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Kirk Grand on Being Named USA Swimming’s Nat’l Team High Performance Specialist

Kirk Grand on Being Named USA Swimming’s Nat’l Team High Performance Specialist

May 18, 2022

Dr. Kirk Grand is the new National Team High-Performance Specialist at USA Swimming. He will be working with the national teams and as many USA Swimming coaches and swimmers as possible as a resource.

He comes to USA Swimming after years of coaching experience at the high school, club, and collegiate levels. He has his Ph.D. in Psychophysiology from Auburn University and earned a master's degree from the Councilmen Center at Indiana University. He coached at both Universities and most recently at the University of North Carolina.

In this episode of the SwimSwam podcast, we dive into all of that experience and education as well as his new role. It's basically a coach conversation that flows from motivating athletes with language to solving the sport's problems like how much aerobic do we really need to why do we lose the "feel," for the water so easily. Another informative coaching conversation that you don't want to miss.

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Music: Otis McDonald
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SPIRE’s Coach Thad Schultz & Why The Only Swimming Sports Academy In The U.S. Matters

SPIRE’s Coach Thad Schultz & Why The Only Swimming Sports Academy In The U.S. Matters

May 13, 2022

In this SwimSwam podcast we get granular with SPIRE Aquatics Director and Head Swimming Coach Thad Schultz.  Thad has 25 years of coaching under her belt,  coaching at Clemson and Ohio State before joining Penn State. He’s worked with over 25 Olympic swimmers and 18 NCAA All-American. Now in his seventh year leading the SPIRE Academy swimming program, he's developing an epicenter of scholastic development for talent from all over the world.

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Music: Otis McDonald
www.otismacmusic.com

Chase Kreitler on His Vision for Pitt, Learning From Eddie Reese & Dave Durden

Chase Kreitler on His Vision for Pitt, Learning From Eddie Reese & Dave Durden

May 11, 2022

Chase Kreitler has had an amazing 2022, and we're just 5 months in. His Cal team won an NCAA title, he and his wife celebrated the birth of their first child, and this spring he was named the new Head Coach at Pitt. Somehow he still made time to talk with SwimSwam about all of it.

Many people may remember that he took paternity leave this winter before the birth of his son, JD. That's a unique move in an industry where some coaches barely take any time off. Chase has no regrets and that kind of life balance is an important example in our sport, where there is no off-season. Luckily Chase had the support of Cal head coach Dave Durden, just one of the many coaches he's worked with in his impressive career so far.

From Peter Linn at Eastern Michigan to Eddie Reese at Texas, Tracy Slusser and Greg Meehan at Stanford, and most recently Durden at Cal, Chase has worked with some of the best. He talks about what each one has taught him as he steps into his first head coaching role. He talked about his vision at Pitt and why it was an opportunity he didn't want to pass up. This is a great chance to learn from one of the brightest young coaches in the sport.

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Music: Otis McDonald
www.otismacmusic.com

 

Head Coach Megan Oesting Explains The Power of Swim Data Powered By Tritonwear

Head Coach Megan Oesting Explains The Power of Swim Data Powered By Tritonwear

May 11, 2022

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Megan Oesting is the current head swimming coach of Bend Swim Club. She sits on ASCA's Board of Directors, SwimOutlet's Coaches Advisory Panel, and she's a vital voice on Tritonwear's Advisory Board. We asked Meghan on the podcast because swim data is becoming more and more important to the success of coaches seeking reliable results faster with laser-sharp accuracy. Megan's an earlier adopter of swim data, and specifically, Tritonwear, a wearable powering many of swimming's top national governing bodies. Understanding the power of this tech--and the process through which to adopt it-- is worth your time and energy as coaches make it a part of their programs.

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Music: Otis McDonald
www.otismacmusic.com

SwimSwam Breakdown: New Pro Groups, Stroke 50s at Worlds, & Ring Chasing
Bill Dorenkott Describes Training Sets for Hunter Armstrong, Charlie Clark

Bill Dorenkott Describes Training Sets for Hunter Armstrong, Charlie Clark

May 4, 2022

Bill Dorenkott had a fantastic week in Greensboro, North Carolina at International Team Trials. He put two guys on the team, one of whom set a world record, and was named to the coaching staff of Team USA for this summer's World Championships. This week, he joined the SwimSwam podcast to discuss all the success he's had over the past year and all he's learned from his 14 years at Ohio State. We discuss specific sets from his two World Championship qualifiers. We talk about how the long course success affects the team, the staff, and the relationship with the University Administration. We also talk about how to celebrate successes and incorporate fun into a high-achieving program. A lot to be learned from one of the most successful coaches in college swimming.

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Music: Otis McDonald
www.otismacmusic.com

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