TEXAS SWIMMING

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

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Quote of the Day


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

via Encyclopaedia Britannica

Charles John Huffam Dickens

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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

CSCAA Scholar All-America Lists

Jobs


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


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Quote of the Day


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

via West End News

Charles John Huffam Dickens

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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

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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

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Wayland Baptist Dumps Swim Programs


Link

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

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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

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Quote of the Day


The secret to success is constancy to purpose.

via NewStatesman

Benjamin Disraeli

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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

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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

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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


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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

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Sunday, June 04, 2017

Weakly Demotivator

Quote of the Day


This administration is running
like a fine-tuned machine.

via PressFrom

Donald John Trump

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Friday, June 02, 2017

Santa Clara


Santa Clara Arena Pro (real time results)

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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

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Quote of the Day


Nature insists on whatever benefits the whole.


Marcus Aurelius

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Tuesday, May 30, 2017

2017 Theron Pickle Scholarships


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

Girls

Mabel Fowler, Uvalde HS
Ellery Parish, Alamo Heights HS

Boys

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


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Misc.


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 droppers Maryland defeated swim program supporters 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

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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

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Saturday, May 27, 2017

Quote of the Day


College campuses are not free speech areas.

via The Washington Times

Dr. Gregory Thatcher

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Friday, May 26, 2017

More Ringgold Pics

Swim Jobs


HS Head Coaching

Cypress-Falls HS

North Shore HS, contact Vivian Dancy at 832-386-4330

Lake Travis HS, contact Hank Carter at 512-533-6478

Austin HS (Austin ISD), contact Michael Rosenthal

Dawson HS, contact Kelly Holt

HS Assistant Coaching

Bellaire HS, contact Kris Wingenroth

Clear Lake HS, contact Kirby Killingsworth at 281-240-1900

Killeen HS, contact Valerie Nogle

Harlingen South HS, contact Hector Castaneda

Flour Bluff HS, contact Chris Steinbruck at 361-694-9277

Prosper HS, contact Brandon Schmidt at 469-219-2203

Other

Arlington-Mansfield Area YMCA needs a sports & aquatics director

Coppell YMCA needs an aquatics coordinator

Lost Creek Aquatics needs assistant coaches.  Contact Jessica Evans



To list your jobs, email me!
To see more jobs, click on the "Jobs" link below.

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Quote of the Day


First you use machines, then you
wear machines, and then...?
Then you serve machines.

via Wikipedia

John Kilian Houston Brunner

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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Quote of the Day


Some are blessed with musical ability, others with
good looks.  Myself, I was blessed with modesty.

via Pinterest

Sir Roger George Moore

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Sunday, May 21, 2017

Weakly Demotivator

Quote of the Day


Power is not revealed by striking
hard or often, but by striking true.

via Biography

Honoré de Balzac

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Monday, May 15, 2017

Quote of the Day


I was always the last one chosen for
football games in Central Park.

via Tributes

Merlin Jay Olsen

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Sunday, May 14, 2017

Newest Job Posts


First, an update on the Granbury HS assistant position: 

Teaching fields include: Middle school history, middle school math, or middle school ELA

Preferred certification: 4-8 generalist/4-8 Core subjects Texas Teaching Certificate

Applicants can apply online at: https://granbury.tedk12.com/hire/ViewJob.aspx?JobID=1662 

Please also send resumes to head coach, Jason Pullano at jason.pullano@granburyisd.org



Longhorn Aquatics needs a head age group coach

Fort Stockton HS needs an assistant.  Contact Mike Peters at 817-723-8671

Twin Lakes Family YMCA needs an aquatics coordinator

The City of Georgetown needs a pool manager

The Briar Club (Houston) needs a head coach

TMI - The Episcopal School of Texas needs an assistant coach.  Contact Becky Geyer at 210-564-6191

The YMCA of the Highland Lakes needs a head coach/aquatics coordinator

Sharks (Houston) needs an assistant coach. Contact Tim Hill


Reminder:  Click below on "Jobs" for recent job posts


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Weakly Demotivator

Quote of the Day (thanks, DJA!)


Don't be too proud to take lessons.  I'm not.


Jack William Nicklaus

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Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Quote of the Day


The secret of your success is
determined by your daily agenda.

via Center for Rural Development

John Calvin Maxwell

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Tuesday, May 09, 2017

Quote of the Day


Liberty, when it begins to take
root, is a plant of rapid growth.

via Presidential Pet Museum

George Washington

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Sunday, May 07, 2017

In case y'all missed it...



