Jim is one of our coaches at our Sigma Cleburne location. Today we interviewed him focusing on motivation, injury prevention, and accomplishments.
Q: How did you become involved in the sport swimming?
A: In college I was a Triathlete and I needed to find a place to swim, to swim at one pool, I was required to help coach their swim team, so I did.
Q: How many years have you been coaching?
A: Almost 50 years and still loving it.
Q: Growing up were swimmers that inspired you and why?
A: No, I was a baseball player and they inspired me.
Q: What is your favorite thing about your swimmers and coaching?
A: Work ethic, dedication, and persistent. I like seeing them when they get older and finding out that they took those aspects and used them in all areas of their lives.
Q: How do you keep your swimmers motivated when they are dealing with defeat?
A: I teach them what defeat is, defeat is quitting. Continuing to work when things don't go their way is what I try and teach them.
Q: How do you prevent your swimmers from getting injured?
A: Teaching correct stroke technique and no over use.
Q: What is your highest accomplishment as a coach and how did you archive that accomplishment?
A: It would be sending two swimmers to the Olympic Trials. But, that's not the reason I coach, my highest accomplishment is that my swimmers have achieved their ultimate physical ability and that they are better people for having been on my team.
Q: What advice would you give a new swimmer with big goals, such as the Olympics?
A: I help them revise their goals, find a step by step plan, short term goals that could lead to a bigger dream.
Q: What do you like to do outside of swimming?
A: I like renovating and flipping houses, play golf and playing with my grandchildren.
Q: Do you have a favorite stroke to teach and why?
A: Butterfly and Breaststroke.