Wednesday, March 08, 2023



Lily King Clinic at Swim Houston


There are still a few slots available for the Lily King Clinic at Swim Houston Aquatic Center on Saturday, March 25.

Get details and tickets HERE

Quote of the Day

Rebellion without truth is like
spring in a bleak, arid desert.

Khalil Gibran

Sunday, January 22, 2023

Quote of the Day

A single twig breaks, but the bundle of twigs is strong.


Monday, January 16, 2023

Quote of the Day

Destiny is no matter of chance.  It is a matter of choice.  It
is not a thing to be waited for, it is a thing to be achieved.

William Jennings Bryan

Sunday, January 08, 2023

Kutztown Men's Program Reinstatement on A2B


We chatted w/Kutztown head coach Tim Flannery last month.

Sorry it's taken me a couple of weeks to get this on the blog...I've been busier'n a one-legged man in an a**-kickin' contest...

If you click on the link below, it'll take you to our Swim Talk A2B page on Anchor, where you'll have several options on how to listen.

There, find more episodes of our Occasionally "Adequate", but Not Nearly "Good" podcast.

Quote of the Day

Be willing to be uncomfortable.  Be comfortable
being uncomfortable.  It may get tough, but
it's a small price to pay for living a dream.

via Prabook

Peter McWilliams

Sunday, October 23, 2022

Quote of the Day

Do you want to be safe and good, or do
you want to take a chance and be great?

James William "Jimmy" Johnson

Sunday, October 09, 2022

Quote of the Day

If you would hit the mark, you must aim a little above it.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Saturday, October 01, 2022

Quote of the Day

Two roads diverged in a wood and I - I took the one
less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.
Robert Lee Frost

Sunday, September 18, 2022

Quote of the Day

Everything you want in life has a price connected
to it.  There's a price to pay if you want to make
things better, a price to pay just for leaving
things as they are, a price for everything.

Harry Edson Browne

Monday, September 05, 2022

Quote of the Day

In my own life, as the nearer I get to the end of
life on this earth, the simpler I want to become.

Fred McFeely Rogers

Saturday, July 30, 2022

Quote of the Day

I may have many faults, but
being wrong ain't one of them.
James Riddle "Jimmy" Hoffa

Wednesday, July 27, 2022

Quote of the Day

An optimist is a fellow who believes a
housefly is looking for a way to get out.
George Jean Nathan

Tuesday, July 26, 2022

Jobs Update


Eagle Swimming Association - Head Age Group Coach
Amon Carter Jr. Downtown YMCA - Aquatic Director
TownLake YMCA - Masters Swim Coach
City of Farmers Branch - Aquatics Coordinator
Langham Creek Family YMCA - Head Swim Team Coach
YMCA of Wichita Falls - Aquatic Director
See more job posts here

Quote of the Day

Failure seldom stops you.  What
stops you is the fear of failure.
John Uhler "Jack" Lemmon III

Monday, July 25, 2022

StrokeMax Podcast with Norbert Ágh

This gentleman truly is a globetrotter!
He was in the states recently at The World Games in Birmingham Alabama.  Ágh works with the Hungarian National Lifesaving team.  They took home two relay golds in men's competition, along with a pair of silvers for the women.
We've been trying to pin Norbie down to visit and he found a few minutes for us last week.
Here's our episode with Hungarian Olympian Norbert Ágh:
We love to throw out terms like "feel for the water" and "early vertical forearm" in our sport.

Norbie's StrokeMax anti-paddles require swimmers to use those forearms and enhance their feel for the water.
Buy two (2) pair and get a third pair free here

Quote of the Day

I'd rather make the cut in the
Crosby than win another Oscar.
John Uhler "Jack" Lemmon III

Sunday, July 24, 2022

Pool Markers

"Okay, kids, yer gonna do underwater dolphin kick to the first rust spot, then break out and swim butterfly to the missing tile section.  From there, let's see sprint freestyle to the wall...but no breaths from the plaster patch to the finish."
Looking for a better way?
Make some pool markers that are:
  • easy for athletes to use,
  • safe for the pool bottom,
  • simple for you to store,
  • & cheap to make.

