A bit of a club coaching shuffle surrounding two of the country’s major USA Swimming age group programs has taken place.
Troy Emmons has resigned as the head coach of Katy Aquatics (west Houston) after he presented what the team called a “proposal in change of direction” which the Board of Directors “did not accept.”
He has been replaced by Jack Young who is best known for his work as the head age group coach at the Parkway Swim Club in Missouri. Interestingly, Young joins former Parkway Head Coach Jack Maddan, who recently became the head coach at FLEET, in suburban Houston. FLEET is just about 15 miles away from Katy’s home base.
Young has coached over 150 athletes to USA Swimming Top-16 lists, and has produced several Olympic Trials qualifiers. He joins another fairly high profile coach, Bill Sprague, on that staff. The club is recognized as a bronze medal recipient in USA Swimming’s club excellence program, a level 4 club in the Club Recognition program, and for the past year-and-a-half has been one of the country’ highest fundraisers in the annual Swim-a-thon program.
Meanwhile, Emmons has headed to Michigan Lakeshore Aquatics, where he has taken over as head coach and Aquatics Director of the program in Holland, Michigan. This is a role that was vacated when Don Kimble, also the head coach of Holland High School, stepped down earlier this year to take a job at Byron Center High School 30 miles to the east. Kimble’s new role will be a co-op team from Byron Center, South Christian, and Caledonia high schools.
MLA, as the team is known, has produced several Junior National Champions in the last few years, including 6 Olympic Trials qualifiers. He also coached the National High School Record in the girls’ 200 medley relay in 2011. That includes Virginia freshman standout Courtney Bartholomew, the 2013 ACC Freshman of the Year, who three-peated as a Junior National Champion in both the 100 and 200 backstrokes.