Women in Coaching: Elizabeth Shafer
Elizabeth Shafer serves as the assistant swim coach at Carmel High School (CHS) and Lead Senior II coach for the Carmel Swim Club in Indiana.
Women in Coaching: Kim Seaman
After dedicating herself to the sport of swimming, Kim Seaman never looked back. She says she knew it was exactly where she was supposed to be, and the same has held true for her swim-coaching career.
Women in Coaching: Kerry Smith
After swimming at Penn State and coaching for Wingate University, Kerry Smith was brought on to the Virginia Cavaliers swim staff as an assistant coach. Here, she shares the lessons she has learned thus far as a coach, and her hopes for the future that lies ahead of her.
Women in Coaching: Jennifer Gibson
In the summer of 1979, Jennifer Gibson began teaching swim lessons at her neighborhood pool for the fourth summer in a row. Over the years, as she taught more and more community members how to swim, people quickly realized that Gibson had a natural gift for helping swimmers succeed.
Women in Coaching: Danielle Tansel
After a series of blisters on both feet pushed her out of the sport of soccer, Danielle Tansel joined the local summer swim team when she was 11. Two years later, her friends convinced her to swim year-round, and since then, she hasn’t looked back. Today, Tansel is going on her third year as the assistant coach for the University of Michigan’s swimming and diving program.
Women in Coaching: Carol Capitani
While coaching part-time and working on getting her Masters at Villanova University to become an English professor, Carol Capitani realized that a career in swim coaching was a lot more rewarding than writing papers.
Women in Coaching: Liz McMillan
There are plenty of coaches who talk the talk, but for Penn State Men’s Swimming Assistant Head Coach Liz McMillan, guidance and instruction are meaningless if you don’t walk the walk.
Women in Coaching: Laura Hineman
Kansas City Blazers Head Administrative Coach Laura Hineman found her passion for swimming at a young age. After years of SCUBA and swim lessons, Hineman joined the swim team. While she admits her swimming career certainly had its ups and downs, Hineman says she was always happy in the water, which kept her swimming through college and even today as a coach.
Women in Coaching: Ashley McAteer
This month’s coaching spotlight is dedicated to Ashley McAteer, a former All-American swimmer and rookie head girls coach at Woodmont High School, who gives us an inside perspective of a first timer’s hopes, dreams and motivations.
Women in Coaching: Elizabeth Hansen
For the last six years, Elizabeth Hansen has served as head coach for the girl’s team at Wayzata High School in Wayzata, Minn. This year, she led the team to its first state swimming championship. How did she accomplish such a feat? This month, we spoke with Hansen to learn from her recent success, something she hopes will continue for many years to come.
Women in Coaching: Rachel Stratton-Mills
The recipe for success looks different for every coach, and for Asphalt Green Unified Aquatics head coach Rachel Stratton-Mills, it boils down to equal parts passion, perspective, commitment and confidence.
Women in Coaching: Kate Lundsten
To succeed in swimming, coaches must be dedicated, resilient and always willing to learn and take on new challenges. Kate Lundsten, head coach of Minnesota’s Aquajets age group team, is no exception. Just coming off a three-day meet in which Lundsten spent 38-hours on the pool deck, twinges of exhaustion trace the edges of her otherwise enthusiastic voicemail to me.
Women in Coaching: Susan Teeter
Current head coach of the Princeton women’s swim team, Susan Teeter, began coaching the summer after she graduated from high school, in Memphis, Tenn. One practice was all it took, and she was hooked.
Women in Coaching: Cyndi Gallagher
With a record of 146-80-1, Cyndi Gallagher has been leading the University of California (UCLA) women’s swim team to victory for the past 30 years. She knows the sport is about more than just improving times on a scoreboard, or producing championship athletes.