Meet St. Mary's Academy's new swimming coach

Meet St. Mary's Academy's new swimming coach

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Meet St. Mary's Academy's new swimming coach

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Lisa Best, Head Coach
 
1.) What is your prior coaching experience?
 
I just finished the 2014 season as assistant coach of Southridge High School water polo. I helped coach with Southridge High School’s 2013-2014 swim team, along side local legendary coach, Rod Harman. I coached spring and summer high school swim conditioning for swimmers that wanted to stay in shape during the off-season. I was the head coach of Tualatin Hills Park and Recreation District’s Summer splash team at Conestoga. I am a certified USA Triathlon coach, currently coaching athletes for Ironman Whistler and Half Ironman Boise in 2015. I also coach a Triathlon Training class with THPRD.
 
2.) What made you want to come to St. Mary’s Academy?
 
St. Mary’s Academy views the importance of athletics just as I do. It was important to me to coach in an environment that supports the value of hard work, team work and determination. St. Mary’s environment allows the girls to thrive in competition. I enjoy being a part of a school with a strong reputation of high academic achievement. Coaching with these driven girls motivates me daily to help them grow as individuals
 
3) How has the transition been and how have practices been so far?
 
The transition to St. Mary’s Academy has been terrific! The athletic director, Anna Maria Lopez, has been nothing short of perfect. She provides support and answers all my questions immediately. The girls on my team are great. The team accepted me with open arms, and they are excited for what the new season has to offer. I am already impressed with the level of drive these girls have. The girls come to the pool every practice and work hard. They soak in coaching advice and I see them making changes and growing in their swimming already.  What more could I ask for?
 
4.) What are some of your on-field and off-field coaching philosophies?
 
I see coaching as a privilege. I get to share my love for the sport of swimming, teach kids to be the best they can be at their sport, how to work together as a team, the value of hard work and encourage academic success. It is important to me to develop great athletes, but if I get to cultivate strong, productive and confident young adults in today’s world, then I really did my job.
 
5.) What are you looking to instill in your team in your first season?
 
I hope to empower and inspire the athletes to always achieve excellence in life through the competitive experience of swimming. We will work on the importance of goal setting and how to achieve them, and personal accountability.
 
6.) Anything else fans should know about you?
 
I love swimming! I love the competition. Fans will see me cheering on the deck when my swimmers are in the water. When I am not coaching, I spend time with my husband and two boys. We love to hike and camp. I enjoy participating in local triathlons and running races.

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