We are now nine issues into this little project, and I am enjoying putting it together for you each week. I see a few familiar e-mails pop onto the list every now and then, but for the most part, I have never met my readers. This means you may not understand the context of my perspective. Perhaps it it is time for a brief introduction...
Three years ago, I arrived in Lynchburg, Virginia, USA after stays in Gainesville, FL, Chapel Hill, NC, and Allentown, PA. I got my bachelor's and master's degree in sports sciences, got my feet wet in coaching, and got married at the University of Florida. I learned from excellent coaches and fantastic swimmers in all of my subsequent stops, growing as a person and a coach, and becoming a father three times over. Good fortune allowed me to coach at Olympic Trials, USA Nationals, and NCAA Championships, and watch swimmers I worked with at UF at the Olympic Games in Athens in 2004.
Now, I coach a medium-sized YMCA team of about 230 swimmers, working mostly with 15 & overs on a daily basis. We operate primarily out of two short course pools with a staff of about 10 coaches. I love my team and where I work, and we strive to get better every single day. My goal is the same as it has always been -- to be the best coach that I can be for our swimmers. My hope is to help you strive for the same. -RW