February 13, 2012

my life: why i love coaching high school swimming

Cheering on my swimmers at a meet

The Career
  • Working with 9-12 students on a regular basis
  • Networking with administrators, coaches, and other school staff
  • Gaining another state of Ohio certification (coaching permit)
  • Improving organizational, communication, and managerial skills

The Sport
  • It's all about developing the skills.
  • And then developing the speed.
  • It doesn't matter if the team doesn't beat their competitors as long as they beat the clock (in other words, a focus developing pride through personal best times rather than winning or losing).
  • Makes students realize how much factors like diet, sleep, stress, and attitude can affect their success in swimming and other aspects of life.
  • Also makes students realize they have to give true effort for true results.

The Students
  • Hilarious
  • Hard-working
  • Eager
  • Caring
  • Respectful
  • Trustworthy
  • Fun
  • The best

Coaching high school swimming, at my old high school with a great athletic department staff and the greatest group of kids, was such an amazing, rewarding experience. I am sad the season is over, but so thankful I was able to be a part of it. I hope everything falls into place and I can do this for years to come! If you ever have the opportunity to coach, no matter the sport, please take it! You won't regret it.

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