Sunday, April 22, 2018
Tuesday, April 17, 2018
Monday, April 16, 2018
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 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
Sunday, April 15, 2018
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.
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
Tuesday, April 10, 2018
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 email@example.com. 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'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.
Sunday, April 08, 2018
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!
Wednesday, April 04, 2018
Sunday, April 01, 2018
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!
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org .
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
Wednesday, March 21, 2018
Real time results of men's NCAA D-I meet are here
Several records broken in Event #1, 800 free relay:
NCAA/Pool/US Open 800 FR - North Carolina State - 6:05.31
American 800 FR - Texas - 6:07.59
NCAA/American/US Open/Pool 200 freestyle - Blake Pieroni (Indiana) - 1:29.63
Complicit in the crime is none other than EMU Board of Regents chair & turncoat James "Benedict Arnold" Webb.
Believe it or not, the guy is a former swimming Eagle!
Read the press release here
Hope you muted your b.s. detector, since the piece contains the usual manure:
The move affects 58 male student- athletes and 25 female student-athletes, and once realized an expense reduction of approximately $2.4 million.
Translation - We can avoid the Women's Sports Foundation shakedown if we jettison thirty-four (34) male swimmers. Why bother finding ways to increase our undergrad male student population?
Also, so it doesn't look like a Title IX cave-in, we're going to sacrifice a few women softball & tennis players.
Let's not forget to fudge some numbers to make it look like we'll save millions.
Actually, we'll just funnel that money elsewhere...as you'll see in the next paragraph...
...and is part of our ongoing effort to realign resources to ensure that we continue to invest in high-demand high-quality academic programs and world-class facilities."
Notes- After they've kicked out the men, the women's swimming and diving program will continue training/competing in the same facility. Guess the added lane space counts as turning their cement pond into a world-class facility...
Unfortunately, the women's program will almost certainly suffer in the coming years. The trend toward mediocrity when men's programs are dumped means it's highly unlikely the ladies will improve on this year's 32nd place finish at the NCAA D-I meet.
Finally, in case you still have doubts about the relationship between men's sports cuts and Title IX quotas, I'll leave y'all with this:
The last time EMU changed its sports offerings was in 2000, when both men's tennis and men's soccer were discontinued and women's rowing was added.
Sunday, March 18, 2018
Highest place in 2018 women's NCAA D-I meet for schools w/o a men's team?
That would be the University of Nevada at 24th place.
Their diver - Sharae Zheng - was 2nd in 3m and 3rd in 1m.
|via US Senate|
Nancy & Billie Jean: Can you please tell me how dropping men's swimming has helped women?
|via The Boston Herald|
Andrew McCabe, an experienced G-Man, claims to have been misunderstood due to the chaos that surrounded him. If the man couldn't manage to think straight "amidst the chaos," maybe it's best he's no longer Deputy Director of the FBI...
I'll be having rotator cuff surgery later this month. Recovery/rehab is said to be long & miserable...
Women's NCAA D-I results are here. A&M was 3rd & Texas finished 6th. Y'all probably heard about the Aggies putting four up in the 200 breast. Awesome!
Northwood Club (Dallas) needs a summer team coach
Thousand Oaks YMCA (San Antonio) needs an aquatics director
Santa Rita Ranch needs a pool manager
The City of Tyler needs a pool manager
The YMCA of Abilene needs a swim coach
Saturday, March 17, 2018
Thursday, March 15, 2018
Wednesday, March 14, 2018
Y'all should have gotten an email concerning rule changes. Pete Hugo would like you to complete a survey on proposed NFHS rules changes.
Can't believe nobody has proposed changing wording for fly/breast turns/finishes from "two hands" to "two or more hands" or "at least two hands"...
On a more serious note, can you diving coaches explain why we now call them "voluntary" dives instead of "required" dives? Aren't they still required? What was the rationale for the change? I know it's been a while since the change, but it still bugs me!
Monday, March 12, 2018
Grand Prairie YMCA needs both an aquatics coordinator and a swim coach
The City of McAllen needs both a pool manager and a pool coordinator
The Hills at Prestonwood needs a pool manager
April Sound Country Club needs a pool supervisor
Dripping Springs YMCA needs a swim coach
Sequoia Woodlands Palmer needs a swim coach
The City of University Park needs an assistant aquatics manager
Sunday, March 11, 2018
Saturday, March 10, 2018
Here are a few from the TISCA job page:
Pflugerville HS needs a head coach. Several contacts listed, but if you want to hear from the swim guy, get in touch with Rob Quarles
Episcopal HS (Houston) needs an assistant coach. Contact Jason Grove
Spring Woods HS needs both a head coach and an assistant (?). Contact Emma Knowles
Northside ISD needs a head coach. Contact Tony Plummer
Harlingen South HS needs an assistant coach. Contact Hector Castaneda
Centennial HS (Burleson) needs an assistant coach. Contact Jeremy Martin
Other job openings:
Fit-N-Wise (Decatur) needs a head swim coach
The City of Corpus Christi needs an aquatics area supervisor
|via Killeen Daily Herald|
Armed Services YMCA (Harker Heights) needs an aquatics director
Click below on "Jobs" for more openings.
Wednesday, March 07, 2018
Surely y'all remember this "smash" hit:
Read Mark Jedow's NISCA Zone 6 Newsletter here
Clear Springs HS needs an assistant coach. Contact Debbie Fuchs at 281-294-2845
NISCA National Clinic is Sunday, March 18 in Minneapolis. Flyer is here
Mays Family YMCA needs an aquatics director
The City of New Braunfels needs an aquatic specialist
Veterans Memorial HS (San Antonio) needs a head coach. Contact Richard Mendoza at 210-619-0220
Cross Timbers YMCA needs an aquatics coordinator
Space City Aquatic Team (SCAT) needs a head age group coach. Contact Philipp Davydotchkin
West of the Brazos Swim Team needs a summer team coach
Thousand Oaks YMCA needs an assistant coach
Bent Tree Country Club needs an aquatics director (and an arborist)
Monday, March 05, 2018
Thursday, March 01, 2018
The Ft. Hood Dolphins need an assistant coach
Mira Vista Country Club (Ft. Worth) needs a pool manager/swim coach
T. Boone Pickens YMCA needs an aquatics director
The City of San Angelo needs an assistant pool manager
The City of Conroe needs an aquatic center supervisor
Tuesday, February 27, 2018
...who'd planned his/her training/rest for a great 1500 on Sunday, this would definitely ___ me off!