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Getting to Know the Coaching Staff Part 2: Holly Rickman

Good Afternoon Parents!

As we continue to grow as a team and family we have noticed that sometimes getting to know each other can be tough. The swimmers get to know each other very well but we see the struggle of parents getting to know the coaching staff outside of just their swimmers' coach. We pride ourselves on a desire to create a family atmosphere at the YMCA and with the RAYS program. So in the pursuit of that we are going to have the coaches pick questions and interview each other with the goal of all of us getting to know each other a little better!

Last month Coach Tim selecected Coach Preston to be interviewed and this month Coach Preston has selcted Coach Holly Rickman to be interviewed! Holly is the lead coach for Pre-Senior 1 and Manta Rays at our Clover site and this is her first season coaching with the RAYS.

Coach Preston: What hobby would you get into if time and money weren’t an issue?

Coach Holly: If I wasn’t a mom and wife (and time and money weren’t in issue) I would LOVE to intern/volunteer at different college swimming programs.  Swimming in college was one of the BEST experiences- to have the opportunity to be apart of that again from the coaching side would be special.


Coach Preston: What fictional place would you most like to go to?

Coach Holly: Duh, Atlantica- who wouldn’t want to be a mermaid?


Coach Preston: What would be your first question after waking up from being cryogenically frozen for 100 years?

Coach Holly: This is a tough one- I would want to know where my kids and husband were (hopefully they were frozen with me).


Coach Preston: What’s your favorite memory from swimming collegiately?

Coach Holly: Almost impossible to pick one- I loved and still love being apart of a team.  Training trips, A10 championships and team dinners stand out the most.


Coach Preston: What is your ideal way to spend the weekend?

Coach Holly: Hiding in a closet where my kids can’t find me (kidding, sort of).  I enjoy relaxing and not having to rush out of the house.  Since moving to the area in July, spending the day on the lake with friends and family is a new favorite.


Coach Preston: What fad or trend do you hope comes back?

Coach Holly: Nothing stands out… Although, I did have some pretty sweet tracksuits back in the day.


Coach Preston: What irrational fear do you have?

Coach Holly: I’m scared to swim in open water, especially the ocean.  Something might bite me.


Coach Preston: How did you get started coaching and who has influenced you the most as a coach?

Coach Holly: 1st - I was asked to coach South Aiken High School Swim Team. 2nd - I had the best club, high school and college coaches.  I reached out to all of them when I took the SAHS job for advice, tips and workout questions.  Matt Kredich (Univeristy of Tennessee head coach) was my college coach my first two years at Richmond and out of all my coaches has been my biggest influence.  He is without a doubt a mentor in life and coaching.  


Thank you for your answers coach Holly! Next month Coach Holly will be interviewing Coach Cindy! See below for Coach Holly's bio!


Coach Holly was the head coach at South Aiken High, Aiken SC in 2016.   In her first year as head coach she coached the girl’s team to a AAAA state champions, a school first.  The boy’s team went undefeated in season and placed second at the AAAA state championship, also a school first.  Rickman was named 2016 coach of the year by the South Carolina press

Coach Holly was one of the founding members of Aiken Pacer Aquatic Club.  As the Head Coach, during APAC’s first season, she lead the team to a 10th place State finish with 18 athletes.  She also coached several athletes to first time state and sectional cut times.

Coach Holly was born and raised in New England.  She started swimming when she was 10 years old. She completed all the way up to the YMCA National Level.  She also competed in junior Olympics, and qualified for US opens. She graduated from the University of Richmond with a degree in Rhetoric and Communications.  While swimming for the Richmond Spider’s she qualified for a NCAA B cut her freshman year in the 1650-yard freestyle.  Her time of 16:49.27 held the Richmond record for several years along with her 1000-yard freestyle time of 10:11.43 and her 500-yard freestyle time of 4:55.83. In 2011, she was inducted into the school's athletic hall of fame. Coach Holly married her husband, Forrest, in 2009.  They have two beautiful children; Jefferson and Delaney.