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Description of Book titled The Swim Coaching Bible by Dick Hannula and Nort Thornton.

Copyright 2001 - Paperback – 376 pages.

The Swim Coaching Bible offers you an all-star, international cast of swimming experts sharing their knowledge on producing the most successful individual athletes and teams in the sport. This book is sure to be a classic—one that swimming coaches reach for again and again.

Specifically, The Swim Coaching Bible covers the key principles of coaching and program administration, conducting effective practice sessions, teaching techniques for every stroke, and training programs for every event.

Endorsed by the World Swimming Coaches Association, the book shares the wisdom of the world’s best coaches, who address the topics they know best. Contributors include:

Dick Hannula and Nort Thornton: A Complete Swimming Resource From All-Star Coaches
Richard Quick: Believing in Belief
Jean Freeman: Putting Fun Into the Swimming Experience
Peter Daland: Coaching With Integrity
John Leonard: Tailoring Your Approach to Specific Competition Levels
Jack Bauerle: Administering and Marketing a Winning Program
Skip Kenney: Developing a Successful Team
Bill Sweetenham: Maximizing Swimmers’ Talent Development
Jill Sterkel: Planning for Short- and Long-Range Performances
Bruce Mason: Putting Science Into Practices
Deryk Snelling: Applying the Art of Coaching
Rick DeMont: Freestyle
Dick Hannula: Backstroke
Pablo Morales: Butterfly
David Salo: Breaststroke
John Trembley: Starts, Turns, and Finishes
Mike Bottom: Freestyle Sprint Training
Doug Frost: Freestyle Middle-Distance Training
Dick Jochums: Freestyle Distance Training
Eddie Reese: Backstroke and Butterfly Sprint Training
Bill Rose: Backstroke and Butterfly 200-meter Training
Jon Urbancheck: Breaststroke Training
Dick Shoulberg: Individual Medley Training
David Marsh: Relay Training
Randy Reese: Power Training
Don Gambril: Preparing to Excel in Competition

This is, without question, the most prolific and authoritative group ever assembled in a single swimming book. The Swim Coaching Bible is a book that will be treasured for many years to come.

Twenty-five highly respected and successful experts in the swimming world contributed to The Swim Coaching Bible. Here is a brief list of their accomplishments and awards:

  • Earned Olympic team coaching assignments for the United States, Great Britain, Canada, and Australia.
  • Claimed 48 NCAA Division I national team titles, including the last 17 women’s titles and 19 of the last 20 men’s titles.
  • Earned 19 Coach of the Year awards from the American Swimming Coaches Association.
  • 10 have been inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame.
  • Three have won Olympic gold medals.

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.

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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