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Our mission at RITTER Sports Performance is to “Empower You to Pursue and Exceed Your Goals.” This podcast is an extension of our vision. We want to help build confidence in you or your team’s training and competition. We facilitate that through unpacking the fundamentals of strength training, recovery techniques and mental training.

Our mission at RITTER Sports Performance is to “Empower You to Pursue and Exceed Your Goals.” This podcast is an extension of our vision. We want to help build confidence in you or your team’s training and competition. We facilitate that through unpacking the fundamentals of strength training, recovery techniques and mental training.
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Our mission at RITTER Sports Performance is to “Empower You to Pursue and Exceed Your Goals.” This podcast is an extension of our vision. We want to help build confidence in you or your team’s training and competition. We facilitate that through unpacking the fundamentals of strength training, recovery techniques and mental training.








My hope is to pair student athletes with a college program they can thrive in - Jenn Verser

Jenn Verser is the founder of Maverick Athletic Consulting. She started her consulting company to assist families of high school-aged swimmers find the perfect athletic and academic fit for their college swimming experience. She is the former assistant coach at Dartmouth College, where she spent six years recruiting student-athletes to swim at the Division I program. During her time at Dartmouth, she built an impressive network of college coaches from all NCAA Divisions as well as the NAIA....


Get the best mentors you can find early on - Alex Silver

Alex Silver is the current head coach for the Livermore Aquacowboys Swim Team. Alex has been a part of the Livermore Aquacowboys since 2007. Prior to joining the Aquacowboys, Alex spent 2 years being the Associate Head Coach with the Oakland Undercurrents as well as being a volunteer assistant coach for the UC Berkeley Men's swim team. In 2010, Alex had the honor of being 1 of 10 coaches selected into the American Swim Coaches Fellows program. Alex's most recent swim team (LAC) has been in...


Chasing perfection is an exciting part of our sport - Ash Milad

Ash Milad is the current head dryland and performance coach for the Bellevue Club Swim Team. Prior to beginning this season with the Bellevue Club, Ash spent 13 years at KING Aquatics. First, from 2004 to 2013, Ash was the head age group/lead site coach and then at the end of 2013, he was able to move up to the co-head coach position until 2017. Coach Ash first started his coaching career in 1996 with the Nittany Lion Aquatic Club. He is a Certified Crossfit Level 1 coach and has been named...


The little things add up to be a lot - Sean Baker

Sean Baker is the current head coach for Oakville Aquatics. Sean has been the head coach since 2011 and in the first 7 years, has managed to place over half a dozen athletes on International Teams for Canada. One of Coach Baker's greatest accomplishments to date is that he has coached more female swimmers to break the 4:50 mark (scm) in the 400 IM than any other coach in Canadian history. Sean also has 2 swimmers on the Commonwealth Games team and has earned several championships over the...


Almost nothing I do is original, I just copy and paste - Eric Peterson

Eric Peterson is the current head coach for the Shaker Sharks Swim Team. Eric has been a part of the Shaker swim team for 14 years. Prior to starting his adventure with Shaker, Coach Peterson was the head coach for the Kent Roosevelt High School team and the Western Reserve Seariders. Eric has over 20 years of coaching experience and has earned multiple honors for his coaching abilities (one of which is the second highest award given by Master Swimming - the 2011 Kelly O'Brien Coach...


The biggest questions about strength training for swimming faster

Join Chris Ritter and Bo Hickey as they talk about strength training for swimmers. Does it really matter? Should you do a strength movement if you don't do it as a swimmer in the water? Listen as Chris and Bo talk about these questions and more. Learn More about RITTER Team Programs: - RITTER Team Programs - WEBINAR - How Does Better Athlete Equal Better Swimmer? - Twitter - Instagram - Facebook Full Show Notes for this Episode on the RITTER Blog. FREE Trial of the Coaches...


You need to value your process over your product - Toni Armstrong

Toni Armstrong is currently a leadership development consultant for a self-discovered company called Baltimore Leadership. Toni uses low ropes style initiatives to teach modern leadership theories to swim coaches and swimmers alike. She has worked with teams such as Stanford Men's Swimming, NYU Swimming & Diving, Mt. Holyoke Swimming & Diving as well as Johns Hopkins Swimming & Diving. Prior to her leadership development consulting, Toni spent 7 years as an assistant coach at North...


No matter what I did I wanted to impact people - Chris Plumb

Chris Plumb has been the head coach and CEO of Carmel Swim Club since July 2006. Chris first began coaching in 2003, however, it wasn't until his takeover as head coach when the swim club drastically changed. In 2012, the Carmel swim club took 17 athletes to the Olympic Trials in 2012 as well as 9 athletes in 2016. Under Chris' care, the swim club has also had multiple USA Swimming National Junior Team Members and two National Team Members. In the past two years, the club managed to win...


Lives change forever because of being part of something great - Dana Abbott

Dana Abbott is the current head coach and founder of the Tiger Swim Club. He is joining the Tiger Swim Club from the St. John XXIII College Preparatory where his swim team won the 2016 State Championship for the third time in five years and the SJ23 boys were Region Champions in 2016 and 2017. Although the Tiger Swim Club was founded in 1985 with the West Houston Aquatic League, Coach Abbott dedicated the majority of his coaching time to the Katy High School Aqua Tigers. He began his...


