| Tuesday, September 24, 2019
My name is Bill Schalz. This year, I attended my 24th convention, including four years as Coach Director of the Central Zone. I have also served on the Club Development, Olympic International Organizing and International Relations Committees and chaired the Governance Task Force that created the template for our current Board of Directors.
My wife Robin and I founded the Academy Bullets Swim Club and our swim school. We started the Bullets from scratch and have grown to over 600 swimmers. Bullet swimmers range from novice to representing USA in international competition. Because I have coached at the local and International levels, I understand that our developmental swimmers have different needs than our Olympians. And because my team has sites in eight Illinois cities, I understand the importance of giving my staff the tools and latitude to do their jobs. Likewise, it is important that the USA Swimming Board listen to our coaches at every level, our volunteers, athletes, as well as our Headquarters Staff to ensure that we are giving them the tools and latitude to be successful.
Finally, I am committed that we are all compliant with MAAPP. While cumbersome at times, we must do endure challenges to see that our athletes are not preyed upon. Our NGB will continue to lead and work with the USOC to keep athletes safe.