Wednesday, July 19, 2017

2017 HS All-America Lists

NISCA All-America lists are no longer being mailed for free.  Ordering info and free online lists may be accessed here

Club & HS Jobs


Club Assistant Coach

Space City Aquatic Team (SCAT) - Contact Philipp Davydotchkin

City of Plano Swimmers (COPS) - Technique Assistant, Age Group, Instructor

Sienna Plantation Aquatics (SPA) - Contact Bob Kizer

HS Assistant Coach

Clear Springs HS - Contact Debbie Fuchs at 281-284-2845

Ray HS - Contact Ronnie Fair at 361-695-7650

Elkins HS - Contact Dennis Brantley at 281-634-2653

HS Head Coach

Pflugerville HS - Contact April Hundl at 512-594-0552

Click below on "Jobs" for more


Quote of the Day

I'll never get sick of zombies.
I just get sick of producers.

via Screen Anarchy

George Andrew Romero


Monday, July 10, 2017

Two More Jobs

The Briar Club (Houston) needs a head coach.  Contact Jon Diller

Gateway College Prep (Austin) needs an assistant coach


Quote of the Day

My past is a bit checkered.

via AVClub

Robert James Ritchie, a.k.a. Kid Rock


Sunday, July 09, 2017

More Jobs

City of Plano Swimmers (COPS) needs an assistant.  Contact Ted Carson

Santa Rita Ranch needs a pool manager


Weakly Demotivator

Quote of the Day

We started off trying to set up a
small anarchist community, but
people wouldn't obey the rules.

via BBC

Alan Bennett


Friday, July 07, 2017


Rockwall HS needs a head coach.  Contact Russell Reeves

Click below on "Jobs" to view more posts.



Quote of the Day

It's not the daily increase, but daily
decrease.  Hack away at the unessential.

via Bruce Lee Bio

Lee Jun-fan, a.k.a. Bruce Lee


Thursday, July 06, 2017

Austin Sectionals

June Most-Viewed

There seems to be some sort of pattern here...

1. A Few More Swim Jobs

2. Just a Few More Jobs

3. Jobs



via Brinkley Sargent Wiginton Architects

Keller Central HS assistant high school swim coach position is open.

Teaching fields include:

Health Science Technology

Contact Bob Dejonge


I'm not making this one up:

Swim Coach/Part-Time Babysitter (Houston)

I have no comment.  You, though, may comment away....


Liberty HS needs a head coach.  Contact Chris Burtch at 432-788-7899


Quote of the Day

Rather let us suffer for speaking
the truth, than that truth should
suffer for want of speaking.

via Wikipedia

Eliza Cook


Sunday, July 02, 2017

This is not real estate...

Weakly Demotivator

Quote of the Day

The more is given the less the people will
work for themselves, and the less they
work the more their poverty will increase.

via world's most boring website

Lev Nikolayevich Tolstoy, a.k.a. Leo Tolstoy


Saturday, July 01, 2017

Git ta yer safe spaces!! Them Free Speechers is on the loose!

Sure wouldn't want to hear anyone at UC Santa Cruz exercise their First Amendment rights, now, would we?

via UCSC
Dr. Andrea Willer is the acting Athletic Director at UC Santa Cruz.

Critics are calling her performance "Laugh-out-loud laughably laughable" and "Ding-dand-diddly D-U-M Dumb!"

Seems Dr. Willer has been axing coaches left and right, as she gives the Banana Slug athletic department her version of a "restructuring". 

...all assistant coaches will have to reapply for their positions, which will now be limited to six-month contracts.

Read more here

Among the costs the university must factor into its budget is a salary for an athletic director. That position has been vacant since Cliff Dochterman was laid off as part of a cost-saving measure last October. In a statement at the time, Andrea Willer, executive director of the Office of Physical Education, Recreation and Sports, said she made the decision to eliminate the athletic director “because it had the least impact on the overall program.”

What a genius!  She was able to dump him, fill the power vacuum, and wipe out athletics!

Students had voted in favor of a referendum supporting athletics.  Coaches who backed that referendum were, coincidentally, given the old Lead Handshake.

Rather than be kicked to the curb, swim coach Kim Musch was able to retire.

“I’m the lucky one because I can retire,” Musch said. “I can step away and not be at the mercy of them anymore.”

