Sigma Featured Staff Member Of The Week - Coach Jake
Coach Jake is one of our coaches at Sigma Swim Burleson Brick and Sigma Swim THR. Today we interviewed her focusing on coaching and motivation.
Q: How and why did you become involved in the sport swimming?
A: I was first introduced to the sport of swimming by watching Olympics at a young age and then first started swimming laps when my job as a lifeguard required to do so.
Q: What do you hope your swimmers will learn from you?
A: How to properly swim and gain valuable knowledge in drowning prevention.
Q: What does coaching the sport of swimming mean to you?
A: I get to share something that not I love but also a valuable life skill that has the power to change the outcome in a life or death situation.
Q: How did you stay motivated in the sport growing up, and how do you keep your swimmers motivated?
A: I would remind myself that others are going through the same thing I am- so I was never alone.
Q: What is your favorite thing about coaching the sport and your favorite thing about your swimmers?
A: I love how I can help my children get down proper technique and thoroughly enjoy how silly some of them are.
Q: Who do you think are one or more of the greatest swimmers ever and why?
A: Michael Phelps. Most Olympic golds.
Q: What do you tell a young child that is afraid of the water at his/her first swim lesson and how do you try to make it less scary for them?
A: I just talk to them. Ask various questions such as: what is your favorite food? What is the last movie you watched? Who is your best friend? Just some things to get to know them better and develop a trust between us.
Q: How do you prepare a swimmer for his/her first USA swim meet?
A: Reinforce the notion that details are important. Yes, it is good to be fast but if you want to get faster you need to focus on the details as it will help tremendously.
Q: What is your favorite thing about being around your swimmers and the atmosphere of Sigma?
A: I love it’s like being in a big family. Everybody is so welcoming and nice that it’s easy to build connections with the kids and other coaches right away.
Q: What do you like to do when you are not coaching?
A: When I’m not coaching I love to paint, hang out with friends, play tennis, spend time with my family, and learn foreign languages!