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Welcome to the Swim Coaches Base podcast. Get ready to build up your knowledge base from other swim coaches around the world. The SCB is the #1 podcast for swim coaches, bringing you the best conversations with top coaches to help you become a better coach. The Swim Coaches Base podcast is hosted by Chris Ritter and powered by RITTER Sports Performance. Check out more swim coach resources from RITTER - rittersp.com

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Dr. Dave Salo is one of the more innovative coaches of his generation but he didn't start out that way. He is the head coach of the men's and women's swimming team at the University of Southern California (USC). In addition, he also heads up the USC Trojan Swim Club. His swimmers have found success at the Olympic level in all events and distances. This episode originally aired on June 6, 2016 Connect with Dave: - Team Website - Swim Camp (canceled for 2020) - Twitter - Email [NEW] SURGE Strength Dryland Certification Dryland Training Resources Swim Coaching Resources Join The Hive powered by RITTER If you enjoyed this podcast help us spread the word by leaving a rating and review on our iTunes show page. To connect and learn more visit the RITTER Sports Performance website.
Bex Freebairn begins her third season as an assistant coach for the Washington State University Women’s Swimming program. Freebairn worked two seasons with Cougar head Coach Matt Leach at Indiana State. In her second season, Freebairn helped the 2019-20 Cougars set three school-records, record 21 Top-10 times, post their second-highest point total at the Pac-12 Conference Championships in the last 13 seasons and 10 swimmers earned a trip to the postseason CSCAA National Invitational Championships. The New Zealand native also saw four Cougars post 2020 (2021) Olympic Qualifying Times in Lauren Burckel (USA), Mackenzie Duarte (USA), Taylor McCoy (USA) and Mia Zahab (Canada). Freebairn helped guide the Cougars to a number of accomplishments in her first season in Pullman highlighted by the program’s first NCAA National Championship participant in sophomore Mackenzie Duarte since 2010. WSU also finished eighth at the CSCAA National Invitational Championships, ten WSU Top-10 times were posted at the Pac-12 Conference Championships and ranked second in the Pac-12 based on improvement from the year prior, according SwimSwam.com. Prior to Washington State, Freebairn worked two seasons with Leach at Indiana State where Leach earned 2017-18 Missouri Valley Coach of the Year honors after guiding the Sycamores to a 13-win campaign and a record-setting team performance at the Missouri Valley Conference Championships. Freebairn helped ISU set school records in every event at the conference championships, highlighted by the program’s first individual conference champion. Freebairn holds past coaching and swimming experience in New Zealand where she competed nationally until her sophomore year of college where injuries forced her to stop competing. Freebairn earned her bachelor’s of sport coaching degree while majoring in strength and conditioning from the University of Canterbury (N.Z.) in 2015. Freebairn earned her masters of coaching at Indiana State in 2018. Connect with Bex: - Team Website - Team Facebook - Team Twitter - Twitter - Team Instagram - Instagram - Email [NEW] SURGE Strength Dryland Certification Dryland Training Resources Swim Coaching Resources Join The Hive powered by RITTER If you enjoyed this podcast help us spread the word by leaving a rating and review on our iTunes show page. To connect and learn more visit the RITTER Sports Performance website.
Since taking over the swimming program at The University of Texas in 1978, Eddie Reese has established a tradition of excellence in Austin and set the standard in collegiate swimming. The 2005 and 2006 ASCA Coach of the Year, an eight-time NCAA Coach of the Year and three-time United States Men's Olympic Team head coach, Reese has led Texas to nine NCAA team titles in his 30 seasons in Austin. After placing 21st at the NCAA Championships in his first season (1979) at Texas, Reese's teams have never finished lower than seventh at the national meet. His Texas team will enter the 2008-09 season with two incredible streaks to its credit: 29 consecutive top-10 finishes at the NCAA Championship and 29 consecutive conference titles. Along the way, Reese has developed 41 NCAA individual champions, 29 national champion relays, 192 All-Americans and 26 Olympians who have won 29 gold medals. This episode originally aired on June 27, 2016. Connect with Eddie: - Team Website - Facebook - Twitter - Instagram - Email - LinkedIn [NEW] SURGE Strength Dryland Certification Dryland Training Resources Swim Coaching Resources Join The Hive powered by RITTER If you enjoyed this podcast help us spread the word by leaving a rating and review on our iTunes show page. To connect and learn more visit the RITTER Sports Performance website.
