Pacific Masters Swimming Coaches NewsletterIssue No. 19



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2014 Pacific Masters Coach of The Year

Congratulations to Coach Marcia Benjamin of Marcia's Enthusiastic Masters of Oakland (MEMO). Coach Marcia was this year's recipient of the Pacific Masters Coach of The Year. It's an obvious understatement to say her team excitedly nominated her for the award.
From their nomination packet, they wrote, "We as members of MEMO do admit to being enthusiastic, but it's actually Marcia's enthusiasm and commitment to the sport of swimming that has prompted us to nominate her for this award. Because she brings a wealth of experience and a love of swimming to the pol deck every day, she has inspired her team members to experience the sport as a life-long passion. Marcia has an ability to guide and motivate all levels of athletes, from loyal fitness swimmers to strong competitor who set very high goals for themselves."
It was an honor and a treat as members of the selection committee to read through the packages submitted by the teams about their coach. It was also a reminder that we coaches have an immeasurable impact and responsibility on and to our swimmers. We encourage and applaud everyone in our profession. We also remind you to everyday bring your 'A' game and hold yourself accountable for making just one more be a better swimmer or a better person.

---------------  Upcoming clinics! Coaches, please help us spread the word on these! ---------------  



Our newest clinic will be led by Coaches Stu and Mary Kahn and will cover the long axis strokes of freestyle and backstroke. 


The clinic will take place in Angels Camp at the Bret Harte Aquatic Center - 387 Murphy's Grade Rd Hours are 8 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. The clinic starts with 90 minutes in the classroom and then 90 minutes at the pool with swimmers in the water and coaches on deck helping to identify and correct stroke deficiencies. 


The clinic is free to Pac Masters coaches, with a $25 charge for swimmers. All coaches and swimmers must be USMS registered. Coaches for further information and to register, contact Stu Kahn at Swimmers should contact Coach Jessie Rucker  for information and registration. You can reach Jessie by email at jessierucker@hotmail.comClick the clinic title to see the flyer for this event.



Want to Host A Pac Masters Coaches Clinic?


If you are desirous of hosting a 3 to 4-hour stroke clinic in your area, please contact Mary Kahn, at or 530-400-1860.




USMS Coaching Certification - Levels 1/ 2 Courses, Saturday, October 4, 2014

Save the date! Pacific Masters is offering Levels 1 and 2 in Novato on Saturday, October 4. No prerequisites are required to attend this course.  More information on the course and complete details will be forthcoming on the USMS website and through Pacific Masters website and newsletters. 




Congratulations Pacific Masters Clubs and Coaches!

At the recent USMS National Championships in Santa Clara, teams from the Pacific LMSC mounted an impressive team showing and accounted for eight of the top ten finishes in the final standings. Kudos to all the clubs, their coaches and swimmers for setting a competitive standard so high that other teams have to think twice about swimming in our back yard. The top eight are:

The Olympic Club

Walnut Creek Masters

Davis Aquatic Masters 

Menlo Masters aka Team Sheeper

San Mateo Masters

Stanford Masters

Sierra Nevada Masters





ASCA World Conference

This year's clinic (the 46th for ASCA!!) is held in Jacksonville, FL, September 8-14. Click here for the link for the conference




USMS Coaches Committee
The USMS Coaches Committee exists to educate and support the coaches of masters teams. We have conference calls each month to help us exchange ideas and work toward our goals. One of which is to improve communication with all our coaches across the U.S. By sharing the minutes of our meeting, we can give you some insights into the projects we are working on and goals we are working toward. Click here for our meeting notes.  



USMS High Performance Camp

The 2014 USMS High Performance Camp dates are Aug 23-28 and will again be held at the beautiful Greensboro Aquatic Center in Greensboro, NC. Applications are now being accepted and close on May 24th. Complete information can be found at the USMS website. We had a terrific group of swimmers from all over the country at last year's camp, and we'd love to see more Pacific Masters swimmers at this year's camp. Coaches your help in spreading the word about this terrific camp is appreciated!



Stu and Mary Kahn
Coaches Co-Chairs
Pacific Masters Swimming