Monday, February 08, 2016

Latest Job Postings

The City of Cedar Hill needs a swim coach and an assistant pool manager

The Thousand Oaks Family YMCA (San Antonio) needs a head coach and an assistant coach

Great Northwest CIA (San Antonio) needs a head summer coach

Longhorn Aquatics needs a part time assistant coach

Hackberry Creek Country Club (Irving) needs an aquatics manager

Tom Glenn HS (Leander) needs a swim coach

The YMCA of the Highland Lakes (Burnet) needs a head coach/aquatics coordinator

The City of Kirby needs a pool manager

The City of Rockport needs an aquatics manager


Official Qualifiers Lists

The UIL has posted official lists of 2016 state meet qualifiers:

5A Auto

5A Call-Up

6A Auto

6A Call-up

Quote of the Day

Discipline is the concrete that
allows you to be creative.

via The Herald-Dispatch

Verna LeMasters Gibson


Friday, February 05, 2016

2016 Call-Ups

Find this year's state meet call-up lists over at Texas Swim Meet Results

If you have region results for Scott, email him here

Quote of the Day

Being a socialist is easy because they
can give away what they don't own.

via YouTube

Gregory John Gutfeld


Thursday, February 04, 2016

Quote of the Day

I think the climate has been
changing for billions of years.

Edwin Eugene "Buzz" Aldrin, Jr.


Wednesday, February 03, 2016

Quote of the Day

It's real easy to manufacture what
you think the people want to hear.
But that's not very honest.

Edwin Eugene "Buzz" Aldrin, Jr.


Tuesday, February 02, 2016


Killeen Armed Services YMCA needs an aquatics director

Eaton HS (Ft. Worth) needs a head coach.  Contact Joel Johnson

Williamsburg Settlement (Katy) needs a summer team coach.  Contact Carrie McDaniel

The City of Lubbock needs an aquatics & specialty programs coordinator

Cedar Park Swimming (Austin) needs a head coach

Space City Aquatic Team (Houston) needs part time coaches

Longview Swim Club needs a part time head coach

Longhorns Swim Camp needs assistant coaches

Sienna Plantation Sharks (Houston) needs a summer team coach

Houston Racquet Club needs an assistant coach

The YMCA of Greater Williamson County (Round Rock) needs an aquatics director

Barton Creek Resort & Spa (Austin) needs an assistant coach

The City of Lewisville needs a swim coach and an assistant aquatics supervisor


Quote of the Day

Make the hard ones look easy
and the easy ones look hard.

via The Memorial Tournament

Walter Charles Hagen


Monday, February 01, 2016

Quote of the Day

How strange that the world
should change because of
words, and words change
because of the world.

via Southword

Louis de Bernières


Sunday, January 31, 2016


...I actually DO miss the AT...

Ponytail Paul:

Posted a few "found" pics from February of '15 over at the thru-hike blog here

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Quote of the Day

I slow down when hiking.  The rhythm of
nature is more leisurely.  The sun comes
up, it moves across the sky, and you
begin to synchronize to that rhythm.

via inc

John Mackey


Friday, January 29, 2016

Madison's Turn

via Lubbock Online

Must be Longhorn week over at USA Swimming.  Read the Madison Cox feature here.

“College has also taught me about balance, and happiness is a big component of that,” Cox said. “So you have parts that almost catch you off guard, where the light shine through and you are so happy.”

A lot of that happiness comes from pushing herself to do things she has never done, and to embrace new challenges, which includes making new friends. Though she is from Lubbock, Texas, that is nearly 400 miles away.

Quote of the Day

One can prove or refute anything at all with words.
Soon people will perfect language technology to
such an extent that they'll be proving with
mathematical precision that twice two is seven.

via The Famous People

Anton Pavlovich Chekhov


Thursday, January 28, 2016

Quote of the Day

I had chosen to use my work
as a reflection of my values.

via Movie Morlocks

Sir Sidney Poitier


Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Kubik Featured

via WETS
Eddie's right hand man in Austin, Kris Kubik, is featured in this week's USA Swimming Square Root of 400 Question Tuesday.  Read here

4. The Longhorns have quite a special place in swimming under you two -- what does all that history and the NCAA titles you have been a part of winning and creating mean to you?

Most of what has happened here is because of Eddie. Through Eddie, I have patterned the way I coach and teach to be much like him, though certainly I have -- and with his encouragement -- developed in my own way as well. As far as winning, our goal truly has never been to win a National Championship. The goal is for each individual on our team to improve every year. If we have the right blend of people and we do improve, then we are in the mix for a National Championship. But we preach weekly if everyone does their best and we end up 10th or 12th, we will shake hands with all the teams that placed higher than us and we will be very, very proud that we did our best.

