Mike Stephens Describes Why Hawaii is One of the Best Jobs in the Country

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Mike Stephens was recently named the Head Coach at the University of Hawaii and joined us on the SwimSwam podcast to talk about it. In this chat, Mike discusses how the lifestyle and swimming roots in Hawaii make it one of the best jobs in the country. He talks about how his servant leadership will help him lay the foundation of a successful culture at his new program.

We get into how he was able to change the culture at Boston College and lead them to 170 school records, including over 40 this last season. He seems poised to bring that momentum to Hawaii where there is a lot more support for high level performance. It sounds like a great fit and makes for another chance to learn from one of the bright young minds in our sport.


Music: Otis McDonald

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Wondering Willie
2 months ago

Is it just me or is Garrett trying to get a position on Coach Stephens’ staff?

ct swim fan
2 months ago

You can’t beat the weather would certainly be one selling point.

Joel Lin
Reply to  ct swim fan
2 months ago

It’s also one of the states with the safest cities & communities. Used to be the most acute downside was the higher cost of groceries in Hawaiian markets. That is less so now on a relative basis.

2 months ago

It seems Hawaii has had a lot of coaching turnover lately. What happened to the last coach (sorry for ignorance)

Reply to  Ghost
2 months ago

They have a search feature on this website. Give it a go. 😉

Chill guy
Reply to  A B
2 months ago

Relax dude

Reply to  A B
2 months ago

Trying to create a more inclusive environment doesn’t start with comments like that

Reply to  SwimFan
2 months ago

Then I apologize Ghost if you were offended. It wasn’t my intent.

2 months ago

so whatever happen to the last coach???

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