The 2019-20 season marks the fifth year of Matt Hurst’s tenure as an assistant coach on the Nittany Lions' Swimming & Diving staff. Both the Penn State men’s and women’s teams have scored at the NCAA Championships each year of his tenure with a total of 19 swimmers qualifying. Hurst arrived at Penn State University after a 12-year tenure at Southern Connecticut State, first as a student-athlete and then as an assistant coach for eight years. In addition to his responsibilities with Southern Connecticut State University (SCSU), Hurst also coached at SoNoCo Swim Club. He was a 2012 Junior National Team Coach and qualified four individuals for the Olympic Trials. In 2009, Hurst attended the FINA World Championships as an assistant coach with the Dominican Republic. Hurst spent the 2006-07 academic year as an assistant coach at Wesleyan University before returning to the Owls at SCSU. In his position at Wesleyan, Hurst worked with the team's sprinters and breaststrokers. He also led the team's strength and conditioning and dryland programs. During his time at Wesleyan, Hurst coached two All-Americans and one Academic All-American. As a student-athlete at SCSU, Hurst was a two-year captain, 11-time All-American, school record holder, and U.S. national qualifier. A corporate communications major as an undergraduate, Hurst also garnered Academic All-America honors three times. He also completed his master's degree at SCSU in human performance. Hurst grew up in Haverford where he was an All-American with the swim team. Hurst also competed for Upper Main Line YMCA, where he was a 26-time All-American. Connect with Matt: - Team Website - Team Twitter - Twitter - Team Instagram - Instagram - Email [NEW] SURGE Strength Dryland Certification Dryland Training Resources Swim Coaching Resources Join The Hive powered by RITTER If you enjoyed this podcast help us spread the word by leaving a rating and review on our iTunes show page. To connect and learn more visit the RITTER Sports Performance website.
Maritza is a 2004 Olympic Silver Medalist in swimming. She is the 1st woman of color to make the US Olympic Swim team and medal. She was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico, then moved with her family to Florida when she was 9 years old. She attended the University of Georgia at age 17. She graduated in 2005 as a 27-time All American with 11 NCAA titles. She became the first woman of color to break an individual American record and a World Record. After college she turned pro and traveled the country representing Team USA until her retirement. She's clocked 20 years in the USA Swimming World. Now, she works full time in corporate America, raising two kids with her husband. She travels the country spreading the importance of learning to swim especially in the Black communities. She describes her journey as hectic, fun, exhausting, and rewarding all at the same time. This episode originally aired in August 2019. Connect with Maritza: - Team Website - Facebook - Instagram - Twitter - Contact Her - LinkedIn [NEW] SURGE Strength Dryland Certification Dryland Training Resources Swim Coaching Resources Join The Hive powered by RITTER If you enjoyed this podcast help us spread the word by leaving a rating and review on our iTunes show page. To connect and learn more visit the RITTER Sports Performance website.
Shawn Smith is the Head Coach for the University of Denver (DU) Hilltoppers (TOPS), a nationally recognized, year-round swim team. Shawn has coached at DU since 1994, and has been Head Coach since 2001. Connect with Shawn: - Team Website - Email [NEW] SURGE Strength Dryland Certification Dryland Training Resources Swim Coaching Resources Join The Hive powered by RITTER If you enjoyed this podcast help us spread the word by leaving a rating and review on our iTunes show page. To connect and learn more visit the RITTER Sports Performance website.
Join Chris Ritter as he talks about the new SURGE Strength Dryland Certification.   Learn More - SURGE Strength Dryland Certification   Follow SURGE Strength on Instagram: @surge.strength   Watch the Dryland In Home Webinar Series Replay The Hive - Get access to the best online swim coaching resources available. Join The Hive powered by RITTER, to understand the full picture of swimming faster. Get specific training sets and workouts, learn in-depth technique tips and analysis, even watch dryland and strength training exercises that'll help your swimmers go faster!   If you enjoyed this podcast help us spread the word by leaving a rating and review on our iTunes show page.   To connect and learn more visit the RITTER Sports Performance website.
