SwimSwam Podcast: Jack Roach on Creating the National Junior Team

On SwimSwam Podcast, we’re giving you an in-depth listen at all things swimming. Host Coleman Hodges welcomes guests and guest co-hosts alike to get perspective on our ever-changing swimming universe and break down the past, present, and future of aquatic sports.

We spoke with legendary coach Jack Roach, who took us through a lot of his life in and outside of coaching. Roach reminisced on some of his favorite memories on building the national junior team, which he was the director of from 2008-2013. He talked fondly of how Michael Phelps came to a Jr Pan Pac meet to watch a finals session, and was so impressed by the amount of energy and excitement generated.

Roach also dips into topics such as his time coaching in Austin at both the club and collegiate level, how much senior level swimmers can learn from junior level swimmers, and going to every international meet with Team USA from 2008-2016.

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One of the best coaches all-time.

Track Start

False. Máté Gelencsér is.

Sun's Syringe

He said “one of”. Also what happened to people being allowed to have personal opinions?

Lpman

I think Shane Tusup has to be considered a viable candidate for best coach

Lpman

What about Shane Tusup?

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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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