Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Quote of the Day

I hate to hear "Less is more."  It's a crock of crap.

via Wikipedia

Ronald Lee Ermey

Monday, April 16, 2018

This Post Has No Title

Results from last weekend's Mesa TYR Pro are here

Stratford HS needs a head coach.  Contact Chad Crowson

First time I met Clark Wilson was at a long course meet in 2010.  Guy walked up to me during warm-up and just started talking away.

Going through my mind was stuff like "Do I know this guy?  Where is Champion Aquatics?  How does he know me?"

From that point on, I looked forward to seeing Clark on deck, or in the stands.  He'd put his arm around you and say something like "Bobby, let me ask you something..." or "Here's what I think about..."  My favorite was "I'd like to get ___ in a room and just kick his ass..." 

Never a dull moment or conversation with that guy!

You'll find very few coaches as loyal to his swimmers as Clark was.  He celebrated when they celebrated.  He hurt when they hurt.  He was absolutely All In.  That's what's so difficult about losing him.  He was larger than life and we'll all remember him as such.

From Saturday's service:

Clear Brook HS and Clear Springs HS need assistant coaches.  Contact Debbie Fuchs

via Austin Fit Magazine

The 15th Annual Cap2K will be on Sunday, April 29.  Get info and register here

Eastern Michigan's dumping men's swimming...but keeping the women's program.  Yes, we've seen/heard this story before.  The university claims it's a cost-cutting move.  We all know that's bullcorn.  It's a Title IX quota issue.  Want proof it's not a money issue?

Bunsis claims when all the revenue losses and mistakes are accounted for, EMU will actually lose $61,000  a year by cutting the sports.

He says the only way for EMU to save money on sports is to switch the expensive football program from Division 1 to Division 2.

He says EMU spends millions more on the football program than it gets in revenue, and it simply can't afford to compete on coaching salaries with more successful Division 1 programs like the University of Michigan.  Bunsis says he plans to release an analysis of how much EMU could save by switching football to Division 2 within a few weeks. 

Entire article is here

via MPR News

Hope y'all don't think all my stuff on Title IX is negative.  Three years after posting on the Minnesota-Duluth women's hockey coach non-renewal (read original post here), there's been a positive outcome for Coach Shannon Miller.  From Business Management:

A federal jury hearing a discrimination lawsuit filed against the University of Minnesota Duluth has awarded $3.7 million to Shannon Miller, the university’s former women’s hockey coach.

In December 2014, UMD Chancellor Lendley Black and Athletic Director Josh Berlo called Miller into a meeting and delivered an ultimatum: either retire or resign. When Miller refused to do either, they elected not to renew her contract.

Miller is one of the most successful coaches in NCAA women’s hockey history. She won five national championships during her tenure at the University of Minnesota Duluth and had taken her team to the “Frozen Four” NCAA tournament quarter finals 11 times.

The university offered various reasons why Miller’s contract wasn’t renewed, including the team’s relatively poor performance in recent years. But university officials also said it was purely a monetary decision. (Miller countered that the coach of the men’s team was paid $93,241 more than she earned.)

Miller alleged a more nefarious motive: Bias against women in general and her in particular, as an openly gay woman. The jury agreed.

Glad she dug in her heels and fought back.  The truth was on her side, she was tough, and she didn't give up.

Friendswood HS needs an assistant coach.  Contact Robert Koopmann at 281-996-6554

The Ranch at Stonebridge needs a swim coach

In case you're desperate, the City of Stephenville is paying $7.50-$8.50 per hour for a swim coach

Cross Timbers YMCA needs a swim coach

Quote of the Day

Well, a lot of people would say it's ridiculous
to imagine the United States would either
start something or stage something but,
gee whiz, remember the Gulf of Tonkin?

via Simon & Schuster

Arthur William "Art" Bell III

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Clark's Service

Well done, but still very sad.

