I began my swimming career in the baby pool of Dewing Park Swim Team in 1976. I swam 14 years for Dewing Park and was introduced to lifelong friends, a great sport that brought our neighbors together, and great coaches who became incredible mentors in my life. The 14 years influenced me to return the favor and become a career swim coach for all levels. I pursued a B.S. in Kinesiology, worked my way up from summer recreational swim teams to working with Club Excellence level swim teams and teams ranked in the Top 20 in the U.S. The experience has led me all over the U.S. and I have been fortunate to meet and work with beginning novice swimmers, national, Olympic, and World Champion athletes and coaches.
Entering my 31st year of coaching I have changed my philosophy. The maturation came with trial and error and mistakes were made along the way and I have learned from them all. I used to believe a great coach is measured by their success in the pool through their swimmers. Now, after so many years and witnessing young athletes not always having a plan after high school my philosophy has shifted in developing the “Student Athlete”. Coaches have athletes for a minimal amount of time during the athlete’s life. A coach can be influential, but it is important to recognize the goal of the athlete is more important than the goal of the coach. I was introduced to a great program “Play Up Athletics” developed by Chuck Lovitt. The main objective of Play Up Athletics is to help athletes become “Student Athletes” and develop a passion in life. Coaches may have a swimmer in their group for 4-6 years, but what the athlete does as citizens in life are much greater than their athletic performance. My philosophy now is to lead young student athletes to become accountable, disciplined, and to have a plan after high school. The plan does not stop with just attending college if desired, it is to guide the student athlete to determine what their passion is in life.
I am excited to join the Springwood Swim Club family and looking forward to a great summer. Swimming is a great sport and so much can be accomplished for a young Student Athlete. Being part of a team has so many advantages. I am excited to share my philosophy and lead Springwood to a great summer. See you all on deck soon.
Assistant Coach - Taylor Henry
My name is Taylor Henry, call me Coach Taylor! I began swimming with a local recreational team at 5 years old, with my team I also began my coaching experience as a swimmer coach. I competed until I aged out, but I continued to coach the summers that followed. I attended Diablo Valley College where I swam and played water polo, there I earned dual sport All American awards both years. In 2013 I left the area to attend the University of Hawai’i, where I continued to swim and coach! Happy to be back on a pool deck in the area I grew up swimming, looking forward to a fun, successful season!