Thursday, April 28, 2016

Quote of the Day

You help me, I'll help you.  That's politics.

via Chris Savas

Terence Richard "Terry" McAuliffe


Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Quote of the Day

Is it bad to admit on Twitter that I'm a Belieber?

via The Los Angeles Times

Jonathan Paul Manziel, a.k.a. Johnny Football


Sunday, April 24, 2016

Bull & More Bull

Get the hook out.

Get a picture.

Then release!  Easy as 1, 2, 4!*

Yes, Leon's a big Donald Trump supporter.  What gets me about conservatives who are anti-Trump is this:

Y'all have complained - for 7+ years - that Obama is the worst president ever.  Now y'all act like the world will come to an end if Donnie ends up in the White House.  Where's the logic in that?  Ask yourselves how he can possibly be worse than what you've had.

Y'all ain't here fer poly-ticks now, is ya?  Yer here fer jobs, right?!?!  Here's what's new since the last jobs post a couple of weeks ago:

JCC of Austin needs a head coach and an assistant coach

Eisenhower HS needs a swim coach

The City of Mesquite needs a swim coach

Nitro is looking for assistant coaches

Texas City HS needs a swim coach.  Contact Leland Surovik at 409-916-0146

Fulshear HS needs a swim coach.  Contact Oschlor Flemming at 832-223-0151

Clear Brook HS needs a swim coach.  Contact Michael Allison at 281-284-2160

McKinney HS needs a swim coach.  Contact Jeffrey Smith at 469-302-5959

Tyler needs a high school/club coach

The City of San Angelo needs an assistant pool manager

The South Montgomery Family YMCA needs a youth development senior director - aquatics

BTA needs assistant coaches

ESA needs a head age group coach

The YMCA of Highland Lakes needs a pool manager

The City of Austin needs an aquatic recreation program coordinator

Liberty Christian School (Argyle) needs a swim coach

Heat/Psych sheets for USMS Short Course Nationals are here

YMCA Masters Nationals results are here

Belton's Savannah Henry (daughter of Patrick & Wendy) recently signed with Southern Illinois University.  Read more here and here.

“It means I get four more years of doing what I’m really passionate about doing and what I spend so much time doing,” Henry said of signing with the Salukis. “I have some family ties there but also it’s a great school with a great team that’s on the rise and working hard and it’s something I wanted to be a part of.”

*That's what I tell kids learning relay starts.  Swing, step, and go - it's as easy as 1, 2, 4!  One or two get it...

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Joseph Stanton Update

Terri posted this on Joseph's Caring Bridge page Friday:

Roller Coaster

I just found out that Joseph's lungs have both declined since yesterday. I haven't gotten to talk to the doctor yet so I don't have any more information on how this could happen but I want to ask you to pray that the LORD would send His greatest angels of healing to Joseph's bedside and never leave him infusing his sweet body with all that is needed to fight this horrific infection to clear his lungs completely.  They had to increase the oxygen that the ventilator is delivering to 50% when it had been at 35% most of the day yesterday. Please pray for the wisdom and divine inspiration of all who care for Joseph that the Great Physician would impart His greatest ideas for how to better help my prince.

Blessings to you and yours always,

Doris Lochte

via Huffington Post

Ryan Lochte's biggest fan - grandmother Doris Lochte - passed away on the 19th.  View her obituary and offer your condolences here

Quote of the Day

There is a difference between conceit
and confidence.  Conceit is bragging.
Confidence is believing you
can get the job done.

via The Times-Picayune

John Constantine "Johnny" Unitas


Friday, April 22, 2016

Quote of the Day

To talk well and eloquently is a very
great art, but an equally great one is
to know the right moment to stop.

via BBC Music Magazine

Johannes Chrysostomus
Wolfgangus Theophilus Mozart,
a.k.a. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart


Thursday, April 21, 2016

Texas Swimming Pics

Looking for pictures of Texas swimmers?

Longhorn swim dad Andy Ringgold (Brett's his boy) posts a boatload of pictures of club, high school, and college swimming.

Find them all at Andy's flickr page (Aringo) here

Quote of the Day

Most guys who don't like me are
either Democrats or Yankee fans.

Curtis Montague "Curt" Schilling


Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Quote of the Day

Your only obligation in any lifetime
is to be true to yourself.

via Digesting the Words

Richard Davis Bach


Sunday, April 17, 2016

Quote of the Day

There are no environments
where you're only going
to win, because life
just isn't like that.

via Bobby Orr

Robert Gordon "Bobby" Orr


Saturday, April 16, 2016

Quote of the Day

We would probably win every street fight
with our guys, but maybe not win the game.

via Lets Go Hawks!!!

Richard Marvin "Dick" Butkus


Friday, April 15, 2016

So, after a chukker or two...

...we equestrians drink Lite beer from Miller.

