Learn-to-Swim: Children & Adults
Competitive: Age-Group & High School
Adult Freestyle & 4-Stroke
ROTC Leadership Training
12 years Competitive Swimmer / 4x Varsity @ Copley High School / 1 year Team Captain
Collegiate Swimmer Division 1 / 3x Varsity @ Virginia Military Institute / 1 year Team Captain
Revere High School: Assistant Coach 2018-2019 / Head Coach 2019-present
Learn to Swim Instructor for 4 years
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GET TO KNOW COACH MANNY
ONE WORD THAT DESCRIBES ME
Backstroke. It’s the only stroke that lets me look at the people next to me and make funny faces at them, and I feel like an otter when I do it.
5 FUN FACTS ABOUT ME
I marched in the 2016 presidential parade as a cadet.
I was born in California.
I have swam in Michael Phelps’ home pool.
My greatest fear is turkeys. 🦃
I have played rugby against the U.S. Army Ranger's team and for the marines at Camp Pendleton.
“All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.”
- J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring
“There is a saying: Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, but today is a gift. That is why it is called the present.”
- Oogway, Kung Fu Panda
I started swimming at an early age… after I jumped into a pond. My mother, after saving my life, yelled at me “YOU ARE GOING TO LEARN HOW TO SWIM,” and that is what started my swimming career. I passed Copley's level 1-4 program then decided I had enough and quit. Little did I know that this would lead to my little brother to joining the Water Warriors, Copley's swim youth team. After a year of sitting in the stands and watching my brother, my mom once again decided that I would have a better time actually in the pool than out of it. And the rest is history.
At the age of 10 I began swimming for the Water Warriors. I did not enjoy the sport until I hit my growth spurt at the age of 13. I became a lean, mean, swimming machine… I am joking, I was very skinny. I became the top male swimmer on the team, and looked excitedly towards my high school swimming career. I swam varsity at Copley High School all four year but unfortunately missed States with my 200 Free relay team by .4 seconds! However, swimming was not the only thing I did in High School. I received my Eagle Scout rank, and I was very involved in my local youth group. At the same time I also taught swim lessons, and life-guarded at Copley's pool. My swim career would later get me into the Virginia Military Institute.
I was recruited to swim for the Virginia Military institute, or VMI, my senior year of high school. For those that do not know what VMI is, or its history, it’s one of the oldest and toughest military schools in the nation. I had to learn how to assimilate into this new culture, and how to balance it with swimming. It was hard and I made mistakes, but the friends and experiences I made, have made me a better person. I graduated with a B.A. In International Studies, and made the varsity team for 3 years of my cadetship.
It was from VMI that I learned how much I loved to coach. My senior year I was a captain on VMI's swim team, and I was involved in training the incoming freshmen. My responsibility was to help train them and make sure they and their cadre followed regulations. My responsibility on the swim team was to help maintain the discipline and morale of the team. Both of these experiences were challenging but I loved both of them. Because of these experiences I volunteered to be the assistant coach of Revere's high school team, and become involved with Liquid Lifestyles.