Courtesy: Occoquan Swimming
MANASSAS, VA – Occoquan Swimming (OCCS) is excited to announce Donald Regenbogen as the National Training Group (NTG) lead coach for the 2020-21 season. The move promises to bring a unique energy and focus to the group which comprises approximately 30 swimmers with aspirations to compete on the national stage.
Regenbogen, or Coach Don as he is affectionately known, has spent the last few years preparing swimmers for high-level training and performance as lead coach of the Pre-National and Senior (High School) programs. He has coached and influenced OCCS swimmers at every level since joining the team in 2007 – a period that has seen Occoquan Swimming programs expand three-fold.
Head Coach and CEO, Aaron Dean, is excited for what Coach Don will bring to the group. “Coach Don has been a huge part of our program in building up the team and performance success over the past decade,” says Dean. “Moving him into the NTG role is going to continue our plans toward becoming the premier swim team in the area.”
doPrior to joining OCCS, Coach Don had already established himself as a fixture in Northern Virginia swimming, clocking in over four decades of coaching at every level, including a five-year stint as head coach of the Osbourn High School swim team, many years with the dominant summer swim team at Sudley Club, and 25 years with the Quantico Devil Dogs (QDD). During his post at QDD, Regenbogen coached every level of swimming, from Age Group to Senior, as well as coaching and mentoring Jeff Rouse, who went on to attend Stanford University, claim a world record in the 100m Backstroke, and become a 4x Olympic medalist in 1992 and 1996.
While coaching swimming is his passion, Coach Don was also a PE teacher for Manassas City Schools for 25 years, including as an Adaptive PE teacher responsible for a variety of special needs students. “Coach Don is one of a kind,” says Dean. “He is inspiring, he is kind, he is honest, and he cares – not just about performances – but about each person being their best and doing the right thing.”
Coach Don will start to integrate into practices in August and will take over training in preparation for the upcoming competition season. “He knows training. He knows performance. And he is an expert motivator,” describes Aaron Dean. “He will be an amazing benefit to the swimmers and the team in preparation of what’s next.”
Coach Don’s accolades include:
- 3-time Olympic Gold Medalist and World Record holder (Jeff Rouse in the 100m Backstroke)
- 3 Olympic Qualifiers
- 1 National USA Swimming Champion
- 30+ Junior National USA Swimming Qualifiers
- 10 Junior National Champions
- Over 50 Top 16 USA Swimming Ranked Athletes
- Virginia Swim Coach of the Year 1990
- High School Swim Coach of the Year 2007 and 2009
Occoquan Swimming is part of Potomac Valley Swimming. With approximately 600 swimmers, the team trains in six pools throughout Prince William and Fauquier Counties. Their main facility, Central Park Aquatic Center (Manassas, Virginia), is home to the NTG program and offers state-of-the-art facilities for the team, including weight training, yoga, physical therapy, team meetings, and competitions. For more information, visit: http://www.swimoccs.com.