ASU Assistant Herbie Behm Breaks Down How Entire Team Handled Red-Shirt Year

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Garrett McCaffrey sat down with Herbie Behm, the assistant coach at Arizona State. Behm talks about how the year went for Arizona State after head coach Bob Bowman made the decision to red-shirt the entire team. Behm said for the most part it went quite smoothly, getting a long block to focus on both long course and putting good work in during training heading into Olympic Trials.

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Coach Rob
4 months ago

They handled it poorly. Plain and simple. Let the kids swim.

Ghost
Reply to  Coach Rob
4 months ago

I agree. They made the decision to sit out way too early. How many of their swimmers aren’t going to make an impact at Trials? Now they missed two ncaas! And all seniors in all colleges can offer an extra year!

Yeahok
Reply to  Coach Rob
4 months ago

Rob, it’s a pandemic. There’s a bigger picture than to just “let the kids swim”. Athlete health and longevity is the main focus, not treating the kids as statistics just for a single NCAA season.

DrSwimPhil
Reply to  Yeahok
4 months ago

They trained and most of them still went to swim meets, correct? If so…what’s the difference?

Mr Piano
4 months ago

Bruh they missed out on a lot of fun, trying to act like it wasn’t a mistake to do that lmao

Xman
4 months ago

I wonder if there was a point where could have changed their mind about red shirting

Ghost
Reply to  Xman
4 months ago

Probably start of second semester? Just a guess

The Cap Police
4 months ago

Cap

Sean Justice
4 months ago

One set, as a distance swimmer, I think that I really benefitted from was this one (LCM)
2×100 Ez
4×100 Hard
2×100 Ez
3×100 Hard
2×100 Ez
2×100 Hard
2×100 Ez
1×100 Hard
1×100 Ez
1×100 Hard
1×100 Ez
2×100 Hard
1×100 Ez
3×100 Hard
1×100 Ez
4×100 Hard
all on 1:40

All the hards where at max HR and it really simulated a hard 1500. It help condition me on what swimming at a pace would feel like.

Yeahok
4 months ago

I wonder how many of the comments listened to the podcast and actually took note of what was being said. There’s a lot more quality information in this interview than whether ASU was correct in redshirting or not.

I personally love seeing how different coaches implement training modalities. Herbie is definitely the whole package and any program is lucky to have him.

Last edited 4 months ago by Yeahok
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Reply to  Yeahok
4 months ago

As a Diving Coach that knows Herbie and used to work with him, I love how he looks at the movement of athletes of other sports and is constantly learning and evolving as a coach in order to push the envelope of what athletes can do.

Bubbles
4 months ago

Regardless of how you spin this…..ASU fell for the panic and fear #excuseforbob. Thankfully the rest of the PAC-12 did not follow and lead with courage.

Guerra
4 months ago

I wish ASU would see the light and get rid of Bowman. Herbie would do a much better job as head coach.

Coach Macgyver
Reply to  Guerra
4 months ago

Could you pump the breaks on continuously going after people’s jobs?

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