"My experience with having some of the best coaches as an athlete helped me understand the value and necessity of having mentors as a professional. I think that dynamic and those relationships are what drew me back to the sport in a coaching capacity"
"Winning championships requires a team behind the team and a culture of support beyond your athletes. I have proven this theory through thirty plus National Championships"
"Coaching a single gender program isn't something I really considered early in my career but a couple months in, I'd highly recommend it to anyone who's considering it! The specificity that we are able to provide athletes is unlike any other environment!"
"The mad science of tapering, not just once, but two and three times. Prepare your athlete's mind and body to get the job done when it counts during championship season"
"There is no one way to build a program or take a team to the next level. However, there are a lot of things to consider that often do not fall on a coach's radar. Plotting your course while remaining flexible can help you take your organization to new heights"
"Great coaches create caring environments. caring environments provide support and safety for athletes thus fostering inclusive and successful teams"
"The recruiting process is ever-changing for coaches, and always unique for student athletes. Know what to expect, what questions to ask, and get excited about finding a place that sparks your imagination!"
"Utilizing a multi-tiered approach when developing a swimmer's journey will help them buidl their goals while maximizing their movements & strengthening their overall wellness in the long run"
"Navigating through challenging conversations with parents is one of the strengths of effective coaches. Remembering that it's not about winning the conversation but about understanding will help in having a faverable outcome."
"In this interview, Alexis and Nico are taking a deep dive into all things workouts & coaching aiming to spark ideas for your swimming season."
Jake Des Roches
"If you are looking to enhance your distance training, collect data now & figure out what to do with it later."
"Coaching in a group setting means a few things. You must have a plan and you must know how to make adjustments for individuals within a team setting. Without a plan or a way to address the needs of your athletes, we are stifling continual progress and limiting performance capabilities."
"Failure can seem so final, but what is failure really? Coach, when you are frustrated with your athletes when they allow failure to crush them….let me ask you, how do you deal with failure? There are only three ways to fail. Do you know them? How can you reframe failure for yourself and your athletes? Fear of failure is real, but it’s not the real fear in failure. There’s more to it. Let’s get practical about navigating failure and staying on the pathway to success"
"By identifying the values that drive your passion for coaching, achieving better balance in your profession becomes possible."
"There is a reason that coaches know who the successful teams are on deck when you go to a meet. It's because they have all the colors, the logos, it's 'the look'! So if your team is capable of that, you're capable of taking that from the deck and bringing it into your social media marketing."
"Is the transfer culture here to stay in college swimming? And if it is, how can coaches successfully build their programs around this new reality?"
Dana Skelton &
"We are excited to explore innovative ways to better engage with our coaching body with USA Swimming's Mission & Vision"
"Creating space for every type of athlete over the age of 13 is possible for every team. Whether it's a beginner or a post grad, there is space to involve them in your vision."