We try to train like we race - Kevin Kinel

Kevin Kinel is the current senior/high school head coach for the Duneland Swim Club. Kevin has been working with the Duneland Swim Club since 1980. In the nearly 40 years, he has been named the Indiana Swimming's Senior Coach of the Season and/or year three times. Coach Kevin has also had the opportunity to guide the Senior team to two Indiana Swimming State Titles. Kevin's girls and boys high school teams have won 18 Duneland Athletic Conference titles each, while the girls also have 18...


Be who you are and coach within that framework - Byron MacDonald

Byron MacDonald is the current head coach for the Varsity Blues swimming program. Coach Byron has been at this post since the 1978-79 swim season. Byron MacDonald plans to continue coaching until at least 2024 and is currently one of Canada's most decorated university coaches. Coach Byron has coached over 200 swimmers to all-Canadian status and over 70 swimmers to international teams. Coach Byron has guided his teams to 56 conference championships and 24 national championship titles. Not...


Everyone's improvement matters - Jon Lederhouse

Jonathan Lederhouse was the head swimming coach and aquatics director at Wheaton College for over 40 years. Prior to his coaching career, Jon also swam at Wheaton College. Over the course of his 40 years spent at Wheaton College, Jonathan had a successful career serving as a coach, influencer, and mentor for his swimmers and fellow coaches. Jonathan had the opportunity to coach at 52 of the 55 Wheaton conference swim team championships as well as 21 of the 22 NCAA top-10 squads. Coach...


Swimmers need to know they are more than just a number - Jeremy Boone

Jeremy Boone is the creator of Athlete by Design and author of 'Swim Your Best' as well as several other books. He is an internationally recognized performance coach, speaker, and consultant. Jeremy has been a performance coach since 1992 and has traveled to six different countries to work with a wide variety of athletes from football players, swimmers to soccer players and more. Jeremy is also a well-known speaker/presenter and has had the privilege of speaking at...


There's only two ways to get faster - get thinner or get more power - Paul Stafford

Paul Stafford is the current head coach for the Tucson Ford Dealers Aquatics. Paul has remained at his post for the Ford aquatics since 2014. Prior to joining the Ford Aquatics, Coach Stafford spent his time with the Terrapins Swim Team. Paul co-founded the Terrapins Swim Team with his colleague Ray Mitchell in 1989. With nearly 3 decades of swim experience, Paul assisted many athletes to reach their full potential. Stafford has also begun the process of creating a hand and wrist brace to...


You only limited by what you think you're limited by - Tom Rushton

Tom Rushton is the current mid-distance coach at Energy Standard and has been at his post since May 2017. In past years, Tom spent 4 years as a club coach in western Canada, 2 years at the University of British Columbia as an age-group coach and 4.5 years in Montreal as an NTC coach. Under his care, 100% of his athletes from the coaching clubs became graduating athletes and went on to swim in universities. Coach Rushton also managed to coach a few of his athletes to the 2016 summer...


If you’re not thinking you’re not practicing – Jarrod Hunte

Jarrod Hunte is the current head coach for the Douglas County Stingrays. Jarrod, or better known as J-Rod, joined the DCS team after spending 4 successful years as the head coach for the Mako Swim Team in Valparaiso, Indiana. During his time with Mako, he guided swimmers to the Divisional, State, Zones and Sectionals championship meets as well as both Summer and Winter Junior mentorship. Prior to his time in Valparaiso, Coach J-Rod spent 3 years as the lead in the Age Group program for...


I used swimming to educate my students - Chuck Knoles

Chuck Knoles was a swim coach for 37 years, he coached at all levels including summer league, high school, US club coaching and NCAA Division I. A great chunk of Chuck's coaching experience originates from being the head coach at the University of Pittsburgh from 1991 through 2016. During his time at the University of Pittsburgh, he was named the Big Time East Coach of the Year 6 times in a row and he helped win the Big East Conference Championships 11 times in a row. Connect with...


How are you gonna make the most of today? - Jerry Cummiskey

Jerry Cummiskey has been an assistant coach with the Bryant University swimming and diving program for 4 years. Coach Cummiskey has helped the Bulldogs excel during championship season in each of his first two years in Smithfield. Jerry also helped the Bulldog men finish sixth and the Bulldog women finish third. In his first season, both the men and the women enjoyed historic success at the championships. Coach Jerry brings a wealth of coaching experience to the Bulldogs program that is...


Give every child an opportunity and don't give up on anyone - Kathy McKee

Kathy McKee is the current Associate Head Coach for SwimMAC Carolina. Prior to her return to SwimMAC, Kathy spent 5 years with the Chapel Hill swim team. Kathy also started her career in swimming with Chapel Hill. After her initial experience with Chapel Hill, Kathy spent 17 years as the Head Age Group Coach at Dynamo Swim Club in Atlanta. Here, she helped one swimmer break two American records and two swimmers to the Olympic swim team in 1996. Coach McKee has earned the coach of the year...


Times eventually become irrelevant - Dave Rollins

Dave Rollins is the current head coach for the Florida Gulf Coast University. Dave came to FGCU after spending three seasons as an assistant coach for the Ohio State Buckeyes. Dave Rollins joined Florida Golf Coast with coaching experience at the club, high school, and collegiate levels. Coach Rollins also has a personal swimming career - he is a former NCAA champion, nine-time All-American, US national finalist and an Olympic Trials participant. After his swimming career end, he joined...


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