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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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Paul Yetter is the current Head Senior Coach for the North Baltimore Aquatic Club. Coach Yetter accepted the position of Head Senior Coach at NBAC in November of 2016. Paul is also the Director of Coaching Mentorship here at RITTER Sports Performance. Tom Kleiboeker is the Head Coach for the Tsunami Swim Team of Kansas City. Join The Hive powered by RITTER and become a part of the Mentorship Program FREE Dryland Resources in the SURGE Strength Academy 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.
Tom Rushton is a coach at Energy Standard and has been at his post since May 2017. In past years, Tom spent 4 years as a club coach in western Canada, 2 years at the University of British Columbia as an age-group coach and 4.5 years in Montreal as an NTC coach. Under his care, 100% of his athletes from the coaching clubs became graduating athletes and went on to swim in universities. Coach Rushton also managed to coach a few of his athletes to the 2016 summer Olympics. A large variety of Tom's athletes managed to be selected to represent Canada at championship swim meets. In 2016, Tom also coached a female athlete who successfully broke the Canadian record in the 400m Free (SCM) at only 17 years of age. This episode originally aired on January 8, 2018. Connect with Tom: - Tom's Website - Team Website - Twitter - Instagram - Email SURGE Strength Website 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.
At the time of this recording, Jeff Julian was the Trojan assistant coach for USC. Coach Julian is an eight-time All-American, head coach at Rose Bowl Aquatics, and was named as the head coach for ISL’s Cali Condors. He is not currently coaching after being diagnosed with adenocarcinoma in October. You can follow his updates on his blog linked below. Jeff also has experience as a team captain and NCAA and Olympic Trials. Coach Julian has been heavily involved in the swimming community for more than three decades. He has served on the Southern California Swimming Board of Directors, was the Pacific Committee Chairperson since 2006 and was a USA Swimming National Select Camp Assistant Coach. In his swimming days, Julian was a 1996 U.S. Olympic Trials finalist in the 200m fly, finishing sixth. His eight All-American honors were highlighted by a second-place finish in the 200y fly at the 1997 NCAA Championships. He was a seven-time Pac-10 finalist, culminating with his conference crown in the 200y fly in 1997. This episode originally aired on April 23, 2018. Connect with Jeff: - Coach Jeff's Blog - Rose Bowl Website - Twitter SURGE Strength Website 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.
At the time of this recording, Norm Wright was the head coach and CEO of the Northern Kentucky Clippers. He is currently the Associate Head Coach/Senior Gold for NOVA of Virginia. Coach Norm is in the top 3 percent of coaches due to his ASCA Level 5 coach rank. Norm spent 4 seasons with the Clippers and within his first 3 seasons, he managed to provide 6 swimmers with the opportunity to swim at the 2016 Olympic Trials. Along with various competitive success, Wright implemented the "Clippers Development Model" to the organization. The "Clippers Development Model" is a concerted effort between the Clippers Board of Directors, the lead coaching staff, and USA Swimming to apply long-term athlete development principles in a way that resonates with the culture of swimming in Northern Kentucky and surrounding areas. Prior to Coach Wright’s arrival in Kentucky, he served as the Head Coach of the Shenandoah Marlins Aquatic Club (SMAC) and Director of Competitive Swimming and Aquatics at the Waynesboro Family YMCA. Wrights coaching tenure includes stops at Georgetown University, the FISH, Coffman YMCA, Lima YMCA, and Asbury University his alma mater, class of 2003. This episode originally aired on May 21, 2018. Connect with Norm: - Team Website - Facebook - Team Facebook - Twitter - Team Twitter - Email SURGE Strength Website 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.
Ash Milad is the head dryland and performance coach for the Bellevue Club Swim Team. Prior to beginning this season with the Bellevue Club, Ash spent 13 years at KING Aquatics. First, from 2004 to 2013, Ash was the head age group/lead site coach and then at the end of 2013, he was able to move up to the co-head coach position until 2017. Coach Ash first started his coaching career in 1996 with the Nittany Lion Aquatic Club. He is a Certified Crossfit Level 1 coach and has been named "Coach of the Year", "All-Star Coach" and "Head Zone Coach" on several occasions. This episode originally aired on April 2, 2018. Connect with Ash: - Team Website - Facebook - Instagram - Twitter - Email SURGE Strength Website 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.
Austin Surhoff is an assistant coach for John Hopkin's Men's Swimming Team. Prior to joining the Blue Jay swim team, Austin was a two-time NCAA Division I Champion, US National Team Member and Olympic Trials finalist. Through his swimming career (age 8 to 25), Austin trained with the North Baltimore Aquatic Club as well as the Texas Longhorns. This episode originally aired on September 14, 2018. Connect with Austin: - Team Website - Twitter - Team Twitter - Instagram - Pro Corner Podcast - Fitter Faster Camp - Email SURGE Strength Website 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.
