Matt Kredich Discusses how to Effectively Communicate with Athletes

In the SwimSwam Podcast dive deeper into the sport you love with insider conversations about swimming. Hosted by Coleman Hodges 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.

We sat down with Tennessee head coach Matt Kredich, who has seen quite a few top transfers to his program in the last year. Kredich discusses how he’s developed his coaching style to understand and communicate effectively with athletes and shares what he’s learned along the way. This includes being aware of his body language, letting athletes decide what success means to them, and straying away from anger as a coaching method.


Music: Otis McDonald


Opinions, beliefs and viewpoints of the interviewed guests do not necessarily reflect the opinions, beliefs, and viewpoints of the hosts, SwimSwam Partners, LLC and/or SwimSwam advertising partners.

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16 days ago

These are great interviews and coaches can really learn a lot by taking the time to watch them. I’ve had kids swim for Matt at both Richmond University and the University of Tennessee. I knew way back when he was cutting his teeth at Richmond that he would be a great coach and go places. He is professional, passionate, hard working, eager to learn more and most importantly, cares about people and takes care of his athletes. The sport is in good hands with people like Matt.

Reply to  Guerra
15 days ago

Ok, who logged this comment under Guerra’s screen name?

Reply to  Anonymous
15 days ago

I’m trying to prove to Braden that I’m not just a commenter that “gushes” over Indiana…

16 days ago

I’ve never met this man, but he seems like a fantastic coach

Reply to  PVSFree
16 days ago

He is. Knoxville might be a great place to live, way to sell it Matt, but Tenn will always be hard to recruit to with swimmer student/athletes. Wish him the best.

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Reply to  Coach
15 days ago

You might be right. I have visited a number of times, however, and loved it. Knoxville is a wonderful town and campus is beautiful. I would think the trick is just to get athletes to visit. Once they do, it would be an easy sell.

Reply to  Coach
15 days ago

Based off of their recent recruiting and the influx of transfers I don’t think it’s much of a problem. They’ve got to be bringing in one of the top classes in the NCAA

Reply to  Coach
15 days ago

Have you actually considered reality — i.e., the stream of recruits and transfers flowing into UT?

15 days ago

That is a serious outdoor cooking situation.

We also should probably be reminded of his acting skills.

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