Spoke briefly with Grant Koudelka afterward.  He didn't know what the coaching situation is going forward.

Saw an excellent suggestion on Facebook that we coaches make ourselves available to help Clark's kids out.

Hoping they can find someone soon, but:

If your USA Swimming credentials are current, why not volunteer some time this summer?  The kids will need someone for practices and meets.

Looking for Work?

The Woodlands Swim Team needs an assistant.  Contact Kit Raulerson at 850-228-1017

Power for Life Aquatics needs an assistant

Frisco ISD needs a district diving coach and assistant swim coach.  Contact Melissa Howard at 469-633-6162

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

Granbury ISD needs an assistant coach.  Contact Jason Pullano

Dickinson HS needs a head swim coach.  Contact John Snelson at 281-229-6410

Weakly Demotivator

Quote of the Day

To achieve great things we must live as
though we were never going to die.

via Wikipedia

Luc de Clapiers, marquis de Vauvenargues

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Clark Wilson

via Facebook

The Texas swimming community will miss CAT coach Clark Wilson.  He was a very, very committed swim coach who poured everything into his program and athletes.  Huge loss!

Read George Whitley's article on Clark here

“Clark was a special human being with a great heart. He was someone that if you’d ever met him it was like you knew him all your life,” reflected legendary University of Texas swim coach Eddie Reese. “To be a good swim coach, I think first you’ve got to be a good person. And Clark had that all the way. We lost him way too soon.”

“I didn’t really know a whole lot about swimming when I came to Clark. He helped me exponentially. I was a kid that just swam for fun and here was a guy that made swimming his life’s work,” Koudelka recalled. “I couldn’t have asked for a better coach. He was a coach and a father figure to a lot of the kids on the team. He didn’t just coach swimming, he coached life.”

From Kristen Litwak via Facebook:

The Celebration of Life for Coach Clark will be on Saturday, April the 14th at 11am at the 1st Methodist Church in Longview. If you have pictures that you would like to share for our slideshow, please email me at whatever2653@yahoo.com. Thank you!

Immediately following the Church service, we would like to invite everyone to share memories, stories and laughs we had with Coach Clark. We will be gathering in the youth room upstairs at the First Methodist Church in Longview. There will be food, refreshments and hopefully many laughs. If you would like to bring a dish or desert to share, please let me know so we can plan accordingly. I look forward to seeing everyone at the Celebration of Life for a man we will all genuinely miss and whose shoes can never be filled.

I was very lucky to spend time with Clark at this year's 5A state meet.  Still can't believe he's gone.  I will miss him.

I'm working on a 4A & Under Mythical State Meet - going to call it the Clark Wilson Invitational.  Please keep sending me 5A district results files.  I'll sort out all the kids/relays from 4A and smaller schools.

Quote of the Day

Do coaches play favorites?  Yes!  They favor
players who are accountable, good teammates,
work hard, accept roles, and are coach-able.

via ksn

 Troy Morrell

Sunday, April 08, 2018

More Opportunities

Both Lamar Consolidated HS and George Ranch HS need a head coach.  Contact Nicole Nelson at 832-223-0151

Montgomery Aquatic Race Club needs an assistant

Swim Streamline at Northampton needs an assistant

Morton Ranch HS needs to fill both their head and assistant positions.  Contact Megan Doby

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

The Clubs of Kingwood needs both a swim coach and a pool supervisor

Sequoia Woodlands needs a swim coach

Mira Vista Country Club needs a pool manager/swim coach

The City of Garland needs a swim coach

The Moody Family YMCA needs a swim coach

The Waxahachie YMCA needs an assistant coach

The City of Big Spring needs an aquatic center assistant manager

Click on the "Jobs" link below to see other opportunities.

Many of those jobs are still open!

