MAKO Swimming’s Strohm Edwards named Head Coach of Mid-Atlantic Zone Team

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MAKO Swimming’s Strohm Edwards named Head Coach of Mid-Atlantic Zone Team

Edwards takes the helm of the region’s top swimmers to compete against the best in the Eastern Zone.


NEWARK, Del.—Fresh off a Delmarva Swim Association (DSA) Championship, MAKO Swimming head coach Strohm Edwards heads to Richmond, Va., site of the Eastern Zone Long Course Championships to lead the Mid-Atlantic Zone Team.


Edwards was officially announced as the head coach of the team on July 28th.  He takes over a team that took seventh place in 2019.  Edwards served on that staff, coaching the 11-12 boys.  Now he is responsible for boys and girls of all age groups and supervising the staff of five assistant coaches.  Edwards will also be directly responsible for the 11-12 girls.


The team is made up of 33 girls and 30 boys, with a few being very familiar to Edwards.  MAKO Swimming members include, Payton Garnsey (Camden-Wyoming, Del.) who will swim with the 10 and under girls, Jacob Madden (Magnolia, Del.) who will swim with the 11-12 boys and Anna Mumford (Selbyville, Del.) who will swim with the 11-12 girls.


“It is an honor to be selected as the head coach of the Mid-Atlantic Zone Team,” said Edwards.  “The chance to work with some of the best swimmers in our area is exciting and to see three of our own athletes there as well is very gratifying.”


The Eastern Zones are made up of 12 LSCs (Local Swim Committees): Adirondack, Allegheny Mountain, Connecticut, Maryland, Maine, Metropolitan, Middle Atlantic, New England, New Jersey, Niagara, Potomac Valley and Virginia.  Their mission as listed on their website is to “develop a unified organization designed to work in cooperation with the LSCs to support and promote the Eastern Zone Membership.”  It is an event that brings together the best swimmers in 12 states (Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia).  It also includes small parts of Ohio and West Virginia.


USA Swimming divides the swimming zones into four areas of the country with each zone hosting their own championships.  Western, Southern and Central represent the other three zones.  There are 59 LSCs, including Mid-Atlantic, that belong to those four zones.


Edwards was selected as the head coach because of his strong love for coaching and teaching swimming.  According to Jamie Platt, Executive Director of Mid-Atlantic Swimming, Strohm’s coaching philosophy “is based on the belief that, in order for swimmers to reach their potential, they must have a strong understanding and knowledge of proper swimming technique.”


“I am really just excited for this event,” said Edwards.  “To work with the Mid-Atlantic administrative staff and other head coaches in our area, all of whom I respect greatly, is just a great opportunity that will make me better as a coach, help MAKO Swimming and hopefully help the Mid-Atlantic swimming community.”


The 2021 Eastern Zone Age Group Long Course Championships start Wednesday morning, August 4 and runs through the 7 in Richmond, Va. at the Collegiate School Aquatics Center