Monday, October 24, 2016

Latest Job Listings

Oak Cliff YMCA needs a sports & aquatics coordinator

Moody Family YMCA needs an assistant coach

The Briar Club needs an assistant coach

San Antonio Wave needs a coach at their Alamo Heights HS site.  Contact Carol Rettele


Quote of the Day

To rectify past blunders is impossible, but
we might profit by the experience of them.

via fineartamerica

George Washington


Sunday, October 16, 2016

Jobs, "Music", & More

Nobel Committee Member #1:  Remember when we gave Obama that Peace Prize?
Member #2:  Yeah, hilarious!  Never gonna top that one!
Member #1: Wanna bet?

Alamo College (San Antonio) needs an aquatic center supervisor

Check out the list of nominees for 2016 Golden Goggle awards (and vote) here


Breakout Performer OTY
Perseverance Award
Coach OTY
Relay Performance OTY
Female Race OTY
Male Race OTY
Female Athlete OTY
Male Athlete OTY

The City of Hurst needs a recreation specialist - athletics/aquatics

via Twitter

Clements HS/FCST swimmer Brian Yuen died after suffering a medical emergency during a swim meet in Sugar Land yesterday.  Please keep Brian's family, and the Ft. Bend ISD & First Colony swim programs in your prayers.  More here

Blue Tide (BTA) needs a head age group coach

Recently-retired Texas assistant Kris Kubik weighed in on new UT Hall of Honor member Aaron Peirsol here

Aaron gets along with everyone he meets from every walk of life imaginable.  He is as comfortable talking with Board Members of the International Olympic Committee as he is chatting it up with someone who is down and out living under the Pier on Balboa Island. If you spend more than five minutes with him, you will have a friend for life.

Lee HS (San Antonio) needs a head coach.  Contact Nicole Franco at 210-356-0800

Article on new facility in Corpus Christi is here.  Includes list of upcoming open water events around Texas.

Last, some news of progress for fans of local outdoor swimming: Corpus Christi Parks and Recreation recently released an aerial photo showing the concrete in place for the new Collier Pool. Collier is Corpus Christi's only year-round outdoor swimming pool. It has been out of commission since January, when it broke and closed in advance of the planned reconstruction. The new pool should open by summer, said Stacie Talbert Anaya, interim director of Parks and Recreation.

Southwestern Aquatics Team (SWAT) needs assistant coaches in the Sugar Land/Richmond area.  Contact Ken Chang

Major Casey Bowen made a successful crossing of the English Channel last month.  Story is here

“This is the pinnacle event in swimming,” Bowen said. “It’s been a long-term goal and just a personal challenge that I have been thinking of for a long time. We scheduled a crossing years ago.”

Cypress Fairbanks Swim Club (CFSC) needs an assistant.  Contact Jim Bocci

WADA recently published their 2017 banned substances list.

Coppell YMCA needs a swim team coach

The City of Round Rock needs an aquatics supervisor

Rice University needs an aquatic center assistant director

Michigan women took the SMU Classic by one point over second-place Louisville.  Results here

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Quote of the Day

I'd rather get bad news from an honest
man than lies from a flatterer.

via Encyclopaedia Britannica

Ursula Kroeber Le Guin


Tuesday, October 04, 2016

Quote of the Day

A minute's success pays the failure of years.

via Wikipedia

Robert Browning


Sunday, October 02, 2016

Quote of the Day

People never give up their liberties
but under some delusion.

via The Imaginative Conservative

Edmund Burke


Monday, September 26, 2016

Quote of the Day

I have a tip that can take five strokes off
anyone's golf game.  It's called an eraser.

Arnold Daniel Palmer


Sunday, September 25, 2016

Misc. II

Less than a month away from the mega-triathlon.  The Ultra 520K Texas in Salado takes place over three days, October 21 - 23.

Swim6.2 miles
Bike: 264.5 miles
Run54 miles

More here and here

This year’s course will cover rolling terrain on country roads but won’t include any of the pesky cattle guards or dirt roads that frustrated some in last year’s event. The cycling route features more than 5,500 feet of ascent — and a chance to spot deer, roadrunners and rattlesnakes.

Castle Hills First Baptist School (San Antonio) needs a swim coach

The City of Amarillo needs an aquatics supervisor

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Quote of the Day

Without pride, man becomes a parasite -
and there are already too many parasites.

Carla H. Krueger


Saturday, September 24, 2016


via USCDornsife
The Texas high school swim coaches' TISCA clinic was interesting.

USC's David Salo did a nice job as our headliner.  Fun guy who likes to keep things interesting for his athletes.  Follow him on Twitter

Welcome to new president Greg McLain .  Greg will be a great communicator.  He's respected and will work hard for our athletes and coaches.  I doubt he'll do a mic drop when his term ends.

