Vote for the ASCA Age Group Swim Coach of the Year

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August 14th, 2015 Club, Industry, News

The final 24 contenders for the Fitter and Faster Swim Tour, American Swimming Coaches Association (ASCA) Age Group Coach of the Year Award are out, and we need your help to choose the winner!

ASCA Age Group coach of the year award, 2014 image logo  (courtesy of Fitter and Faster)This award is designed to recognize the top age group coaches in the United States. Using the USA Swimming Virtual Club Championship team rank for 11-14 year olds, the highest-performing coaches were identified. These coaches are the best of the best!

This prestigious award was first presented in 2014 to Beth Winkowski of Dynamo Swim Club at last year’s ASCA Banquet. Beth embodies the spirit of the award with her passion for working with young athletes. She explained:

“By the time swimmers get to college, they’re pretty much fully formed. I like to get my fingers in the clay and help form who they’re going to be.”

The top ten finalists will all be recognized this year at the American Swimming Coaches Association Awards Banquet in Cleveland, Ohio. That night, the winner will be presented with the award by Olympic legend Matt Biondi, three-time Olympian Kara Lynn Joyce and Fitter and Faster Founder Swim Tour presented by and CEO David Arluck.

Arluck expressed that this award is significant because it “recognizes the grassroots level of American swimming, an essential piece of the puzzle for why America has been the world’s dominant swimming superpower for over a century.”

Be a part of it and vote now!!!!


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7 years ago

Read the rules: it is statistically based on only 11-14 year olds from the VCC for SC 2015. The nominated coach was likely the group coach during the nomination period.
Bigger teams don’t really have an advantage, as the VCC only counts the top 2 swims – even if your team has 1000 swimmers, your elite swimmers are a minority percentage. In my opinion, the big teams are bigger because the coaches are great and they attract more swimmers.

7 years ago

There are deserving coaches on this list for sure but the VCC is a sham. This list alone is reinforcing “bigger is better”. How many teams on this list are under 400 registered athletes? 300? 2-3? Some of the teams are 1000+ (Many well coached)

bobo gigi
7 years ago

The coach of Nashville Aquatic Club would have also deserved a mention.
They’ve done an amazing job with their young girls there all long course season with Alex Walsh as most successful story.
Also impressed by Cincinnati Marlins with the Foster brothers and I don’t see the coach mentioned either. Weird.

Reply to  bobo gigi
7 years ago

I agree with you Bobo. This list makes me wonder if ASCA bothered to spend much time actually looking at stats or if they waited until after Junior Nationals to compile it.

On a different tangent, why would a head coach list himself instead of his age group coach that put the team’s 11-14s on the Top Ten list?

Carlos Danger
7 years ago