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 sat down with Greg Meehan and Dan Schemmel, the respective Directors of Men’s/Women’s Swimming at Stanford University. In light of the announcement that 11 Olympic sports would be cut at Stanford following the 2020-2021 year, Meehan and Schemmel offered their insight and explained why the Swimming and Diving programs are secure. They explained what an endowment was, where theirs came from, and the impact it has on an athletics program.
We also asked the pair about what other college teams might be able to do to move toward something like this for themselves, with so many teams being cut as of late during the COVID-19 pandemic. And we couldn’t resist asking them about their teams as well, and how they’re handling getting back into the water.
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Interesting stuff. Not mentioned in the interview was the impact of the cancellation of the summer swim camps (this is true nationwide with other programs too) on the financial well-being of the swim program — especially for the assistant coaches who historically have significantly supplemented their incomes from camp revenues. I’m curious how swimming staffs are getting through this.
Nice job, Torrey! Room-rater observation for Coleman: you have 4 locks on your front door — What’s your neighborhood like?
I hadn’t even thought of summer swim camps… that is a great point. I would love to ask about this in the future.
I live in Bouldin Creek area in Austin where my house is by far the oldest 🤣
Outstanding interview with exceptional well articulated answers! Stanford continues to impress is every way, as well as these coaches.
WOW! Coach positions and ALL scholarships are endowed – that’s like $15-20M!! As I commented on the program cut article, the day Stanford cuts swimming would mean the end of NCAA non revenue sports as we know it.