April 20, 2013
USA Swimming selected the Manta Rays as one of 19 clubs (out of approximately 2900 clubs) to have a Master Coach Consultant visit in 2013. USA Swimming Coach Ed Spencer will be visiting the team this upcoming Sunday-Wednesday. Here is a little excerpt from an email he sent us:
I am Ed Spencer and I will be coming to visit you, if you like. My background includes Head Coaching positions at Industry Hills (1983-1991), Reno (1991-1998) and Dynamo (1998-2004). I spent about 40 years as a professional coach and feel those years and the 175+ clubs I have visited have prepared me to answer a lot of questions or put you in touch with the right people to answer anything I can't. This is a “win-win” for you and your team. This is not a critiquing or evaluating visit. It is to give you an opportunity to ask all the questions you may have, have me watch, work with you coaching staff and swimmers.
Althete Topics may include: Athlete group talks about underwater training and streamlining and kicking off the walls; lactate clearance and restoration of glycogen/muscle memory restoration and "How do you want to be remembered?-being the best teammate (developing work ethic, team spirit (group and team culture) and support, being a hero to your team mates, etc.).
Ed Spencer has been a Master Coach Consultant with USA Swimming since January of 2005. Prior to retiring from coaching, Ed was the Head Coach of the Dynamo Swim Club from January 1998 to October 2004. While there, he led the Dynamo Swim Club to several 18 & under National Championships, six consecutive years of Southeastern Senior Sectional Champions and three consecutive years (2002-2004) of second place finishes in the USA Swimming’s Club Excellence Program. Over 35 different swimmers attained Senior National qualifying times and over 20 swimmers attained Olympic Trials qualifying times during this period with three swimmers winning National Championships.
Prior to coaching at Dynamo, he was the Head Coach at the Reno Aquatic Club (1990-1998) where he had several National Champions.
Ed was the distance and IM coach (1979-1983) and Head Coach at the Industry Hills Aquatic Club (1983-1990) where four of his swimmers set more than ten American Records and won more than twenty Senior National titles. His swimmers represented the USA on the 1980, 1984 and 1988 Olympic Teams. Ed, his wife, Stephanie and daughter, Jennifer currently live in Atlanta, GA.