Coaching Swimming Successfully (Coaching Successfully Series) Paperback – 1 Apr 2003
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""A very thorough book on all parts of the sport of swimming. Each section is filled with helpful tips and reminders."
Two-time NCAA national champion
Head coach of men's swimming, University of California at Berkeley
"""With "Coaching Swimming Successfully," coaches at all levels can benefit from the wisdom of one of the greatest coaches our sport has ever known. I encourage you to read and learn from this valuable book. It's a great source of information and insight for coaches and their swimmers."""
Six-time NCAA Coach of the Year
Head coach of men's swimming, Stanford University
"""Organized and succinct, this book will benefit all coaches who read and study it."""
President American Swim Coaches Association
Former USC Head Men's Swimming Coach
""Coaching Swimming Successfully "is an excellent teaching tool for coaches and swimmers, but more importantly, it speaks to the art of coaching. A must for all swimming coaches."""
Head Women's Swim Coach
University of Texas at Austin
About the Author
Dick Hannula is one of the winningest high school and club coaches in the history of swimming, having racked up the longest high school undefeated streak on record, undefeated in 323 consecutive meets--including 24 consecutive Washington state high school boys' swimming championships. He is also one of the most respected coaches in swimming, having coached or consulted with teams from high school to the Olympic level. Hannula is a former multiple-term president of the American Swimming Coaches Association and a former vice-president of the World Swimming Coaches Association. He is a member of both the American Swim Coaches Association's Hall of Fame and the International Swimming Hall of Fame. Hannula resides in Tacoma, Washington.
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Coaching Swimming Successfully has an attractive title, but is somewhat misleading. While reading, you do get some new thoughts about coaching, but it will not make you a coach successfully.
The book is written with a first-person narrator and would be more interesting if it wasn't, since you will get annoyed after a while by every self-glorification of the writer and his successes. Besides, it's mainly focused on the American swimming school (planning and preparation, club swimming vs. high school swimming, yard pools, etc.) and it lacks some ability for extrapolation for other swimming countries.
The `Coaching Stroke Technique' part is redundant if you are a qualified coach and you still have your textbook from the course.
The book is easy to read, gives some new thoughts and can therefore help you coach more successfully, but it is too superficial and limited for a swimming coach.