Lake Oswego’s Emily Melina on the Direction and Growth of Coaching and Swimming

by Garrett McCaffrey 6

November 14th, 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.

Emily Melina is the Head Coach at Lake Oswego Swim Club, a team that has won the Oregon State championships at every level the last few years and was recently named a Silver Medal team in the USA Swimming Club excellence program. She’s been at LOSC for 11 years and has doubled the club in size and created a family-like culture that achieves at a championship level. She was named the 2020-21 Senior Coach of the Year in Oregon Swimming. But Emily does a lot more than just coach.
She’s on the Diversity Equity and Inclusion (DEI) National Council for USA Swimming, as well as the Club Development Committee. She is also the General Chair for Oregon Swimming and the board for the American Swim Coach Association (ASCA). Emily has been on staffs of the USA Swimming National Select Camp, Zone Select Camp, and National Diversity Select Camp. She recently served as the Head Coach of the National Diversity Select Camp. Her goal with all of these roles is to give back to the sport and have some say in its direction and growth. Emily’s authenticity makes this conversation really relatable and any coach can learn a thing or two about running a successful team and giving back to the sport.

Music: Otis McDonald

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Happy Slappy
18 days ago

That woman has done more for this sport in her 11 years than most coaches do in a lifetime.

Ice Golem
18 days ago

Thank you for creating the Huizzbot

18 days ago

Long over due recognition for her hard work and unbelievable success, both in the pool and out of it!

Kermit Between Us
18 days ago

I will never ever be able to put into words how impactful Coach Emily has been in my family’s life, both in and out of the water.

My kid says she’s the GOAT. I say she’s my hero. Thank you Emily!

Jim Nickell
19 days ago

Nicely Done!

Kobe 6 Grinch
19 days ago

Emily is the Goat, thank you for interviewing her!

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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