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Swim Coaching Bible, Volume II, The

Swim Coaching Bible, Volume II, The


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    For more than a decade, top coaches have turned to one resource time and time again. Collecting the wisdom, insights, and advice from the sport’s legendary instructors, The Swim Coaching Bible immediately established its place in the libraries of swim coaches around the globe.

    Coaches, it’s time to make room alongside that classic for a new resource! The Swim Coaching Bible, Volume II, picks up where the original left off, providing more instruction, guidance, and expertise on every aspect of the sport.

    Inside, you’ll learn the secrets, strategies, and philosophies of 27 of today’s most successful coaches, including these legendary leaders:

    • Jack Bauerle
    • George Block
    • Mike Bottom
    • Bob Bowman
    • Sid Cassidy
    • John Urbancheck
    • Bill Rose
    • Vern Gambetta
    • David Durden
    • Brett Hawke
    • Gregg Troy
    • John Leonard
    • Dick Shoulberg
    • David Marsh
    • Teri McKeever
    • Bill Sweetenham

    From developing swimmers to building a winning program, teaching the nuances and refining stroke techniques to applying the latest research to training and conditioning programs, it’s all here.

    Endorsed by the World Swimming Coaches Association, this new collection is another landmark work in competitive swimming. If you coach the sport or want a competitive edge, The Swim Coaching Bible, Volume II, is a must-own.

    Table of Contents

    Part I Establishing Priorities
    Chapter 1 Developmental Stages of Competitive Swimmers
    John Leonard

    Chapter 2 From Youth to Senior in Competitive Swimming
    Bill Sweetenham

    Chapter 3 Putting the We in Team
    Jack Bauerle

    Chapter 4 Mastering Swimming Through the Years
    Bob Miller

    Chapter 5 Building a Team in a Disadvantaged Area
    Jim Ellis

    Part II Leading Your Program to Its Full Potential
    Chapter 6 Applying Science to Your Coaching
    Jan Prins

    Chapter 7 The X Factor Revisited
    George Block

    Chapter 8 Planning for Success
    Stephan Widmer

    Chapter 9 Making Your Program Fun for Swimmers
    Bob Steele

    Part III Teaching Stroke Technique
    Chapter 10 Trends and Techniques in Freestyle
    Mike Bottom

    Chapter 11 Trends and Techniques in Backstroke
    Teri McKeever

    Chapter 12 Trends and Techniques in Butterfly
    Bob Bowman

    Chapter 13 Trends and Techniques in Breaststroke
    Nort Thornton

    Chapter 14 The Fifth Stroke: Underwater Kicking
    Bob Gillett

    Chapter 15 Better Starts, Turns, and Finishes
    Dick Hannula

    Part IV Training for Optimal Performance
    Chapter 16 The Art of Training Sprinters
    David Marsh and Bill Pilczuk

    Chapter 17 Middle Distance Training for All Strokes
    Jon Urbanchek

    Chapter 18 Freestyle Distance Training
    Bill Rose With Mike Lewis

    Chapter 19 Training for Open Water
    Sid Cassidy

    Chapter 20 Individual Medley Training
    Gregg Troy

    Chapter 21 Training for Relays
    David Durden

    Chapter 22 Dryland Training
    Vern Gambetta

    Chapter 23 Power Training in the Pool
    Dick Shoulberg

    Part V Final Touches for Peak Performance
    Chapter 24 Positive Communication, Positive Results
    Lanny Landtroop

    Chapter 25 Mind Over Body in Competition
    Brett Hawke

    About the Author

    Dick Hannula is one of the winningest high school and club coaches in the history of swimming. Before retiring in 1993, he coached for 41 years—25 years at Wilson High School and 7 years at Lincoln High School, both in Tacoma, Washington. While at Wilson, he racked up the longest high school undefeated streak on record, winning 323 consecutive meets, including 24 consecutive boys’ Washington state high school swimming championships.

    Hannula founded Tacoma Swim Club and served as head coach for 42 years. He has coached four U.S. Olympic team swimmers, including Kaye Hall, Olympic- and world-record holder for the 100-meter backstroke. He has also coached numerous Olympic team members, including one Olympic gold medalist and one world record holder; World University Games swimmers; Pan American Games and World Championship swimmers; several U.S. national champions; and American record holders.

    Hannula served multiple terms as president of the American Swimming Coaches Association and is a former vice president of the World Swim Coaches Association. He has been inducted into several halls of fame, including the International Swimming Hall of Fame. Hannula resides in Tacoma, Washington.

    Nort Thornton served as head men’s swimming coach at the University of California at Berkeley before retiring in 2007 after 33 years of service. His teams consistently finished in the top 10 nationally while Thornton was at the helm of Golden Bears swimming. Thornton coached Cal to two NCAA Championships and was named NCAA Coach of the Year in 1979 and 1980. An inductee into the International Swimming Hall of Fame, he has coached the U.S. national team at the Olympics and Pan American Games. Forty-eight of his athletes at Cal have gone on to compete in the Olympic Games, winning 14 gold, 10 silver, and 5 bronze medals. He has also served the swimming community as president of the American Swimming Coaches Association.

    Thornton continues to remain active on the Cal pool deck as a volunteer coach. His recruits, Milorad Cavic and Nathan Adrian, both earned medals at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Adrian took home a gold medal as part of the United States’ 400-meter freestyle relay. Cavic won a silver medal in the 100-meter butterfly after being out-touched at the wall by Michael Phelps by one-hundredth of a second. Thornton resides in Moraga, California.


    “The Swim Coaching Bible, Volume II, offers essential tactics to make training sessions more successful. It should be on every coach’s desk.”

    Gregg Troy-- Head Swimming and Diving Coach, University of Florida, U.S. Men’s 2012 Olympic Swimming Coach

    "Dick Hannula and Nort Thornton are two of the most thought-provoking coaches of our time. In The Swim Coaching Bible, Volume II, they have secured a cast of authors second to none to provide an ideal resource for improving swimmers’ performance.”

    John Leonard-- Executive Director, American Swimming Coaches Association