Jon Howell, Head Coach -Emory, Addresses Orinda Aquatics

July 1st, the date when college swim coaches are allowed to contact recruits, has come and gone and many rising senior athletes are more than anxious about their college recruiting process. Jon Howell, Head Coach – Emory Swimming and Diving, met with over 100 Orinda Aquatics swimmers and their parents to give his perspective on the college admissions process. He provided valuable insights into the various Divisions, coaches’ decision making, timelines, preparation, navigating admissions and insights into the recruiting process.  While over 90% of Orinda Aquatics swimmers continue in collegiate athletics, this was the first presentation to the team by a collegiate coach. Howell praised OA for its work in supporting its athletics through the student-athlete process. 
Howell brought various perspectives to the meeting. As a collegiate swimmer, he won eleven DIII National Championships (3 consecutive in the 50 free) while at Kenyon University where he is still one of their most decorated swimmers. He has made his career coaching swimming at D1 powerhouse Clemson University, University of North Carolina, Kenyon (small DIII liberal arts college in rural Ohio)  and for the last 15 years at Emory University in Atlanta where his team has swum to 6 DIII NCAA Championships in the last decade.
Orinda Aquatics is a USA Swimming Club based at the Soda Center. Coaches Don and Ron Heidary’s  “Character First” approach ensures that their swimmers continue to have positive experiences and to love the sport. This is exemplified by the number of their graduates who swim four years in college.  Per John Leonard, ASCA Executive Director The influence of “Character First” and the work of the Heidary brothers is among the most important work being done by any swim coaches in the world today.”