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Quote of the Day

In peace sons bury fathers,
but in war fathers bury sons.

via Wikipedia



Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Quote of the Day

What nobler relationship than that of
a friend?  What nobler compliment
can man bestow than friendship?

via PRS

Manly Palmer Hall


Monday, April 11, 2016

Plenty of Texas kids...

...on the Southern Zone Select Camp roster.

Uvalde HS needs a swim coach

Cleburne ISD needs a swim coach.  Contact James Boles

Huntsville HS needs a swim coach.  Contact Rodney Southern at 936-435-6152

Latest postings on TISCA site include Trinity HS, Mayde Creek HS, Lubbock ISD, Hutto HS, Ray HS, and La Porte HS.  Contact info for those are here

The City of Frisco needs an aquatic program coordinator

The YMCA of Greater Houston needs a youth development director - aquatics

The City of Midland needs a pool manager

The New Braunfels Family YMCA needs a swim coach

via Swimming World
Longhorn commit Claire Adams was featured on last week's 20 Question Tuesday.


Quote of the Day

Guns don't kill people, the government does.

via Free Republic

Dale Alvin Gribble, a.k.a. Rusty Shackleford


Sunday, April 10, 2016

Quote of the Day

If we become increasingly humble about how
little we know, we may be more eager to search.

via John Templeton Foundation

Sir John Marks Templeton


Thursday, April 07, 2016

Quote of the Day

It's easier to force feed people than it is to give
'em what they want.  It makes more money.

via Music Starts Here

Merle Ronald Haggard


Monday, April 04, 2016

Quote of the Day

The kind of beauty I want most is the
hard-to-get kind that comes from
within - strength, courage, dignity.

via AURN

Ruby Ann Wallace, a.k.a. Ruby Dee


Sunday, April 03, 2016

March Most Viewed

Most viewed March posts:

1.  USA Swimming to Hammer NITRO Coach

2.  Misc.

3.  It's Impossible...


Another Round of Job Postings

Cypress Park HS needs a swim coach.  Contact Greg Rogers at 512-653-6465

Lebanon Trail HS (Frisco ISD) needs a swim coach.  Contact Sadd Jackson

Alice HS needs a swim coach.  Contact Liza Almaraz at 361-660-2000 x703

Estacado HS needs an assistant coach.  Contact Trey Hayes at 806-219-0830

Huntsville HS needs a swim coach.  Contact Rodney Southern at 936-435-6152

The City of Euless needs a recreation specialist - aquatics

Oakmont Country Club needs an aquatics manager

The City of College Station needs a head coach, an assistant coach, and a pool manager

The Houstonian Club needs an assistant coach.  Contact Erica Meyer at 713-685-6709

Stafford Stingrays needs both head & assistant coach.  Contact Anna Garcia at 832-607-5773

Memorial Bend Swim Club needs a swim coach

Waterloo Swimming (Austin) needs assistant coaches


Quote of the Day

Martyrdom is the only way a man
can become famous without ability.

Arthur Schopenhauer


Saturday, April 02, 2016

Quote of the Day

Whatever good things we
build end up building us.
via YouTube
Emanuel james "Jim" Rohn


Friday, April 01, 2016

Quote of the Day

If you like the plan you have, you can keep it.
If you like the doctor you have, you can keep
your doctor, too.  The only change you'll see
are falling costs as our reforms take hold.

via The Telegraph

Barack Hussein Obama II


Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Leon must have...

...written this song:

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A Few More Jobs

Latest high school jobs posted on THSCA site:

Mesquite ISD needs an assistant coach.  Contact Steven Bragg

Clear Creek ISD has several positions available (head/assistant).  Contact Debbie Fuchs at 281-284-2845


Quote of the Day

It's not a record, but being traded four times
when there are only eight teams in the league
tells you something.  I thought I was modeling
uniforms for the National League.

Joseph Henry "Joe" Garagiola, Sr.


Monday, March 28, 2016

Quote of the Day

via The Guardian

Marcel Mangel, a.k.a. Marcel Marceau


Sunday, March 27, 2016

It's Impossible...

...to truly catch up,but here's my feeble attempt...

Met Frank Jr. when I was teaching/coaching at Wharton HS.  Had his step-daughter in class.  Great guy.  He passed on the 16th.