Materials I used to make mine:

  • one 10' stick of 1" schedule 40 pvc pipe
  • 24 1" schedule 40 pvc caps
  • pea gravel
  • cleaner/glue
  • spray primer/paint
Sorry, no video to go with this.  If you need help working w/pvc, spray paint, etc., you can find it at YouTube.  My materials/methods certainly aren't the only way to go.  Threw in a few hints.  Take 'em or leave 'em.
1. CUT - Cut your pvc pipe down to size.  I wanted to make a dozen markers, so each piece was around 10".  Do they have to be perfect?  Nope.  We're not building a violin here, are we? I buzzed them off w/a Sawzall.
b. GLUE - Glue a cap to the end of each pipe piece.  If you're not used to working w/cleaner & glue, just find a short video and you'll be fine.
If videos don't remind you, it's a good idear to give about a quarter twist to spread glue well.
III. FILL - Fill the pipe w/pea gravel, sand, or both.  If you purchased BB's, ball bearings, etc. for this purpose, ATF is at your door by now and you can skip the rest...
4. GLUE - Glue the other cap on the opposite end.  Quarter twist.
E. GRIND - I added this step in case you have a slightly sloping pool bottom or currents that might cause your markers to roll.  Just flatten out one side of the caps with a grinder if this is a concern.  Yes, pvc will get hot and melt some.

VI. PAINT - Paint your markers with colors that will stand out against the background of your pool bottom.  I roughed up the surfaces first using orbital sander.  Don't ask me what grit, I have no clue.  We're not building a piano, right?
Stores sell spray paint for plastic, so look for that.  You might want to use primer, then the color you're finishing with.  They sell combo primer/paint for plastic as well.
Several light coats > one thick one.

You say you're a high school coach without an extra second to spare?
This is so easy, a water polo coach caveman can do it!

Diving coach need a pep talk?  Tell him/her to relax!  This is basic stuff - 101 tuck, baby - 1.2!

Quote of the Day

If you think it's hard to meet new people,
try picking up the wrong golf ball.
John Uhler "Jack" Lemmon III

Sunday, July 17, 2022

Quote of the Day

The government at all levels is overly represented by white
men.  That's part of the problem, and I'm a white man.
via The New Yorker
Robert Francis "Beto" O'Rourke

Saturday, July 16, 2022

Quote of the Day

At the core of liberalism is the spoiled child - miserable,
as all spoiled children are, unsatisfied, demanding,
ill-disciplined, despotic and useless.  Liberalism
is a philosophy of sniveling brats.
Patrick Jake "P.J." O'Rourke

Thursday, July 14, 2022

Quote of the Day

It is a way to take people's wealth from them without
having to openly raise taxes.  Inflation is the
most universal tax of all.
Thomas Sowell

Wednesday, July 13, 2022

July Jobs


Magnolia HS - Head Swimming Coach - Craig Martin 281-356-3572
North Crowley HS - Head Swim Coach - Tommy Brakel 817-263-1265
Katy Aquatics - Lead Age Group Coach
Tiger Shark Swim Team - Assistant Senior Coach
North Texas Nadadores - Head Coach
Lone Star Aquatics - Age Group Coach - Adam Depmore

YMCA of Midland - Aquatics Director

City of Lewisville - Aquatics Supervisor

Circle C Select Swim Team - Assistant Swim Coach

Tomball HS - Head Swim Coach

Weekley Family YMCA - Head Swim Team Coach

City of West University Place - Aquatics Coordinator

Capital Area Aquatics - Swim Coach

Northeast Houston Aquatics - Assistant Swim Coach

Miss earlier jobs posts?  Click here


Quote of the Day

The more I heard that I couldn't make it, the more I
was determined to do it.  I never liked being told
that I'm not good enough to do this or that.

Archie Mason Griffin

Tuesday, July 12, 2022

You asked for it...

