Coaches Corner: Patience & Positivity Lead to Success, Paul Donovan

By Fitter and Faster Staff

Patience & Positivity

Paul Donovan is the Head Coach & Program Director of the Jersey Wahoo’s, located in Mount Laurel, NJ. This past December at Juniors East, 2 of Paul’s athletes; Henry McFadden (1st place 200 free, 3rd in 500 free, 3rd in 200 fly), and Maddie Waggoner (2nd 1,650 free, 6th 500 free, 17th 400 IM) had breakout performances and rank among some of the best 18 & under swimmers in the United States.

Donovan’s immediate background is in performance swimming, having worked as the Head Coach at the National Aquatic Centre Performance Centre for Swim Ireland for eight seasons. During that time athletes under his direct supervision represented Ireland at every level of the sport, including Shane Ryan (Rio Olympic semi-finalist), Barry Murphy (London Olympian, European Bronze medalist 2013) & countless others who broke more than 50 Irish Records during that time and won more than 100 National titles.

Donovan himself lead Irish teams to international meets during this time and travelled to competitions across the world on the Junior, European and World stage. His background is in club swimming having been the Head Coach in Trojan SC (Dublin), previously serving at all levels in the club from 10 & under’s all the way up to producing athletes representing Ireland on the World stage. In between these two roles Donovan spent the 2007/2008 season as a Volunteer Assistant at the University of Florida.

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