Jon Urbanchek, a legendary coach, is best known for his 22 years as Head Coach at University of Michigan, and placing many athletes on the Olympic Team. He, himself, has coached on a few Olympic Teams.
Since “retirement”, he continues to positively influence United States Swimming, having helped run a post grad program in California. He also has coached with Bob Bowman, Mike Bottom, and Dave Salo. He says he has enjoyed “coaching with three of the best coaches on the planet”.
He shares some interesting tidbits:
“The next recovery workout was yesterday”
“Dave Salo swam for me in college.” “He learned what NOT to do”.
Dave Salo is known as a sprint coach, and yet he also has the fastest 10 k person on the planet, and 50 swimmer.
In training: loves race pace stuff, not a lot of BS work. “Everything we do has a purpose”.
500 work: under 4:10 – hold 49s in practice day in, day out. Do 10-12 of them.
200 work: 2×50 on 40, hold 23.
We are blessed to still have these wise coaches, such as Jon Urbanchek, Richard Shoulberg, Eddie Reese, Nort Thornton, Skip Kenney, Don Gambril, Dennis Pursley, and many others, still around to learn from. Most of them are still positively influencing swimming on a global scale.
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Katrina Radke is an Olympic Swimmer, Sport Psychology Professor, Bestselling Author of Be Your Best Without the Stress, and 7 Ultimate Fitness Routines. She also runs a motivational, peak potential business, WECOACH4U with her husband, Olympic Coach and former Stanford Coach, Ross Gerry.
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