...okay, so you didn't ask for it, but here it is anyway.
DJA has our recent Swim Talk A2B podcast episodes up on YouTube.
These, and all previous episodes of Swim Talk A2B are available via Spotify and YouTube.
We talked to writer/swimmer Mike Stott about getting publicity for your swim program:
Dana & I visited with our buddy Patrick Henry so he could share what he learned in his two interim coaching jobs at MAC and New Trier.
Great stuff for coaches taking the reins in an already established program.  So much to talk about, we had to break it into two parts.
Part I:
Part B:
Most recently, VP of Sales for American Shield Roofing and Construction's Jon Lamson took the time to chat about the Victoria Advocate's Varsity Cup.
American Shield is a major sponsor of the event that recognizes local high school athletes and coaches for their efforts beyond the court, field, and pool:


Quote of the Day

The progress of the world depends
almost entirely upon education.
George Eastman

Monday, July 11, 2022

Wednesday, July 06, 2022

Quote of the Day

Too often I would hear men boast of the miles
covered that day, rarely of what they had seen.

Louis Dearborn L'Amour

Tuesday, July 05, 2022

Quote of the Day

Mathematics, rightly viewed, possesses not only truth,
but supreme beauty - a beauty cold and
austere, like that of sculpture.
Bertrand Arthur William Russell

Monday, July 04, 2022

Quote of the Day

Never in human history have we ever blamed a product's
failure on the people who didn't use it;  and then
thanked the product after it failed us.
via YouTube

Steven James Deace

Sunday, July 03, 2022

Quote of the Day

If one does not know to which port
one is sailing, no wind is favorable.
Lucius Annaeus Seneca

Saturday, July 02, 2022

Aggie Volunteer Men's Assistant





2022 Directors' Cup


It was a Texas repeat in the Division I Directors' Cup.

The Longhorns grabbed NCAA titles in men's indoor track, rowing, women's tennis, and men's golf.  Texas needed runner-up finishes in six (6) sports, including both the men's and women's swimming, to pull away from 2nd place Stanford.  The Cardinal had won a record 25 consecutive Directors' Cups from 1995 to 2019.

Links to his year's final D-I standings and all previous years (all divisions):

Quote of the Day

You can't do ordinary stuff and expect unique results.
Michael Pettaway "Mike" Tomlin

Wednesday, June 29, 2022

Last June Jobs Post

Westside HS - Girls Swim/Water Polo - Andre King 281-920-8000
Sienna Premier Aquatics (SPA) - Age Group Coach
Grand Oaks HS - Head Swim Coach/Water Polo Coach/Dive Coach - Michael Jackson
Fossil Ridge HS - Swim Coach
Texas School for the Deaf - HS Assistant Swim Coach
TMI-Episcopal - Middle School Swimming Assistant Coach - Brandon Palomo 210-564-6195
Miss some earlier Jobs posts?  Click here

BOGO Free!

via Pinterest
Used to think "BOGO" was a dangerous chemical.
Sign at CVS said "Tide Detergent, BOGO Free!"

Thought to myself "Damn, hope we're not using detergent with that BOGO in it!"

Quote of the Day

Borrow trouble for yourself, if that's your
nature, but don't lend it to your neighbours.
Joseph Rudyard Kipling

Monday, June 27, 2022

More Jobs


Iron Horse Aquatics (IRON) - Head Age Group Coach & Assistant Swim Coach
Houston Cougar Aquatic Sports (COOGS) - Head Coach
Central HS - Assistant Swim Coach/Middle School Swim Coach - Matt McLaughlin 325-245-7587
Westlake HS - Assistant Swim Coach (girls) - Alison Soelter
Pieper HS -  Aquatics Director/Head Swim Coach/Water Polo Coach/Dive Coach - Courtney Patton
Bell HS - Assistant Swim Coach - Jesse Barton
Town of Trophy Club - Aquatics & Recreation Specialist
Cain HS - Head Swim Coach
Fort Bend Family YMCA - Swim Team Coach & Pool Manager
Lee HS (NEISD) - Head Swim Coach
Lakeridge Country Club - Pool Manager
View all recent "Jobs" posts HERE

Quote of the Day

Every man has his own destiny:  the only imperative is
to follow it, to accept it, no matter where it leads him.
Henry Valentine Miller

Thursday, June 23, 2022

Quote of the Day

Vitality shows in not only the ability to
persist but the ability to start over.
Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald

Wednesday, June 22, 2022

Quote of the Day

Read, every day, something no one else is reading.
Think, every day, something no one else is thinking.
Do, every day, something no one else would be
silly enough to do.  It is bad for the mind to
continually be part of unanimity.
Christopher Darlington Morley