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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.








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

LIVE - School of Thought Clinic

The School of Thought Clinic has been hosted by Matt Kredich at the Univ of Tennessee for a few years now and it's a great event. We've had Matt on the podcast before talking about his coaching but this time he's previewing all the guest and topics you can experience when you attend the clinic this year. You can now get access to the 2017 clinic as well as the previous year's clinics. Don't miss out! - GET ACCESS to the School of Thought Clinic Connect with Matt: - Twitter If you...

Duration: 00:21:21

Make time for the stuff that matters most - Alex Baxter

Alex Baxter is the Associate Director of Competitive Aquatics at the Wilton YMCA in Wilton, CT and Head Age Group Coach of the Wilton Y Wahoos. He is a certified ASCA Level 4 Coach with over 15 years of coaching experience. Among the thousands of young swimmers Coach Alex has worked with have been; multiple future NCAA DI athletes, a handful of USA National Top 20 Age Group Swimmers and Olympic Trials qualifiers, as well as over 35 YMCA National Top 10 swimmers. In the last year Coach Alex...

Duration: 00:40:41

We laugh at each other in practice - Steve Morsilli

Steve Morsilli serves as Head Coach/CEO and Senior-Elite Group Coach for Pleasanton Seahawks. Steve has coached actively since 1969 (Flying Fins 1969-74, Piedmont 1974-75) and has coached in the Pleasanton area since 1975 (Pleasanton Thunderbirds 1975-78, Golden State Aquatics 1978-82, Pleasanton Seahawks 1982-Present). After working with the Federal Government as a Financial Manager for 11 years, he now owns a construction/property management business in the Hayward/Castro Valley area. He...

Duration: 00:39:06

What we do is hard and almost stupid - Ryan Wochomurka

Ryan Wochomurka Head Swimming & Diving Coach for the University of Houston since April 2015. Coach Wochomurka comes to Houston from the University of Louisville, where he spent the past eight seasons as a member of the coaching staff, most recently serving as Associate Head Coach. In the 2016-17 season, Wochomurka and staff lead the Cougars to the program's first swimming title. Houston captured 772 points the second most in program history in NCCA competition. With a conference...

Duration: 00:32:57

I was always trying to make others better - Adam Crossen

Adam Crossen returns for his 10th season as head coach with the Soka University Aquatics Lions, bringing him to 20 years of college and club experience. During this time, Crossen's coaching experiences have included working with Olympic coaches Mark Schubert, David Marsh, Teri McKeever and most recently, Dave Salo. Prior to taking over the Soka swimming program, coach Crossen served as Dave Salo's right-hand man, responsible for NCAA compliance, recruiting coordinator, strength and...

Duration: 00:41:00

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