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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.








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...

Duration: 00:36:52

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 Olympics....

Duration: 00:42:37

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...

Duration: 00:39:47

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 Chuck: -...

Duration: 00:39:18

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...

Duration: 00:30:41

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...

Duration: 00:35:12

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 the...

Duration: 00:33:33

We work hard and crack jokes at practice - Dan Flack

Dan Flack is recognized by the American Swimming Coaches Association as a Level V coach, the highest level attainable. Level five is composed of the top 2-5% of coaches in the USA. In his fifth year as the Director of both the Baylor School and club programs, Coach Flack has enjoyed remarkable success. Dan has been selected as Assistant Coach by United States Swimming for the US National Junior Team for the 2011 World Junior Swimming Championships. Coach Flack coached 5 different swimmers...

Duration: 00:38:07

How fast would fast be, if you didn't know what fast was? - Chuck Warner

Chuck Warner is the founder, President, and CEO of ARETE Aquatic Services. Chuck's swimming service began in the summer of 2012 and has been helping families and children by teaching how to swim, creating magnificent swim camps & clinics, working with 'masters swimming' and tri-athletes as well as creating seminars and authoring books. Chuck Warner has been coaching swim athletes for more than 40 years. Chuck's swim team have won seven National Y team Championships, three NCAA Championship...

Duration: 00:36:59

"What's your legacy" is what I ask every swimmer - Dana Kirk

Dana Kirk is the head coach and founder of PASA-DKS which is an affiliate of Palo Alto Stanford Aquatics. She founded the swimming club in 2008 and since this time, the team has grown to over 200 swimmers ranging from 4 to 18 years old. Prior to beginning her own swim club, Dana coached with the Greenmeadow's summer league, leading them to their first championship in over 25 years. Over the past 7 years, she has produced many top level age group swimmers in Pacific Swimming as well as Junior...

Duration: 00:40:37

Everything counts - Paul Yetter

Paul Yetter is the current Head Senior Coach for the North Baltimore Aquatic Club. Coach Yetter accepted the position for Head Senior Coach at NBAC in November of 2016. Prior to his career at NBAC, Paul was the Head Coach of T2 Aquatics from starting in 2010 and ending just before his start at NBAC. Coach Yetter is a 7-time member of USA Swimming's National Team Coaching Staff and he has represented the USA as an assistant coach at the 2008 Olympic Games, 2007 Japan Open, the 2006 Pan...

Duration: 00:43:03

I love watching a swimmer's face after they get something for the first time - Crystal Keelan

Crystal Keelan has been the head age group coach at PCAC since Fall of 2012. Crystal Keelan was a competitive swimmer from age 7 through graduation from her college. She began her coaching career as an assistant summer coach for the Northampton Swim Team from the year of 2000 to 2004. After leaving Northampton Swim Team, Coach Keelan became an assistant under Dawn Pachence from 2004 to 2007. In 2011, Crystal took over the Lower Moreland Lightning team as the head coach for the summer...

Duration: 00:43:31

When should a swimmer strength train?

Strength training is a valuable part of a swimmer's arsenal. However, when should a swimmer strength train? It is a debated topic amongst coaches and athletes. Let's hear what RITTER Performance Coach, Bo Hickey has to say on the topic. SURGE TRAINING SYSTEM - the most complete dryland and strength training resource for coaches and swimmers. FREE Trial of SURGE+ Strength Training Membership for Swimmers Connect with Bo: - RITTER Website - Facebook - Instagram - Email If you enjoyed...

Duration: 00:07:56

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...

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

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