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Product Details

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Human Kinetics (Trade); 1st edition (October 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0873224922
  • ISBN-13: 978-0873224925
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 8.8 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,890,779 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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""A very thorough book on all parts of the sport of swimming. Each section is filled with helpful tips and reminders." Nort ThorntonTwo-time NCAA national championHead coach of men's swimming, University of California at Berkeley """With "Coaching Swimming Successfully," coaches at all levels can benefit from the wisdom of one of the greatest coaches our sport has ever known. I encourage you to read and learn from this valuable book. It's a great source of information and insight for coaches and their swimmers.""" Skip KenneySix-time NCAA Coach of the YearHead coach of men's swimming, Stanford University """Organized and succinct, this book will benefit all coaches who read and study it.""" Peter DalandPresident American Swim Coaches AssociationFormer USC Head Men's Swimming Coach ""Coaching Swimming Successfully "is an excellent teaching tool for coaches and swimmers, but more importantly, it speaks to the art of coaching. A must for all swimming coaches.""" Jill Sterkel Head Women's Swim Coach University of Texas at Austin " --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

Review

"

”A very thorough book on all parts of the sport of swimming. Each section is filled with helpful tips and reminders.”

Nort Thornton
Two-time NCAA national champion
Head coach of men's swimming, University of California at Berkeley

""With Coaching Swimming Successfully, coaches at all levels can benefit from the wisdom of one of the greatest coaches our sport has ever known. I encourage you to read and learn from this valuable book. It's a great source of information and insight for coaches and their swimmers.""

Skip Kenney
Six-time NCAA Coach of the Year
Head coach of men's swimming, Stanford University

""Organized and succinct, this book will benefit all coaches who read and study it.""

Peter Daland
President American Swim Coaches Association
Former USC Head Men's Swimming Coach

""Coaching Swimming Successfully is an excellent teaching tool for coaches and swimmers, but more importantly, it speaks to the art of coaching. A must for all swimming coaches.""

Jill Sterkel
Head Women's Swim Coach
University of Texas at Austin





" --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Rebecca on March 18, 2000
Format: Paperback
This book has helped me immensely. I have swam all my life and now have the opportunity to coach a high school team. So, having the right words to explain the techniques to the students is very helpful and this book has been a great source for that. I recommend this one.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 25, 1998
Format: Paperback
A value at any price for all interested in swimming successfully. Intrinsic and extrinsic motivational techniques are super. Learn it all from the winningest high school coach in US history.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By "veen507" on April 5, 2002
Format: Paperback
This is NOT a useful book for coaches, although it can be helpful for people without a coaching education or a good swimming background. Unfortunately, this book lacks every form of depth and I don't understand why all the reviews until now were extremely positive. Dick Hannula was a great coach, but this isn't a great book. I guess the readers were lead by pride instead of objectivity.
Coaching Swimming Successfully has an attractive title, but is somewhat misleading. While reading, you do get some new thoughts about coaching, but it will not make you a coach successfully.
The book is written with a first-person narrator and would be more interesting if it wasn't, since you will get annoyed after a while by every self-glorification of the writer and his successes. Besides, it's mainly focused on the American swimming school (planning and preparation, club swimming vs. high school swimming, yard pools, etc.) and it lacks some ability for extrapolation for other swimming countries.
The `Coaching Stroke Technique' part is redundant if you are a qualified coach and you still have your textbook from the course.
The book is easy to read, gives some new thoughts and can therefore help you coach more successfully, but it is too superficial and limited for a swimming coach.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 12, 2000
Format: Paperback
I picked up this book in desperation. I had tried many books on swim coaching and many were out of date, simplistic, and outright useless. In Coach Hannula's book, I found a work that was worthy of it's title. Mr. Hannula has extensive knowledge of his subject and it shows in his writing. Mr. Hannula dots the book with useful and sometimes amusing aniqudotes. This book can help beginning to advanced swimmers and coaches.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Deborah S. Anderson on May 11, 2004
Format: Paperback
This book had some nice ideas in it, but as a first time coach for young swimmers, this book was not terribly helpful to me, since the whole book is geared towards coaching adult swimmers. It covers just about everything else to do with coaching, but not in terrific detail. All in all, it's ok, it has good ideas in, and is probably good for a first book for an adult coach, but you will need more.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lucas Velez on February 24, 2013
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This is an awesome book. However, after going through Hannula's work, I consider "The Swim Coach Bible" (vol. I & II) much more useful than this one. Anyways, this is definitely a book every dedicated swim coach should have on his bookshelf.
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More About the Author

Dick Hannula is one of the winningest high school and club coaches in the history of swimming. Before retiring in 1993, he coached for 41 years--25 years at Wilson High School and 7 years at Lincoln High School, both in Tacoma, Washington. While at Wilson, he racked up the longest high school undefeated streak on record, winning 323 consecutive meets, including 24 consecutive boys' Washington state high school swimming championships.

Hannula founded Tacoma Swim Club and served as head coach for 42 years. He has coached four U.S. Olympic team swimmers, including Kaye Hall, Olympic- and world-record holder for the 100-meter backstroke. He has also coached numerous Olympic team members, including one Olympic gold medalist and one world record holder; World University Games swimmers; Pan American Games and World Championship swimmers; several U.S. national champions; and American record holders.

Hannula served multiple terms as president of the American Swimming Coaches Association and is a former vice president of the World Swim Coaches Association. He has been inducted into several halls of fame, including the International Swimming Hall of Fame. Hannula resides in Tacoma, Washington.

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