Quote of the Day

Everybody looks at the negative effects of
global warming, but with the ice melting,
the Northern Passage has opened up.

via mySA

Paul Richard LePage


Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Latest Job Postings

Put away dem "Will coach fer food" signs an git paid!

The City of College Station needs a swim coach

Eagle Swimming Association (ESA) needs an age group coach

Miller HS (Corpus Christi) needs a swim coach.  Contact Veronica Fair at 361-878-4880, x107

The City of Oak Ridge North needs a pool manager

The City of Frisco needs an aquatic program coordinator


2016 State Meet Call-Ups

My excuse last year was "I'm a goin' hikin'!"

This year, it's "I gots ta coach!"

For the second straight year, Scott Scofield has volunteered to compile and post the high school state meet call-up lists for swimmers, coaches, and parents interested in finding out before the UIL posts their official list.

Thanks in advance for providing Scott with results and support.

Here's the site where he'll be posting that info (along with some other meet results):

Texas Swim Meet Results

You can contact Scott via email

Quote of the Day

I always felt that my greatest asset was not my
physical ability, it was my mental ability.
Caitlyn Marie Jenner, a.k.a. Bruce Jenner


Thursday, January 21, 2016

Quote of the Day

To me, business is the ultimate sport.
It's always on.  There is always
someone trying to beat me.

via Parade

Mark Cuban


Tuesday, January 19, 2016

More Jobs

Dallas Country Club needs a pool manager

The City of Keller needs an assistant aquatic supervisor

Westwood Country Club (Austin) needs a summer team coach


FLEET Posts Head Coaching Position

Cy-Fair Swim Club needs a head coach.

No State Income tax – we are in Texas and that Rocks!


Quote of the Day

My songs grow on people - like warts.

via Eagles Online

Glenn Lewis Frey


Sunday, January 17, 2016

Quote of the Day

We kind of made everybody aware that God's back
yard is something that should be taken care of.

via What ever happened to...

Dan Haggerty


Saturday, January 16, 2016

via Indexed

Quote of the Day

The world is full of magic things, patiently
waiting for our senses to grow sharper.

via Cuadrivio

William Butler Yeats


Thursday, January 14, 2016

Quote of the Day

Baseball has done more to move America in the
right direction than all of the professional
patriots with all their cheap words.

via National Baseball Hall of Fame

Monford Merrill "Monte" Irvin


Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Three More Opportunities

The City of Kerrville needs an assistant pool manager

The City of San Antonio needs a recreation supervisor (aquatics)

The Lakes of Bella Terra Barracudas need an assistant coach


Quote of the Day

While we are postponing, life speeds by.

via onlipix

Lucius Annaeus Seneca,
a.k.a. Seneca the Younger


Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Yes Sir/Ma'am!

via Indexed

Quote of the Day

I decided that adventure was the
best way to learn about writing.

via Lloyd Alexander Documentary Film

Lloyd Chudley Alexander


Monday, January 11, 2016

Austin Pro Info

If you're attending the Arena Pro Series meet in Austin this week, these links should help you out:

Parking Info

Psych Sheet (as of 1/7/16)

Unofficial Prelim Timelines (prior to scratches)

Don't have tickets?

Not sure what's still available, but this link will get you started.

Not goin' but wantin' ta foller?

Coverage pages:

Swimming World

USA Swimming

Quote of the Day

Fame itself...doesn't really afford you anything
more than a good seat in a restaurant.

via Doll Poupee

David Robert Jones, a.k.a. David Bowie


Sunday, January 10, 2016

More Jobs

The YMCA of Corsicana needs a fitness/aquatics director

The City of Kerrville needs a pool manager

The YMCA of Greater Houston needs a youth development director - aquatics


Quote of the Day

In fact, climate change is directly
related to the growth of terrorism.


Bernard "Bernie" Sanders


Friday, January 08, 2016

Git a Job!

Brookhaven Country Club needs a pool manager

Northpark YMCA needs a Youth Development Director (Sports & Aquatics)

The City of Pflugerville needs a pool manager

The City of Lakeway needs an aquatic facility coordinator

The City of McKinney needs a pool manager and an assistant pool manager

The Killeen Armed Services YMCA needs an aquatics director


via Indexed

Quote of the Day

Writers who have nothing to say always
strain for metaphors to say it in.


