Dick Hannula

Dick Hannula

Dick Hannula

Coach Hannula has coached and managed numerous international teams for Team USA including the Olympics and Pan American Games.

He served as commissioner of the Goodwill Games, and was president of ASCA. He is the all-time winningest high school coach as he led Wilson High School (Tacoma, WA) to 24 consecutive Washington state high school championship and 323 dual meets without a loss. Dick authored Coaching Swimming Successfully and co-edited The Swim Coaching Bible Volume 1 and 2 with Nort Thornton. He has given ISCA permission to share more than 160 of his articles and interviews with our readers.

Surf the lessons from Dick Hannula as part of the Global Library for ISCA Members.

Hannula, Olympic Committee, Rants

Clean or Dirty. Flashback to 1996

by Dick Hannula The World Swimming Coaches' Association was leading the way in an unprecedented attempt to bring the doping situation in swimming under control. This became -> Read More / Go to lesson if logged in member.

Clean or Dirty. Flashback to 1996

CLOH.org, Hannula, Maglischo, Urbanchek

Heart Rate Variability & Pulse Rate

Heart rate variability from Mark Rauterkus The pulse rate is a valuable tool for getting a somewhat better picture of the effects of training. It is -> Read More / Go to lesson if logged in member.

Heart Rate Variability & Pulse Rate

CLOH.org, Hannula

Environments

ENVIRONMENT Some facilities are inspirational and somehow connote the idea that fast swimmers live there What do you do to make your pool feel like -> Read More / Go to lesson if logged in member.

Environments

Hannula, Thornton

Views Vital for Success

By Nort Thornton via Dick Hannula Ideas Nort believed to be vital for success. The first thing: Try to create a team and an atmosphere of togetherness -> Read More / Go to lesson if logged in member.

Views Vital for Success

Hannula, Sweetenham

I.M. Test Sets

By Bill Sweetenham with Dick HannulaOne-hundred-percent correct is 100-percent correct. Ninety-nine-percent correct is 100-percent wrong.  Measure the measurable.Control the controllable.Where you have both the measurable -> Read More / Go to lesson if logged in member.

I.M. Test Sets

Hannula, ISCA's LAP, Lynch

Racing Starts

by Dick Hannula, Daniel Lynch When learning the best technique of  starting, always practice in safe, deep water.FRONT START TECHNIQUE TIPS:At the starting signal, the head -> Read More / Go to lesson if logged in member.

Racing Starts

Hannula, Sweetenham

Core Principles for Success

by Bill Sweetenham via Dick Hannula  Under Achievements Of recent times, and in particular over the last month, I have watched several of Australia's international sporting -> Read More / Go to lesson if logged in member.

Core Principles for Success

Hannula

Tips for a Parent Booster Organization

Every park and recreation department that has an aquatic program has the opportunity and the incentive to support a competitive swimming program in their aquatic -> Read More / Go to lesson if logged in member.

Tips for a Parent Booster Organization

Hannula

Train and Teach Technique

by Dick Hannula The major emphasis on great training has to be coordinated with equal emphasis on stroke technique. When training the swimmers on your high school -> Read More / Go to lesson if logged in member.

Train and Teach Technique

Hannula

Thoughts on a New Season

by Dick Hannula At the start of every school year comes a new season and new challenges.Every new school year presents the opportunity of a new -> Read More / Go to lesson if logged in member.

Thoughts on a New Season

Hannula

Team Building

by Dick Hannula Competitive swimming is a team sport. We coach a sport that is often referred to as an individual sport. Well, the conventional -> Read More / Go to lesson if logged in member.

Team Building

Barrowman, Bigelow, Crocker, Duncan, Evans, Gaeckle, Hannula, Hedgepeth, McCallister, McFarlane, Meagher, Peak, Quick, Reese, Shoulberg, Stewart, Wharton

Training Sets from an Olympic Training Camp

by Dick HannulaA persistent challenge for coaches is constructing training sets that lead to attaining the goals for that session, and that season.Many practices may -> Read More / Go to lesson if logged in member.

Training Sets from an Olympic Training Camp

Goldsmith, Hannula

Tough is …

by Dick Hannula and adapted from an Australian Swim Coaches' Assn. Magazine Article Comments What is toughness? How would you measure tough? Is it mental? Is it physical? Can you -> Read More / Go to lesson if logged in member.

Tough is …

Hannula

Think Winning! Attitudes.

by Dick Hannula What is winning? Winning is the attainment of a desired result, the attaining of a goal. Winning means to succeed. It doesn't -> Read More / Go to lesson if logged in member.

Think Winning! Attitudes.

Hannula

Motivation

by Dick Hannula Definitions: discipline and motivation. Discipline: Doing the things you don't want to do is called discipline. Motivation: Doing the things that are fun and you -> Read More / Go to lesson if logged in member.