First, a few jobs:

Summer Creek HS (Humble ISD) needs a head coach.  Contact Brian Ford at 281-850-1601

Anderson HS (Austin ISD) needs a head coach.  Contact Juli Zamora

Centennial HS (Burleson ISD) needs an assistant coach.  Contact Jeremy Martin at 817-501-6419

Pflugerville HS needs a head coach.  Contact April Hundl

The City of Copperas Cove needs a recreation/aquatics specialist

The Twin Lakes Family YMCA needs an aquatics coordinator

Six Flags Fiesta Texas needs an aquatics senior supervisor

Remember, you can click on the "Jobs" label below this post to view other recently listed jobs...or, you can just scroll down through a bunch of really important stuff you missed in between.  If it were me, I'd just click the jobs link.


via San Antonio Express

Aggie Sarah Gibson (Reagan HS '13) has been named SEC Scholar Athlete of the Year.  More here

The TISCA Academic All-State list has been updated.  Congratulations to our high school swimming brainiacs!  View here

Most of us are fortunate to work in programs with excellent parent support and great two-way communication, right?

A few - and I hope it's just a few - deal with parent meddling.


Basketball's Meddling Parent of the Year award goes to LaVar Ball.

In March, Chino Hills athletic director Jeff Schuld said that the school would side with Gilling over Ball despite Ball's public claims that Gilling would be replaced. Gilling, though, would be fired four weeks later.

Chino Hills will now look for its third head basketball coach in three seasons.

Thanks for the heads up, DJA.  More here

via Swim Houston Aquatics

Former HSC head coach Gilbert Legaspi has started a new club in a new facility.  More here

April's most viewed posts were:  Employment Opportunities, TISCA News, & Stuff You've Probably Already Seen

USA Swimming will hold 2020 Trials in Omaha.  Nice of them to make that official now, rather than put everyone through another round of the 2016 "Where should we hold trials?" bit.  More here

The University of North Dakota's in the news lately.

via Grand Forks Herald

Former head coach (1980-2002) Mike Stromberg is speaking out about the dumping of his UND swim program.

For many years, our swim lesson program—run by UND swimming and diving—made more money for the athletic department than the football program.

It seems strange to choose to close a door on one of the most successful athletic programs in the history of UND. The exemplary student athletes charged the UND flag to the national level in swimming, diving and desire—that is, until that door abruptly was closed.

More here

UND is under investigation by the Office of Civil Rights for alleged Title IX violations.

The investigation was officially launched on April 14—a little more than two weeks after UND announced that it was cutting its women's hockey and men's and women's swimming and diving teams.

UND made the cuts as part of a campus-wide financial restructuring in anticipation of a dip in state funds.

Kennedy asked the athletic department to cut $1.3 million out of its annual budget. The budgets of women's hockey and men's and women's swimming and diving total roughly $2.9 million, but some of the money and scholarships from those sports will be reallocated into other sports.

More here

via KSBW

Finally, our sport lost one of its all-time greats Friday.  Adolph Kiefer passed away at the age of 98.

Watch a short video on Kiefer here (wouldn't embed)

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Weakly Demotivator

Quote of the Day


That men do not learn very much from the
lessons of history is the most important of
all the lessons that history has to teach.

via Pinterest
Aldous Leonard Huxley

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Saturday, May 06, 2017

Quote of the Day


Both success and failure are
largely the result of habit.


Napoleon Hill

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Sunday, April 30, 2017

Weakly Demotivator

Quote of the Day


Somewhere, something incredible
is waiting to be known.

via Grantland

Carl Edward Sagan

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Saturday, April 29, 2017

Employment Opportunities


Note:  The USA Swimming job board has been shut down.  It could reappear in a new format, but don't count on it.  Send info on your Texas club/high school/other jobs here and I'll try to post them right away.


Pflugerville HS needs a head coach (thanks, DJ!)

Burnet HS needs a head coach (thanks, CH!):



The WD Ley Family YMCA needs a youth development director - aquatics & sports

The D Bradley McWilliams YMCA needs a youth development director - aquatics

The City of Mesquite needs a summer team coach


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Quote of the Day


What I tell all these young lawyers is to read
Harper Lee's book To Kill a Mockingbird.
Read that book once a year.  Kinda get
your mind set that there is a way to get
justice, but you're going to have to
fight for it in this country.

via Amarillo Globe-News

Richard "Racehorse" Haynes

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