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What Makes a Great Coach?

By Elizabeth Wickham, SwimSwam, 04/15/19, 12:00PM CDT


Coaches expect honesty from our children and want them to take responsibility for their actions. We want coaches who walk the walk themselves.

Dear Swim Mom,

In your experience as a long-time swim parent, what do you think makes a great coach? What traits do you think good coaches share? Our family is new to the area and I’m wondering how to know if my children’s coach is the right coach?

Thanks for sharing your thoughts.


Questioning Parent,


Dear Questioning Parent,

If your child looks forward to practice, is improving, or sticks with it during a plateau, you’ve got a good coach. You can also look at a coach’s ability to get swimmers to the next level.