His first big task will be trying to recover lost info that went off into the ether when our old TISCA website went kaput.  If you have files from past district, region, and state meets, please email him to see what he still needs.

So far, the new TeamUnify site isn't very popular with the coaches.

Does anyone have a copy of our constitution and/or bylaws?  Also, I must have missed the treasurer's report.  Would it be possible to start paying for space up in that there cloud thingy so we don't lose everything...again?

Anyone interested in starting up a junior high program should contact Mike Waldmann.  He shared some great info in Austin last weekend.  His middle school program out in Andrews has really taken off!

Garland ISD's natatorium is still on hold.

The full bond package was passed by the school board in 2014. Plans for the swim center were drawn up, and after long negotiations a price tag of $27.5 million was agreed on. The swim center package and plans were presented to the school board last Tuesday for final approval. But in a surprising reversal, the board voted it down 4-3.

Read more here

The Moody Family YMCA needs an aquatics coordinator

Plano's Seth Stubblefield was featured in a USA Swimming piece.  Read that here

“What a humbling, rewarding, and, at times, convicting experience,” he said. “All I can say is getting third at Trials isn’t a big deal. I’ve met some very special kids who are dealing with things most of us can’t possibly imagine, and it really makes you evaluate your priorities, as well as take a good look at your heart.”

Eddie Reese will be coaching grandson Luke Bowman next year.  Read more here

“I am excited to attend a great university and swim for a legendary program and coach. This has been a dream of mine since I started swimming, and I know that there is no better group of swimmers and coaches that will push me to work hard and get faster. I am looking forward to the challenge ahead.”

Nice write-up on AT record-breaker Karl Meltzer is here

Speaking by phone from Atlanta two days after finishing the trail, Metlzer said his legs were tired. “Deep fatigue,” he called it, and said that it would take three to four months for his body to recover. He needs to recharge mentally, too; there were dark days on the trail, especially in Virginia, when getting up every morning before dawn and knowing he had to run over forty miles seemed like a Sisyphean task.

Anyone seen Joe Bernal lately?  Bernal's dropped out of sight since the Harvard/Gators thing blew up.

How about George Gibney?  The former IASA coach is being hounded by Irv Muchnick.  The latest on Gibney is here

Gibney made a US visa application in 1992 and following the collapse of the case, which was not appealed by the DPP. He then fled Ireland, first to Scotland and then to the USA. Having moved through a number of states, Gibney now lives in Florida. 

UNT's Pentathlon (recap)

UTPB/TCU (recap)

via flickr

CSCAA Open Water Nationals

Rice's Hanna Huston finished fourth, helping dad Seth's squad to a second-place team finish.  More here

The Longhorn men's annual Orange/White intrasquad meet (September 30) just isn't going to be the same without retired assistant coach Kris Kubik.  A Texas legend...

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Quote of the Day

Unless commitment is made, there are
only promises and hopes...but no plans.

via Inc

Peter Ferdinand Drucker


Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Git ta Work!

North Shore HS needs a part-time swim coach.  Contact Jon Kay

The City of Lancaster needs an aquatics supervisor

The City of Brenham needs an aquatic safety coordinator

The Coppell YMCA needs an aquatics coordinator


Quote of the Day

Everyone admits that love is wonderful and
necessary, but no one agrees on just what it is.

Diane Ackerman


Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Quote of the Day

Success is whatever humiliation
everyone has agreed to compete for.

via How a Poem Happens

James Richardson


Monday, September 19, 2016

New AT Record

Scott Jurek held the Appalachian speed record for just over a year.

Karl Meltzer completed the 2189.2 mile trek in 45 days, 22 hours, and 38 minutes, knocking about ten hours off Jurek's mark.

Meltzer was a "SOBO" (south-bounder), having started his "hike" in Maine.  Jurek finished his journey in Maine, and still has the NOBO record.

The Red Bull-sponsored Meltzer had failed to break the speed record in two previous attempts.

This time, he capped each night with one or two beers and left from rest stops with rainbow-colored Spree candy, Three Musketeers chocolate bars and bacon in his pockets. To save time and keep his energy up, he typically slept less than seven hours a night and instead had an energy drink every 10 miles, downing about five a day. When on another day his support crew found him napping, they gave him a pint of ice cream for a boost.

Though Meltzer averaged 50 miles in 15 hours of running a day, his pace faltered at times. At one point he slept on the trail instead of making it to his support van — and then he slept the next morning on the dirt again. But in the last two days, he gathered strength, running 83 miles nonstop in the final leg to finish Sunday morning at 3:38.

Read more here


USA Swimming National Team

The 2016-17 national team is loaded with native and "transplanted" Texans:

National Team Roster (w/Twitter info)

Lost Creek Aquatics

Lost Creek Aquatics (
www.lostcreekaquatics.com), the third largest club in South Texas Swimming, is seeking an experienced age group coach to work at our location in Cedar Park.

