Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Quote of the Day

I'll never be known for my
work with boundaries.

via Vanity Fair

Carrie Frances Fisher

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Quote of the Day

The free man is he who does not
fear to go to the end of his thought.

André Léon Blum

Sunday, December 25, 2016

Andy Ringgold's Pics

Andy just updated the follerin' links.  Enjoy!

Texas Swimming (club, high school, & college)

NCAA Swimming (poster set)

USA Swimming (poster set)

When we talk about folks who do so much for our kids and our sport, names like Andy Ringgold and Sam Kendricks should come to mind right away.

Thanks and Merry Christmas to Andy, Brenda, and the boys!

Quote of the Day

The more you love a memory,
the stronger and stranger it is.

via Liden & Denz

Vladimir Vladimirovich Nabokov

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Quote of the Day

Nothing unmasks a man like his use of power.


Elbert Green Hubbard

Friday, December 23, 2016

Quote of the Day

It's the people in fashion who
make fashion ridiculous.

via Strateas Carlucci

Franca Sozzani

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Nope, not missing... all that much right now...

via neoc

Quote of the Day (Thanks, DJA)

The price of excellence is discipline.  The
cost of mediocrity is disappointment.

via Alchetron

William Arthur Ward

Monday, December 19, 2016

Quote of the Day

I never hated a man enough
to give him diamonds back.

via Old Time Radio

Zsa Zsa Gabor

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Quote of the Day

The universe is not required to be in
perfect harmony with human ambition.
Carl Edward Sagan

Saturday, December 17, 2016

Quote of the Day

I am not in favour of quotas.  Just put the best
person into the job.  It is not about gender;
it is about experience, leadership, and vision.
Angela Jean Ahrendts

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Clemson can't afford swimming...

...but they're able to build a football complex with a slide & laser tag.

via Clemson Football


Quote of the Day

If you don't read the newspaper,
you're uninformed.  If you do
read it, you're misinformed.

via Classicalite

Denzel Hayes Washington, Jr.

Monday, December 12, 2016

Sunday, December 11, 2016

Quote of the Day

In doing what we ought we deserve
no praise, because it is our duty.

Joseph Addison

Friday, December 09, 2016

Quote of the Day

You should run your life not by the
calendar but how you feel, and what
your interests are and ambitions.

via NASA

John Herschel Glenn, Jr.

Wednesday, December 07, 2016

Quote of the Day

It is a mistake to look too far ahead.  Only one link
in the chain of destiny can be handled at a time.
Sir Winston Churchill

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Quote of the Day

We have no more right to consume
happiness without producing it than
to consume wealth without producing it.

via Pinterest

George Bernard Shaw

Monday, November 28, 2016

Quote of the Day

A lie doesn't become truth, wrong doesn't
become right, and evil doesn't become good,
just because it's accepted by a majority.

via Biola University

Richard Duane "Rick" Warren

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Emmett Hines

Just found out Emmett Hines has passed (thanks for the info, DJA).

Emmett helped me with my first coaching gig, at HISD's Jackson MS.  I'd found an old plywood pace clock at the school and he found us a new motor for it.  That winter, he loaned us some lane ropes from the old UH outdoor pool.

So sorry to hear of his passing.

Read a short post on the Gulf Masters SC site here

Emmett's bio at his H20uston Swims site is here

Quote of the Day

The company of just and righteous men
is better than wealth and a rich estate.

via npr


Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Quote of the Day

What is not good for the beehive,
cannot be good for the bees.

via Ancient Rome

Marcus Aurelius

Monday, November 21, 2016

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Long Pause

Went without posting for almost a month.  Gotta admit, it was nice.

Today, I'll ease back into the bloggin' - but only when I'm not busy with other projects (switch switchin', gun cleanin', vent fixin', etc.) that need tendin' to.


Let's assume positions posted more than a couple of weeks ago have either been filled or are about to be.

Here are the more recent postings:

Sienna Plantation Aquatics (SPA) needs an assistant coach

The Katy Main Street YMCA needs a youth development director - aquatics

The Garland Family YMCA needs an aquatics coordinator

The Arlington-Mansfield Area YMCA needs a sports & aquatics director

The University of Houston needs an aquatics programs coordinator

The City of Austin needs an aquatic recreation programs specialist

The YMCA of the Highland Lakes needs a head coach

The City of Amarillo needs an aquatics supervisor

The City of Lancaster needs an aquatics supervisor

One more thing:

Am wondering how a blog that hasn't been updated in weeks is still averaging 300+ page views per day.

Could it be y'all are just visiting for the links?  Knowing how pathetic the posts are, that's likely!

