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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.








Dryland and Strength Training Resources for Swimmers and Coaches

This episode features a few past guests from the podcast talking about how dryland and strength training has impacted their swimmers or overall team's performance. If you don't currently have a great resource to use for yourself or your team when it comes to dryland you're in luck as we've just revamped one of our most popular resources out there - SURGE TRAINING SYSTEM. Check out the best resource for swimmers and coaches on dryland and strength training - SURGE TRAINING SYSTEM FREE Trial...

Duration: 00:13:49

Excellence without arrogance is the goal of who we look for - Bill Roberts

Bill Roberts is the head coach for the Navy Academy. This coming Fall (2017) will mark 18 years of participation in the academy's swim program and his 15th season as head coach. In previous seasons, the Navy has tallied 162 swimming event crowns and a combined winning for 71 event titles at the Patriot League. In the last eight seasons, Navy has also won seven ECAC Championship crowns, one of the seasons involved the honor of Bill being named the ECAC Coach of the Year. Under Coach...

Duration: 00:38:08

It's not how you react to success but more how you react to failure - Brendan Hansen

Brendan Hansen is the current head coach for the Austin Swim Club. Hansen also serves as the AASA General Manger, is a 24 time All American and 3-time Olympic swimmer who specializes in the breaststroke. He is a six-time (three gold, one silver, two bronze) Olympic medalist and is also a former world record holder in both the 100-meter and 200-meter breaststroke (long course). He has won a total of twenty-five medals in major international competition, eighteen gold, four silver, and three...

Duration: 00:46:22

I needed to remind myself what I'm here, to serve underprivileged kids - Matt Finnigan

Matt Finnigan is the co-founder and head coach for Race Swami. Finnigan has been named UHSAA Coach of the Year four times, a Western Region Coach of the Year once, and led Judge Memorial Catholic High School Girls' teams to seven state titles over nine years (two 2nd place finishes). Many of Matt's graduates continued their respective swimming careers at college programs from coast to coast. He has coached several All-Americans and graduated nearly 200 athletes during his tenure at Judge...

Duration: 00:37:11

The more coaches can be like teachers the better - Andy Driska

Andy Driska is the coordinator of the Sport Coaching and Leadership Online Programs at Michigan State University. Driska also holds the position as a fixed-term instructor in the Department of Kinesiology. Coach education has been the primary focus for his research as well as the effectiveness of online coaching programs. Andy has consulted with USA Swimming as well as for several intercollegiate atletic teams. Connect with Andy: - Andy's Website - Masters Website - Facebook -...

Duration: 00:46:07

Why do we want 8-year olds to swim faster? - Kate Lundsten

Kate Lundsten joined the Aquajets Swim Team as Head Coach in 2004. In her current role, she is also the Board Chair of Newjets, Inc., the non-profit parent organization of the Aquajets. Kate swam competitively for 10 years and has been a USA Swimming coach for 20 years. On multiple occasions, Kate has been selected as an assistant coach for the USA National and USA Junior National Teams. She was the head coach for the Eden Prairie High School Girls’ Swim Team for 10 years - winning 4 state...

Duration: 00:32:22

I wanted to turn my passion into a career - Rebecca Weiland

Rebecca Weiland is the graduate assistant for the St. Cloud State swimming and diving program. Weiland came to St. Cloud after graduating from the University of Minnesota in 2015, with a major in Sports Management and a certificate in coaching. Coach Weiland was a four year member of the Gopher swimming program. At the University of Minnesota, she earned thirteen NCAA Division I All-American honors, four time NCAA National Division I qualifier, helped the team win four Big Ten Conference...

Duration: 00:37:24

It's ok for swimmers to look really bad the first time they do something new - Jason Walter

Jason Walter has been the head coach for Lakeside Aquatic Club since February of 2011. He came to Lakeside Aquatic Club after a successful four year tenure as LAC's Head Age Group Coach, which he led the team to consecutive Top 6 finishes at TAGS. Coach Jason has been an integral part of the club's success over the last several years. Under Coach Jason, LAC has experienced more success at both the local, state and National levels than ever before. In the past five years, many swimmers have...

Duration: 00:35:31

The line from good to great is either exciting or terrifying - Christen Shefchunas

Christen Shefchunas started coaching swimming after her career at the University of Tennessee, where she walked on to the Lady Vol SwimTeam as a freshman and walked out four years later as a 4x All-American and captain her junior and senior seasons. She was an assistant coach at Michigan State University for 2 years before going to SMU as the women’s assistant for 4 years, where she worked with Olympians, World Champions and NCAA Champions. In 2006, Christen became the Head Coach at the...

Duration: 00:45:45

Water doesn't get tired and it's always in our way - David Wendkos

David Wendkos is the owner and head coach for Aquatic Rhino Swimming. David began his coaching career after moving to Maryland in 1999. Since then he has worked at summer clubs, high schools and private coaching business focused on technique improvement for competitive swimmers and multi-sport athletes. He also has experience with coaching masters and age group levels. Coach Wendkos grew up in the Philadelphia region and began swimming at the age of 6 for Charlie Kennedy and Suburban Swim...