Motivation

Hannula

Hashtag: Turkeys and Plunkers worked in a fun / serious way with team culture back in the day

by Dick Hannula Question: Have we gone overboard on positive feedback? Giving only positive feedback is not the best way to build a successful, winning team's culture -> Read More / Go to lesson if logged in member.

Hashtag: Turkeys and Plunkers worked in a fun / serious way with team culture back in the day

CLOH.org, Hannula

Training Aids

by Dick Hannula and CLOH.orgWhat is a gem? What is a gimmick? A gem can easily be classified as a gimmick, and vice versa. The dictionary depicts a -> Read More / Go to lesson if logged in member.

Training Aids

Hannula, Thornton

Swimming Downhill

by Dick Hannula and Richard Thornton Perspectives A coach needs to observe his or her swimmers from as many positions as possible. An important viewing angle is -> Read More / Go to lesson if logged in member.

Swimming Downhill

Hannula

Swimming Success

by Dick Hannula Long range swimming success depends on a number of factors. The right combination of these factors increases the probability of success for each swimmer.Do -> Read More / Go to lesson if logged in member.

Swimming Success

Hannula

Organize Your Own Clinic

By Dick Hannula Camps and Clinics Clinics are generally one-day events. Some might go on for two days. Camps are generally occur throughout the course of a few -> Read More / Go to lesson if logged in member.

Organize Your Own Clinic

Hannula

Random Thoughts for Athletes at a Clinic

by Dick Hannula Whatever makes swimmers and coaches better able to achieve faster swims should be material for another lesson.The trick is to be able to -> Read More / Go to lesson if logged in member.

Random Thoughts for Athletes at a Clinic

Hannula

Stroke Rate

by Dick Hannula Stroke rate is measured by the number of strokes per one minute. Obviously, stroking rate is a major factor in a swimmer's ability to -> Read More / Go to lesson if logged in member.

Stroke Rate

Hannula

Perfect Stroke, The Results of Perfect Practice

By Dick HannulaThe best technique combined with proper training produces the best results.Drills are an effective method to train technique.Emphasize how a drill should be -> Read More / Go to lesson if logged in member.

Perfect Stroke, The Results of Perfect Practice

Hannula, Sweetenham

Training Protocols Simplified

by Bill Sweetenham, via Dick Hannula Presence of Abnormal, Absence of Normal Reflecting on what, exactly, the Olympics represent to swimming, and how the Olympics are unlike -> Read More / Go to lesson if logged in member.

Training Protocols Simplified

Hannula, Thornton

Factors for Success

by Dick Hannula  Factors for success.  The factors that count are, said Nort Thorton: mental toughness,  range of motion, flexibility, technique, aerobic and anaerobic fitness, -> Read More / Go to lesson if logged in member.

Factors for Success

Hannula, Olympic Committee

Meet recap: 2006 Pan Pacs in Victoria, BC, Canada

THE PAN PAC CHAMPIONSHIP Meet, 2006, by Dick Hannula The 2006 Pan Pacific Championship Meet in Victoria,, B.C, Canada, was hosted in a remarkably fast, -> Read More / Go to lesson if logged in member.

Meet recap: 2006 Pan Pacs in Victoria, BC, Canada

Hannula

Old Fashioned Work: We Earn It

by Dick Hannula T-shirt motto of the Tacoma Swim Club t-shirt: The Old Fashion Way: We EARN it!! Some coaches have been saying that USA youth have -> Read More / Go to lesson if logged in member.

Old Fashioned Work: We Earn It

Hannula, Sweetenham

Australian Institute of Sport, visitor’s insights

by Dick Hannula, guest coach at AIS for one week in September 1993 for a National Talent Identification Camp for 13 and 14 years History Flashback The -> Read More / Go to lesson if logged in member.

Australian Institute of Sport, visitor’s insights

Counsilman, Hannula

Warmups

by Dick Hannula Warm ups don't seem to get the respect that they deserve. At swim competitions, swimmers seem to prepare inadequately to swim fast -> Read More / Go to lesson if logged in member.

Warmups

Firby, Hannula

Back to Basics: What Makes a Great Coach?

by Dick Hannula Conventional wisdom: Great swimmers make great coaches. The recognition that goes with coaching great swimmers, world record holders, identifies that coach as -> Read More / Go to lesson if logged in member.

Back to Basics: What Makes a Great Coach?

Hannula

Background on China’s swimming from American’s viewpoint

China, a Power Dragon of World Women's Swimming by Dick Hannula The Chinese women swimmers surfaced as a dominant world power in women's swimming in their national -> Read More / Go to lesson if logged in member.

Background on China’s swimming from American’s viewpoint

Firby, Hannula

Freestyle pulling insights, old and new

by Dick Hannula What's New and What's Not Newspaper interview with USA Olympic women's coach, Jack Nelson, in 1975 asked about new training methods and their contribution -> Read More / Go to lesson if logged in member.

Freestyle pulling insights, old and new

Bultman, Hannula

Bultman on Backstroke

notes from Dick Hannula Coach Steve Bultman points out that it is possible to communicate with backstroke swimmers with their faces out of the water -> Read More / Go to lesson if logged in member.

