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Product Details

  • Series: The Coaching Bible Series
  • Paperback: 376 pages
  • Publisher: Human Kinetics (June 26, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0736036466
  • ISBN-13: 978-0736036467
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 7 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #238,738 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Dick Hannula is one of the winningest high school and club coaches in the history of swimming. While serving as the boys' swimming coach at Wilson High School in Tacoma, Washington, from 1959 to 1983, Hannula racked up the longest high school undefeated streak on record, winning 323 consecutive meets without a loss including 24 consecutive boys' Washington state high school swimming championships.

Hannula is a former multiple-term president of the American Swimming Coaches Association and is on the World Swimming Coaches Association board of directors. He is in the American swim coaches' hall of fame and the International Swimming Hall of Fame. Hannula also authored the Human Kinetics book Coaching Swimming Successfully. He resides in Tacoma, Washington.

Nort Thornton is the head men's swimming coach at the University of California at Berkeley. Thornton's Cal teams have consistently finished in the top 10 in the nation over the past 30 years. Thornton has coached Cal to two NCAA Championships and was named the NCAA Coach of the Year in 1979 and 1980. An inductee into the International Swimming Hall of Fame, he has coached the U.S. national team at the Olympics and Pan American Games. He has also served the swimming community as the president of the American Swimming Coaches Association.


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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Laura Lewandowski on December 7, 2002
Format: Paperback
This is my first year as being head coach of the girl's swim team where I work and one of my co-workers bought this book for me and I loved it! Whether you're beginning your swim/diving coaching career, or you're an Olympic coach, this book comes it great handy! I learned a lot from this book, and at every meet, it's under my arm or right next to my split or heat sheets! I'd recommend it to any one who wants to coach, is a coach, or wants that extra edge!
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By James Madison on June 5, 2003
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I have coached for seven years and I found this book to be a good reminder of what I want to do, and a good start to improving on my faults. This book gives some good work out ideas, and planning, but the strongest section is how each coach should relate themselves to the kids. I found that alot of the ideas that are in the book can directly relate to so many of my kids. A must for new coaches, and a useful tool for us old heads who think we know everything.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Sirri Al-Ghul on February 5, 2003
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A very good book, you can learn from the experiences of the top coaches in the world from this book! Each chapter is written by a world class swimming coach, this however, in my opinion, makes the book a little confusing for less experienced coaches, because although all coaches apply the same principles of training, each one presents them in a different way.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Nik of KL on May 29, 2007
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I'm halfway through the book and just about to start coaching. Although it is meant for more experienced coach up to the Olympic level, I find it useful. Lots of knowledge from levels of swimmers and their expectations, responsibilities of coaches in terms of psychology and facility management, and even technic explained in detail, coming from the experts. This book explained the differences between the 2 types of freestyle so clearly and I hope it will help me in sprint training.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By hiegoat on April 17, 2011
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Every Swim Coach needs this book. I am a head high school swim coach and I buy this book for all of my assistants. If there is one book to buy for coaching swimming it IS THIS ONE!!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on January 4, 2011
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This book is great. Full of good advice and information. It truely is my bible; I refer to it often. I recommend it to any and all swim coaches.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Linda Snyder on August 4, 2011
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This book is great for anyone who works with kids in sports or education alike. The ideas are developmentally appropriate and versatile enough for anyone to utilize to create successful programs. A successful program builds successful kids who are confident and prepared to enter the world after sports, and/or to continue on for a lifetime of fitness. I highly recommend this book!
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I got Hansen, Bernhard, Taomina... a few other books, including Advanced Swimming by Sarah Condor. They are all compendious. Condor's book is the most succinct, which I appreciate - little time to read. This "Bible" takes a while to go through and I really miss the workouts. Hansen is too basic and other books not specialized enough. All in all, this Bible and Sarah Condor's two books are a real must for any serious coach.
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