Weakly Demotivator

Quote of the Day

Some you've got to hug, some you've got to
kick, some you've got to do a bit of both.
The most important thing is you've got
to be aware they're all subtly different.

via planetrugby

Stephen William Hansen

Wednesday, April 04, 2018

Quote of the Day

Coaching is unlocking a person’s potential to
maximize their own performance. It is helping
them to learn rather than teaching them.

via nicaskew

W. Timothy Gallwey

Sunday, April 01, 2018

Snorkel Suit

via YourSwimBook

When Poirier-Leroy wrote about the 8 Benefits of Training with a Swim Snorkel, he failed to mention one of the hazards.

Numerous swimmers are complaining of eye issues resulting from the use of center-mount snorkels.

Problems ranging from blurred vision to Strabismus have been reported.  Athletes from several collegiate programs are considering joining a class action lawsuit targeting the makers of snorkels.

Lawyers preparing the case say they've been contacted by college swimmers, mostly men, seeking compensation for their injuries.  Dewey, Cheatham, & Howe attorney Anita C. Doe said the group numbers in the hundreds, representing dozens of college swim teams.

Doe claimed "Most of our swimmers are men from programs all over the country.  The guys are from Illinois, Miami, Rice, Nebraska...and that's just the tip of the iceberg.  Women collegiate swimmers from Syracuse, Clemson, and North Dakota, just to name a few, are also having vision issues due to center mount snorkel use."

Read more here and here


via Swimming World

The Sam Busch "era" lasted about six (6) months:

Texas Christian University needs a head coach

Elite (Dallas) needs an assistant.  Contact Kameron Kennedy

Battleground (Deer Park) needs an assistant coach

Austin Aquatics & Sports Academy needs a strength & conditioning coach

The Waxahachie YMCA needs both a swim coach and an aquatics coordinator

The City of Midland needs a pool manager

Texas Ford Aquatics needs a learn to swim coach

Forney ISD needs an assistant coach.  Contact Jason Thompson

Fort Bend Christian Academy needs a head coach.  Contact David Roberts at 281-263-9161

Uvalde HS needs a head coach.  Contact RT Gonzales at 830-275-6264

Northbrook HS needs a head coach. Contact Jeff Sciba at 713-251-2821


Big congratulations to Katy's Dana Abbott!  He was recognized with the 2018 NISCA Hall of Fame award at the annual convention in Minneapolis.

Here's DJA with another coaching legend, Chuck Warner:

Hard to imagine how many swim practices, dry-land workouts, meetings, etc. it took to get to that level!

Weakly Demotivator

Quote of the Day

People always overdo the matter
when they attempt deception.

via Prabook

Charles Dudley Warner

Sunday, March 25, 2018


That new flu going around?  Trust me, you don't want it!  I think the term is "debilitating"...

Next up?  Rotator cuff surgery for yours truly.  Been bad - and getting worse - for a long time.  Finally going under the knife scope.

Exciting NCAA men's D-I meet - records galore - came down to last night.  Texas divers really helped out as the Horns took their fourth straight title.  Results here

Texas - 449
California - 437.5
Indiana - 422
NC State - 385
Florida - 347
USC - 253
Stanford - 205

Mary Treder Lang, CPA, is running for Secretary of State in Michigan.  Why in the world should anyone in Texas care?  Hear me out.  Granted, Michigan is just one of those "other" forty-nine (49) annoying hangers-on - I'll give ya that.

Still, if we're interested in saving our sport at the Division I level, a Yankee-fied state like Michigan actually matters.

Mary happens to be a partner in crime with James "Benedict Arnold" Webb.  That's right, she's a member of the Eastern Michigan University Board of Regents - the same dipsticks who think dumping one of their university's most successful athletic programs is a great idear.

Mary claims "I am a certified CPA and as a fiscal conservative - I know how to do more with less."

This "fiscal conservative" is fine with tens of millions of dollars in red ink for the EMU foosball program, but can't see fit to keep a men's swim program that's pretty much self-funded.