Florence Virginia King


Thursday, January 07, 2016

Another Swim Dumper at A&M

via Seattlepi

The Aggies are hiring another athletic director.  He is Scott Woodward.  He was at the University of Washington, where he cut the men's and women's swimming programs.  More here.

This will make Woodward the second swimmin'-cuttin' athletic director at A&M.  Bill Byrne (dumped men's swimming at Nebraska) was Aggie AD from 2003 to 20012.

The Byrne hiring made A&M swim fans nervous.  Bringing in Woodward will make Aggie swim faithful have at least a little bump in their blood pressure, right?


Quote of the Day

A man's conscience, like a warning line on the
highway, tells him what he shouldn't do -
but it does not keep him from doing it.

via Wikipedia

Frank Clark


Thursday, December 31, 2015

Quote of the Day

Ring out the false, ring in the true.

via The Sunday Times

Alfred Lord Tennyson


Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Bay City HS Swimming/Diving Alumni

Blackcat Swim/Dive Alumni,

First, I'm working to restore our program's history and am looking for the most recent copy of our "Top Ten" list.

Now that we're back in Bay City, I'd hoped to do a quick update.  I last updated in 2007 and left records with someone here in town.  Unfortunately, they're unable to find them!

Rather than sort through old meet results* and reconstructing the list from scratch, I'm hoping to get hold of a fairly recent copy of the Top Ten list and just doing an update.

Also, we're planning to start a Facebook page in the spring to help former swimmers/divers/coaches reconnect with the program.

Finally, we'd like to do a combined Blue/Gold and Alumni meet to start our 2016-17 season.  More info on that once we get that Facebook page going.

Thanks for any help y'all can provide in helping us recognize all the great kids that helped put Bay City Swimming on the map over the years.



*Many of which have gone missing

Coaches, Swimmers, & Parents:

Another competitive swimmer has died in what appears to be a shallow water blackout incident.

Dartmouth's Tate Ramsden was attempting a 100 yard underwater in a YMCA pool when he passed out.  More here

Please remind swimmers of the dangers of shallow water blackout.  More info is here.

Do this TODAY!!




Quote of the Day

We can easily forgive a child who is afraid
of the dark;  the real tragedy of life is
when men are afraid of the light.

via The Imaginative Conservative



Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Employment Opportunities

The City of Grapevine needs an assistant pool manager for the summer

The University of Texas needs an asssistant age group coach

San Antonio Wave needs assistant age group coaches

YMCA of the Coastal Bend (Corpus Christi) needs an aquatics/child care/day camp director

JCC Piranhas (Austin) need a head coach

SAW (Garland) needs a summer team coach


Quote of the Day

Be who you are and say what you feel,
because those who mind don't matter,
and those who matter don't mind.

via WishesTrumpet

Bernard Mannes Baruch


Monday, December 21, 2015

Bobby's Back in North Texas

Bobby will be helping out with the Horned Frog swim program while working on his masters.  Story is here

Quote of the Day

A true champion knows how to overcome
doubts and manage those doubts and
turn them into motivation.

via SwimVortex

Misty Dawn Marie Hyman


Thursday, December 17, 2015

AT Post

Found this just now.  '15 AT thru-hiker Nick "Click" Reichard took tons of pics on his six-month hike.  Click started a month later than us but, since he hiked at about the same pace, didn't catch us.

His Instagram link is here, his store link is here, and a short vid is below:

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Quote of the Day

You can't measure the mutual affection
of two human beings by the number
of words they exchange.

via Vitro Nasu

Milan Kundera


Sunday, December 13, 2015

Quote of the Day

If pigs could vote, the man with the slop
bucket would be elected swineherd
every time, no matter how much
slaughtering he did on the side.

via Wired

Orson Scott Card


Saturday, December 12, 2015

Nope: That horse ain't dead yet!!

Okay, maybe I am beating a dead horse...so what?

Via last night's USA Swimming Coaching Connection:

“STOP LOOKING AT YOUR PHONE!” yells Tasha, a point guard on the 6th grade YMCA basketball team I was coaching.

Immediately, I smile and start to explain to her that I forgot my watch and I needed to make sure we were on schedule. Tasha rolled her eyes, clearly unimpressed with my response.

“No big deal,” I had thought to myself on the way to practice when I realized I forgot my watch, “I’ll use my phone.” Fifteen minutes into practice, I had pulled out my phone to make sure we were on schedule. Big mistake.

