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

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Clark Wilson

via Facebook

The Texas swimming community will miss CAT coach Clark Wilson.  He was a very, very committed swim coach who poured everything into his program and athletes.  Huge loss!

Read George Whitley's article on Clark here

“Clark was a special human being with a great heart. He was someone that if you’d ever met him it was like you knew him all your life,” reflected legendary University of Texas swim coach Eddie Reese. “To be a good swim coach, I think first you’ve got to be a good person. And Clark had that all the way. We lost him way too soon.”

“I didn’t really know a whole lot about swimming when I came to Clark. He helped me exponentially. I was a kid that just swam for fun and here was a guy that made swimming his life’s work,” Koudelka recalled. “I couldn’t have asked for a better coach. He was a coach and a father figure to a lot of the kids on the team. He didn’t just coach swimming, he coached life.”

From Kristen Litwak via Facebook:

The Celebration of Life for Coach Clark will be on Saturday, April the 14th at 11am at the 1st Methodist Church in Longview. If you have pictures that you would like to share for our slideshow, please email me at Thank you!

Immediately following the Church service, we would like to invite everyone to share memories, stories and laughs we had with Coach Clark. We will be gathering in the youth room upstairs at the First Methodist Church in Longview. There will be food, refreshments and hopefully many laughs. If you would like to bring a dish or desert to share, please let me know so we can plan accordingly. I look forward to seeing everyone at the Celebration of Life for a man we will all genuinely miss and whose shoes can never be filled.

I was very lucky to spend time with Clark at this year's 5A state meet.  Still can't believe he's gone.  I will miss him.

I'm working on a 4A & Under Mythical State Meet - going to call it the Clark Wilson Invitational.  Please keep sending me 5A district results files.  I'll sort out all the kids/relays from 4A and smaller schools.

Quote of the Day

Do coaches play favorites?  Yes!  They favor
players who are accountable, good teammates,
work hard, accept roles, and are coach-able.

via ksn

 Troy Morrell

Sunday, April 08, 2018

More Opportunities

Both Lamar Consolidated HS and George Ranch HS need a head coach.  Contact Nicole Nelson at 832-223-0151

Montgomery Aquatic Race Club needs an assistant

Swim Streamline at Northampton needs an assistant

Morton Ranch HS needs to fill both their head and assistant positions.  Contact Megan Doby

McAllen HS needs a head coach.  Contact Kevin Brewer at 956-632-3150

The Clubs of Kingwood needs both a swim coach and a pool supervisor

Sequoia Woodlands needs a swim coach

Mira Vista Country Club needs a pool manager/swim coach

The City of Garland needs a swim coach

The Moody Family YMCA needs a swim coach

The Waxahachie YMCA needs an assistant coach

The City of Big Spring needs an aquatic center assistant manager

Click on the "Jobs" link below to see other opportunities.

Many of those jobs are still open!

Weakly Demotivator

Quote of the Day

Some you've got to hug, some you've got to
kick, some you've got to do a bit of both.
The most important thing is you've got
to be aware they're all subtly different.

via planetrugby

Stephen William Hansen

Wednesday, April 04, 2018

Quote of the Day

Coaching is unlocking a person’s potential to
maximize their own performance. It is helping
them to learn rather than teaching them.

via nicaskew

W. Timothy Gallwey

Sunday, April 01, 2018

Snorkel Suit

via YourSwimBook

When Poirier-Leroy wrote about the 8 Benefits of Training with a Swim Snorkel, he failed to mention one of the hazards.

Numerous swimmers are complaining of eye issues resulting from the use of center-mount snorkels.

Problems ranging from blurred vision to Strabismus have been reported.  Athletes from several collegiate programs are considering joining a class action lawsuit targeting the makers of snorkels.

Lawyers preparing the case say they've been contacted by college swimmers, mostly men, seeking compensation for their injuries.  Dewey, Cheatham, & Howe attorney Anita C. Doe said the group numbers in the hundreds, representing dozens of college swim teams.

Doe claimed "Most of our swimmers are men from programs all over the country.  The guys are from Illinois, Miami, Rice, Nebraska...and that's just the tip of the iceberg.  Women collegiate swimmers from Syracuse, Clemson, and North Dakota, just to name a few, are also having vision issues due to center mount snorkel use."

