High School Head Coach: David Robinson
Middle School Head Coach: Lauren Thomas
Meet the Coach – David Robinson
Family: Wife, Sarah; Daughter, Charlotte
Church: Calvary Christian Center (Mount Washington)
Occupation: CAL MS Science Teacher
Sports Played (HS or college): Baseball and Basketball
School(s) Attended: Attended four high schools in three states; graduated from South Oldham HS; College, Western Governors University
When did you start swimming and why? Growing up, swimming or even a swimming pool was not accessible. I was able to take a swim lesson though my local YMCA when I was in third grade but other than that my family went to the pool maybe once or twice a summer. When I was 16 years old my dad said he thought becoming a lifeguard would be a great summer job for when I visited him. I became a lifeguard and that’s when my love for the water really started to grow. A few months into life guarding I got into teaching swim lessons. I was soon coaching swim teams as well. This is when I really discovered my love for teaching.
How long have you been coaching swimming and where? I’ve been coaching swim team on and off for 15 years now. All of my swim team coaching has come though the YMCA, most of it locally at the Northeast YMCA. For a couple of years I coached at a YMCA in Spirit Lake, Iowa.
In what ways do you use swimming to teach your athletes about Jesus? The Bible tells us to run the race with perseverance. Life is hard and struggles will come, but we keep our eyes on Jesus. Swimming will also have its difficulties. We won’t always win every meet or race. Things won’t always go the way we hope they will, but we run with perseverance. We keep looking to the example Jesus gave us. We help each other on the team and serve one another. We strive to be a team of swimmers but also a community of believers.
What are your goals for this year’s team? My goal for this year’s team is first and foremost is to work together as a team even though swimming can lend itself to a “How am I doing?” mentality. Also, I want to encourage the swimmers to know that if they put in the work the results will come.