Developing your career as a coach: NAC’s Doug Wharam

By Fitter and Faster Staff

Create your pathway for Success: Coach Doug Wharam.

Suggested Audience: Coaches, Athletes & Team Administrators

SHOW DATE: Tuesday, February 17, Recorded. 

Create Pathways for Success

Coach Doug Wharam and Coach Mike Murray serve together on the American Swim Coaches Association Board of Directors; as two of the Board’s youngest members, they jump into a discussion on how Doug’s development as a young coach has inspired him to want to help create pathways for the next generation of coaches. This episode takes a deep dive into the intricate process of building a life as a career swim coach, as well as the following themes:

1.) Finding a mentor
2.) Working with all levels of athletes
3.) Developing your own personal philosophy
4.) Building relationships with athletes & parents.
5.) The future of club swimming in America.

Doug has been named to the coaching staff for several USA Swimming teams, including as an assistant coach for the 2019 Pan American Games and the Head Coach of the 2017 18&U FINA World Cup Team. Doug has been named to the coaching staff for several USA Swimming Camps including National Select Camp (2013) and National Junior Team Camp (2016, 2019). Doug has also been the Head Coach of USA Swimming’s Zone Select Camp. In 2018 and 2019, Doug was named Southeastern Swimming Senior Coach of the Year. In 2014 and 2016, Doug received recognition as an ASCA/Fitter & Faster National Age Group Coach of the Year finalist. In 2016 and 2018, Doug was recognized by USA Swimming as Developmental Coach of the Year. (Bio Courtesy of NAC).

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