David Tambuwun started coaching in 1994 at the Redlands YMCA, where he managed to produce top Masters Swimming champions in California and a National Top-10 Masters Swimming swimmer. In 1996, David worked as a Water Safety Instructor Supervisor for the City of Rialto where he trained Water Safety Instructors and helped develop the structure of their Learn-to-Swim program. During that time he also coached part-time at Streamline Aquatics of Rialto (STAR) as one of their age group coaches. This position eventually led to a Head Age Group Coaching position in 1998 where he produced Southern California top-16 age group athletes and a national record holder for disabled swimmers who went on to attain multiple gold, silver, and bronze medals at the 2004 Athens, 2008 Beijing, and 2012 London Paralympic Games collectively. After leaving the City of Rialto Parks and Recreation in 1999, and while still the Head Age Group Coach for STAR, David took over a Head Coaching position for Inland Masters Swimming Club (Rialto Branch), where he had the privilege to train several national and world-ranked Masters Swimming swimmers. Connect with David: - Team Website - Instagram - Instagram - Email < [NEW] SURGE Strength Dryland Certification Dryland Training Resources Swim Coaching Resources Join The Hive powered by RITTER If you enjoyed this podcast help us spread the word by leaving a rating and review on our iTunes show page. To connect and learn more visit the RITTER Sports Performance website.
Andres Psijas is the Head Coach for Club Chicureo in Santiago, Chile. Coach Psijas grew up in Antofagasta, Chile. Throughout his life and that of his family, he has been linked to swimming; first as a professional swimmer. Andres has a degree in osteopathy with a specialization in biomechanics that has allowed him the chance to transfer what has he has learned in neurology and anatomy to the different types of training and add a more comprehensive focus on physical preparation.  Connect with Andres: - Team Website - Team Facebook - Facebook - Team Instagram - Instagram - Email  [NEW] SURGE Strength Dryland Certification Dryland Training Resources Swim Coaching Resources Join The Hive powered by RITTER If you enjoyed this podcast help us spread the word by leaving a rating and review on our iTunes show page. To connect and learn more visit the RITTER Sports Performance website.
Eileen was named Head Coach of Lakeshore Swim Club (LSSC) in December of 2019. Before that, she served as Head Age Group Coach since 2013. Eileen began her coaching career assisting with the United States Naval Academy and Northwestern University swim camps in 2010. Upon returning to Cleveland, she spent 7 seasons as Head Coach of Fairview High School. During her time there, she coached multiple school record holders, district, and state qualifiers. Eileen has coached numerous Lake Erie District record holders, Zone qualifiers and champions, sectional and futures qualifiers. She was selected to serve as a Lake Erie Zones Coach in 2014 and 2018, and an Ohio All-Stars Mid States Coach in 2018. In 2019 she was named assistant coach for the Central Zone Select camp, for the top 13-15-year-old swimmers in the zone, joining a staff of coaches from all over the country. Eileen is currently the Senior Chair of the Lake Erie District Board of Directors. She began swimming in high school for Fairview and joined LSSC shortly after. She continued her swim career at Cleveland State University and then Pacific University in Oregon. Connect with Eileen: - Team Website - Facebook - Instagram - Twitter - Email [NEW] SURGE Strength Dryland Certification Dryland Training Resources Swim Coaching Resources Join The Hive powered by RITTER If you enjoyed this podcast help us spread the word by leaving a rating and review on our iTunes show page. To connect and learn more visit the RITTER Sports Performance website.
