Coaches Chair – June 2017

U.S. Masters Swimming Coaches Level 1 & 2 Certification Course-May 13, 2017 in Portland, Oregon

 The USMS Coaches Committee and Education Services have developed four levels of Masters coach’s certification.  The courses for Levels 1 and 2 were recently taught in Portland, and several Oregon Masters swimmers participated in this level certification.

Congratulations to the newest Level 1 & 2 USMS Certified Coaches:

Cemil Atay

Patrice Calmels

Tim Cespedes

Terrance Coughran

Michael Hamilton

Leanne Hensley

Drew Ibarra

Ben Karlin

Michelle Macy

Sue Phillips

Sara Shepherd

Jim Teisher

Current Level 1 & 2 USMS Certified Coaches:

Marcie Aldeman

Elke Asleson

Brad Bachulis

Christopher Bragg

Therese Bradford

Colette Crabbe

Francie Haffner

Allen Larson

Robert Maestre

Murphy McFarland

James Mosely

Tom Phipps

Annamaria Picollo

Helen Thurlow

Jackie Wheatley

Current Level 3 USMS Certified Coaches:

Fred Anderson

Marlys Cappaert

Gina Dhom

Aubree Gustafson

Dana Jewell

Matt Miller

Current Level 4 USMS Certified Coaches:

Bob Bruce

Tim Waud

U.S. Masters Swimming Clinic Course for Coaches–May 13, 2017 in Portland, Oregon.

Several of the Level 1 & 2 coaches participated in the USMS Clinic for Coaches which was held immediately following the certification course for Level 1 & 2.  This course for coaches instructed the Masters coach in conceptualizing, organizing, and delivering a stroke development clinic.

In the classroom, the course instructors Mike Hamm and Bill Brenner taught the Masters coaches how to structure a stroke development clinic based on the type of clinic, length of time of the clinic, swimming pool configuration, lane space availability, and number of swimmers attending.  The Masters coaches were also instructed on how to deliver a drill/swim progression for each of the four competitive strokes.  The purpose of the drill/swim progression is to help swimmers of all abilities improve stroke technique during the clinic and the ability to self-improve beyond the clinic into the future.

USMS Stroke Development and Improvement Clinic for Swimmers–May 14, 2017 in Portland, Oregon.

USMS mentor Coaches Mike Hamm and Bill Brenner hosted a USMS Stroke development and Improvement Clinic for swimmers of all abilities on Sunday, May 14, following the Level 1 & 2 and Clinic Course for Coaches.  Over 35 swimmers participated in the clinic and the majority of recently certified Level 1 & 2 Coaches were on deck, giving them real-time experience in practicing the skills learned in the classroom while under the guidance of the newly certified stroke development course instructors.

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