If that's the case, would you please let me know if/when you find a "dead" one?

I don't have time to check them all on a regular basis, so please send me an email when one takes you "nowhere".

Today's Quote

Yes, Nông Đức Mạnh is a commie.

In spite of his misguided politics, that quote is perfect for our post-Obama nation.

It's about time we start dealing with problems head-on.

Let's do it without lies, executive orders, and overseas nation-building.

Quote of the Day

As part of our renewal - we need to fight problems,
not just wait for them to take place.

via Zimbio

Nông Đức Mạnh

Monday, October 24, 2016

Quote of the Day

To rectify past blunders is impossible, but
we might profit by the experience of them.

via fineartamerica

George Washington

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Jobs, "Music", & More

Nobel Committee Member #1:  Remember when we gave Obama that Peace Prize?
Member #2:  Yeah, hilarious!  Never gonna top that one!
Member #1: Wanna bet?

Alamo College (San Antonio) needs an aquatic center supervisor

Check out the list of nominees for 2016 Golden Goggle awards (and vote) here


Breakout Performer OTY
Perseverance Award
Coach OTY
Relay Performance OTY
Female Race OTY
Male Race OTY
Female Athlete OTY
Male Athlete OTY

The City of Hurst needs a recreation specialist - athletics/aquatics

via Twitter

Clements HS/FCST swimmer Brian Yuen died after suffering a medical emergency during a swim meet in Sugar Land yesterday.  Please keep Brian's family, and the Ft. Bend ISD & First Colony swim programs in your prayers.  More here

Blue Tide (BTA) needs a head age group coach

Recently-retired Texas assistant Kris Kubik weighed in on new UT Hall of Honor member Aaron Peirsol here

Aaron gets along with everyone he meets from every walk of life imaginable.  He is as comfortable talking with Board Members of the International Olympic Committee as he is chatting it up with someone who is down and out living under the Pier on Balboa Island. If you spend more than five minutes with him, you will have a friend for life.

Lee HS (San Antonio) needs a head coach.  Contact Nicole Franco at 210-356-0800

Article on new facility in Corpus Christi is here.  Includes list of upcoming open water events around Texas.

Last, some news of progress for fans of local outdoor swimming: Corpus Christi Parks and Recreation recently released an aerial photo showing the concrete in place for the new Collier Pool. Collier is Corpus Christi's only year-round outdoor swimming pool. It has been out of commission since January, when it broke and closed in advance of the planned reconstruction. The new pool should open by summer, said Stacie Talbert Anaya, interim director of Parks and Recreation.

Southwestern Aquatics Team (SWAT) needs assistant coaches in the Sugar Land/Richmond area.  Contact Ken Chang

Major Casey Bowen made a successful crossing of the English Channel last month.  Story is here

“This is the pinnacle event in swimming,” Bowen said. “It’s been a long-term goal and just a personal challenge that I have been thinking of for a long time. We scheduled a crossing years ago.”

Cypress Fairbanks Swim Club (CFSC) needs an assistant.  Contact Jim Bocci

WADA recently published their 2017 banned substances list.

Coppell YMCA needs a swim team coach

The City of Round Rock needs an aquatics supervisor

Rice University needs an aquatic center assistant director

Michigan women took the SMU Classic by one point over second-place Louisville.  Results here

Quote of the Day

I'd rather get bad news from an honest
man than lies from a flatterer.

via Encyclopaedia Britannica

Ursula Kroeber Le Guin

Tuesday, October 04, 2016

Sunday, October 02, 2016

Monday, September 26, 2016

Quote of the Day

I have a tip that can take five strokes off
anyone's golf game.  It's called an eraser.

Arnold Daniel Palmer

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Misc. II

Less than a month away from the mega-triathlon.  The Ultra 520K Texas in Salado takes place over three days, October 21 - 23.

Swim6.2 miles
Bike: 264.5 miles
Run54 miles

More here and here

This year’s course will cover rolling terrain on country roads but won’t include any of the pesky cattle guards or dirt roads that frustrated some in last year’s event. The cycling route features more than 5,500 feet of ascent — and a chance to spot deer, roadrunners and rattlesnakes.

Castle Hills First Baptist School (San Antonio) needs a swim coach

The City of Amarillo needs an aquatics supervisor

Quote of the Day

Without pride, man becomes a parasite -
and there are already too many parasites.

Carla H. Krueger

Saturday, September 24, 2016


via USCDornsife
The Texas high school swim coaches' TISCA clinic was interesting.