Matt Leach is the Head Coach for Washington State University Women’s Swimming. Leach guided his young Cougar team to a number of accomplishments in his first season at WSU highlighted by producing the program’s first NCAA National Championship participant since 2010. Leach also led the Cougars to the postseason, finishing eighth at the CSCAA National Invitational Championships. The Cougars reached many milestones under Leach in 2018-19, posted ten WSU Top-10 times at the Pac-12 Conference Championships, set two school records in the 100 free and 200 breast through the year, three different swimmers recorded double-digit wins and as a team were ranked second in the Pac-12 based on improvement from the year prior, according SwimSwam.com. Leach joined WSU after spending the previous three years at Indiana State where he started the swimming and diving programs in 2015 and began competing in the 2016-17 season. Prior to Indiana State, Leach spent six seasons at the University of Wyoming (2009-15), including the final four seasons as associate head coach and worked extensively with sprint swimmers. Leach helped rewrite the Cowgirl record books, as every sprint event school record was broke during his time on staff. Leach arrived at Wyoming from Louisiana State University where he began as a graduate assistant in 2004, and then as a volunteer assistant coach for two seasons (2007-09). A native of Portland, Ore., Leach swam collegiately at Indiana University (2000-04), where he was a four-time All-American, helped the Hoosiers to a Big Ten Conference Championship in the 200 medley relay as a senior and still holds school records as a member of the 200 freestyle relay and 400 medley relay. Leach also performed on the national stage, as he took part in the 2000 and 2004 U.S. Olympic Trials. Leach graduated from Indiana in December 2004 with a bachelor's degree in environmental management. He received his master's degree, also in environmental planning and management, from LSU in May 2007. Connect with Matt: - Team Website - Facebook - Team Facebook - Team Instagram - Twitter - Team Twitter - Email Join us for the FREE Dryland Webinar Series every Thursday at 1pm EST. Free Resources for Coaches on the RITTER Website. Check out the latest from RITTER: The Hive - Get access to the best online swim coaching resources available. Join The Hive powered by RITTER, to understand the full picture of swimming faster. Get specific training sets and workouts, learn in-depth technique tips and analysis, even watch dryland and strength training exercises that'll help your swimmers go faster! If you enjoyed this podcast help us spread the word by leaving a rating and review on our iTunes show page. To connect and learn more visit the RITTER Sports Performance website.
Lorin Collins is the Head Coach for Florida Elite Swimming. Coach Lorin grew up in Phoenix, Arizona. Since age 15, Lorin has been sharing her love with swimming by teaching lessons and coaching in various programs. In high school, she helped the younger kids always looking for new learning opportunities and chances to improve herself as a coach. Lorin’s degree in Kinesiology has allowed her the chance to learn the effects of exercise on the human body throughout all stages of development and has had the chance to learn exclusively the effects on developing children. Connect with Lorin: - Team Website - Team Facebook - Facebook - Team Instagram - LinkedIn - Team Twitter - Email Get FREE Access to their Swim Workouts. Free Resources for Coaches on the RITTER Website. We want to hear from you, leave us a message 24/7! +1 704-837-2939 Check out the latest from RITTER: The Hive - Get access to the best online swim coaching resources available. Join The Hive powered by RITTER, to understand the full picture of swimming faster. Get specific training sets and workouts, learn in-depth technique tips and analysis, even watch dryland and strength training exercises that'll help your swimmers go faster! If you enjoyed this podcast help us spread the word by leaving a rating and review on our iTunes show page. To connect and learn more visit the RITTER Sports Performance website.
Mike Anzano is the Assistant Head Coach for COM Aquatics. He has been at COM for 4 years and has primarily been a part of the 12 and under age group program. He graduated from UTPB with a degree in Math in 2013. Prior to his coaching career, Mike swam for 4 years at Parkland High in his hometown of El Paso, TX. He was a 4A State qualifier in 2008 and 2009, which was the first from his school. In club swimming, he was a Sectional level swimmer for the Desert Shark Swim Club. He continued his swimming career into college as a member of the Falcon Swim Team while attending UTPB. During his 4 years with the Falcons, he received All-Conference academic honors and had the highest GPA on the men's swim team in 2012. Connect with Mike: - Team Website - Facebook - Instagram - Email Join us for the FREE Dryland Webinar Series every Thursday at 1pm EST. Free Resources for Coaches on the RITTER Website. We want to hear from you, leave us a message 24/7! +1 704-837-2939 Check out the latest from RITTER: The Hive - Get access to the best online swim coaching resources available. Join The Hive powered by RITTER, to understand the full picture of swimming faster. Get specific training sets and workouts, learn in-depth technique tips and analysis, even watch dryland and strength training exercises that'll help your swimmers go faster! If you enjoyed this podcast help us spread the word by leaving a rating and review on our iTunes show page. To connect and learn more visit the RITTER Sports Performance website.
