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Coaches & Directors

We are here to support your needs. If your questions are related to workouts, meets, events, goal setting, and other swimming related needs, please contact one of the coaches. For all questions related to administrative, such as dues, safety, or policy issues, please contact one of the board members.

The COSST coaching staff is dedicated to creating a program that will not only give your children a strong physical skill that can be used the rest of their life, but also a program that is capable of teaching young athletes the value of long term goal making, a characteristic that will serve them in every endeavor throughout their life that they commit to.

 

The JV program stresses technique, the pre-varsity program builds on this strong technique to add endurance and strength that leads to the consistent success of those swimmers that dedicate themselves to making COSST's varsity program.

 

Each year Coach Jordan consistently sends 5% of the JV swimmers, 50 % of the Pre-Varsity swimmers, and 95% of the Varsity swimmers to the Louisiana State Meets, which are based on qualifying state cuts for each age group.

Coaching Staff

Butch Jordan

Head Coach City of Shreveport Swim Team

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Coach Butch Jordan has been involved in competitive swimming since 1964 when he began swimming at age twelve and continued through his college career. Butch’s dad, Jack, began competitive swimming in Shreveport in 1952, Shreveport Swim Club or SSC which later became COSST, to encourage young men and women of all ages to get in the water. Following in his Dad’s footsteps with his own love for swimming, he became Head Coach of COSST in 1975. His enthusiasm for the sport and for the swimmer shows when he is frequently heard saying, “I’m having more fun than anybody.” Butch’s goal with every swimmer is twofold – make them better swimmers and make them better people. By that he means each swimmer needs to take personal responsibility, be accountable and learn to give 100% in the pool and out of the pool. Butch coaches the whole person!

Having been a USA swim member since 1975,  Butch swam four years at Southern Arkansas University (1970-1975) and where he was Conference Champion in the 200-back three times and once in the 100-free.  He has attended 12 World Coaching Clinics and the Elite Coaches Clinic at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, CO. He was named Mid-Con Coach of the Year twice and Summit League Men’s Coach of the year once. Also, he was named Louisiana Coach of the Year four times. He is an American Swimming Coaches Association Level 4 Coach and certified in Red Cross CPR and First Aid.

His experience and love of swimming has paid off. He has taken swimming qualifiers to Nationals since the 1980’s and took six swimmers to the Olympic trials in 1984, 2008 and 2012.  Since 2001,  he has coached the Centenary College Men and Women Swim Team. He is active in Louisiana swimming, Inc. as General Chair, Registration Chair, Age Group Chair, Finance Chair and Senior Chair.

As well as coaching COSST, Butch provides facilities for other teams in the Shreveport-Bossier area that are not affiliated with COSST and is very active in coordinating middle, high school and home-school programs. He encourages team camaraderie and sportsmanship, and his own swimmers know that Butch is available for them in and out of the pool. 

Joe Ferguson

Varsity Assistant Coach

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Varsity Head coach Joe Ferguson. Started swimming for Butch Jordan in 1979 until 1989.  Swam for Ohio University and joined the NAVY for 11 years.  After the NAVY Joe can back to Shreveport in 2003 and dove right back into the swimming program on the coaching as the assistant for Butch Jordan.  Joe Ferguson is the Commissioner for the COSST Summer League Program.  He graduated from Campbell University with a Business Administration degree.  He is also one of the assistant swim coaches for Centenary College in Shreveport.  Joe is married to Kay Ferguson.

Sara Sewell

Junior Varsity Head Coach

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Coach Sara Sewell is the Head Coach of the Junior Varsity program. Coach Sara has been with COSST since 2006 and has played a vital role in getting our younger kids ready to participate in competitive swimming. Sara is USA Swimming certified and also has ASCA Level 2 Certification. She is married and has 4 children all which currently swim for COSST.