Read How Frank Sinatra, Jr. became a Texan-in-Law here


Northside ISD needs a swim/polo coach.  Contact Scott Zollinski at 210-397-8988

Battleground Area Swim Team needs assistant coaches.  Contact Chris Moralez

South Shore Sails needs a part time age group coach.  Contact Barbie Morris

Dallas Country Club needs an assistant coach

Hackberry Creek Country Club needs an aquatics manager

Bridgeland Barracudas Swim Team needs an assistant swim coach

YMCA of Austin needs an aquatics coordinator

The City of Georgetown needs an aquatic specialist

The City of Bryan needs a swim coach

The City of Big Spring needs both an aquatic center manager and an assistant

The YMCA of Greater San Antonio needs a senior aquatics director

Brook Hollow Golf Club needs a swim coach

The Twin Lakes YMCA needs an aquatics program coordinator

Northpark YMCA needs a youth development director (sports & aquatics)

The City of Richardson needs an aquatics and athletics manager

The City of McKinney needs an aquatics specialist

The City of Stafford needs both a pool manager & assistant

Tompkins HS needs an assistant coach.  Contact Mark Grisdale

Morton Ranch HS needs an assistant coach. Contact Megan Doby

Smithson Valley HS needs an assistant coach.  Contact Larry Hill

Lewisville HS needs a swim coach.  Contact Tim Ford

Harker Heights HS needs a swim coach.  Contact Jerry Edwards

Coppell HS needs a swim coach.  Contact Joe McBride

Stony Point HS needs a swim coach.  Contact Craig Chessher at 512-428-7202

Taylor HS (Alief) needs a swim coach.  Contact Brian Randle at 281-988-3500 or 281-988-3909

Alief ISD needs a diving coach.  Contact David Martel at 281-988-3700

Bryan ISD needs a swim coach.  Contact Lance Angel at 979-209-7998

Lovejoy HS needs an assistant coach.  Contact Matt Franks

Space City Aquatic Team needs assistant coaches

Cedar Park Swimming needs assistant coaches


NCAA D-I Men (Texas 1st, A&M 25th)

NCAA D-I Women (A&M 4th, Texas 15th, SMU 40th)


NCAA D-III (M&W) (Trinity women 17th)

NAIA (M&W) (Wayland Baptist women 10th, men 6th)


NCSA Junior Nationals (Magnolia women 5th)

TAGS (Nitro combined champions)

TAGS Time Trials


Weber-Gale conducting El Campo clinic (via Victoria Advocate)

Garrett Weber-Gale has joined the Nitro staff in Austin.  Read more here

“My goal is to be a steady, positive force in these young athletes lives, and share with them some of the guidance that I’ve learned from my coaches; Eddie & Randy Reese, Kris Kubik, and Dwight Davis, and my expertise as a successful Olympic athlete. I am excited to work with the athletes and help them find ways to improve as swimmers and as individuals.”

Obviously a great hire for Nitro.

via Pinterest

An article on Russell Wilson's swim training was posted back in December.  Read it here

Wilson revealed that one aspect of his in-season conditioning program that he thinks helps his recovery from the punishment of a game is swimming.

Wilson said he swims three times a week or so, trying to do about 30 laps each time.

“I get up early in the mornings and I swim,’’ he said. “It’s one of the first things I do. It helps a lot.’’

Katy HS football figured this out a long time ago.  Hasn't hurt their program, has it?

Factual Feminist host Christina Hoff Sommers explained the cost of Title IX:

Note that this year's highest placing D-I school sponsoring swimming for women only was UCLA (17th).  Women swimmers in total programs - men & women - are much more successful than in women-only programs.

Swimming World posted The Sport of Swimming is Valuable - Here's Why back in January.

When prominent schools like the University of Maryland or Clemson University decide to discontinue their swimming programs in favor of funding sports such as football or basketball, they are not only telling swimmers everywhere that swimming as a sport doesn’t matter as much as others, they also decidedly cut the positive influence of swimming locally. The number of swimmers shrinks, clubs go under, pools go unused, college swimmers lose an opportunity to coach in their hometowns, and fewer swimming lessons are given. The link between colleges and clubs is fragile and so, so important to the future of this sport.

Nitro's Jason Cochran was selected as a manager on USA Swimming's 2015 National Diversity Select Camp staff.  Several Texas swimmers were selected.  Athlete roster is here

Great post by Seth GodinOn saying "no"

The short run always seems urgent, and a moment where compromise feels appropriate. But in the long run, it's the good 'no's that we remember.

Watched The Barkley Marathons:  The Race That Eats Its Young a couple of days ago.  Highly recommend it!  Here's the trailer:

via Indexed

Race info for the 14th annual Cap2k is here

TISCA All State teams (6A, 5A, & Private School) are here

Theron Pickle Memorial Scholarship info is here.  Application is here

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Quote of the Day

I wanted to be a song writer and pianist,
and then I got drafted into singing.

via The Times

Francis Wayne "Frank" Sinatra, Jr.


Friday, March 25, 2016

Quote of the Day

Nice guys finish first.  If you don't know that,
then you don't know where the finish line is.

via Biblioklept

Garry Emmanuel Shandling


Friday, March 11, 2016

Quote of the Day

The only people who ever called me
a rebel were the people who wanted
me to do what they wanted.

via Men's Journal

Nicholas King "Nick" Nolte


Thursday, March 10, 2016

Quote of the Day

The important thing is to learn
a lesson every time you lose.

