Orcas Hire New Head Coach

Dec 30, 2018


The Rock Island County Orca Swim Club would like to announce that we have selected a new head coach for our team - Scott Johannsen.
Coach Scott Johannsen comes to the Orcas with over 40 years of swimming knowledge and coaching success. He was the head swim coach for Augustana College, Rock Island, IL, from 2008-2014, where he successfully built a nationally ranked swim team. During his tenure at Augustana, the swim team rewrote numerous school records (23 combined in 2013-2 014 season, 14 in the 2012-13 season, 10 in the 2011-12 season, 5 in the 2010-11 season, 3 in the 2009-10 season, and 3 in the 2008-2009 season). I n the 2012-13 season, the Augustana Vikings Men’s Team achieved the first Top-25 national ranking in the school’s history. In the 2013-14 season, the men’s team was nationally ranked at 18th by CollegeSwimming.com. He coached numerous athlete-students into achieving National B cut qualifying times. He coached 13 CCIW (College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin) conference event champions and one CCIW Swimmer of the Year. Coach Johannsen was selected twice for CCIW Men’s Coach of the Year: 2011-12 & 2012-13 seasons. Prior to coaching at Augustana, he coached the Pleasant Valley Stingray Swim Club from 2005-2010, where he developed numerous sectional, zone, Grand Prix, state championship qualifiers, state champions, Junior National, and National qualifiers.
Coach Johannsen began his swimming career at Davenport Westside Swim Club. He is a 12-time National Finalist in Short & Long Course AAU (USA) Swimming and a 10-time National YMCA Short & Long Course finalist. He is a 4-time State of Iowa finalist (100 butterfly and 200 IM). Coach Johannsen is also a founding member of the Rock Island YMCA Quad City National Team, which is currently the Rock Island County Orca Swim Club.
Scott Johannsen’s Coaching Philosophy - My coaching philosophy can be described in two words: Efficiency and Speed. I put a very high emphasis of technique. I believe you learn to swim in the most efficient way possible first, then you learn how to swim fast without the technique breaking down.
My swimmers train how they race or compete. They learn how to swim fast in practice. Conditioning and endurance come by gradually increasing the distance of the practice sets without decreasing the efficiency of the stroke.
We are excited to have Scott on board and look forward to having his knowledge and passion for the sport as key ingredients to the growth of our swimmers and club.