Brent Arckey on Coaching Summer McIntosh, Managing High-Performance Athletes

by Garrett McCaffrey 15

November 01st, 2022 Club, News, Podcasts, Training, Video

In the SwimSwam Podcast dive deeper into the sport you love with insider conversations about swimming. Hosted by Coleman HodgesGarrett McCaffrey, and Gold Medal Mel Stewart, SwimSwam welcomes both the biggest names in swimming that you already know, and rising stars that you need to get to know, as we break down the past, present, and future of aquatic sports.

Brent Arckey is in his 12th year with the Sarasota Sharks and he’s been the Head Coach/CEO since 2017. The Sharks finished 7th last year in the USA Swimming Club Excellence Program rankings and Brent has been on multiple USA Swimming International staffs. Recently, up-and-arrived superstar Summer McIntosh has moved to Sarasota to train with Brent and the Sharks.
In this conversation we discuss the training approach from top to bottom at Sarasota. Brent breaks down five different phases of training throughout the season, including one that he considers “experimental,” at this point. Dryland starts at the very base level with the Sharks, as games and fun activities to keep kids moving. As they progress through the program they are challenged with a variety of Dryland exercises, run by the GAIN program.
We discuss age group progressions, coaching progressions, Brent’s own swimming progression, as well as the evolution of mental health as just plain health. It’s a fantastic conversation that you won’t want to miss!

Music: Otis McDonald
www.otismacmusic.com

Opinions, beliefs and viewpoints of the interviewed guests do not necessarily reflect the opinions, beliefs, and viewpoints of the hosts, SwimSwam Partners, LLC and/or SwimSwam advertising partners.

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SMO
1 month ago

What I really like about this interview is how “every swimmer matters.” Because “many are called, and few are chosen”, its not hard to get caught up in the excitement of the next great champion (like Summer McIntosh.) I thought it was great how Brent highlighted that the club promotes a culture of excellence – for everyone, even swimmers just trying to make it to a state championship. Paying attention to everyone’s goals (not just the future Olympians) not only promotes this culture – it also promotes a sense that the club will help everyone be their very best, no matter what their very best is. This is a lesson that all swimmers can rely on long after they have… Read more »

Coach Mo
1 month ago

The best of the best! Good work and great interview Brent.

Ploki
1 month ago

It’s interesting how Summer is entered in the 100 free, 200 free, 800 free, 50 fly, 200 fly, and 100 IM. It looks like her coach is trying to have 1 final per night and other events to work on her speed.

Caleb
1 month ago

I don’t think that’s Summer McIntosh in your cover pic…

Reply to  Caleb
1 month ago

We did not claim that it was

nuotofan
Reply to  Coleman Hodges
1 month ago

Yes, the link with the title was: Brent Arckey on coaching Summer McIntosh, managing high-performances athletes (like Emma Weyant).

Jackson
Reply to  Coleman Hodges
1 month ago

Little bit snarky aren’t we???

B1Guy!
1 month ago

Good stuff, thanks for sharing Brent! SwimSwam needs to do a version of Practice&Pancakes(Age-Group) for Club teams around the US!

Admin
Reply to  B1Guy!
1 month ago

Coleman has actually done quite a few club teams. Club teams can be logistically a little trickier – lots of parents with lots of opinions when you get minors involved. Blue dots on this map are club teams.

https://swimswam.com/where-in-the-world-is-coleman-hodges-5-years-of-practice-pancakes/

B1Guy!
Reply to  Braden Keith
1 month ago

Thanks for clarifying Braden! Forgot to take into account parents and the filming of minors. Maybe skip the video of the actual swimming and just a 1:1 with the teams coaches on their philosophies etc.

Cap Obvi
Reply to  B1Guy!
1 month ago

You mean like this podcast?

B1Guy!
Reply to  Cap Obvi
1 month ago

Yes, I get that ha, but just mean more clubs less colleges

chlorinebabey
Reply to  B1Guy!
1 month ago

You mean like this video that you’re commenting on?

Jim Nickell
1 month ago

Very Good Interview!

Buckeyeboy
1 month ago

Good interview. Lots of good information. Would still like to see a P&P of the Sarasota team in action! Also, an interview with Vern Gambetta somewhere in the future would be fantastic as well.

About Garrett McCaffrey

No one lives the sport of swimming like Garrett McCaffrey. A Division I swimmer who spent 4 years covering the sport as a journalist, now coaches club swimming and competes as a masters swimmer, Garrett truly lives the sport of swimming. After graduating from University of Missouri’s award winning journalism program …

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