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The best coach ever — FranklyStein

Every now and then a coach comes into your kids lives that makes a big difference. We had that coach at our Y swim team for four years.

At first Ken just coached my twins. At the time, they were not the most committed swimmers, but Ken encouraged them. They really liked him and they started complaining less about swimming.CoachKenW

He was the ultimate professional. He was an experienced swim coach with just the right manner. He instructed the kids in such a way that they really got what he was saying. He knew when to push and when to back off. He never yelled. He loved working with the kids and that was evident.

Last year, Jonah moved into Ken’s group and grew into a strong, motivated competitor under his guidance. More importantly, Ken made Jonah love swimming. My 10-year-old wanted to sign up for extra meets and agreed to extra hours in the pool because of Coach Ken.

This year Ken became our head coach. He had great ideas for the swim team that worked for all of my kids. He was ok with swimmers who wanted to play other sports, and he worked hard to raise the bar for the kids who only wanted to swim. He inspired leadership in my oldest by making her a team captain, and he encouraged her to help out with the younger swimmers.

Coach Ken cared about all the kids — from the very slowest swimmers to the very fastest. He was always sending out articles about good sportsmanship and how to improve as athletes. Families came to our Y because of his reputation.

Unfortunately Ken resigned a few weeks ago. The Y didn’t appreciate all he had to offer, and the non-coaching side of the job became too difficult. We are so sad to have lost a coach like Ken. The Y swim team will not be the same without him.

I’m just grateful for the years my kids had with Coach Ken. I hope they always remember what he taught them, and I hope they will always be the athletes he was encouraging them to be.

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FranklyStein is a blog by Chesapeake Family Magazine editor Betsy Stein who lives in Catonsville with her husband, Chris, and four children, Maggie, 16, Lilly, 14, Adam, 14, and Jonah, 10.


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