Golden Goggles Analysis: Coach of the Year Award

Franklin's coaches, Todd Schmitz and Terri McKeever out shopping in Barcelona [Photo: Craig Lord]

As the Golden Goggle Awards approach, we’re going to periodically take a look at the various categories which will be honored at the annual gala event. In our third installment, we’ll look at the candidates for the Coach of the Year Award. The candidates: Rick DeMont, Bruce Gemmell, Dave Salo, Todd Schmitz, Gregg Troy; Missy Franklin awarded the Sportswoman of the Year – Individual Sports prize from the Women’s Sports Foundation

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As the Golden Goggle Awards approach, we’re going to periodically take a look at the various categories which will be honored at the annual gala event. In our third installment, we’ll look at the candidates for the Coach of the Year Award. The candidates: Rick DeMont, Bruce Gemmell, Dave Salo, Todd Schmitz, Gregg Troy; Missy Franklin awarded the Sportswoman of the Year – Individual Sports prize from the Women’s Sports Foundation

Comments

KeithM

I do think it’s important to FINALLY recognize Schmitz. He has coached and developed her since she was seven. This scenario would have been unlikely in many other countries, including some top tier swimming nations that tend to want to centralize everything. Also, it’s tricky to manage the development of very young stars and balance that with just being a kid especially with the media profile that Missy has had the last several years.

beachmouse

Schmitz also got Jordan Mattern from juniors to Georgia scholarship before she won gold this summer in Barcelona as part of the 4×200 FR prelims squad, so he’s not a one hit wonder coach.

Nance

I agree. This is the last opportunity to recognize Schmitz as Missy completed her high school/age group portion of her swimming career this summer with the Colorado Stars. Not only did Todd coach her during a major life transition, but also during the post-Olympic year … AND he guided her to a history-making gold haul at Barcelona. Katie Ledecky and Bruce Gemmel will doubtless be on the limelight for years to come and will, at this year’s Golden Goggles, receive accolades fitting her jaw-dropping achievement, but this is the last opportunity to honor Todd for a lifetime achievement in coaching Missy Franklin with the astounding legacy her life is setting in the international swimming community.

Nance

Just in:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/missy-franklin-wins-sportswoman-of-year-honors-from-womens-sports-foundation/2013/10/16/14ea6a38-36d9-11e3-89db-8002ba99b894_story.html

I agree. I hope Todd receives honor where honor is due at the 2013 Golden Goggles Awards!

Kathy

Todd maybe should win coach of the quad, except we all know Bowman would win that, but Gemmel deserves coach of the year.

Swimfan

Beachmouse, In addition, Todd coached several other NCAA swimmers including Caroline Piehl (Cal), Christine and Colleen Wixted (Duke). Kelly Naze (Cal) was with Todd for many years. He also coached some very successful boys until a year ago or so. Clark Smith (Texas), Hennessey Stuart (NCState), Nathan Mueller (Wisconsin) all swam well with him. Todd’s energy and enthusiasm is refreshing but not for everyone. Some prefer a coach calmly sitting beside the pool silently watching practices and competitions. I hear from Colorado parents that Todd is the same no matter what the venue. For a coach in his early 30s, his success is certainly noteworthy.

aswimfan

Who won coach of the year award last year?

Craig Lord

Bob Bowman for Phelps’ swan song and Allison Schmitt

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