Roric Fink is ASC Head Coach, Senior 1 Lead Coach for the Austin Swim Club. At the time of this recording, Roric Fink was the associate head coach for the University of Texas. Coach Fink was a part of the University of Texas program for eight seasons, first as an assistant coach from 2012-2017 before his promotion to associate head coach. Prior to joining the University of Texas, Fink was the associate head coach at the University of Missouri (2 seasons) and the University of Arizona (8 seasons). Coach Fink's career also involved building up the Ford Aquatic team in Tucson, Arizona as well as involvement with Phoenix Swim Club. This episode originally aired on May 14, 2018. Connect with Roric: - Team Website - Team Facebook - Facebook - Team Twitter - Team Instagram - Instagram - Email SURGE Strength Website 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.
Coach Dana coaches for the First Colony Swim Team. She is the lead coach for the First Colony area Age Group 1 and the Head Developmental Coach. Dana is an ASCA Level 3 certified coach, has served as the FCST rep for Gulf Masters, served on the Southern Zone Select Camp coaching staff, served on the Meet Task Force for Gulf Swimming, currently serving as Committee Chair for the Texas Select Camp, and served on the coaching staff for 2 Texas All-Star Camp coaching staffs. Dana has lead athletes to Gulf Champs, TAGS, Sectionals, and Junior National cuts. This episode originally aired on March 14, 2019. Connect with Dana: - Team Website - Team Facebook - Team Twitter - Team 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.
Dan Mascolo is the Head Coach of the YMCA Spartaquatics Swim (YSSC) program. Dan has been the Associate Head Coach of the National Champion YMCA Short Course and Long Course Cheshire Y/Sea Dog Swim Club for the past 13 years, along with being the Head Coach for the CT State Champion Cheshire High School Girl's Team for the past 6 years. Dan has provided leadership to YMCA swimming championships and Connecticut High School championships, winning the 2017 State Championship with Cheshire High School as Head Coach. The Cheshire YMCA Women won the 2018 YMCA Short Course National Championship and the Long Course National Championship. Dan has twice been recognized as the Connecticut Age Group Coach of the Year, won the YMCA Character Champion Award, coached over 100 swimmers YMCA National Top 10 performances, and his swimmers have won 16 Connecticut Age Group Team Championships. This podcast originally aired on February 18, 2019 Connect with Dan: - Team Website - Team Facebook - Team Twitter - 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.
Noelle Singleton, affectionately known as "Coach with the Fro," boldly challenges the narrative "Black people don't swim." As a swim coach, motivational speaker, diversity consultant, social media strategist, and founder of Afroswimmers Aquatics, LLC, Noelle has proven that representation matters. The #Afroswimmers movement was created to combat the negative stereotypes society places on black swimmers and in turn, celebrates the accomplishments of swimmers all over the world. In 2018, Noelle launched her first international partnership as she coached water safety to 80+ children in the Caribbean island of Montserrat and was featured in the BBC documentary “Black Girls Don’t Swim." In 2020, Noelle became the recipient of the Community Lifesaver of the Year award from the National Drowning Prevention Alliance and was honored with the 40 Under 40 Award from her Alma Mater, Georgia Southern University. Noelle empowers others with her personal triumph over a degenerative disc disease and uses the #Afroswimmers platform to prioritize swimming and aquatic therapy in underrepresented communities.   Connect with Noelle: - 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.
At the time of this podcast, Paul was the head coach of the Sheridan Storm Swim Team in Quincy, Illinois. He is now the head coach of the Gold River Stingrays. Paul began coaching the Berkeley Swim Team in 1981. From there, Paul began his first full-time job coaching swimming with the North County Swim Club in St Louis, Missouri. Since then Paul has dedicated his entire professional career to coaching young athletes. “I have been blessed to have coached so many awesome young men and women in the pool while witnessing their successes out of the pool." Paul is a Certified Level 5 ASCA Coach, an original member of the World Swimming Coaches Association, and a Certified ASCA Masters Coach. Along with the individual accomplishments, Paul has coached high school, summer league championships, Region 8, sectionals and recently assisted in coaching Junior National Team to a 2nd place finish. This episode originally aired on February 11, 2019. Connect with Paul: - Team Website - Team Facebook - Email SURGE Strength Website 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.