USC's David Salo did a nice job as our headliner.  Fun guy who likes to keep things interesting for his athletes.  Follow him on Twitter

Welcome to new president Greg McLain .  Greg will be a great communicator.  He's respected and will work hard for our athletes and coaches.  I doubt he'll do a mic drop when his term ends.

His first big task will be trying to recover lost info that went off into the ether when our old TISCA website went kaput.  If you have files from past district, region, and state meets, please email him to see what he still needs.

So far, the new TeamUnify site isn't very popular with the coaches.

Does anyone have a copy of our constitution and/or bylaws?  Also, I must have missed the treasurer's report.  Would it be possible to start paying for space up in that there cloud thingy so we don't lose everything...again?

Anyone interested in starting up a junior high program should contact Mike Waldmann.  He shared some great info in Austin last weekend.  His middle school program out in Andrews has really taken off!

Garland ISD's natatorium is still on hold.

The full bond package was passed by the school board in 2014. Plans for the swim center were drawn up, and after long negotiations a price tag of $27.5 million was agreed on. The swim center package and plans were presented to the school board last Tuesday for final approval. But in a surprising reversal, the board voted it down 4-3.

Read more here

The Moody Family YMCA needs an aquatics coordinator

Plano's Seth Stubblefield was featured in a USA Swimming piece.  Read that here

“What a humbling, rewarding, and, at times, convicting experience,” he said. “All I can say is getting third at Trials isn’t a big deal. I’ve met some very special kids who are dealing with things most of us can’t possibly imagine, and it really makes you evaluate your priorities, as well as take a good look at your heart.”

Eddie Reese will be coaching grandson Luke Bowman next year.  Read more here

“I am excited to attend a great university and swim for a legendary program and coach. This has been a dream of mine since I started swimming, and I know that there is no better group of swimmers and coaches that will push me to work hard and get faster. I am looking forward to the challenge ahead.”

Nice write-up on AT record-breaker Karl Meltzer is here

Speaking by phone from Atlanta two days after finishing the trail, Metlzer said his legs were tired. “Deep fatigue,” he called it, and said that it would take three to four months for his body to recover. He needs to recharge mentally, too; there were dark days on the trail, especially in Virginia, when getting up every morning before dawn and knowing he had to run over forty miles seemed like a Sisyphean task.

Anyone seen Joe Bernal lately?  Bernal's dropped out of sight since the Harvard/Gators thing blew up.

How about George Gibney?  The former IASA coach is being hounded by Irv Muchnick.  The latest on Gibney is here

Gibney made a US visa application in 1992 and following the collapse of the case, which was not appealed by the DPP. He then fled Ireland, first to Scotland and then to the USA. Having moved through a number of states, Gibney now lives in Florida. 

UNT's Pentathlon (recap)

UTPB/TCU (recap)

via flickr

CSCAA Open Water Nationals

Rice's Hanna Huston finished fourth, helping dad Seth's squad to a second-place team finish.  More here

The Longhorn men's annual Orange/White intrasquad meet (September 30) just isn't going to be the same without retired assistant coach Kris Kubik.  A Texas legend...

Quote of the Day

Unless commitment is made, there are
only promises and hopes...but no plans.

via Inc

Peter Ferdinand Drucker

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Quote of the Day

Everyone admits that love is wonderful and
necessary, but no one agrees on just what it is.

Diane Ackerman

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Quote of the Day

Success is whatever humiliation
everyone has agreed to compete for.

via How a Poem Happens

James Richardson

Monday, September 19, 2016

New AT Record

Scott Jurek held the Appalachian speed record for just over a year.

Karl Meltzer completed the 2189.2 mile trek in 45 days, 22 hours, and 38 minutes, knocking about ten hours off Jurek's mark.

Meltzer was a "SOBO" (south-bounder), having started his "hike" in Maine.  Jurek finished his journey in Maine, and still has the NOBO record.

The Red Bull-sponsored Meltzer had failed to break the speed record in two previous attempts.

This time, he capped each night with one or two beers and left from rest stops with rainbow-colored Spree candy, Three Musketeers chocolate bars and bacon in his pockets. To save time and keep his energy up, he typically slept less than seven hours a night and instead had an energy drink every 10 miles, downing about five a day. When on another day his support crew found him napping, they gave him a pint of ice cream for a boost.

Though Meltzer averaged 50 miles in 15 hours of running a day, his pace faltered at times. At one point he slept on the trail instead of making it to his support van — and then he slept the next morning on the dirt again. But in the last two days, he gathered strength, running 83 miles nonstop in the final leg to finish Sunday morning at 3:38.

Read more here

Quote of the Day

I never had a sister growing up.
Donny was the closest thing.

via shows in Vegas

Olive Marie Osmond