As Anonymous said:  Button there was nothing more they could take away from us. We already paid for all of our own apparel, fundraised for our training trip and paid for our flights, paid by the hour for parking outside of the pool, and some even used their own suits at conference. We practically sustained ourselves.

Mary's just another gutless politician who won't admit the real reason for under-funding - and then dumping - men's swimming.  We know it's not a money issue.  We know it's a Title IX problem.  We know they need to hit their quota.  Just say it, Ms. Lang!  It would be refreshing to hear a politician tell the truth, for a change...

Jill, Bobby, Pat, & Matt

Next month, Jill Sterkel will be inducted into the Texas Sports Hall of Fame.  Read more here

“I was surprised when I found out,” Sterkel said. “I know there aren’t that many women in the Hall of Fame. But I was most excited about the fact that I was considered a Texan.”

We're Jill fans here at the Button house.  She helped make sure we could get Clare her "T" ring for running track and cross country back in the Jack Daniels era.

This from Shannon Clark:

Assistant Coach / Camp Counselor Opportunities
The Aggie Swim Camp at Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas has opportunities available for two or more weeks May 27-June 20 for coaches from college, high school and club teams who are excited about the opportunity to learn and work with younger kids and an excellent staff.  The Camp is a very successful operation with over 600 campers over four multiple-day sessions.  In addition to assisting with camp as an assistant coach and camp counselor, you will also have the opportunity to spend time with successful collegiate coaches Jay Holmes, Steve Bultman, Tanica Jamison and Jason Calanog .  Free meals and housing are included, as well as a stipend each week based on experience.  Applicants must be 19 years or older, have attended at least one year of college and have experience as a competitive swimmer and/or coach.  Current First Aid, CPR, and/or Lifeguard/Safety Training for Swim Coaches are helpful.  All staff must be willing to work a minimum of two weeks in an alcohol/drug free environment.  With our emphasis on stroke, start, and turn technique, this camp can make a great coaching clinic for any coach.  To apply for this great learning opportunity, please send your resume and a list of three or more references to Shannon Clark, Camp Director, at aggieswimcamp@gmail.com .
Session 1 - May 27 – June 1  (Full week, Sunday through Friday)
Session 2 - June 3 – 8  (Full week, Sunday through Friday)
Session 3 - June 10 – 15  (Full week, Sunday through Friday)
Session 4 - June 17 – 20  (Half technique week, Sunday through Wednesday)

Check out USA Swimming's Flex membership program here

Lackland Air Force Base (San Antonio) needs a swim coach.  Contact Jeb Halfacre

The Southwest Family YMCA (Austin) needs an aquatics program director

Temple HS needs a head coach.  Contact Scott Stewart at 254-215-7093

Liberty HS (Frisco ISD) needs a head coach.  Contact Ui Womble at 469-633-5891

Also in Frisco, Memorial HS needs a head coach.  Contact Derick Roberson

Cy-Fair ISD needs an assistant coaches at Cy-Fair HS (Contact Jeffrey Burnthorn) and Bridgeland HS (contact Bob Perkins)

Cedar Park HS needs a head coach.  Contact Kimberly Davies

Weakly Demotivator

Quote of the Day

It ain't gun control we need;  it's sin control.

via Facebook

Silas Merritt "Uncle Si" Robertson

Wednesday, March 21, 2018


Shalom Austin needs assistant swim coaches

The City of Kyle needs a swim coach

The Arlington-Mansfield YMCA needs an aquatics coordinator

Records on Day 1

Real time results of men's NCAA D-I meet are here

Several records broken in Event #1, 800 free relay:

NCAA/Pool/US Open 800 FR - North Carolina State - 6:05.31

American 800 FR - Texas - 6:07.59

NCAA/American/US Open/Pool 200 freestyleBlake Pieroni (Indiana) - 1:29.63

EMU Men's Swimming Got Webbed

The Eastern Michigan University men's swimming program is being dropped.

