SPMS Awards

Coach of the Year Award

1. The purpose of this award is to recognize the SPMS swimming coach who has demonstrated outstanding coaching qualities, club development and overall SPMS participation.
2. The criteria for the award are as follows:

a. The coach and club have been members of SPMS during the year under consideration.

b. A Coach of the Year award recipient may only win this award two times in a five year period.

c. The criteria for the award will be considered first, since November 1st of the preceding year to November 1st of the current award year (i.e., 11-01-2017 to 11-01-2018), and second, over the coach's career with his or her club. Outstanding contributions to his or her club and its individuals are measured by the following competitive and non-competitive factors:

i. Accomplishments over the past year (club and individual). Club size and growth. Club results at Nationals, regionals meet, open water, postal events, etc. Records set. All Americans and top ten ranked swimmers, etc.

ii. Publications, articles, clinics, lectures, etc. that are for SPMS and/or USMS. Submit copies of articles, publication names, clinic dates with their location and number of participants in attendance. Include dates and topics of lectures.

iii. Contributions to SPMS. Meets hosted, clinics run, SPMS positions, presentations, speaking engagements, etc.

iv. Long-term contributions to Masters Swimming. Number of years as a Masters coach, special accomplishments, etc.

3. Nominations and Selection

a. There shall generally be one award given.

b. A nomination announcement shall be published in the September/October SPMS Newsletter. SPMS & the SPMS Coaches Chair are to make an official call for nominations the first week of October. Announcements are to be made at any SPMS swim meet available to do so.

c. Nominations may be made by any registered SPMS member using the SPMS Nomination Form and listing the criteria above and the instructional and inspirational qualities of the coach.

c. The nominating form and a maximum of four supporting letters from registered SPMS swimmers shall be submitted to the Chair of the Coaches Committee by November 15th.

d. The Chair shall appoint a Selection Committee of three members. Each committee member will separately evaluate submitted information according to the criteria listed above, so that each nominee receives one point for each criteria met, listed above. The nominee with the highest aggregate score from among the committee members shall be the winner. In the event of a tie score, the Selection Committee shall meet as a whole to determine a winner from among the tied nominees based on the submitted information for the nominee's overall career with his or her club.

e. The award shall be presented on a Saturday at the SPMS Short Course Meters Championships.

4. If the SPMS Coach of The Year recipient should meet the criteria for the USMS National Coach of The Year award, then upon approval by the SPMS Coaches Committee, the Chair shall, by July 1 of the 12-month period during which the SPMS Coach of the Year retains that title, send all documentation for this award recipient in the format requested by USMS to the USMS Coaches Committee for consideration as USMS National Coach of the Year.

Past Recipients

2022 Kenny Brisbin - Long Beach Grunions (LBG)
2021 Charles McPeak - SilverPeak Performance (SPP)
2020 Michael Collins - Novaquatics Masters (NOVA)
2019 Christine D Maki - Competitive Tri-Swim Masters LLC (CTSM)
2018 Nancy Kirkpatrick Reno - Conejo Valley Multisport Masters (CVMM)
2017 Erika Stebbins - UCLA Masters (UCLA) and Mike Lucero - Golden Road Aquatics (GRA)
2016 Nancy Reno
2015 Chad Durieux
2014 Victor Hecker
2013 Mark Moore
2012 Chad Durieux
2011 Mary Jackson Lombard
2010 Ken Brisbin
2009 Chad Durieux
2008 Nancy Reno
2007 Vanessa Mesia
2006 Tom Boyd
2005 Victor Hecker
2004 Mark Moore
2003 Mark Moore
2002 Carole Shigaki
2001 Michael Collins
1999 Brandon Seider
1998 John Kocker
1997 Gerry Rodrigues and Rick Goeden
1996 Gary Reese
1995 Philip Hayman