Austin Swim Club Future Home, Olympic-Sized Myrtha Pool For High-Caliber Swimmers, Masters and Triathletes

Austin Swim Club, teamlogo_4883_1379003140443.jpgAustin Swim Club is Austin’s newest USA Swimming club. Head Coach/GM of Aquatics, Todd Foley and Head Age Group Coach, Nate O’Brien, lead the team.

Todd Foley, Austin Swim Club Head Coach

Todd Foley, Austin Swim Club Head Coach

Coach Foley brings over 25 years of experience in the sport and has coached both at the Division I level as well as for some of the top USA Swimming programs in the country.

Coach O’Brien, a former Longhorn All-­‐American and 2004 Olympian, returns to the pool deck to lead the Age Group swimmers. Additionally, the older groups will have athletic trainer Max Bookman lead the strength & conditioning program. Max has worked with a diverse group of athletes, including multi-­‐Olympic medalist, Brendan Hansen. Their bios can be found at www.austinswimclub.org.

Currently training at the Lake Hills and Circle C swimming pools, Austin Swim Club will have its own home in 2014. Austin Swim Club’s future home will be at the Austin Aquatics & Sports Academy site being developed in Southwest Austin. The Austin Aquatics and Sports Academy will be designed for high-­‐caliber swimmers as well as the youth and adult triathlete. A Masters swimming program will also train at the facility.

Nate O'Brien, Austin Swim Club Head Age Group Coach

Nate O’Brien, Austin Swim Club Head Age Group Coach

The center of the site will be an outdoor, world-­‐class 50-­‐meter x 25-­‐yard Myrtha swimming pool that will be 2-­‐meters in depth. Equipped with shade structures, an outdoor dryland area, technological capabilities including AvidaSports and on-­‐site video analysis, will allow its members every opportunity to improve and expand their abilities.

The Austin Aquatics and Sports Academy facility will be comprised of both indoor facilities and covered outdoor facilities. The indoor facility will be approximately 5,000 square feet and will include an area for spin bikes/stationary cycling stations, athletic training facilities, locker rooms, administrative offices and will be staffed by Certified Athletic Trainers. The site will also have an outdoor running trail.

Courtesy of Austin Swim Club.

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Captain Obvious

Great news for Austin!! Best of luck to Todd and everyone involved!!!

PsychoDad

Impressive plans. Good luck to the Austin Swim Club. Good competition will make everyone in Austin better, starting today at the first meet the club attends, Longhorn Aquatics’ Fall Kick Off.

It is however very different when you own the club and have grand plans versus just being a coach and collecting the paycheck. It is a constant fight not to be losing money, making payroll on time, and getting out of coaching more and more because of all other things you have to do, and then having unhappy coaches and swimmers that are leaving. I just hope coach Foley has as good business skills as he has coaching skills. He will need them big time. Again, good luck.

PsychoDad

By the way, that is nice fly arm entry in the picture. Mel, is that you? When did you start doing your nails? I have to do mine in pink to look pretty just in case I ever meet Bobo Gigi.

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