Complicit in the crime is none other than EMU Board of Regents chair & turncoat James "Benedict Arnold" Webb.

Believe it or not, the guy is a former swimming Eagle!

Read the press release here

Hope you muted your b.s. detector, since the piece contains the usual manure:

The move affects 58 male student- athletes and 25 female student-athletes, and once realized an expense reduction of approximately $2.4 million.

Translation - We can avoid the Women's Sports Foundation shakedown if we jettison thirty-four (34) male swimmers.  Why bother finding ways to increase our undergrad male student population?

Also, so it doesn't look like a Title IX cave-in, we're going to sacrifice a few women softball & tennis players.

Let's not forget to fudge some numbers to make it look like we'll save millions.

Actually, we'll just funnel that money elsewhere...as you'll see in the next paragraph...

...and is part of our ongoing effort to realign resources to ensure that we continue to invest in high-demand high-quality academic programs and world-class facilities."

Notes- After they've kicked out the men, the women's swimming and diving program will continue training/competing in the same facility.  Guess the added lane space counts as turning their cement pond into a world-class facility...

Unfortunately, the women's program will almost certainly suffer in the coming years.  The trend toward mediocrity when men's programs are dumped means it's highly unlikely the ladies will improve on this year's 32nd place finish at the NCAA D-I meet.

Finally, in case you still have doubts about the relationship between men's sports cuts and Title IX quotas, I'll leave y'all with this:

The last time EMU changed its sports offerings was in 2000, when both men's tennis and men's soccer were discontinued and women's rowing was added.

Quote of the Day

The art of leadership is saying no,
not yes.  It is very easy to say yes.

via The Monthly

Anthony Charles Lynton "Tony" Blair

Sunday, March 18, 2018


Highest place in 2018 women's NCAA D-I meet for schools w/o a men's team?

That would be the University of Nevada at 24th place.

Their diver - Sharae Zheng - was 2nd in 3m and 3rd in 1m.

via US Senate

Nancy & Billie Jean:  Can you please tell me how dropping men's swimming has helped women?

via The Boston Herald

Andrew McCabe, an experienced G-Man, claims to have been misunderstood due to the chaos that surrounded him.  If the man couldn't manage to think straight "amidst the chaos," maybe it's best he's no longer Deputy Director of the FBI...

I'll be having rotator cuff surgery later this month.  Recovery/rehab is said to be long & miserable...

Women's NCAA D-I results are hereA&M was 3rd & Texas finished 6th.  Y'all probably heard about the Aggies putting four up in the 200 breast.  Awesome!

Northwood Club (Dallas) needs a summer team coach

Thousand Oaks YMCA (San Antonio) needs an aquatics director

Santa Rita Ranch needs a pool manager

The City of Tyler needs a pool manager

The YMCA of Abilene needs a swim coach

Weakly Demotivator

Quote of the Day

...I answered questions truthfully and as accurately as
I could amidst the chaos that surrounded me.  And
when I thought my answers were misunderstood,
I contacted investigators to correct them.

via Vox

Andrew George McCabe

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Quote of the Day

People ask for criticism, but they only want praise.

via The Jade Sphynx

William Somerset Maugham

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Quote of the Day

It is not clear that intelligence has
any long-term survival value.

via Christian Connection

Stephen William Hawking

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

NISCA Members

Y'all should have gotten an email concerning rule changes.  Pete Hugo would like you to complete a survey on proposed NFHS rules changes.

Can't believe nobody has proposed changing wording for fly/breast turns/finishes from "two hands" to "two or more hands" or "at least two hands"...

On a more serious note, can you diving coaches explain why we now call them "voluntary" dives instead of "required" dives?  Aren't they still required?  What was the rationale for the change?  I know it's been a while since the change, but it still bugs me!

