2020 ASCA Age Group Coach of the Year Finalist Spotlight: Marni O’Dell

By Fitter and Faster Staff

Marni O’Dell

Chino Hills Aquatics.Chino Hills, California

8 Number 1 Rankings

1 Athlete in Top 20

21 Top 20 Rankings

Coaching 21 Years

Marni has been coaching Chino Hills Aquatics the past 2 years in the Gold and Platinum group.  She is a former club/ high school coach and swimmer from Illinois but a change in her husband’s job brought them out to southern California. Marni swam competitively all the way through college and was an Olympic Trial Qualifier in 1988.  She got into coaching immediately after college.   Marni says, “I was not planning on continuing coaching anymore after I had 4 children but my daughter became a swimmer and I jumped at the offer of being able to coach her and her friends.  I have 3 boys that play football but I leave that coaching to my husband!”  Marni has 3 dogs and 2 cats so their house is like a zoo, but she wouldn’t have it any other way!  Marni says “I love working out and trying to model a healthy lifestyle for my swimmers.  I also enjoy reading post apocalyptic novels!”