day

Good character is not formed in a week or a month.
It is created little by little, day by day.  Protracted
and patient effort is needed to develop good character.

via magnolia box

Heraclitus of Ephesus

Monday, October 21, 2019

Quote of the Day

The Marine Corps was the first father figure I had ever known.

Arthur "Art" Buchwald

Sunday, October 20, 2019

Monday, October 14, 2019

Sunday, October 13, 2019

Kari Wins Sharkathon!

Leon & Kari spent the weekend at Padre Island National Seashore (PINS) for Sharkathon:


It's been nearly a month since last jobs post, so here are the latest:

First Colony Swim Team part time assistant coach

City of Mineral Wells recreation coordinator

Twin Lakes Family YMCA senior aquatics director

Williamsburg Settlement Swim Team summer league head & assistant swim coach

Texas A&M swim camp counselor

City of McAllen pool manager

White Rock YMCA aquatics & teen director

Carroll ISD assistant age group swim coach

Weakly Demotivator

Quote of the Day

I think that the good and the great are only
separated by the willingness to sacrifice.

Ferdinand Lewis Alcindor Jr., a.k.a. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

Monday, October 07, 2019

Quote of the Day

Work is accomplished by those employees who have
not yet reached their level of incompetence.

Laurence Johnston Peter

Sunday, October 06, 2019

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Quote of the Day

The only time a woman really succeeds
in changing a man is when he is a baby.

Natalia Nikolaevna Zakharenko, a.k.a. Natalie Wood

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Quote of the Day

We can't have two standards, one set for the dedicated
young men who want to do something ambitious
and one set for those who don't.

Paul William "Bear" Bryant

Monday, September 23, 2019

Quote of the Day

Enjoy the journey and try to get better every day.  And
don't lose the passion and the love for what you do.

Nadia Elena Com─âneci

Saturday, September 21, 2019