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

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