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Lessons with the Legends: John Collins
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Swimming World continues a series in which top coaches share some of the secrets of their success. The September issue of Swimming World Magazine highlights the many accomplishments of Coach John Collins.
A lawyer by education and well-versed in modern aquatic training methods, Collins is well into his fourth decade as a decorated swim coach. As such, he has been a mentor to more than a dozen Olympians, world and national champions such as Rick Carey, Lea Loveless, Tobie Smith, Cristina Teuscher, Jenny Thompson and Cody Miller. He also directed NCAA D-III Manhattanville College aquatics for 22 years.
Coached by his father and schooled by Doc Counsilman at Indiana, Collins became an NCAA butterfly All-American and USA national team member before earning a J.D. from Fordham University. Law degree aside, Collins followed his father into the swim coaching business. For years, he ran workouts from a six-lane pool in Larchmont, N.Y., home base for the team established by his mother and father in 1945.
In 2018, he still advocates eight to 12 workouts per week. The addition of Lehman College’s 50-meter indoor pool, coupled with Badger’s “blue jewel” 50-yard outdoor facility guarantees longcourse training year-round.
Collins was a U.S. national team coach from 1984-2007 and head coach for the 1995 Pan American Games, 1997 Pan Pacific Championships and the 2001 and 2007 World Championships. He was also named 1983 ASCA Coach of the Year and has been inducted into the Metropolitan Swimming, Westchester County Sports and ASCA halls of fame.
To learn more about Collins and his many accomplishments, check out the September 2018 issue of Swimming World Magazine, available now!