This month’s SwimOutlet.com Coach of the Month spotlights Chris Aarseth, a 22-year coaching veteran at Minneapolis Southwest High School, from Minneapolis, MN. Congrats!
Name: Chris Aarseth
School: Minneapolis Southwest High School
Years Coaching: 22 years
Biggest Team Success: Finishing 8th at our state meet as well as finishing 10th in NISCA Power Points, our highest in school history
Favorite Thing About Coaching: Developing relationships with the athletes and watching them learn to trust themselves, each other, and the coaches. There is nothing better to see each one put the process before the outcome.
Favorite Drill for Your Team: We do a variety of drills at practice. I like to do a basic drill we call hand lead. It helps with head position, high hips, and proper kick. The swimmers lay face down in the water with their arms extended above their heard. Not really streamlined, about shoulder width apart while keeping their heads in line with their spines. They then kick to the end of the pool. I also like how it helps them get long, or what I say sometimes say "big" in the water. They use their arms to balance but also use their core and kick to help stay stable.