August 11, 2013
August 11, 2013
To: Friends and Family of Mercury Swimming, Inc.
RE: New and Exciting Updates for the 2013-2014 Season
Dear Mercury Family,
The Mercury Board of Directors is very pleased to announce our plans for Mercury Swimming for the 2013-2014 season. We realize that many of you have had questions regarding coaching changes and the future of our swim program. Consequently, we will in the weeks ahead be communicating regular updates about our program as well as many new and exciting enhancements to be implemented over the next year.
First and foremost, we are very happy to report that Dave Baker has accepted the position of Head Coach for Mercury Swimming. Coach Baker has a long and accomplished history of competitive swimming. As a youth, he swam for 15 years with the storied Lake Erie Silver Dolphin swim club in Cleveland, Ohio, which just won the 2013 USA Swimming Speedo Sectional Championships Team Title and has been crowned Lake Erie District Champions every year since its establishment in the late 1960s. Coach Baker also swam for Ohio's Orange High School, where he still holds the school records in the 100 Breaststroke and 200 Medley Relay, and was subsequently inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame. After high school, Coach Baker went on to swim Division II with Edinboro University (Pa.) and Division 1 with St. Bonaventure. He then continued to swim in the Lake Erie Silver Dolphins Masters Program.
During Coach Baker's time in college, he earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Education, with a major in Health and Physical Education and a minor in Fitness Management and Athletic Coaching, and completed graduate work in Exercise and Wellness Promotion and Athletic Performance. Coach Baker also has over 10 years coaching experience, including (1) several years with his old club, the Lake Erie Silver Dolphins, (2) the Peak Performance Swim team, which he created, implemented, and ran, (3) the Titusville Area School District in Pennsylvania, where he served as a Health and Education Teacher and Head Coach of the Boys and Girls High School Swim Team, and (4) his alma mater, Orange High School. With all of this experience and the necessary certifications (and more), Coach Baker fully meets all coaching requirements for the Niagara District. Consequently, we are very pleased to welcome him to lead Mercury Swimming along the next steps in its continued path to success. Coach Baker's vast knowledge of swimming technique and stroke development, along with conditioning and wellness promotion, will help our swimmers at all levels to reach new heights.
We are also very happy to announce that Tyler Monroe has committed to remaining with Mercury Swimming as our lead Assistant Coach. As many of you know, Coach Ty has a long history with Mercury as a swimmer and a coach, and he brings a wealth of experience from swimming competitively and with distinction for Mercury, Livonia High School, and Alfred University. He also has a great passion both for coaching and for contributing meaningfully to Livingston County, and he will continue to bring the club considerable swimming knowledge and experience along with his strong roots in the club and the larger community. With these wonderful assets, Coach Ty will once again be working with our new and beginning competitive swimmers to give them a strong base on which to grow both as swimmers and as young people with character. We additionally look forward to Coach Ty assuming some new administrative roles, including outreach and orientation for new swimmers at Mercury.
Mercury Swimming is likewise delighted that accomplished swimmer and coach Jimmy Welch has agreed to coach the Masters Program in Dansville on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, until the school year starts, and Tuesdays and Thursdays, once the school year begins. Coach Welch is currently Head Coach for Dansville High School Boys and Girls Swimming and will be a great addition to our Masters Program and the larger Mercury family.
In addition, Nikki Welch, a multi-event SUNYAC Qualifier while at SUNY Cortland, will continue her excellent work with our Wayland-Cohocton Stroke Development Team and is very much looking forward to the beginning of the new season. We are blessed with Nikki's enthusiastic commitment to Mercury and are eager for this valuable program to continue to grow.
Finally, Mercury Swimming will once again offer the popular Learn to Swim Program in Geneseo, as in years past, and with it looks to strengthen our young swimmers while nurturing them in the process of becoming successful competitors for Mercury in the years ahead.
In addition to the above, the Mercury Board of Directors and new coaching staff are actively seeking a third coach to assist in the work of Coach Baker and Coach Ty. This will give us the number of on-deck coaches necessary to giving all individuals the opportunity to reach their unique potential as swimmers. It is our goal to have that third coaching position filled by the time the 2013-2014 swim season commences.
The new coaching staff started on-deck this past week, and Coach Baker is already getting to know our swimmers and beginning to plan for the upcoming short course season. This will allow for a smooth and successful transition into the next phase in the continued growth and development of Mercury Swimming. This promises to be a very special and rewarding time in the history of the club.
We suggest that you return frequently to the Mercury Swimming website (WWW.MERCURYSWIMMING.COM) for many new announcements concerning the operations of the club as well as the upcoming fall meet schedule. Again, we are thankful to all of our returning families and wish especially to welcome our new swimmers and their families. Please feel free to contact any member of the Board of Directors with any questions or suggestions.
The Mercury Board of Directors
Roger Evans Monica Stewart
Rosetta Greaney David Granger