Sunday, January 19, 2014

Current and Past Coaching Staff!


• Brethauer brings a wealth of competition and coaching experience to the Bates College Swim Camp. She served as an assistant coach at Columbia University for the past six years and worked extensively with the sprint group.  While at Columbia her team rewrote the record book and she continually attracted some of the best swimmers in the nation to the one of the most academically prestigious institutions in the country. 
Not to be outdone by her past successes, Coach Abby experienced  immediate success as the new Head Coach at Mary Washington University.  She led the Eagles to two conference championships (Men and Women), was named Coach of the Year, and is sending her team to NCAA's!

Prior to her coaching career, Brethauer was a 12-time All-American and three-time team national champion at Kenyon College. A team captain for the Ladies in 2002, Brethauer is a former NCAA Division III national record holder, and has been a USS competitor at the age group, senior, and national levels.

• Coach Burnham arrived at Bowdoin in 2000 after being involved in all aspects of the UCLA swimming program for six years.  While at UCLA Burnham coached his team to 16th or better at the NCAA championships each year - and played a role in over 40 Division I All-American performances.  He took his experiences at the highest level into undeniable success at Bowdoin.  Not only has his team attacked the record book under his tutelage, but he has produced NESCAC champions and All-Americans as the leader of the Polar Bears.  Also, Coach Brad thinks outside the box and is fairly obsessed with technique - and the simple of question of how to swim faster and more efficiently.  His quest to understand how humans can better relate to water and "train to race" - instead of train to train - is exactly what has led to many so many of his great ideas and success stories.  We are thrilled to have him on board.

• 2012 saw the return of Vanessa Williamson back to Maine - and Bates College.  After a stellar career as Bates most decorated female swimmer (8x All-American), Vanessa headed to California to train for the Olympic Trials with Olympic Head Coach Dave Salo and the Trojan Swim Club.  She trained alongside the likes of Rebecca Soni, Amanda Beard, and Jessica Hardy... and benefited greatly from the experience!  After she wrapped up her career she found herself on deck coaching and distinguishing herself at the high school level the next four years.  The 2013 Bates Swim Team welcomed Vanessa back to Bates and immediately benefited from her experiences a student athlete - and also her time in California both training and coaching.  With a tremendous bank of knowledge and experience, Vanessa has had no problem connecting with all athletes and helping them improve.  She has an eye for technique and training that is well beyond her years!

• Kata is one of the most sought after camp coaches in the country. A natural leader and tremendous athlete, Kata has parlayed her swimming successes at Conn into a tremendous career as a High School teacher and coach. Her students respect her knowledge and crave her enthusiasm. We are lucky to have Kata join us each year to pass on her knowledge and love for the sport.


• Coach Wallace is both an artist and scientist. Just last year he was explaining to me the science behind his warm-up routine and training - and then followed that up with how a few inspiring passages from a good book can bring a team together. I knew immediately I was spending time with a true renaissance man! We are very lucky to have Bill joining us this year, and the coaching staff is looking forward to working alongside him and learning something too! (click on his name to be linked to his program's description!)

• Rodriguez comes to Bates with eight years of coaching experience, most recently as an assistant coach at Colgate University.  Prior to Colgate he was the assistant at William and Mary and a senior coach with the Athens Bulldogs Swim Club at Georgia University. 

Rodriguez graduated from Kenyon College in 2004 with a degree in anthropology. He obtained his master’s degree in kinesiology from the University of Georgia. As a student-athlete at Kenyon, Rodriguez was a seven-time NCAA All-American and a four-time All-NCAC honoree. He was also part of four NCAA D-III national championship teams. 

• Being a Gettysburg alum and having swam for Coach Rawleigh I couldn't be more excited to have him join our staff.  A great majority of our camp was modeled after the very successful Gettysburg College Camps that I worked at under Coach Rawleigh.

To say Coach has been successful is an understatement. His teams have won 34 conference titles in his 25 years of coaching.  At the national level his program has finished as high as 7th (Women) and 12th (Men) - and he has coached a two time NCAA Champion and National Record holder.  He's in the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame for coaching, and a "Master Coach" according to the College Swim Coaches Association.  Prior to Gettysburg, Coach Rawleigh walked the deck as Sprint Coach for the UNC Tar Heels.  

• John has a tremendous mix of experience and success at every level  of collegiate swimming.  As a swimmer, John was a national level freestyler and butterflyer at Williams College. In fact he was a four time National Champion in the sprint freestyle events - and in his senior year was voted the NESCAC swimmer of the meet.  From there Coach Young went on to energize the Kenyon Men's swimming team with both a passion for coaching and an amazing ability to recruit in stellar athletes with tons of potential.  Kenyon Swimming continued to win national titles and distance itself from others while John was on their staff.  In 2005 Coach Young left to head up his own team at the academically prestigious, Division I, Davidson College.  In a few short years John has transformed the team into one of the nations elite - and most up and coming programs.  He has been voted coach of the year several times, led his team to numerous conference championships, and even headed to the big dance; Division I nationals. Bottom line, there is nothing John hasn't made better, or succeeded at... and we extremely excited to have him on staff.
• TBD - There will be Conference Championship Finalists, ALL-Conference Swimmers, and several All-Americans!  Our staff will allow us to provide 1:6 staff to camper ratio this year!


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