Experienced swimmers and those just learning to put their faces in the water have a place at the Taos Swim Club, which recently hired a new head coach, Craig …
Experienced swimmers and those just learning to put their faces in the water have a place at the Taos Swim Club, which recently hired a new head coach, Craig Mallery.
As the Tigers swimmers of Taos High School showed with their successful winter season, interest in swimming is growing in Taos, and the arrival of a new coach with experience helping athletes and beginning swimmers of all ages is perfectly timed.
Mallery, an award-winning, former NCAA Division I head coach, is the coach of the Bronze, Silver and Gold teams - the competitive youth swim teams - and the Adult Masters swimmers, and he oversees the Learn-to-Swim programs for adults and children. Adult Masters include all adults post-high school graduation.
Mallery developed and guided swim programs for both men and women at Seattle University in Washington state for 12 seasons. In that time, he led the Redhawks to a national championship in 2002 and was named coach of the year for two consecutive years. In 2010 he was named Coach of the Year by the Pacific Collegiate Swim Conference. Mallery left college coaching in 2012 to spend more time with his son and began coaching younger swimmers at the West Seattle YMCA.
"Coach Mallery has an extraordinary ability to meet swimmers where they are, and move them to the next level without undue pressure. He challenges with kindness," said Taos Swim Club Board President Kat Duff.
Of his new position, Mallery remarked: "Taos Tiger Sharks have outstanding developmental opportunities, and the Taos Youth and Family Center is one of the best aquatic facilities around. We offer programing for every level of the family, including learn-to-swim for kids and adults, competitive programing for youth and masters swimming for adults. Our masters swimmers' range from recent high school graduates to grandparents, swimming for general fitness and/or competition and triathlon racing. The Taos greater community has a strong history of commitment to athletics and Taos swimming has a place at the table."
The motto of the Taos Tiger Sharks is 'Nadar Es Ganar' - 'To Swim Is to Win.' With the addition of Mallery as head coach, the Taos Swim Club plans to expand programming to "build a community of swimmers who are both safe and happy in the water," said Duff.
"I'm thoroughly enjoying my experience here and working with the Taos Tigers continues to be rewarding," said coach Mallery. "We have a great core group of swimmers and are welcoming new swimmers every week. We're starting to make an impact in New Mexico swimming and the momentum continues to grow."
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