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February Coach Spotlight: Meet Coach Rodney

Coach Rodney is our Head Age Group Coach at Prairie Trail

Tell us about your swimming journey:
I grew up in an area that had many lakes where I swam every summer from age 8. I started swimming competitively at age 18. I was asked to swim while I was teaching swimming at the local YMCA because the 15 and over age group only had three boys and wanted to do relays. It was then I fell in love with the sport!

How did you decide you wanted to be a swim coach?
While in college, I worked as a lifeguard during the summer. The college team practiced there every day
before the pool opened and I would sit and talk with the coach, asking questions, listen to him work on technique with the swimmers, and point out things I saw. It was there I knew I wanted to coach swimming.

What is one bit of advice you have for a young swimmer?
Listen and do your best.  If you can answer yes to, “did I do my best?” after each practice and competition, you are getting better at swimming. Don’t worry if you add time in a race. As a new swimmer or an experienced swimmer, there are times when you are working on a technique and you may add time in a race. Keep working on the technique, because once you have it down, you will get faster.

What would you like COOL parents to know about you?
I’ve been coaching for 30+ years and want all the swimmers to succeed. I will always give my all to help the swimmers succeed.

What is your favorite thing to do when you are NOT coaching?
Spending time with my family. I 
like bowling with my children.

Interesting Fact!
I finished top 16 in three events at masters nationals at the age of 26