Category Coaching

USA Swimming’s Biggest Problem

It seems clear now that USA Swimming has some serious problems.  Long term pressure from investigative journalists from Concussion Inc. and recent work by the Orange County Register have pointed out how little USA-S did to protect the victims, and how much they did to protect the abusers. All this attention has led some to […]

Steps We Can Take to Prevent Youth Abuse in Sports

  There’s been a massive amount of long-overdue publicity lately about the issue of sexual abuse by coaches in youth sports, especially with the highly publicized and horrific case of USA Gymnastics and Larry Nassar. Swimming has recently had its own high profile case with Ariana Kukors coming out and accusing her long-time coach Sean […]

Swimming is NOT a Non-Contact Sport

One of the more ironic aspects of swimming is that people who only see swimming on TV, and usually only once every 4 years at that, all think of swimming as the ultimate non-contact sport. They only see swimmers racing in their own wide lanes, with the only contact being an occasional hug or handshake […]

Far Too Many Types of Pre-Race Talks

I’m always intrigued by how age group swimmers handle pre-race talks. Our standard procedure is that each swimmer comes to see me before the race, and we talk about race strategy, breathing strategy and general level of race aggression. And then after the race, they’d come back and we’d see how those strategies worked out, […]

Tips On How Not To Lose Count In A Distance Swim

Miscounting is one of those things that swimmers and coaches both hate in a practice (especially coaches!) But miscounting in a meet is guaranteed to get you a comment from pretty much every person you’ve ever known … and some you don’t. It’s still very early in our season here, and I’m already seeing a […]

Taking A Knee

Silent, non-violent protests during the US national anthem at professional sporting events have now reached the public’s attention.  And everyone seems to have either a strong opinion, or a VERY strong opinion. As the head coach of a sports team,  I need to be aware of, and prepared for, somebody on our team following this […]

6 Rules (and a Vision) For Becoming a Better Swim Parent

Every year brings fresh swimming faces, fresh parents, and sometimes dreams of athletic stardom.  And every year, I post a blog like this to dial things down, and make sure that parents are a helpful partner in this wonderful process of sports. (If you follow my blog you’ll have seen a version of this post […]

My Thoughts on Australian Swimming

Before I get into this, I want to make it clear that I’m writing this because of my love for Australian swimming.  Ever since I swam in Canada in the 70s, I’ve been impressed with the brash way that such a small population base could take on the US swimming  juggernaut, and often win. In […]

My Take On Why American Men Dominate Backstroke

I was watching the US World Championship Trials on TV, and was struck by a comment during one of the men’s backstroke events.  The commentator noted the long history of US men dominating backstroke events, and this is certainly true.  The last time the US men lost an Olympic backstroke event was back in 1992.  […]

A Curious Look at 2017 Short Course – Long Course Conversion Rates, And How The US Is So Different From Everyone Else

In 2014 I started getting upset with the standard 2% Short Course to Long Course conversion rates mandated by Swim Ontario.  As most coaches already knew, 2% was convenient but horribly inaccurate conversion rate.  And it created problems for kids swimming in LC meets when they couldn’t meet their 2% converted SC time, even if […]

Ireland/Scotland Trip Aug '16

My son and I take a whirlwind tour of Ireland and Scotland


The Hunt for Looted Antiquities in the World's Museums

Ancient Heritage

A swim coach's messages to swimmers and parents about all aspects of swimming


“Employ your time in improving yourself by other men's writings so that you shall come easily by what others have laboured hard for.” Socrates

Clio Ancient Art & Antiquities

Exploring the world of antiquities dealing, collecting, heritage issues and a bit of archaeological travel

Coach Rick - Mighty Tritons Swimming

A swim coach's messages to swimmers and parents about all aspects of swimming

Cap & Goggles

Only a Swimmer Knows the Feeling

A swim coach's messages to swimmers and parents about all aspects of swimming

Coach Mike`s Blog

A swim coach's messages to swimmers and parents about all aspects of swimming