Minimum Requirements:

·         Current USA Swimming coach credentials or the ability to become certified within two weeks of hire
·         One to two year’s minimum competitive coaching experience with a USA Swimming member club
·         Competitive swimming experience as an athlete is preferred
·         Experience working with Team Unify is preferred
·         Ability to travel to swim meets
·         Passion for the sport and for working with swimmers of all ages and abilities
·         Strong organizational and communication skills
·         Professional appearance and positive attitude

Hours are afternoons, Monday through Friday, during the academic year, plus Saturday mornings. Approximately 20-25 hours per week. 

Compensation is commensurate with experience.

If interested, please send your resume and a cover letter explaining your coaching experience and swimming background to teamadmin@lostcreekaquatics.com.


Quote of the Day

I never had a sister growing up.
Donny was the closest thing.

via shows in Vegas

Olive Marie Osmond


Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Gulf Gold Medal Clinic

via SwimOutlet

Gulf Swimming is proud to present the 2016 Gold Medal Clinic featuring American Record Holder Michael McBroom. Michael is the current American record holder and a World Championship Silver medalist in the 800 meter freestyle. He also set the NCAA record in the 1000 freestyle as a swimmer for the Texas Longhorns.
*Please note that you must be registered with USA Swimming in order to attend this clinic.

2016 Gold Medal Clinic with Michael McBroom
Saturday, October 1st
WW Emmons Natatorium
10404 Tiger TrailHouston, TX 77043

CLICK HERE to register

10 & Under Session- 12:00-3:00 PM 
 11 & Over Session- 4:00-7:00 PM

...always trying to get butter...

Texans (and their clubs):

Taylor Abbott (Nitro), Josh Artmann (Austin), Joy Field (Magnolia), Dakota Luther (Austin), & Lucie Nordmann (Magnolia).

Anyone spot a pattern?

2016 New York State Fair Butter Sculpture:


Yes, it's an Olympic athlete theme.

No, they only meant to depict one swimmer.

Guy in the back is drinking Gatorade*...

The YMCA of Austin needs a program director - aquatics

*okay, maybe it's chocolate milk, the official recovery drink of United States Swimming



Quote of the Day

What passes for investigative journalism
is finding somebody with their pants
down - literally or otherwise.

via truthdig

Robert Scheer


Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Quote of the Day

Their future is ahead of them.

via Fenway Park Diaries

Curtis Edward "Curt" Gowdy


Sunday, September 11, 2016


via YourHoustonNews

Via Friendswood ISD's John Little:

Head Lifeguard Friendswood ISD Natatorium

Part time hourly position, anticipated opening Jan 1, 2017. This is an ideal position for a college student in the Friendswood, League City, Clear Lake, Pearland area to earn extra money working in the evenings and Saturdays while attending classes during the day. The hourly rate is $14.00/hour with additional hours potentially available. Interested parties should contact John Little, Aquatic Coordinator at jlittle@fisdk12.net, please include a resume.

Head Lifeguard

A.      Reports to the Aquatics Coordinator

B.      General

The head lifeguard will be responsible for all of the daily duties during the absence of the Aquatics Coordinator. Responsible for managing daily natatorium operations including, but not limited to, supervising lifeguard staff, daily reports, maintaining the facility, planning and conducting in-service training for staff, natatorium maintenance/chemicals, performing lifeguard duties.

C.      Specific duties and responsibilities

1.       Be responsible for the safety of facility patrons, oversee sign-in sheet.

2.       Be responsible for the supervision of the lifeguard and instructor staff.

3.       Enforce all of the facility’s policies, rules and regulations.

4.       Respond to patron inquiries and concerns.

5.       Supervises the general care and cleaning of the facility and maintenance and minor repair of equipment.

6.       Inspects the facility on a daily schedule and reports any unsafe conditions and equipment to the Aquatics Coordinator immediately.

7.       Assists in maintaining records, reports and information regarding the following; session patron attendance, water chemistry, bacteriological reports, timesheets and occurrence reports.

8.       Assist in scheduling lifeguard staff.

9.       Assists in training new staff.

10.   Assist in weekly in-service for lifeguards.

11.   Perform lifeguard duties.

12.   Additional duties assigned by the Aquatics Coordinator.

D.      Certifications

1.       American Red Cross Lifeguard Training (required)

2.       First Aid, CPR and AED training (required)

3.       American Red Cross Water Safety Instructor (preferred)

4.       American Red Cross Lifeguard Instructor (preferred)

5.       Certified Coach Member of USA Swimming (optional)

6.       NSPF “Certified Pool-Spa Operator” (C.P.O.) or equivalent (preferred)