Kirk Grand on Being Named USA Swimming’s Nat’l Team High Performance Specialist

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Dr. Kirk Grand is the new National Team High-Performance Specialist at USA Swimming. He will be working with the national teams and as many USA Swimming coaches and swimmers as possible as a resource.

He comes to USA Swimming after years of coaching experience at the high school, club, and collegiate levels. He has his Ph.D. in Psychophysiology from Auburn University and earned a master’s degree from the Councilmen Center at Indiana University. He coached at both Universities and most recently at the University of North Carolina.

In this episode of the SwimSwam podcast, we dive into all of that experience and education as well as his new role. It’s basically a coach conversation that flows from motivating athletes with language to solving the sport’s problems like how much aerobic do we really need to why do we lose the “feel,” for the water so easily. Another informative coaching conversation that you don’t want to miss.


Music: Otis McDonald


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Chapel Hill Sprinter
1 month ago

Greatest coach I’ve ever had.

1 month ago

My question is “will he miss the coaching”?
I agree that getting people to regularly swim fast year after year, decade after decade is the coach’s personality and to change with the times and always learn…..often learn from the athletes themselves!

Renegade Raider
1 month ago

The GOAT 🐐

1 month ago

Kirk is a great professional, one of the brightest coaches I’ve had the chance of working with.
I was sad when I heard he have left the pool deck but I’m glad he’s still very involved with swimming.

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