“To do what they did to them is just dishonest and slimy,” Musch said. “To get up and have students go above and beyond, to have assistants go above and beyond and just knock them down is so slimy.”

Them there slugs kin git really slimy...

UCSC coaches protested yesterday with signs that didn't say anything about "Trump" and "Russia" - a first in California this year.

Read much, much more here

Musch, despite his recent retirement, showed up to support his colleagues.

“I need to help the coaches who were laid off, the assistant coaches whose jobs were ended,” Musch said. “This is a situation where, I’m going to be blunt, there’s a cancer on campus and that cancer is at OPERS. I have trouble sitting back and watching an entire department get destroyed by one person. Anything I can do to help change that, I’ll do. Being retired is one of those things that frees me up to speak my mind because everybody else are, you know, by agreements or under contracts, can be fired at will. I’m free to say this is intolerable. This is a toxic situation.”

Take a few minutes and read through the articles linked above.  This UCSC thing is pretty high on the crazy meter, even for California.

via Pinterest

Biggest fear among UCSC athletes?  Vincent Vega?  NaCl?  The Big One?

Nope, they're afraid Andrea Willer is dismantling their entire athletic program...


Job Openings

Manvel HS needs an assistant.  Contact Kirk Martin

McAllen HS needs a head coach.  Contact Kevin Brewer at 956-632-3150

Eagle Swimming Association needs a head age group coach.  Contact David Pink

Southwestern University needs an assistant

Both Johnson HS & Richards HS (Austin) need head coaches.  Contact Ines Perez

AcroSports needs somebody for something or other

Clear Lake HS needs a head coach.  Contact Debbie Fuchs at 281-284-2845


Quote of the Day

The buried talent is the sunken rock on
which most lives strike and founder.

via Hymnary

Frederick William Faber


Thursday, June 29, 2017


Quote of the Day

Throughout my career I swam for
form.  Speed came as a result of it.

Johann Peter Weißmüller,
a.k.a. Johnny Weissmuller


Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Nationals Info

Live Results

Tentative Timelines:  Prelims  Finals

Psych Sheet

Prelim (and some final) live feed here

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Fans will enjoy wall-to-wall television and digital coverage of next week’s 2017 Phillips 66 National Championships – USA Swimming’s top domestic event of the year – via NBC Sports and USASwimming.org.

On the television side, 2017 Phillips 66 Nationals will feature 12 hours of broadcast coverage from NBC Sports Group, including four hours of nationally televised coverage on NBC on July 1-2. A complete schedule is as follows:

Date      Network   Time (ET)  Live or Delay  Webcast* 
Tuesday, June 27  NBCSN  7-8 p.m.  Same Day Delay  USASwimming.org 
Wednesday, June 28  NBCSN  7-8 p.m.   Same Day Delay  USASwimming.org 
Thursday, June 29   Universal HD  6-8 p.m.    Live  NBC Sports App 
Friday, June 30  Universal HD   6-8 p.m.      Live NBC Sports App 
Saturday, July 1   NBC   1-3 p.m.     Taped  USASwimming.org 
Saturday, July 1  Universal HD  6-8 p.m.     Live  NBC Sports App 
Sunday, July 2  NBC  1-3 p.m.   Taped USASwimming.org 
*All prelim sessions webcast at USASwimming.org

Beginning at 9 a.m. ET, each day’s prelim session will be streamed live in its entirety at USASwimming.org via Playmaker Media, owned by NBC Sports Group and operated by NBC Sports Digital. Live finals webcasts will be available on either USASwimming.org or the NBC Sports app; See the detailed schedule above for complete information.

USA Swimming also will produce DeckPass Live, powered by Xfinity, twice daily from Indianapolis beginning Tuesday, June 27. Streaming live via USASwimming.org at 12:30 p.m. ET daily and after each finals session, DeckPass Live will air poolside from Indianapolis featuring analysis, highlights, features and star guests. Olympian Ariana Kukors and former National Team member Jeff Commings will serve as hosts.