Bultman on Backstroke

CLOH.org, Hannula, Play

History: hand paddles

originally by Dick Hannula Paddle assisted swimming was used from the very early days of swimming. Paddles were designed to make power training and skill -> Read More / Go to lesson if logged in member.

History: hand paddles

Hannula

Potpourri

by Dick Hannula Many times, a simple one-line expression can make an impact in coaching. One of the most significant statements was by a sports psychologist at -> Read More / Go to lesson if logged in member.

Potpourri

Hannula, Thornton

Nort Thornton on High School Swimming

by Dick Hannula Coach Nort Thornton, when he was the head coach of the men's team at Cal Berkeley.Nort Thornton, University of California head men's swim -> Read More / Go to lesson if logged in member.

Nort Thornton on High School Swimming

Authors, Bultman, Hannula

Presentation by Steve Bultman

reported by Dick Hannula Steve Bultman, Texas A&M and ISCA Hall of Fame High school and university coaches attempt to bring swimmers from rough stone to a -> Read More / Go to lesson if logged in member.

Presentation by Steve Bultman

CLOH.org, Hannula, Sweetenham

New Season Considerations

by Dick Hannula The average high school swim season unfolds in 15 weeks. There is much to accomplish. All of the accomplishments going on simultaneously. -> Read More / Go to lesson if logged in member.

New Season Considerations

Blair, Dale, Ellis, Hannula, Jochums, Keefe, Miller, Thornton, Urbanchek

National Level Training

by Dick Hannula Coaches with national-level programs provided essential insights for training throughout the swimming year. All swim coaches, including the seasonal high school swim -> Read More / Go to lesson if logged in member.

National Level Training

Hannula

Magic Touch – revisited

by Dick Hannula Coaches can see far more in the elevated spectator area than you see at deck level.When watching swimming competition as a spectator, it -> Read More / Go to lesson if logged in member.

Magic Touch – revisited

Hannula

History of Swim Training

by Dick Hannula All coaches are challenged through their coaching careers to plan meaningful and beneficial training sessions for our teams. Every training session should be an -> Read More / Go to lesson if logged in member.

History of Swim Training

Hannula, Wellness

Hidden Training

by Dick Hannula The expression, “more than meets the eye,” addresses those activities by athletes that occur outside of the pool or training area. What occurs when -> Read More / Go to lesson if logged in member.

Hidden Training

Hannula, Thornton

Speed Training

by Dick Hannula There is a need to swim fast in training throughout the season.Coaches, do not wait until the aerobic-endurance-base-training period is completed before getting -> Read More / Go to lesson if logged in member.

Speed Training

Connecting Our Learning, Hannula

Motivation with high school swimmers

by Dick Hannula To motivate is to provide with a motive (that within an individual which incites the person to action). Motivational hacks from a coaching friend: bribes, profanity,lies, -> Read More / Go to lesson if logged in member.

Motivation with high school swimmers

Carlile, Hannula

Tapers and Peak Preparation

Race preparations and taper. Tip from Forbes Carlile, Australian Olympic Coach A swimmer who has trained hard should need not be afraid of doing less -> Read More / Go to lesson if logged in member.

Tapers and Peak Preparation

Hannula

Laws of Success in Coaching, Swimming and Beyond

by Dick Hannula Laws are in random order. All are important. Laws are pieces of the puzzle in the quest for success. You may add -> Read More / Go to lesson if logged in member.

Laws of Success in Coaching, Swimming and Beyond

Adrian, Hannula

Interview with Nathan Adrian

by Dick Hannula Nathan Adrian, the American Record holder for the 50 and 100 yard freestyle sprint races, was a member of Tacoma Swim Club, founded -> Read More / Go to lesson if logged in member.

Interview with Nathan Adrian

Gathercole, Hannula, Olympic Committee

Terry Gathercole, AUS Breastroke coach, interview

by Dick Hannula Terry was coaching breastrokers and sprinters with the Australian Institute of Sports.Swimmers were into the taper for the 1991 World Championship Trials. After -> Read More / Go to lesson if logged in member.

Terry Gathercole, AUS Breastroke coach, interview

Hannula

Your Greatest Power: The Power to Choose

by Dick Hannula The central theme of "Your Greatest Power" is that these choices are yours and the RESPONSIBILITY for these choices belong to you -> Read More / Go to lesson if logged in member.

Your Greatest Power: The Power to Choose

Counsilman, Hannula

Interview with Doc Counsilman

by Dick Hannula Dr. Jim Counsilman stepped down after 33 years as University of Indiana swim coach after guiding the Hoosiers to 23 Big 10 and -> Read More / Go to lesson if logged in member.

Interview with Doc Counsilman

Page [tcb_pagination_current_page] of [tcb_pagination_total_pages]

Become a member of the International Swim Coaches Association.

>
Processing...