Beginning on September 3rd, NBAC will add former Bolles coach Clare Blackwell to their coaching staff, working specifically with the Challenge 1 level. Her previous coaching job was three years with the national power Millfield program in the UK.
The fact that Blackwell is able to coach again, let alone is even alive, is a near-miracle. Blackwell is the coach who was critically injured in June of 2012 after being hit by an ambulance while competing in an Ironman race in France to raise money for charity.
Over $3,000 was raised by former Bolles swimmers, led by Lauren Neidigh, in honor of her charity: the Children’s Cancer Fund of Dallas.
After the accident, she returned to the United States for outpatient therapy a month later.
Though that unfortunate event may be what she’s most recently known for, her coaching credentials are incredible. She was an All-American Division III swimmer at Denison in addition to her coaching experience with Bolles and Millfield.
While at Bolles, she worked with 13-15 year olds and put 25 swimmers into the National Top 16 rankings lists, with 6 ultimately competing at the 2008 Olympics.