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Each day, for the remaining days of 2019, RITTER Sports Performance will be releasing episodes from the vault. These will only be available until the end of the year and will be found exclusively on Apple Podcasts.
There are many great coaches that you may not have even realized were previously on the Swim Coaches Base Podcast.
Here’s are just some of the guests that are now available:
- Doug Fonder is the head coach for the Virginia Gators and has held this status since he founded the swim team in 1988. Coach Doug has 45 years of swim coach experience and has comprise an impressive list of accolades. He’s coached swimmers at the last 12 consecutive Olympic Trials, including Olympic medalists Jeff Rouse and Greg Burgess. He’s been elected Virginia Coach of the Year ten times and has been awarded YMCA National Swim Coach of the Year twice. Doug began his coaching career after falling short of his football season his junior year at the University of Miami in Coral Gables. He was offered a coaching position for the swim team and he’s been coaching since. Coach Fonder founded his first team, the Quantico Devil Dolphins in 1972. He went on to purchase the Briarwood Swim and Racquet club out of bankruptcy in 1979. Fonder worked to turn it into one of the most successful tennis and swim facilities in Virginia. In 1988, he moved to Roanoke to work as the Executive Director of Sports and ended up starting his own swim team, the Virginia Gators. In 1991, he formed a non-profit corporation and built his own pool. The team has grown to great success, with over 400 swimmers and three additional sites in Harrisonburg, Charlottesville, Lynchburg. In 2010, Coach Fonder worked with coaches all over the country to found the National Age Group Association (NASA) to offer unique meet opportunities and support young swimmers. In 2011, Fonder created the International Swim Coaches Association (ISCA) to further develop age group coaches.
- McGee Moody has been the head swimming and diving coach at the University of South Carolina for 10 seasons. In his time of being a coach at the University of South Carolina, Moody has overseen a successful stretch for the swimming and diving program. Last season, the Gamecock men placed earned their highest finish at the NCAA Championships since 2000, placing 19th. For the third-straight season, the team’s 800 freestyle relay earned All-America honors. The women finished with nine dual-meet wins on the season, the most since 2002. In his early coaching career, Coach McGee spent four seasons as an assistant men’s swimming coach at the United States Naval Academy. During his tenure at Navy, Moody coached the Midshipmen’s first NCAA automatic qualifier since 1996 in addition to guiding numerous NCAA, Senior National and Olympic Trial qualifiers. His 200 and 400 freestyle relay teams finished the season ranked in the top 25 of the world. Moody earned both a bachelor’s degree in psychology and master’s in sports administration from ECU and is an active professional in the swimming community. He also served in the United States Navy, attaining the rank of Lieutenant. Coach McGee is also a member of both the American Swimming Coaches Association and the College Swimming Coaches Association of America.
- Jeremy Kipp is currently the Head Coach at Northwestern University. He was previously the head coach of Boise State women’s swimming and diving for two seasons. He was named the second head coach in program history in August 2015 after spending eight years on the men’s and women’s swimming and diving coaching staffs at USC. Kipp made an immediate impact with the Broncos in his first campaign, guiding the Broncos to a second-place finish at the 2016 Mountain West Championships and being named Mountain West Swimming Coach of the Year. The Broncos won four of five relay events and four individual titles at the meet and set eight school event records. Coach Kipp has more than 16 years of collegiate coaching experience and came to Boise State from the University of Southern California, where he spent the past eight seasons on the staff of both the men’s and women’s programs. At USC Kipp worked primarily with the Trojan sprinters while directing the recruiting efforts for the men’s team and assisting with recruiting on the women’s side.
- Gary Taylor is the Head Coach at Auburn University. Previously he was an assistant coach at NC State in the swimming and diving program prior to becoming an associate coach. Coach Taylor’s primary responsibilities include working with the distance freestyle events and stroke aspects, and assisting with recruiting responsibilities. As NC State’s men’s and women’s teams have skyrocketed to top-10 programs in the past two seasons, Taylor’s contributions to the program in the endurance area have been a major component of the Pack’s recent success.
- Texas Men’s Swimming – get a rare behind the scenes view of what it took over the course of a season for the Texas Men to win another NCAA title.
- Rachel Balkovec is a professional baseball strength and conditioning coach and keynote speaker. At the age of 26, she accepted the role of Minor League Strength and Conditioning Coordinator for the St. Louis Cardinals and became the first female strength and conditioning coach in the history professional baseball. Coach Rachel has worked with several very successful organizations in sports such as EXOS, Louisiana State University, the Chicago White Sox, Arizona State University, Los Tigres Del Licey Beisbol, the St. Louis Cardinals and most recently with the Houston Astros. Balkovec is a native of Omaha, Nebraska and is a former NCAA Division I softball catcher. She graduated from the University of New Mexico in 2009 with her undergraduate degree in exercise science and from Louisiana State University in 2011 with her master’s degree in sport administration.
- Scott Armstrong was named the head coach of the Johns Hopkins men’s and women’s swimming teams on May 26, 2016. He also had coaching stints at Johns Hopkins, the North Baltimore Aquatic Club (NBAC) and USA Swimming. Armstrong returns to Baltimore after serving four years as the assistant men’s swimming coach at Stanford. Armstrong joined the Stanford coaching staff in 2012 and worked daily with head coach Ted Knapp on all aspects of team operations. For his personal swimming career, he earned All-American honors 18 times, which ranked 10th in school history when he graduated and is still tied for 13th more than 10 years after his career ended. Armstrong accumulated 10 top-three finishes in individual events at the NCAA Championships, including six runner-up finishes. He was also a member of five relay teams that finished second at NCAAs. When he graduated, he held school records in the 500 Free, 1000 Free and 1650 Free.
- Jason Turcotte passed away while he was the head coach of Dynamo Swim Club. This is an episode dedicated to remembering Jason Turcotte. I hope that you use Jason’s life as an example of how to pursue yours as a coach and person who can have such a huge impact on others.
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