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Quote of the Day

I haven't seen this much Russian
medaling since the 1980 Olympics.

via the right scoop

Gregory John "Greg" Gutfeld


Monday, June 26, 2017

Just a Few More Jobs

via Pinterest

Not a Texas job, but expect there will be some Texans interested in the position:

Henderson State University (Arkadelphia, Arkansas) needs an assistant coach

Texas HS

Reedy HS (Frisco) needs a head coach.  Contact Chad Cole at 469-633-6470

Central HS (Keller) needs an assistant.  Contact Bob Dejonge

Clear Lake HS needs a head coach.  Contact Debbie Fuchs at 281-284-2845

South Grand Prairie HS needs an assistant.  Contact Brent Whitson at 972-343-1537


Quote of the Day

Being a boy is not a social disease. And the
de-Tom-Sawyering of American boys
should not be on anyone’s agenda.

via The Dartmouth Review

Christina Marie Hoff Sommers


Sunday, June 25, 2017

Weakly Demotivator

Quote of the Day

Winners take responsibility, losers blame others.

via Real Clear Politics

Alexander Britton "Brit" Hume


Friday, June 23, 2017

USA Swimming Nationals

California Dreamin'

California politicians have really stuck it to Texas.  No more state-funded travel to the Lone Star State.

All totaled, California now bans most state-funded travel to eight states.

The new additions to California’s restricted travel list are Texas, Alabama, Kentucky and South Dakota.

They join Kansas, Mississippi, North Carolina and Tennessee as states already subjected to the ban.

Read more here: http://www.sacbee.com/news/politics-government/the-state-worker/article157688724.html#storylink=cpy

Read more here

Ouch!  How will we get by without them?

The California law includes exemptions for law enforcement officers, tax auditors and training events that are required for grants.

Don't see any mention of athletic programs being exempted.

Will state schools have to cancel away trips to those eight (8) states?

What will Austin's 2019 NCAA's look like w/o Cal & USC?

via Amazon
Them folks is in La La Land!

Puzzlin', ain't it?


Quote of the Day

When forced to choose between two
equally undesirable options, the only
thing to do was to change the rules.

via William Shatner

William Shatner


Thursday, June 22, 2017

A New Question for Coaches?

When you're looking into a new club program or making the leap into college swimming, what questions do you ask of your potential coach?

Things about attendance requirements?  Workout times?  Dry-land training?

How they take their coffee?

...according to a new study published in the journal Appetite, which found a correlation between a love of black coffee and sadist or psychopathic tendencies.

The research surveyed more than 1,000 adults, asking them to give their food and flavour preferences. The participants then took a series of personality tests assessing antisocial personality traits, such as sadism, narcissism and psychopathy.

The study, carried out by researchers at the University of Innsbruck, found that a preference for bitter flavours was linked to psychopathic behaviour.

The closest association was between bitter foods and “everyday sadism” – that is to say, enjoyment of inflicting moderate levels of pain on others.

I must share that - although it's something that just goes with the sport - I've never "enjoyed" inflicting pain on our athletes.  Also, I never drink black coffee.

Read more of Psychopaths drink their coffee black, study finds here


Quote of the Day

Ask no questions, and you'll be told no lies.

via Encyclopaedia Britannica

Charles John Huffam Dickens


Wednesday, June 21, 2017

CSCAA Scholar All-America Lists


via Counsilman-Hunsaker

Terry HS needs a head coach.  Contact Cornelius Anthony at 832-223-3567

Hightower HS needs a head coach.  Contact Padriac McGinnis at 281-634-5296

Oak Cliff YMCA needs a sports & aquatics coordinator

Cy-Fair ISD needs an assistant aquatics director

Town Lake YMCA needs an aquatics coordinator


Quote of the Day

If there were no bad people, there
would be no good lawyers.

via West End News

Charles John Huffam Dickens


Sunday, June 18, 2017

Weakly Demotivator

Quote of the Day

Wars do not end wars any more than an
extraordinarily large conflagration
does away with the fire hazard.

Henry Ford


Saturday, June 17, 2017

Swim Jobs

Lake Travis HS needs an assistant coach

St. Anthony Catholic HS needs an assistant coach

Lakewood Swim & Gym (Dallas) needs directors

Lake Highlands YMCA needs an assistant coach

Amon Carter Jr. Downtown YMCA needs an aquatics director


Wayland Baptist Dumps Swim Programs


After four years as a competitive sport, the swimming and diving program at Wayland Baptist University has been discontinued. 

"After much examination and deliberation with athletic and university administration, we are making the difficult decision to immediately discontinue our swimming and diving program," WBU Athletics Director Rick Cooper said. "This has been a very difficult decision, but one we believe is both necessary and best at this point in time." 