Mark brings over 22 years of coaching experience to the Sharks. Mark is a graduate of Oakland University (Michigan) where he received a degree in communication. He was a member of three national championship relays during his time at Oakland and was a 16-time NCAA Division II All-American. Mark has had a very successful coaching career. He was an Assistant Coach, Head Age Group coach, and Head Senior Assistant coach at the Oakland Live Y’ers Age Group Swim Team (OLY) for eight years. While at OLY, Mark was also the Assistant Coach at Wayne State University. From there, Mark went on to become the Head Coach at Truman State University. While at Truman, the women’s team won two NCAA Division II National Championships. His peers recognized his extraordinary contributions by awarding him the National Coach of the Year -- twice. He coached four individual (two national records) and three relay National Championship performances. Both the men and women had numerous NCAA Division II All-American performances in the pool and in the classroom. After Truman, Mark became the Head Coach at William Jewell College in Liberty, MO. Mark had the task of starting the swim team from scratch. His men’s and women’s teams have been named College Swimming Coaches Association of American Scholars on multiple occasions. In addition, his teams won the Sportsmanship Award in the Great Lakes Valley Conference for five straight seasons for the men and four straight seasons for the women.   Connect with Mark: - Team Website - Team Facebook - Facebook - Team Twitter - Twitter - Team Instagram - LinkedIn - Email Join us for the FREE Dryland Webinar Series every Thursday at 1pm EST.   Free Resources for Coaches on the RITTER Website.   We want to hear from you, leave us a message 24/7! +1 704-837-2939   Check out the latest from RITTER: The Hive - Get access to the best online swim coaching resources available. Join The Hive powered by RITTER, to understand the full picture of swimming faster. Get specific training sets and workouts, learn in-depth technique tips and analysis, even watch dryland and strength training exercises that'll help your swimmers go faster!   If you enjoyed this podcast help us spread the word by leaving a rating and review on our iTunes show page.   To connect and learn more visit the RITTER Sports Performance website.
A special message from Paul Yetter to coaches and more importantly boards and others in positions of authority on how long clubs will continue to employ coaches during the COVID-19 pandemic.   Free Resources for Coaches on the RITTER Website.   Join Paul and Chris in the Mentorship when you join The Hive (deadline for Mentorship is Thur 4/9 at midnight): The Hive - Get access to the best online swim coaching resources available. Join The Hive powered by RITTER, to understand the full picture of swimming faster. Get specific training sets and workouts, learn in-depth technique tips and analysis, even watch dryland and strength training exercises that'll help your swimmers go faster!   If you enjoyed this podcast help us spread the word by leaving a rating and review on our iTunes show page.   To connect and learn more visit the RITTER Sports Performance website.
We are in a "new normal" for swimmers and coaches, along with the rest of the world. Chris and Paul discuss what this means for coaches in the immediate and long-term as well as what they can do for themselves and their swimmers. Connect with Paul: - Website - Facebook - Twitter - Instagram - Email - LinkedIn Free Resources for Coaches on the RITTER Website.   Join Chris for FREE Dryland In-Home Webinar Series every Thursday for the next few weeks.   We want to hear from you, leave us a message 24/7! +1 704-837-2939   Join Paul and Chris in the Mentorship when you join The Hive (deadline for Mentorship is Thur 4/9 at midnight): The Hive - Get access to the best online swim coaching resources available. Join The Hive powered by RITTER, to understand the full picture of swimming faster. Get specific training sets and workouts, learn in-depth technique tips and analysis, even watch dryland and strength training exercises that'll help your swimmers go faster!   If you enjoyed this podcast help us spread the word by leaving a rating and review on our iTunes show page.   To connect and learn more visit the RITTER Sports Performance website.
