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Coaching Specialty

  • Anxious Beginners: Children

  • Learn-to-swim: Children

  • Competitive: Age-Group & High School

Certifications

  • Red Cross CPR/AED/First Aid/Lifeguarding

  • Bachelor’s degree in Biology with minors in Exercise Science and Psychology

Experience

  • Spent 6 years as a Red Cross Learn-to-Swim Instructor

  • Assistant Swim Team Coach since 2016

  • 13 years of competitive swimming experience , including Rec League, YMCA, USA Club, OHSAA, and NCAA Division 3

  • Children’s Church teacher since 2016


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GET TO KNOW COACH SARAH

ONE WORD THAT DESCRIBES ME

Enthusiastic

FAVORITE STROKE

Breaststroke – because it rhymes with “best stroke!”

5 FUN FACTS ABOUT ME

  •  I took one year of the Gaelic language in high school.

  • I was the only swimmer on my high school team during the years I competed.

  • As a biology major in college, I took a class all about bugs and collected 40 different bugs with a giant butterfly net to use in a project.

  • I also like land sports: I've played a lot of volleyball and ran in the Pittsburgh marathon relay twice!

  • I love my dog Daisy May--she only weighs 6 pounds and is white and fluffy, but thinks she's a tough guard dog.

FAVORITE QUOTE

“The place God calls you to is the place where your deep gladness and the world’s deep hunger meet.”

- Theologian Frederick Buechner

I started my swimming career when my mom brought me to our neighborhood pool day after day in the summer. I started swim lessons at that same pool, and would love to watch the “cool big kids” get in the water for swim team practice after I finished my lessons. Pretty soon, I had joined the team myself, and fell in love with the sport of swimming even though that small recreation team lost every single meet except for one my first season. Although I was so excited to swim for a second summer, an unfortunate fall down a driveway on a scooter left me with two broken fingers and kept me out of the water for most of the summer…so I discovered winter swimming, and never looked back. As I grew up, I got to compete for my YMCA, USA club teams, my high school, and eventually for Grove City College’s NCAA Division 3 swimming and diving program. I competed in breaststroke, individual medley, and freestyle events, and loved trying new events and ways of training. As I kept swimming, season after season, my love for the sport and the new challenging levels of training I experienced grew, and I dreamed of working with young swimmers who loved the sport like I did. As soon as I was old enough, I received my lifeguarding certification so I could teach swim lessons at my local pool. I loved working with athletes in a competitive setting as well, so after my freshman year of college I sought out my first coaching job, and found a place working with swimmers on the same recreational team that gave me my start.

Swimming taught me much more than just how to swim butterfly, how to pace a 400 IM, and to do a proper racing start off the blocks. Swimming taught me to overcome my fears of things like learning to dive or swimming a race again after it had gone badly. Swimming taught me how to keep working hard even when my goals seemed out of reach, and it taught me how to do hard things and persevere. It gave me an outlet to relieve stress from homework and an otherwise busy schedule, and it let me learn new skills and reach new limits that I never thought were possible. The highs and lows of my swimming career showed me that there is way more to sports than just winning a game or meet or race, and I am very passionate about sharing the amazing gift of swimming with others. I want others to be able to learn the same things I have about swimming, and see how the sport can help them to grow and learn new things about themselves. I love that I can share the love of the sport with anyone, at any level, and I find so much joy in coaching others to love the sport of swimming and grow through the challenges and victories it presents.

 

-Sarah Haley