Coach Spotlight - Get to Know Coach Skip!

Pam Barnes

Skip began his aquatic interest as the child of an Army Staff Sgt. who loved the water as much as he did his family. Swimming was mandatory and taught at an early age. He has enhanced his education through the Red Cross and is certified as a lifeguard, lifeguard instructor, aquatic fitness instructor, water safety instructor, and scuba Instructor. He has coached not only his own children, but also several championship level swimmers in Missouri Valley. Skip has coached at various levels with LifeTime Fitness, the Jewish Community Center “Jets,” as well as the KC Parks & Recreation “KC Storm" and has coached COOL's Orange group at BVSW for the past two years.

What do you enjoy most about being a coach?
I enjoy earning the trust of the swimmers I am working with, the coaches I am working with and the organization I am working for. I enjoy leading a group of young people who are goal oriented, discipined and talented, and desire the best out of me every day and are willing to give me their best each and every day!

What do you enjoy doing in your free time?
I am an adrenaline junkie! I enjoy pushing the limits of my experiences and talents to the extreme. I am basically a "big kid" with a variety of interests and boundless energy! I have a desire to do things that excite my senses and my need for speed and adventure. If it's done outside in any weather, I am all for it! I can't stand being cooped up inside or confined in any form or fashion!

Tell us about your family and any final thoughts...
I am a happily married man with three daughters who absolutely drive me "bonkers" and I wouldn't have it any other way! (ha ha) Discipline and respect are high on my list of priorities for myself, my family, and yes... the athletes that I enjoy coaching.

Skip would like to let everyone know how much he appreciates all of you, and the thoughful gifts and cards he received during COOL's recent Coach Appreciation Week! He is very grateful for the opportunity to coach your children.