Jacob Pebley, a TYR Sport athlete, is currently training in San Diego, CA with Team Elite Aquatics for the Tokyo Olympics. A backstroke standout out of the University of California, Berkeley, Jacob is an Olympian for Team USA, accomplishing a fifth-place finish in the 200-meter backstroke at the 2016 Rio Olympics. In 2018, Jacob co-founded “Back 2 Back Swim Camp”, a two-day elite swim camp geared towards backstroke specialists across the country. He loves staying involved in the swimming community and is dedicated to inspiring the next generation of up-and-coming athletes in the sport! Connect with Jacob: - Website - Instagram - Facebook - Jacob's Twitter - LinkedIn Join Chris as he hosts a FREE Webinar Series on "Dryland in Home" starting this Thursday (3/26). Listen to the SURGE Strength Podcast for a sneak peek!   Free Resources for Coaches on the RITTER Website.   We want to hear from you, leave us a message 24/7! +1 704-837-2939   Check out the latest from RITTER: The Hive - Get access to the best online swim coaching resources available. Join The Hive powered by RITTER, to understand the full picture of swimming faster. Get specific training sets and workouts, learn in-depth technique tips and analysis, even watch dryland and strength training exercises that'll help your swimmers go faster!   If you enjoyed this podcast help us spread the word by leaving a rating and review on our iTunes show page.   To connect and learn more visit the RITTER Sports Performance website.
The uncertainty of the recent developments has caused disruption and cancelations in the swimming community and world-wide. We wanted to have a guest who could relate to having a chance to not only swim fast but represent her country, be taken away, through no fault of her own.   Nancy Hogshead-Makar, J.D., is an American swimmer who represented the United States at the 1984 Summer Olympics, where she won three gold medals and one silver medal. She also was a member of the 1980 US Olympic Team that was part of the boycott. She is currently the CEO of Champion Women, an organization leading targeted efforts to advocate for equality and accountability in sport. Focus areas include equal play, such as traditional Title IX compliance in athletic departments, sexual harassment, abuse, and assault, as well as employment, pregnancy, and LGBT discrimination. In 2012 she began working on legislative changes to assure club and Olympic sports athletes were as protected from sexual abuse. In 2018, the Protecting Young Victims from Sexual Abuse and SafeSport Authorization Act was finally enacted.   Connect with Nancy: - Facebook - Twitter - Instagram - Website - LinkedIn HOW CAN WE HELP YOU? Let us know:   Email us at RITTER   DM us at RITTER on Instagram   We want to hear from you, leave us a message 24/7! +1 704-837-2939 Check out the latest from RITTER: The Hive - Get access to the best online swim coaching resources available. Join The Hive powered by RITTER, to understand the full picture of swimming faster. Get specific training sets and workouts, learn in-depth technique tips and analysis, even watch dryland and strength training exercises that'll help your swimmers go faster!   If you enjoyed this podcast help us spread the word by leaving a rating and review on our iTunes show page.   To connect and learn more visit the RITTER Sports Performance website.
Connect with Ross: - Team Website - Facebook - Twitter - Instagram - Email SURGE Strength Dryland Clinic Sign-Up on the RITTER Website. Free Resources for Coaches on the RITTER Website. We want to hear from you, leave us a message 24/7! +1 704-837-2939 Check out the latest from RITTER: The Hive - Get access to the best online swim coaching resources available. Join The Hive powered by RITTER, to understand the full picture of swimming faster. Get specific training sets and workouts, learn in-depth technique tips and analysis, even watch dryland and strength training exercises that'll help your swimmers go faster! If you enjoyed this podcast help us spread the word by leaving a rating and review on our iTunes show page. To connect and learn more visit the RITTER Sports Performance website.
Hubert Williams is the CEO and head coach of Sailfish Aquatics. Connect with Hubert: - Team Website - Facebook - Twitter - Instagram - Email SURGE Strength Dryland Clinic Sign-Up on the RITTER Website. Free Resources for Coaches on the RITTER Website. We want to hear from you, leave us a message 24/7! +1 704-837-2939 Check out the latest from RITTER: The Hive - Get access to the best online swim coaching resources available. Join The Hive powered by RITTER, to understand the full picture of swimming faster. Get specific training sets and workouts, learn in-depth technique tips and analysis, even watch dryland and strength training exercises that'll help your swimmers go faster! If you enjoyed this podcast help us spread the word by leaving a rating and review on our iTunes show page. To connect and learn more visit the RITTER Sports Performance website.
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