Dr. Sharon Churchin brings to Lifetime Swim a wealth of knowledge and expertise gained as a parent, teacher, school administrator, and, 30 years as a swim coach with experience in Summer League, UIL (high school) and USA Swimming. She has also been a swimming official since 1984 and has judged four Olympic Trials and several National Championships in addition to innumerable local meets. She is the first woman to referee an international meet in San Luis Potosi, Mexico.
Coach Churchin began her swimming career in New Jersey at the North Cove and the Montclair Y where her mother was her coach. Two of her grandchildren now swim for the Montclair Y! Gymnastics, basketball, soccer, and modern dance filled her free time until severe injuries caused her to return to the pool her junior year at Southern Connecticut State College to re-hab. Her love of swimming was re-ignited when she joined the Owls swim team!
Four different Summer League teams coached by Churchin in Houston and Austin won their championship meets every season and the Westwood High School team earned District Championships every year she coached which led to Churchin being named two time UIL District Coach of the Year. During this same period, Churchin co-founded Texas Gold Swimming which became a powerhouse USA Swimming age group team. Swimmers from 11 different High Schools came from all over Austin to swim with Churchin’s Texas Gold. These swimmers won District, Regional and State Championships while swimming for GOLD. Coach Churchin’s USA Swimming squad won many Age Group Championships and Jr. and Sr. National qualifiers. This team success led to Coach Churchin being named South Texas Age Group Coach of the Year followed by South Texas Senior Coach of the Year honors.
Churchin’s swimmers earned athletic and academic scholarships while swimming for: Duke, Delta State, UT, Texas A&M, Grinnell, Centenary, Dartmouth, Rice, Harvard, U Va, Houston, Notre Dame, U of Louisville, and many others. A good number of Texas Gold swimmers chose to swim on college club teams, Masters teams or just for relaxation to allow for heavy academic demands. She is proud to have founded and led a talented team of coaches who believed that “swimming is something you do, not who you are” which allowed the young athletes the ability to pursue high levels of academics in addition to their chosen sport: true scholar athletes!
Coach Sharon is proud and happy to lead the Bronze and Silver Groups at Lifetime where her focus on technique is met with enthusiasm.
We have great leadership, facilities and a fantastic team! Go Lifetime!