“Can you believe the nerve of that girl?” I thought. “Here I am, the volunteer head coach, staying up late watching videos on drills and strategy, planning practices on my lunch break, staying late for players who parents are delayed picking up their child…and now some kid is telling me to put my phone away when all I am doing is making sure practice is on schedule?”

Reflecting back on that practice later that night, though, I asked myself what did Tasha really want? What was she really asking for?

I realized that she was looking for the one thing kids crave more than anything else. She wanted me to be there, in that moment, in that drill, watching her and her teammates. She wanted my attention.

She didn’t simply want me to care for her, or love her, or teach her how to play the game. She wanted more.

She wanted me to see her!

The rest of this James Leath post is here


Fixin' a Screw-Up

Today's Seth Godin blog post is "When things go wrong"

A protocol for moving forward:

0. Double check the work to make sure that there are no other problems within it.

1. Alert the relevant parties

2. Take responsibility for what went wrong. This doesn’t mean that you intentionally did it wrong, or that doing it right was part of your job description. It means that you know something went wrong, you’re unhappy about it, and you accept responsibility for letting it get by you and you accept responsibility for making sure it won’t happen again.

 3. Apologize. Not because it’s your fault, but because the incident cost other people time or money or upset them, and you’re sorry that they have to deal with that.

4. Come up with a plan to ameliorate the impact of the problem. If you can’t come up with a plan, say so and ask for suggestions.

5. Come up with a plan to avoid the problem in the future.

6. Gather feedback.

7. Thank everyone for their patience and goodwill.

Either that, or you could hide, dissemble, blame, shuffle along, scowl, depersonalize and then move on.

via The Guardian

Missed your athlete's taper?  It happens.

A second time?  Okay, that happens too.

Over and over again?!?!  Enough already!

Kids and parents are tired of coaches that skip past steps 1 through 7.  They're also tired of those that stop at number 3...it's time to move on to number 5...

Quote of the Day

Democracy and socialism have nothing
in common but one word, equality.  But
notice the difference:  while democracy
seeks equality in liberty, socialism seeks
equality in restraint and servitude.

via Great Thoughts Treasury

Alexis-Charles-Henri Clérel de Tocqueville


Friday, December 11, 2015

Yup! It's gonna be another one of those...

...all-over-the-map posts.

Safety First!!  Texas Swimming does not endorse the use of firearms without ear protection.

Tim Bauer needs an ASCA Level V head age group coach at TWST

Great Hills Country Club needs a head coach

Corpus Christi TISCA

Texarkana TISCA

San Antonio TISCA

The City of San Antonio needs a Recreation Specialist (Aquatics)

The South County YMCA (Houston) needs a Youth Development Director - Aquatics

The City of Round Rock needs an Aquatics Manager

Coverage pages (race/interview vids, results, etc.) for this weekend's big meets:

Junior Nationals East/West (USA Swimming)

Junior Nationals West (Swimming World)

Junior Nationals East (Swimming World)

Duel in the Pool (USA Swimming)

Duel in the Pool (Swimming World)

NCAP Invite (Swimming World)

We laughed about fellow hikers nearing the end of the AT up in Maine (that's where them Maine-iacs lives) that whined "It's been so great - I just don't want it to end."  Really?  Y'all wanna keep on smellin' like butt fer ever?

Big Cat Invite

Klein Oak vs. Klein (JV)


The Woodlands vs. Kingwood (JV)


College Park vs. Magnolia

College Park vs. Cy-Woods (JV)

Klein/Montgomery/Clear Falls

Latest CSCAA D-I polls are here.  Texas men still #1.  A&M women at #5, follered by UT gals at #6.

More Earl Dibbles, Jr.:

AAAA Winter Wonderland (real time)

AQTX TNR (12/1)

LCA Winter Races

Dumbest headline of the day*:

Ya think?

Southern Senior Champs

FCST Fall Champs

LSST Fall Champs

COR Winter Classic

MAC BB & Under

A&M vs. Rice (W)

Austin vs. McMurry (M&W)

Still ain't had enough Earl?

Cathedral Loretto Invite

YISD Border Invite

Hawkeye Invite

The City of New Braunfels lacks coordination.  They need an Aquatics Coordinator and an Assistant Aquatics Coordinator

The City of Round Rock needs an Aquatics Supervisor

The South Montgomery County YMCA needs a Youth Development Senior Director - Aquatics

The City of Pharr needs an Aquatics Supervisor

*This post excluded

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Quote of the Day

What and how much had I lost by trying to
do only what was expected of me instead
of what I myself had wished to do?

via Famous Authors

Ralph Waldo Ellison