Swimming World Championships Landing Pages

NCSA Junior Nationals





Hiring Season Continues

Liberty HS (Frisco ISD) needs a head coach.  Contact Ui Womble at 469-633-5800

VillaSport (Cypress) needs an aquatics director

Quote of the Day

All things come down to your personal relationships.

via Vanity Fair

Rex Wayne Tillerson

Monday, March 12, 2018


Grand Prairie YMCA needs both an aquatics coordinator and a swim coach

The City of McAllen needs both a pool manager and a pool coordinator

The Hills at Prestonwood needs a pool manager

April Sound Country Club needs a pool supervisor

Dripping Springs YMCA needs a swim coach

Sequoia Woodlands Palmer needs a swim coach

The City of University Park needs an assistant aquatics manager

2018 Collegiate Championships

NAIA Event Results & Team Scores

NJCAA Results

Women's D-I (starts on 15th)

Quote of the Day

This time, like all times, is a very good
one, if we but know what to do with it.

via Humanities

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Saturday, March 10, 2018

Another Round of Jobs

Here are a few from the TISCA job page:

Pflugerville HS needs a head coach.  Several contacts listed, but if you want to hear from the swim guy, get in touch with Rob Quarles

Episcopal HS (Houston) needs an assistant coach.  Contact Jason Grove

Spring Woods HS needs both a head coach and an assistant (?).  Contact Emma Knowles

Northside ISD needs a head coach.  Contact Tony Plummer

Harlingen South HS needs an assistant coach.  Contact Hector Castaneda

Centennial HS (Burleson) needs an assistant coach.  Contact Jeremy Martin

Other job openings:

Fit-N-Wise (Decatur) needs a head swim coach

The City of Corpus Christi needs an aquatics area supervisor

via Killeen Daily Herald

Armed Services YMCA (Harker Heights) needs an aquatics director

Click below on "Jobs" for more openings.

Quote of the Day

Take a music bath once or twice a week for a
few seasons, and you will find that it is to the
soul what the water bath is to the body.

via World War I and America

Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

Wednesday, March 07, 2018

Even More Jobs

Remember to click on "Jobs" link below this post for more recent listings.

Grand Oaks HS (new in Conroe ISD) needs a head coach.  Contact Mike Jackson

Houston Christian HS needs a swim coach


Surely y'all remember this "smash" hit:

Read Mark Jedow's NISCA Zone 6 Newsletter here

Clear Springs HS needs an assistant coach.  Contact Debbie Fuchs at 281-294-2845

NISCA National Clinic is Sunday, March 18 in Minneapolis.  Flyer is here

Mays Family YMCA needs an aquatics director

The City of New Braunfels needs an aquatic specialist

Veterans Memorial HS (San Antonio) needs a head coach.  Contact Richard Mendoza at 210-619-0220

Cross Timbers YMCA needs an aquatics coordinator

Space City Aquatic Team (SCAT) needs a head age group coach.  Contact Philipp Davydotchkin

West of the Brazos Swim Team needs a summer team coach

Thousand Oaks YMCA needs an assistant coach

Bent Tree Country Club needs an aquatics director (and an arborist)

Quote of the Day

Little by little, one travels far.

via DW

John Ronald Reuel "J.R.R." Tolkien

Monday, March 05, 2018

Quote of the Day

I found longer races boring.
I found the mile just perfect.

via itv

Sir Roger Gilbert Bannister

Thursday, March 01, 2018

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

If I were a miler...

...who'd planned his/her training/rest for a great 1500 on Sunday, this would definitely ___ me off!

Dear Coaches,
Indianapolis TYR Pro Swim
We are adjusting the time for the 1500 at the Indy Pro Swim to start at 6 pm on Wednesday night, instead of 9 am on Sunday morning.

Chris Plumb

Last fall's TISCA clinic speaker, Chris Plumb, is on the latest Ritter podcast here

Quote of the Day

The penalty for success is to be bored
by the people who used to snub you.


Nancy Witcher Langhorne Astor