The move comes on the heels of the resignation about a week earlier of swimming and diving coach Alyson Hannan, who is taking a position with the YMCA in Colorado Springs. Hannan had served as coach of the program since its inception for the 2013-14 academic year. Hannan's husband, James, served as an assistant coach for the Pioneers the past two years. He resigned several weeks ago for a position in computer software sales. 

Cooper said the reasons behind discontinuing swimming and diving were varied, but the most influential was the lack of an on-campus practice or competition pool/facility with no short- or long-term solution to alleviate that situation. 

The Pioneers trained at the Plainview YMCA, and the closest regulation pool for competition is the Pete Ragus Aquatics Center in Lubbock, where the Pioneers hosted only one of their 11 regular-season competitions this past season. 

"We want to thank the Plainview YMCA for its willingness and cooperation in allowing us to use their facility. Certainly their help was a great benefit," Cooper said. 

"The Y did a terrific job working with us to schedule practices, but we were unable to host any local competitions." 

Wayland was one of 25 men's programs and 29 women's programs within the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) to sponsor swimming and diving. The closest NAIA school to Wayland to host a program was St. Gregory's University in Shawnee, Okla., although SGU discontinued swimming and diving earlier this year. 

The Pioneer men finished in sixth place at the last two NAIA national competitions. The WBU women, after placing 10th a year ago, were ranked sixth this season but finished 19th after a roster reduction just prior to nationals. 

About her resignation, Hannan said it was an opportunity she couldn't pass up, both for career advancement and because the move gets her and James closer to family. 

Hannan developed seven all-Americans (top three finishers at nationals) at Wayland and was named American Swimming Coaches Association Coach of Excellence three times. 

"I'm very thankful for my time at Wayland and for everyone who took a chance on me and the program," Hannan said. 

WBU's swimming and diving program ended last season with 28 student-athletes. Cooper has informed those student-athletes that the university is honoring athletic scholarships for the 2017-18 academic year for those who want to continue their studies at WBU. Cooper added that the university will grant full releases to any affected student-athletes who wish to transfer and pursue other collegiate athletic opportunities.

Quote of the Day

A successful industrial nation, meaning a
nation with future, can not be organized
as a collective holiday resort.

via Business Insider

Dr. Helmut Josef Michael Kohl


Friday, June 16, 2017

TCU's Sybesma Retires

Long-time Frog coach Richard Sybesma has announced his retirement.

"I have reached a point in my life where I need to put myself, family and health first," Sybesma said. "With that being said, I have come to a decision to retire.

"I've had an incredible 38 years at TCU and couldn't imagine a better place to spend my career and raise my family. It's been an incredible journey. TCU, this program and all the student-athletes I've come in contact with hold a special place in my heart. I will always bleed purple and support this program."

More here

Seventy years later, some continue to demand...

...that the authorities tell us the truth...

via Huffington Post

Via Wikipedia:

In mid-1947, a United States Air Force balloon crashed at a ranch near Roswell, New Mexico.[1] Following wide initial interest in the crashed "flying disc", the US military stated that it was merely a conventional weather balloon.[2] Interest subsequently waned until the late 1970s, when ufologists began promoting a variety of increasingly elaborate conspiracy theories, claiming that one or more alien spacecraft had crash-landed, and that the extraterrestrial occupants had been recovered by the military, who then engaged in a cover-up.

In the 1990s, the US military published two reports disclosing the true nature of the crashed object: a nuclear test surveillance balloon from Project Mogul. Nevertheless, the Roswell incident continues to be of interest in popular media, and conspiracy theories surrounding the event persist. Roswell has been described as "the world's most famous, most exhaustively investigated, and most thoroughly debunked UFO claim".[3]

Plenty of folks have made money based on this hoax.

via Huffington Post

We elected a president with a huge net worth*.  Of course, he's far from perfect.  Can't recall any that were, can you?

Still, it's absolutely impossible for anyone with an ounce of sense to actually believe he'd use the office for personal monetary gain.

It's something that's so ding-dang-diddly illogical, I can't believe even the dumbest media personality - and it's nearly impossible to determine which idiot deserves that title - actually believes what they're spouting.

Instead of using our FBI agents to investigate and track nutcases like Hodgkinson, we've got them chasing their tails in an attempt to find that "Russia link"...

Who will profit from this one?

