Swimming coach Dana Skelton and water polo coach John Tanner were two of eight coaches recognized on Tuesday as coaches of the United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee (USOPC).
Skelton was named Developmental Coach of the Year for her work at the First Colony Swim Team in Texas. Tanner, who coaches Stanford women’s water polo, is the College Coach of the Year.
“Behind the success and well-being of athletes are the dedicated and passionate coaches who guide Team USA athletes in sport and life,” said Sarah Hirshland, CEO of USOPC in the release of awards. “In 2020 we have seen so many coaches adapt and create innovative ways to support their athletes. It is an honor to recognize these people and show their achievements in this particularly challenging year. “
Skelton’s work at the FCST in Sugar Land, Texas, focused on the club’s Strong Girls program, developing girls aged nine and up to be strong athletes and leaders. She adapted her coaching during the COVID-19 pandemic through virtual sessions, emphasizing stroke analysis and driving out of the pool. His pupils include Olympic gold medalist Simone Manuel.
From USOPC release on …
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