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
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
Recently-retired Texas assistant Kris Kubik weighed in on new UT Hall of Honor member Aaron Peirsolhere
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.
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
Castle Hills First Baptist School (San Antonio) needs a swim coach
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.
“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 IASAcoach 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.
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.
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
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.