USMS has bestowed some pretty awesome awards on two of our coaches here at Swymnuts. At the United States Aquatic Sports annual convention in Jacksonville, Florida (Sept 17-21. 2014), Coach Susie Powell was awarded the USMS Fitness Award for her work with both Swymnuts and SwimFit. In the presentation, it was noted that Susie has quite the creative flare in her coaching style, with fun and outrageous “themes” to her workouts often filled with props, toys and zany sets. She’s also known for the dramatic flare of coming on deck with some pretty wild outfits.
Coach Cokie was awarded the USMS Dorothy Donnelly service award recognized for her extensive work with both USMS and Pacific Masters Swimming. She also received the 2014 USMS Coach of the Year Award! She was presented the award at the USAS Banquet filled with about 1300+ members of USMS, USA Swimming, Diving, Water Polo and Synchro Swimming. She was introduced by Rowdy Gaines and gave a short acceptance speech (below). She is thrilled beyond measure and thanks everyone on the team for their work to put together a nomination package. She was flabbergasted to receive the award as this team managed to keep secret they had nominated her.
Swimming World Magazine interviewed her and did a web article on 9-23-14. You can find that article here.
Cokie’s Acceptance Speech
My sincerest thanks and gratitude to USMS, to my Swymnut Masters team, to my friend and fellow award winning coach Susie Powell and to all who made this possible, especially my husband Tim who always encourages me to chase my dreams. I am deeply honored to receive this award.
Last week at ASCA, I encountered this Albert Einstein quote: “I have no special talent, I am just passionately curious.” That fits me.
I am so blessed to have the opportunity to follow my passion and serve my team, my community, Pacific Masters and U.S. Masters Swimming. I got into coaching Masters as a way to reciprocate to a sport that has helped me on so many levels. The crazy thing is, the more I give to the sport, the more it gives back. And that is what coaching and life is about. The more you give of yourself, the more you receive.
As coaches, we may not be solving political crises, creating world peace, or finding cures for debilitating diseases. Although, we know our swimmers do! But, we have the opportunity EVERY SINGLE DAY to positively influence those we work with, and that is what drives me. We witness a transformation take place with our swimmers. It starts with stroke metamorphosis and physical conditioning, but like sun rays, that transformation often extends out to their relationships and interactions with family, friends and others in their lives. It is an AWESOME thing to witness.
One last quote. Pericles said, “What you leave behind is not what is engraved in stone monuments, but what is woven into the lives of others.”
Thank you to all of you out there for the weaving you do with your friends, your family, and your sport. And Oh my gosh, cool beans, thank you for this award!