Primarily based on 18-under swimmers’ national top-10 rankings, our program has been slated to participate in the USA Swimming Master Coaches program. United States Swimming’s Club Excellence Program schedules about 45 teams from the thousands of teams across the nation for each Master Coach to visit, and TNT has been put on the list for this year. Our dates for the visit are from September 8th through September 11th. Our visitor, Coach Ed Spencer, will provide opportunity to interact with our coaches Sunday night on his arrival with plans to schedule the next few days.
Plans include a meeting-type sessions with any coaches who would like to attend, and pool-side meetings with swimmers and coaches during practices. Currently, our plans are for Coach Spencer to interact with swimmers and coaches during Monday at the Tulare practice, speaking to younger swimmers between 5:30 and 6:30, then interacting with older swimmers beginning at 6:30. Coach Spencer will travel to Selma on Tuesday to interact with swimmers and coaches there, and will visit the Visalia program on Wednesday prior to his departure. Any coach or athlete are welcome to participate in any one or more of the sites to experience the interaction.
If you’d like information on the Master Coach program, visit the USA Swimming clicking on this link to the USA Swimming Master Coach Program. Ed Spencer’s bio is given on that page, and is provided here as well:
Ed Spencer has been a Master Coach Consultant with USA Swimming since 2005. Ed was the Head Coach of the Dynamo Swim Club from 1998-2004. While there, he led the Dynamo Swim Club to several 18 & under National Championships, six consecutive years as Southeastern Senior Sectional Champions and three consecutive second-place finishes in the USA Swimming’s Club Excellence Program.
Prior to coaching at Dynamo, he was the Head Coach at the Reno Aquatic Club (1990-1998) where he had several National Champions. Ed was the distance and IM coach (1979-1983) and Head Coach at the Industry Hills Aquatic Club (1983-1990) where four of his swimmers set more than 10 American Records and won more than 20 USA Swimming National titles. His swimmers represented the USA on the 1980, 1984 and 1988 Olympic Teams.
Other California teams that have participated in the Master Coach Program include: Terrapins, Palo Alto, Pleasanton, Santa Clara, North coast, Peak, La Mirada, and AZOT. Although participation might be requested by a swim team, ours is by invitation, and Coach Spencer has 13 teams that he visited this year that were among the top-20 in the Club Excellence Gold Medal team recognition division.