Stroke work for the Bluefins


Stroke Clinics for 7-8 and 9-10-year olds for the Carrollton Bluefins

There are open spaces for the weekend of the 21st. If your swimmer is 7-8 or 9-10 and needs a little more 1 on 1, please call 770-832-1161 today to sign up for only $10.00 for 1 hour.

One of the hardest things when coaching a swim team is trying to make sure all kids are getting enough stroke technique coaching when at practice. Many times, parents will look for stroke technique lessons outside of practice to make sure that their child is keeping up and improving as they age. This was a concern when I was a child competing, when I coached for the Bluefin organization, and continues to be something that coaches in the profession are dealing with on a continuous basis. Should coaches do more workout oriented practices or stroke work practices? It is truly a balancing act.

As the Director of the Carrollton Parks and Recreation Department, I have a keen interest in the success of the Bluefin program. From 1977 to 1989 when I turned eighteen and finished out my career on the swim team, I swam competitively year-round for this program. When I was in college, I coached the swim team as the Assistant Head Coach for five years, and in 1999 I became the aquatics coordinator for the Carrollton Parks and Recreation Department. During that time, I have progressively moved up the ladder. I am currently the Director of this historic department. Over the last twenty plus years, I have taught private swim lessons and group lessons to all age groups. I am a Level II United States Swim Coach, and, I am the Program Director for our Swim America Swim Lesson Program. One area that I enjoy teaching the most, is stroke technique to swim team kids.

Recently, I approached Head Swim Coach, John Pepper and Assistant Swim Coach, Cherie Empson about offering technique clinics to 7-8 and 9-10year-old swimmers on the Bluefin Swim Team. They will be offered outside of practice at Lakeshore Natatorium a couple of times a month, 1-hour classes for $10 per class. The money raised will go back into the Bluefin organization to benefit the team.

Many of you I know, but a lot of you I do not know. For those that do not know me, I was born and raised in Carrollton. As a child, my brother and I grew up in this parks and recreation department and played every sport that they offered. Both of us excelled the most in the sport of swimming. I graduated from Carrollton High School in 1990 and received my Bachelors and Masters Degree from the University of West Georgia. I am married to Mandy Malloy Maierhofer, and we have three daughters. Maddie Grace is our oldest and she is 17 and a junior at Carrollton High School, our middle daughter is Hue, and she is 15, and a freshman at Carrollton, and our youngest is Bailey, who is 11 and is in fifth grade at Carrollton Middle School. Be on the lookout, in the next few weeks, for these clinics. I hope they will give your child an opportunity to excel in the sport of swimming!