Drums Please

After months of work and planning, it finally happened.  The new Scoreboard was Ordered Today!  There are not enough words to describe the excitement level right now.  This will have an impact on the Swimming and Diving programs for years and years.

Aquatic Center

Over the past couple of weeks I have taken some good-natured kidding about me using my small bit of influence to change the name of where the team practices from pool to Aquatics Center.

It is the cool place to be

The story behind it is relatively simple.

I have stated over and over that the role of a head coach has changed dramatically in the past 20 years.  We still coach, and we still develop student/athletes into strong, smart thinking adults.  But the additional pieces of being a Public Relations Expert, and a Fundraising Guru, and Social Media Master allow a coach to take some choices to help his team in a positive way.

When we started working on Swim-A-Polooza #1, we were in a North Booster Club meeting, and I just blurted out that if we were going to go through all the work of a 5 year plan which started with a new timing system, touch pads, and a scoreboard that we would need to call our 6 lane, 25 meters of space something bigger and better.  It had to have a clever name that made people want to come and see it.

Our friends on Roberts Avenue already have the name Natatorium.  So that was out.

The first thing that came out of my mouth was Waukesha North Aquatic Center.  Instantaneously it gained momentum with the Booster club.  I took the idea to my place of work, and the image that is in this post was created.

The rest is history.

The touch pads and timing system survived the boys season.  The main unit has been loaned out once to the Natatorium while theirs could be repaired.  The electrical is complete for the new scoreboard.  Planning for Swim-a-Polooza II will start soon.   All things that happen in an Aquatic Center. 🙂

Know it!  Love It!  Live It!

Tears from a Grown Man

Last night we completed the first part of the North Aquatic Center capital improvement project.  This was just an idea back in the Spring.  We ran our first meet in 5 years without a Single Timing Failure.  Almost had to take a deep moment of silence to be by myself after the 400 Free Relay last night to realize what had just happened.

Pretty sure that no one outside of the Parents, the Athletic Director’s, and the team really understand the effort that was put into this project thus far.  This has been a project that is starting to come to a realization.

And there will be no rest until we get all the pieces together.  In the “Evil Plan” this is the first step.  Improve the quality of the surroundings to allow the Student/Athlete the best possible experience to succeed.

Next step is to get the Touch pads.  We had one literally break at the connection point last night.   We probably have 6 working ones right now.  We will have meetings over the next couple of weeks with the Booster Clubs.  This should prove to be very exciting.