There is nothing like the madness of a March Saturday in North Carolina. But more than 25 area masters coaches experienced a different kind of madness. Basketball and St. Patrick’s Day were put on the backburner as they headed to Charlotte for a Level I and II US Masters Swimming coaching certification seminar. Club and Coaches Services Director Bill Brenner, Club Development Coordinator Susan Ingraham and iconic swimmer and coach, Mel Goldstein spent the day educating and sharing their experiences in the following areas:
Susan, the technician, showed us videos of each of the four strokes, starts and turns and pointed out flaws and methods of corrections. She also shared with us a great example of putting yourself in “the athletes suit” while coaching from the pool deck. Although you may get funny looks, mimicking what the athlete is doing in the water will help a coach better explain how to fix a stroke, or why they may be having some pain as a result of an incorrect stroke. Susan did a great job with her demonstrations and stories and I am pretty sure most of us were thankful that we didn’t swim for her team in Texas and didn’t have to do the one-hour postal swim FLY!
When Bill, Mel and Susan were finished sharing their stories, experiences and expertise, you could hear that swimming plans were going to be put on hold until the following Monday morning as plans were being made to watch basketball or drinking green beer (or two). One thing for sure, North Carolina masters swimmers will be coached by better prepared and more knowledgeable coaches in the future!
“Be the best you can be. Believe in yourself. Don’t be someone you are not”. Mel Goldstein quoting his mentor and legendary coach, Doc Counsilman.