Read more here and here


via Swimming World

The Sam Busch "era" lasted about six (6) months:

Texas Christian University needs a head coach

Elite (Dallas) needs an assistant.  Contact Kameron Kennedy

Battleground (Deer Park) needs an assistant coach

Austin Aquatics & Sports Academy needs a strength & conditioning coach

The Waxahachie YMCA needs both a swim coach and an aquatics coordinator

The City of Midland needs a pool manager

Texas Ford Aquatics needs a learn to swim coach

Forney ISD needs an assistant coach.  Contact Jason Thompson

Fort Bend Christian Academy needs a head coach.  Contact David Roberts at 281-263-9161

Uvalde HS needs a head coach.  Contact RT Gonzales at 830-275-6264

Northbrook HS needs a head coach. Contact Jeff Sciba at 713-251-2821


Big congratulations to Katy's Dana Abbott!  He was recognized with the 2018 NISCA Hall of Fame award at the annual convention in Minneapolis.

Here's DJA with another coaching legend, Chuck Warner:

Hard to imagine how many swim practices, dry-land workouts, meetings, etc. it took to get to that level!

Weakly Demotivator

Quote of the Day

People always overdo the matter
when they attempt deception.

via Prabook

Charles Dudley Warner

Sunday, March 25, 2018


That new flu going around?  Trust me, you don't want it!  I think the term is "debilitating"...

Next up?  Rotator cuff surgery for yours truly.  Been bad - and getting worse - for a long time.  Finally going under the knife scope.

Exciting NCAA men's D-I meet - records galore - came down to last night.  Texas divers really helped out as the Horns took their fourth straight title.  Results here

Texas - 449
California - 437.5
Indiana - 422
NC State - 385
Florida - 347
USC - 253
Stanford - 205

Mary Treder Lang, CPA, is running for Secretary of State in Michigan.  Why in the world should anyone in Texas care?  Hear me out.  Granted, Michigan is just one of those "other" forty-nine (49) annoying hangers-on - I'll give ya that.

Still, if we're interested in saving our sport at the Division I level, a Yankee-fied state like Michigan actually matters.

Mary happens to be a partner in crime with James "Benedict Arnold" Webb.  That's right, she's a member of the Eastern Michigan University Board of Regents - the same dipsticks who think dumping one of their university's most successful athletic programs is a great idear.

Mary claims "I am a certified CPA and as a fiscal conservative - I know how to do more with less."

This "fiscal conservative" is fine with tens of millions of dollars in red ink for the EMU foosball program, but can't see fit to keep a men's swim program that's pretty much self-funded.

As Anonymous said:  Button there was nothing more they could take away from us. We already paid for all of our own apparel, fundraised for our training trip and paid for our flights, paid by the hour for parking outside of the pool, and some even used their own suits at conference. We practically sustained ourselves.

Mary's just another gutless politician who won't admit the real reason for under-funding - and then dumping - men's swimming.  We know it's not a money issue.  We know it's a Title IX problem.  We know they need to hit their quota.  Just say it, Ms. Lang!  It would be refreshing to hear a politician tell the truth, for a change...

Jill, Bobby, Pat, & Matt

Next month, Jill Sterkel will be inducted into the Texas Sports Hall of Fame.  Read more here

“I was surprised when I found out,” Sterkel said. “I know there aren’t that many women in the Hall of Fame. But I was most excited about the fact that I was considered a Texan.”

We're Jill fans here at the Button house.  She helped make sure we could get Clare her "T" ring for running track and cross country back in the Jack Daniels era.

This from Shannon Clark:

Assistant Coach / Camp Counselor Opportunities
The Aggie Swim Camp at Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas has opportunities available for two or more weeks May 27-June 20 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 stipend 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 27 – June 1  (Full week, Sunday through Friday)
Session 2 - June 3 – 8  (Full week, Sunday through Friday)
Session 3 - June 10 – 15  (Full week, Sunday through Friday)
Session 4 - June 17 – 20  (Half technique week, Sunday through Wednesday)

Check out USA Swimming's Flex membership program here

Lackland Air Force Base (San Antonio) needs a swim coach.  Contact Jeb Halfacre

The Southwest Family YMCA (Austin) needs an aquatics program director

Temple HS needs a head coach.  Contact Scott Stewart at 254-215-7093

Liberty HS (Frisco ISD) needs a head coach.  Contact Ui Womble at 469-633-5891

Also in Frisco, Memorial HS needs a head coach.  Contact Derick Roberson

Cy-Fair ISD needs an assistant coaches at Cy-Fair HS (Contact Jeffrey Burnthorn) and Bridgeland HS (contact Bob Perkins)

Cedar Park HS needs a head coach.  Contact Kimberly Davies