Nick Winkelman is the head of athletic performance & science for the Irish Rugby Football Union. His primary role is to oversee the delivery and development of strength & conditioning and sports science across all national (Men and Women | XV’s and 7’s) and provincial teams (Leinster, Munster, Connacht, and Ulster). Prior to working for Irish Rugby, Nick was the director of education and training systems for EXOS (formerly Athletes' Performance), located in Phoenix, AZ. As the director of education, Nick oversaw the development and execution of all internal and external educational initiatives. As a performance coach, Nick oversaw the speed and assessment component of the EXOS NFL Combine Development Program and supported many athletes across the NFL, MLB, NBA, National Sport Organizations, and Military. Nick completed his PhD through Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions with a dissertation focus on motor skill learning and sprinting. Nick is an internationally recognized speaker on human performance and coaching science and has multiple peer-reviewed publications and book chapters alongside his own book, The Language of Coaching: The Art & Science of Teaching Movement. Listen to the second part of the conversation with Nick on the next episode of the SURGE Strength Podcast. Connect with Nick: - Website - Instagram - Twitter - YouTube - Book   SURGE Strength Website 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.
Andrew Sheaff joined the Cavalier coaching staff in April of 2018 after serving as a volunteer assistant coach for the program the year prior. Sheaff was a volunteer coach with Virginia during the 2017-18 season, working alongside the current staff in DeSorbo’s first year as the head coach of the program. With the help of Sheaff, the Cavaliers recorded nine school records and five ACC titles in addition to seeing 60 performances rank in the top 10 on Virginia’s all-time list. Sheaff aided the program in administrative tasks and assisted in planning and execution of daily training. Prior to Virginia, Sheaff served as the associate head coach for Northwestern men’s swimming team from 2012-17. During his five-year stint with the Wildcats, Sheaff developed programming focused on fostering a positive team atmosphere and culture. He established and designed dryland training for all team members with specific training for the team’s sprinters. From 2009-12, Sheaff served as an assistant coach at Bucknell where he worked with the team’s sprinters and breaststrokers. Sheaff also coached at the Bison Aquatic Club from 2010-12, aiding in the development of age-group swimmers. Sheaff began his coaching career at Maryland, serving as a volunteer assistant from 2007-09. Sheaff has an extensive background in strength in conditioning. In 2007, he worked as an intern at Pittsburgh before interning with the Cleveland Browns throughout the summer. Sheaff worked alongside elite training staff, learning different programming techniques for developing advanced training programs. A collegiate swimmer at Pittsburgh, Sheaff was named the Senior Athlete of Distinction. He was a four-time Big East Academic All-Star and a four-time University Scholar Athlete. Sheaff has a bachelor of science in exercise science from Pittsburgh and a masters in exercise physiology from Maryland. This episode originally aired on February 25, 2019. Connect with Andrew: - Team Website - Facebook - Twitter - Instagram - Email SURGE Strength Website 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.
Kelly Palace and Maria Parker are the hosts of the award-winning podcast, Champion's Mojo, where they talk with champion guests, including over 25 Olympic Champion Swimmers and Olympic Coaches. The Champion's Mojo podcast discovers techniques, mindsets, and new wisdom for growth and success. Not only are Kelly and Maria both world-record-holding athletes, but they are also certified Health and Life Coaches, sisters-in-law, and best friends. They are passionate about helping others achieve their goals and overcome life's adversities. More information on them and their podcast can be found at ChampionsMojo.com. Champion's Mojo is part of the CG Sports Company. Connect with Kelly and Maria: - Campion's Mojo Website - Facebook - Instagram - Twitter - Email   SURGE Strength Website 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.
Brad Flood is the head coach for women's swimming at Pfeiffer University. Prior to his position at Pfeiffer, Flood served as the head coach at the University of Bridgeport in Bridgeport, Conn. Flood started the women’s program in 2003 and the men’s program in 2009. While in charge of the Knights, he coached Oscar Pereiro to four-consecutive NCAA Division II titles in the 100-yard backstroke. In total, he helped guide three swimmers to eight individual NCAA titles, three relay teams to NCAA titles, and had two athletes set NCAA records. This episode originally aired on March 11, 2019. Connect with Brad: - Team Website - Facebook - Twitter - Instagram - Email SURGE Strength Website 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.
