Patrick Lee Lara
Hello. I am Coach Patrick. I grew up swimming in creeks, ponds and in the salt waters of South Texas. Just so you know yes, with alligators, snakes, and black tip sharks as my wife would say, but I am still here. I have lived near the water my entire life. When stationed in Hawaii I found that swimming was a very important life skill that not everyone knew. Through researching different styles and techniques I started helping those that wanted to learn how to swim. When stationed in North Carolina I served as a Team Leader on a water insertion team. Part of my responsibility was to instruct and mentor young men coming into the detachment on the different swimming techniques and strokes. Swimming is not just a physical sport but very much a mental sport we were not made for the water we adapt to it. I have a great respect for the sport and a lot of the veteran coaches and swimmers. I came back to swimming when my kids joined the Sharks. My favorite stroke is freestyle.