John Patrick McEnroe, Jr.

Wednesday, March 09, 2016

Quote of the Day

Outside of the killings, DC has one of
the lowest crime rates in the country.

via The Washington Post

Marion Shepilov Barry, Jr.


Tuesday, March 08, 2016

Quote of the Day

Don't let anybody tell you
that it's corporations and
businesses that create jobs.

via The Washington Free Beacon

Hillary Diane Rodham Clinton


Monday, March 07, 2016

USA Swimming to Hammer NITRO Coach

Swimming World is reporting that (now former) Nitro coach Tim O'Brien will be added to USA Swimming's "Banned for Life" list.  Read more here

Unfortunately, this is going to be a huge story.  If you don't already follow Swimming World on Twitter, it's time you started...


Quote of the Day

For eight years, I was sleeping with the
president, and if that doesn't give you
special access, I don't know what does!

Anne Frances Robbins,
a.k.a. Nancy Davis Reagan


Thursday, March 03, 2016

Just Keep Swimming


Quote of the Day

Don't let yesterday take up too much of today.


William Penn Adair "Will" Rogers


Wednesday, March 02, 2016


TAGS begins Friday.  Warm-up schedule is here

New UIL swimming alignments:



The City of San Angelo needs a pool manager

Several Austin-area YMCA's need pool managers.  Click here and here

Ridge Point HS needs a head coach.  Contact Mike Duswalt


Quote of the Day

Change is often rejuvenating,
invigorating, fun...and necessary.

via WGRT

Lynn Povich


Tuesday, February 23, 2016

NISCA Clinic

If you're attending the women's NCAA D-I meet at Georgia Tech, there's a free high school coaches' clinic.  Info via DJA:

FREE NISCA Coaches Clinic
Who: Open to all HS swim coaches
When: 9am-4pm, Saturday, March 19, 2016
Where: The Westminster Schools, Atlanta, GA

NISCA is pleased to announce it will host a FREE swim coaches clinic on the Saturday of the NCAA Women's Swimming and Diving Championships being held at Georgia Tech.  The clinic will conclude in time to attend Saturday finals for those with tickets.

Top clinicians and coaches will be on hand to share the latest in coaching techniques, training innovations, and specialized training equipment.

Lunch and snacks will be provided.

The first 50 coaches registering on the NISCA website before February 1, 2016 will receive a special GOODY PACK from NISCA and its partners.

Register now to avoid being left out!
Click here to fill out the Google Registration form.

Q.  If you don't belong to NISCA, how in the heck are your senior swimmers going to be recognized at Academic All-Americans?

A.  They won't be!  Join NISCA and get your brainiac seniors on the list!!

Gulf LSC Clinic

From the Gulf Swimming page:

It's that time of year again!  The annual Gulf Coaches' Clinic!  This year, we will be on beautiful Lake Conroe at the La Torretta resort!  We have some great room rates and specials offered plus fabulous speakers so we hope you can all join us for a great time there!

Our speakers this year are Jim Richardson, Kathy McKee and Bob Keyser.  Talks will begin on Friday afternoon, continue all day Saturday and conclude on Sunday morning.  As always, we will have a coaches meeting Friday night followed by our social.  Door prizes will be given out all weekend as well.  

Cost this year will be $50 per coach with a maximum of $500 per team.  The registration link will be up soon on the Gulf website.  Deadline to register will be March 8th.  We will not be accepting late registrations so please register on time!

Below is the link for hotel reservations.  Rooms are $149 per night plus a $5 resort fee per person, per night.  When you make your reservation, a one night deposit is required.  You may cancel your reservation within 72 hours of your stay and your deposit will be refunded. 


We hope you all can plan on attending!

Most Recent Job Listings

Harlingen HS needs a head coach.  Contact Sandra Flinn

La Porte HS needs a head coach.  Contact Jeff LaReau at 281-604-7673

The City of Grand Prairie needs an aquatics coordinator

The City of West University Place needs an aquatics intern

The City of Round Rock needs a pool manager & an assistant pool manager

Texas Aquatic Enterprises needs an aquatics director

Town North YMCA needs an assistant coach

Life Time Swim (Houston) needs a developmental coach

SHARKS needs assistant coaches

Brookhaven Country Club needs a pool manager

North Texas Nadadores needs a head age group coach


Quote of the Day

The first forty years of life gives us the text;
the next thirty supply the commentary on it.

via AllPosters

Arthur Schopenhauer


Saturday, February 20, 2016

2016 UIL State Meet Results

Real time results:




Quote of the Day

I didn't get into racing to make friends.


Jimmie Kenneth Johnson