Swimming From Home: Jason Calanog on Being the Dad He’s Always Wanted to Be

We are all trying to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic as best we can. Staying at home and not socializing is not an easy task for anyone, and keeping a swimmer out of the pool is equally antagonizing. Therefore, SwimSwam is starting the Swimming From Home Talk Show, where host Coleman Hodges speaks with the swimming community about how they’re coping with our current goggle-less reality.

Although Jason Calanog was expecting big things from his Texas A&M men’s team come NCAA’s, he has seen this time at home as a blessing in disguise. Calanog explains that he has spent a lot more time with his family, including his wife and 2 sons, that he normally wouldn’t get. One of his sons is in 4th grade, and he has helped him with his now online schooling, meaning that Calanog has had to relearn quite a bit himself. However, Calanog sees this as a way to broaden his mental horizons, something he may take back with him once he gets back on the pool deck.

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1 year ago

Coach Calanog is great! Interesting how some programs like A&M are following the stay at home guidelines and staying out of the water, while other programs like ASU, Stanford, Nation’s Capital, IU pros (Lazor, King, Miller) and Curzan are finding water anywhere they can and still practicing fairly regularly. It’ll be interesting how this plays out at future meets.

Reply to  Brandi
1 year ago

Probably the same.

The Man Himself
Reply to  Brandi
1 year ago

I would guess that many of their swimmers are still swimming, just in a much more safe manner. A vast majority are from Texas (or the South) and many have pools in their backyards. Even if not mean for laps, it’s better than nothing.

Texas A&M Swim Fan
1 year ago

I’m grateful that Coach Calanog is coaching at my Alma matter & that my grandson has the opportunity to be coached by him!! Just a great guy & human being. He reminded me of what’s most important in life (family, trying to set/be a good example, etc.). It’s not all about swimming!! Wishing him & the A&M swim teams (men & women) the best in the upcoming 2020 – 2021 season👍👍

About Coleman Hodges

Coleman Hodges

Coleman started his journey in the water at age 1, and although he actually has no memory of that, something must have stuck. A Missouri native, he joined the Columbia Swim Club at age 9, where he is still remembered for his stylish dragon swim trunks. After giving up on …

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