*3.5 billion dollars


Quote of the Day

The secret to success is constancy to purpose.

via NewStatesman

Benjamin Disraeli


Thursday, June 15, 2017

Quote of the Day

Action speaks louder than words,
but not nearly as often.

Samuel Langhorne Clemens, a.k.a. Mark Twain


Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Quote of the Day

If you learn only methods, you'll be tied to
your methods, but if you learn principles
you can devise your own methods.

via Wikipedia

Ralph Waldo Emerson


Monday, June 12, 2017

More Swim Jobs

SMU needs a women's assistant coach

The YMCA of Tyler needs a sports & aquatics director

Timber Creek HS needs a head coach.  Contact Kevin Golden at 817-744-2420

Pflugerville HS needs a head coach.  Contact George Herrmann at 512-594-0551

McAllen HS needs a head coach.  Contact Kevin Brewer at 956-632-3150

The City of Shenandoah needs a pool director


Quote of the Day

I read the pilot script and I knew it was
the kind of comedy I wanted to do.

via Parade

William West Anderson, a.k.a. Adam West


Sunday, June 04, 2017

Weakly Demotivator

Quote of the Day

This administration is running
like a fine-tuned machine.

via PressFrom

Donald John Trump


Friday, June 02, 2017

Santa Clara

Santa Clara Arena Pro (real time results)


A Few More Swim Jobs

Sienna Plantation Aquatics needs an assistant.  Contact Robert Kizer

San Antonio Wave needs an assistant.  Contact Jason Schmeltzer

Westfield HS needs an assistant.  Contact Leane Thiess

Click "Jobs" below for more


Quote of the Day

Nature insists on whatever benefits the whole.

Marcus Aurelius


Tuesday, May 30, 2017

2017 Theron Pickle Scholarships

Greg just sent out email w/this year's recipients:


Mabel Fowler, Uvalde HS
Ellery Parish, Alamo Heights HS


Matt Brewer, San Angelo Central HS
Glenn Cowand, Cinco Ranch HS

More Jobs

Southlake Carroll HS needs to fill an swim school/assistant coaching position.  Contact Darren Allman

Lufkin HS needs a head coach.  Contact Todd Quick quickly at 936-632-7657

Cypress Woods HS needs an assistant coach.  Contact Trenton "Keepin' the" Faith at 281-798-7521



Updated a few of the club time standards links.  Sorry for the delays.

via Swimming World

USA Swimming article on Clark Smith is here

“Swimming is fun… sometimes. I definitely still find enjoyment in it. I think I was about 4 when I started lessons. I remember loathing it sometimes as a kid because I was either lazy or would rather be playing with my friends in the street. If I’m being honest, it’s not the most fun sport, but it is definitely the most rewarding. There’s no doubt about that.”

Oops!  There goes the "Funnest Sport" campaign down the main drain...

In funnest sport news, swim program dropper Maryland defeated swim program supporter Ohio State for the men's NCAA title.  Matt Rambo:

via The Reporter

USMS Short Course Nationals (Ryan Lochte appeared)

Cap2k Results

FloSwimming caught up with Eddie Reese here

Unfortunately, his message about changing training plans will be totally ignored by the group of coaches who need it most...

Pulled up hike journal and here's what I posted two years ago today.  We were in New Jersey:

Day 113 - 5/30
On trail by 6:30. Another hot and humid day. We surprised a large bear and were glad he took off into the woods. Stopped at High Point State Park HQ. Signing in got us some trail magic and I was able to buy some postcards. They were kind enough to remind us that hitchhiking is illegal in New Jersey, then we went out and got a hitch into Port Jervis. Couldn't get pics off camera on Days Inn computer, so that will have to wait until I can get onto a better computer.

Getting rides in PA & NJ was pretty tough, but there were a handful of folks who'd pick up scruffy lookin' stinky guys now and then.

Guy that picked us up that day said "Everybody thinks guys from New Jersey are rude, but we're just honest.  The place I'm taking you has a shower and laundry."

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Quote of the Day

Achievements on the golf course are not what
matters.  Decency and honesty are what matter.

via golfwrx

Eldrick Tont "Tiger" Woods


Sunday, May 28, 2017

Weakly Demotivator

Quote of the Day

We no longer have free market
in the United States, we have a
government controlled free market.

via The Morning Call

James Paul David "Jim" Bunning