Sigma Featured Staff Member Of The Week
Brian is one of our coaches at Sigma Swim Fort Worth North (TCCNW) location. Today we interviewed him focusing on his own swimming career and coaching.
Q: How and when did you become involved in swimming, and eventually coaching?
A: I have been swimming since 2008 because of physical symptoms for flat feet so swim was only sport I could do. I started to be a swim school teacher in 2016 and just started to be a team coach in August 2018.
Q: What is a life lesson that you have learned as swimmer and coach in the sport of swimming?
A: My life lesson as a swimmer is that on a swim team you are treated like family. My life lesson as a coach is learning how to be patient with my swimmers.
Q: Do you believe that mindset is just as important as a physical ability?
A: I believe that mindset is as important or even more important because if you don't think you can do it most likely you will not succeed in any sport you do.
Q: What role did your family play in the sport growing up, and what role should family play in swimmers both age group and elite levels?
A: My grandparents had the role in my sport. When I was younger my grandma was the photographer and my grandpa was an official for my YMCA team. Now they are site coordinators for the Sigma Fort Worth North location. I just think that family should get involved in any way they can because there are many more activities in swimming than just swimming. Like going to eat breakfast after 6 am morning practice!
Q: This past summer was a record breaking drowning season in the state of Texas. As a Lifeguard what are your thoughts on this, and do you hope more preventive measures will be taken in the future?
A: I think we need more training or more lifeguards on duty to prevent drownings. Even if you are not a lifeguard you still need to know CPR for any situation that may arise.
Q: Growing up, who were your biggest athletic inspirations?
A: My biggest athlete inspiration was Jonathan Peterson. When I was first starting as a swimmer I was skinny and ranked very low. Jonathan helped me push through and made me the coach and person I am today.
Q: How do you keep your swimmers motivated?
A: I keep my swimmers motivated by trying to keep them active and give them the best chance they can have.
Q: What do you like to do when you are not swimming or coaching?
A: I like to hang out with my friends, go to gym, watch movies, cook, and go eat out with friends.
Q: What was your favorite stroke as a competitive swimmer and why?
A: My favorite stroke was swimming free in the 1650 and 500 distances. I loved to swim distance because I had the ability and strength for swimming longer in the water.
Q: What do you hope your swimmers will learn from you?
A: I hope my swimmers learn that they can trust their peers and their coaches wherever they are. I hope they learn respect and trust in this sport, because this sport is not easy and if you don't have trust, swimming things can get out of control.