At the time of this interview, Bobby Guntoro was the Associate Head Coach for Men's Swimming and Diving at NC State. Bobby Guntoro was named head coach in July 2020 at UNC Wilmington, his alma mater, following eight seasons on the staff at NC State, including the last three as the Wolfpack’s Associate Head Coach. He arrived in Raleigh as a graduate assistant and after two seasons, was elevated to assistant coach. Guntoro is just the third head coach in the program’s 42-year history and the first UNCW graduate to take the reins. At NC State, Guntoro served on both the women’s and men’s coaching staffs and helped both teams record ACC championships and NCAA top-10 finishes. He worked primarily with the sprint and middle distance groups daily and was instrumental in recruiting. He helped produce a pair NCAA champion relays at the 2018 NCAA Championships and both relay units set NCAA records. The 800 Free Relay clocked a time of 6:05.31, while the 400 Free Relay posted a record time of 2:44.75. Individually, Andreas Vazaios was the NCAA champion in the 200 Butterfly at the 2018 and 2019 NCAA Championships. The Wolfpack men have finished in the top-10 at the NCAA Championships every season since 2015 and have claimed the last six ACC titles. On the women’s side, Guntoro helped the program to the 2017 ACC title, its first championship since 1980. NCSU added another crown in 2019 and finished seventh at the NCAA Championships for the second time in three seasons. At the 2020 ACC Championships, the women’s 200 Free Relay set an ACC record with a time of 1:26.15. A graduate of UNCW, he set the program record in the 100 Butterfly and swam on several record-breaking relays. UNCW won four Colonial Athletic Association championships during his career and added a fifth consecutive title in 2012 when Guntoro served as a volunteer assistant on the coaching staff. Guntoro has extensive experience on the international front. A native of Jakarta, Indonesia, he represented the country on the international level from 2003-11. Guntoro earned a Master of Arts Degree in Liberal Studies with a concentration on Sport and Youth Development at NC State in 2015. This episode originally aired on February 4, 2019. Connect with Bobby: - Team Website - Team Facebook - Team Twitter - Team Instagram [NEW] SURGE Strength Website [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.
Check out Chris's recent interview on Jason Pullano's new podcast, On The Top, that aired on September 1, 2020. Check out the On The Top Podcast [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.
From a young age, Hill had a feeling that his body was different. He struggled with some basic movements and was hospitalized for a few weeks as a young boy after becoming paralyzed when he got the flu. It wasn’t until he was 23 that his parents told him specifically that he had a condition called Charcot-Marie-Tooth (CMT) disease, a neurological condition that affects the muscles in his arms and legs. CMT threatened to alter Jamal’s entire life, including his passion for swimming. But through sheer will, faith, and determination Jamal has not only, over the years, regained his mobility, but he is also at the top of his game as a competitive swimmer. At the age of 24, the Los Angeles native is ranked number one in the U.S. Paralympic 100 Free and number 22 in the world! As a result, he hopes to head to Tokyo as a member of the 2020 U.S. Paralympic Swim Team to bring home the gold. Jamal’s passion for swimming extends well beyond his personal and professional goals for Tokyo 2020 (20ONE). The latest statistics from the World Health Organization show that roughly 360,000 people lost their lives to drowning in 2016. In the U.S., drowning ranks fifth among the causes of unintentional injury death, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In an attempt to lower the global drowning rate, Jamal recently began an initiative to teach One Million people to swim through private trainings, sponsors, and a digital swim school platform. This movement is Swim Up Hill. Connect with Jamal: - 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.
Toni Armstrong is currently a leadership development consultant for a self-discovered company called Baltimore Leadership. Toni uses low ropes style initiatives to teach modern leadership theories to swim coaches and swimmers alike. She has worked with teams such as Stanford Men's Swimming, NYU Swimming & Diving, Mt. Holyoke Swimming & Diving as well as Johns Hopkins Swimming & Diving. Prior to her leadership development consulting, Toni spent 7 years as an assistant coach at North Baltimore Aquatic Club. The age range for her athletes at NBAC was as young as 6 years old and as old as 14 years old. Toni has also coached D2 college, worked at Outward Bound as well as Stanford University's Leadership Institute. This episode originally aired on March 5, 2018. Connect with Toni: - Performance Leadership Website - Facebook - Twitter - Instagram Visit SURGE-Strength.com and Enroll Now for FREE in the SURGE Strength Academy Become SURGE Strength Dryland Certified (SSDC) 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.
At the time of this podcast, Paul Stafford was the head coach for the Tucson Ford Dealers Aquatics, based at the University of Arizona. He has since left that position. Paul had been with Ford aquatics since 2014. Prior to joining the Ford Aquatics, Coach Stafford spent his time with the Terrapins Swim Team. Paul co-founded the Terrapins Swim Team with his colleague Ray Mitchell in 1989. With nearly 3 decades of swim experience, Paul assisted many athletes to reach their full potential. Stafford has also begun the process of creating a hand and wrist brace to hold a swimmer's hand in the perfect catch position. This episode originally aired on January 15, 2018. Connect with Paul: - Email [NEW] SURGE Strength Website [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.
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