Duration: 00:49:29

Amateurs talk, professionals listen - Neal Studd

Neal Studd has been the head coach at Florida State Swimming since July of 2016. Prior to Florida State, Coach Studd held a nine-year streak with the Florida Gulf Coast University. At this time, he managed to hold the Coastal Collegiate Swimming Association Coach of the Year title on six separate occasions. Prior to the Gulf Coast University, Neal spent eight seasons as an assistant coach at the Florida Atlantic. Studd also has had the opportunity to coach St. Lucia at the 2012 Olympic...

Duration: 00:34:52

Collaboration between coaches always benefits the swimmer - Abbie Fish

Our Technique Coach Abbie Fish is back on the podcast. Abbie has been in the competitive swimming realm for over 20 years. At the age of five, she started competing and soon after her passion for the sport of swimming ignited. From qualifying for the Olympic Trials to working at USA Swimming’s headquarters, Abbie has been on all sides of the sport. She is a University of Georgia “Double Dawg”–where she swam and graduated with M.S. and B.S. degrees. Abbie now spends her time in the Florida...

Duration: 00:36:25

I learned quickly that working with kids made my day better - Kirby Beierle

Kirby Beierle has been the head coach for the Missoula YMCA Swim Team since 2009. Recently, Kirby was awarded with the National YMCA Swim Coach of the Year. Coach Beierle has also had opportunities to serve on the Montana Zones coaching staff, twice as a head coach. Prior to becoming the head coach for the Missoula Swim Team, Kirby served as the age group coach for multiple training groups. She started with 10 years and under and finished her age group coaching with high-school aged...

Duration: 00:49:59

I try to be a life-long learner - Scott Ward

Scott Ward has been the head coach of the Eagle Swim Team since 1992. Coach Ward is a certified ASCA Level 5 Swim Coach and has been professionally coaching since 1986. In between coaching the Eagle Swim Team, Scott is also the team president and lead coach of the program's National Training Group. Under Coach Ward's direction, Eagle Swim Team has experienced tremendous gains in the past several years and has become a nationally recognized club team. Since 2006, the Eagles have captured...

Duration: 00:41:42

We learned there were no boundaries - Jon Sakovich

Jon Sakovich has been a part of the Bolles School swim program since 2000 and he currently serves as the Head Swim Coach and Aquatics Director. He is also the Director of the internationally renowned Bolles School Swim Camp. Prior to his 17-year streak at Bolles School, he held the post as the Head Age Group coach for Clearwater aquatics for 4 years. Coach Jon has coached numerous NAG Top 16 athletes, High School All-Americans, Junior National and Senior National qualifiers, and Olympic...

Duration: 00:40:44

Winning is the by-product of the symphony of greatness - Ned Skinner

Ned Skinner has been the head coach for the Virginia Tech Hokies since 1998. Under his care, his swimmers are standout student-athletes in the classroom, community and pool. In his most recent season, Coach Skinner was named to the USA Swimming National Team's coaching staff. The program was very succesfful as it led the way to two top five finishes at the ACC Championships, five individual conference champions, four All-American NCAA Championship performances and five Honorable Mention...

Duration: 00:40:13

Most of the swimmers memories have nothing to do with swimming - Aleks Fansler

Aleks Fansler is the head coach for the age group program at Noblesville Swim Club. Prior to coaching at Noblesville, he had coaching stops in New York, North Carolina and Ohio. Aleks was once a competitive swimmer on his native turf in Fort Wayne. Coach Fansler has experience coaching all levels of swimming. The levels vary from beginners to Olympic Trial qualifiers. Connect with Aleks: - Team Website - Facebook - Twitter - Email FREE Trial of the Coaches Corner Get insider access...

Duration: 00:33:27

I consistently block off time to learn and become better as a coach - Ian Goss

Ian Goss has been the head coach for Stingrays Swimming since 1992. This 24 year coaching span takes up 24 out of 26 years of his coaching career. Recently, Ian was selected by USA Swimming as a National & Junior National Team coach member. Ian has also been active member for GA Swimming being the past Senior Chairman, a member of the GA Swimming committee's since 1995. He is also a life long member of ASCA, a past Chairman of the Southern Sectional and USA Swimming Senior Time Standards...

Duration: 00:40:28

Swimmers want to be challenged - Bill O'Toole

Bill O'Toole is the current head coach for the Toronto Swim Club. Coach Bill has over 30 years of coaching experience and has coached swimmers to nearly 100 National and 100 Provincial records. He has placed several swimmers on Canada’s National Team including the Olympic Games, World Championships, Commonwealth Games and Pan Pacific Championships. Bill began his coaching career in 1982 for the York Swim Club and then became the Head Coach of the Markham Aquatic Club from 1986-1996. After...

Duration: 00:37:41

Learn to take energy out of the water, not put it in the water - Steve Schaffer

Steve Schaffer has been Grand Canyon's head swimming and diving coach for both men and women for 9 seasons. In Canyon's inaugural Division I campaign, Schaffer guided the men to a fourth-place finish and the women to a fifth-place finish at the WAC Swimming and Diving Championships. In addition, the GCU men took first and the women third at the College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) National Invitational—which kicked off its first year in 2014. Schaffer was instrumental in...

Duration: 00:41:16

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