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Friday, October 19 4:00 PM - Sunday, October 21, 2018 12:00 PM

USMS Courses and Clinics



2018 USMS National Coaches Clinic

Registration closed on Tuesday, October 16, 2018.
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U.S. Masters Swimming and the USMS Coaches Committee present
USMS 2018 National Coaches Clinic

College Park Marriott Hotel & Conference Center
University of Maryland Natatorium
2018 PRESENTERS (Updates to presenters will be added as they become availabe)
  • Bruce Gemmell is an ASCA Level 5 Coach and was named the National Coach of the Year by ASCA in 2013, 2014, and 2015, he also received USA Swimming's Golden Goggle for Coach of the Year in 2013, 2014, 2015. He has been a US National Team Coach 10 times and a National Junior Team Coach 13 times. He was the Head Coach of the 2012 US Junior World Open Water Team and the 2017 US FINA Jr World Championships Team. He was an assistant coach on the 2014 Pan Pac Team, the 2013 and 2015 World Championships, 2010 Junior Pan Pacs, and 2016 Olympic Team. Bruce joined the NCAP staff in 2012.

  • Bo Hickey is the head performance coach with RITTER Sports Performance and is a contributor to and SWIMMER Magazine. He is a Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist through the NSCA and holds a B.S. in Kinesiology and an M.S. in Exercise Science. Bo has worked with a multitude of ability levels, from beginners to Olympic trials competitors. His training has led him to roles at the Facebook company headquarters as well as with the United States Department of Defense. 

  • Joel Stager is a University of Miami graduate with a B.S. in Biology, and while completing his graduate degree in Physiology at Indiana University he worked with legendary swim coach James 'Doc' Counsilman.  He completed an NIH funded Post Doc at Colorado State University which focused on the effects of intensive training upon young swimmers.  Joel returned to Indiana in 1984 to head the Exercise Physiology Program in Human Performance and initiate the Counsilman Center for the Science of Swimming at IU.  Joel and his students have published more than 150 research articles, book chapters and monographs on the science of swimming.   He has coached at various competitive levels and have swum Masters for nearly four decades.

  • Jack McAfee has been swimming most of his life, he was an age group swimmer with Stingrays Swimming in Atlanta, GA from 1992-2002.  In 2000 Jack joined USA Triathlon where he rose through the amateur triathlon ranks, earning All-American status for the 11th time in 2017. He is currently a member of team Every Man Jack, an elite amateur team based in San Francisco with athletes across the country.  His triathlon accolades include two Age Group National Champion titles as well as winning the Sprint Triathlon World Championships in 2013 and Ironman Florida in 2016. Jack is co-founder of the Chattanooga Open Water Swimmers and a 7-time participant in the USMS sanctioned Swim the Suck. In 2016, he co-founded the Knoxville Open Water Swimmers and the following year he founded and directed the Bridges to Bluffs 10k which is scheduled to be the host for the 2019 USMS 10k National Championship.

  • Gary Hall, Sr. - Since retiring in 2006 as a physician, and moving with his wife Mary, to Islamorada in the Florida Keys, Dr. Gary Hall has now dedicated his life to coaching technique and training methods to children, Masters, fitness and health swimmers, and triathletes and others at The Race Club Camps. He brings his science background, knowledge and experience in stroke mechanics and a strong passion for swimming to offer an unsurpassed quality of teaching at The Race Club in both Islamorada and Coronado, California. Swimmers of all ages and abilities come from around the world to learn from and be inspired by Gary Hall Sr. and give themselves the lifetime gift of swimming. He was a leader as Captain of the Indiana University team that in his senior year won its 6th straight NCAA Championship. Gary was elected team co-Captain for the Olympic men’s teams of 1972 and 1976. In 1976, he was selected by all of the United States Olympic athletes to carry the American Flag leading the Olympic Team into the Opening Ceremonies in Montreal, Canada. He was the only USA swimmer ever selected for that honor until Michael Phelps in 2016.

Friday October 19 – Sunday, October 21, 2018
Friday, October 19, 2018 
Welcome Reception, 6 – 9 pm

Mulligans Grill and Pub
UMD Golf Course Clubhouse
University Blvd E & Stadium Dr
College Park, MD 20742

½ mile from hotel – 10-minute walk
  • Heavy hors d’oeuvres with cash bar
  • Opening presentation: So you want to do an Ironman? Presented by Jack McAfee - Learn what's involved in training and preparing for an Ironman, Jack will share his personal journey about what it took to make Kona. 
Saturday, October 20, 2018
College Park Marriott Hotel & Conference Center
3501 University Blvd E.
Hyattsville, MD 20783

Breakfast on own

8:15 am - 11:15 am - General session – Chasen Room
  • 8:15-9:45am – Session 1: Multisport athletes:  What they want and what they don’t know they need -presented by Jack McAfee
  • 9:45 –10:15am - Break – coffee service and snacks provided
  • 10:15 -11:15am – Session 2: The Fundamentals of Swimming Faster  - presented by Gary Hall, Sr. 
11:15 – 12:45pm – Lunch provided - Ptuxent Room 

12:45 pm – 4:50pm - General session - Chasen Room
  • 12:45 - 1:45pm – Session 3: Fundamental physiology: Using science to build better Masters swimmers, presented by Joel Stager
  • 2:00 - 3:30pm – Session 4: Injury Prevention Tactics for Lifelong Performance, presented by Bo Hickey
  • 3:30 – 3:50 – Break - coffee service and snacks provided
  • 3:50 – 4:50 – Session 5 - Training for the 100 free,1500 free and every distance in between all at the same time, presented by Bruce Gemmell
7pm – 9pm – Dinner provided - Marriott (menu selection available during registration)

Sunday, October 21, 2018
Breakfast on own
8:00 am – 11:30 pm – Pool session

University of Maryland Natatorium 
Eppley Recreation Center
4128 Valley Dr
College Park, MD 20742

.9 mile from hotel – 20-minute walk
  • 8:00 am – 8:50 am – Optional pool Workout
  • 9:00 – 11:00 am – Pool Clinic: Open water and stroke technique with Gary Hall, Sr. 
  • 11:00 am – 11:30 am – Clinic wrap up
Registration fee includes Friday night hors d’oeuvres reception, refreshment breaks with snacks and beverages on Saturday morning and afternoon during the presentations, Saturday lunch, Saturday dinner, all presentations on Saturday, pool sessions on Sunday, and electronic copies of presentation materials.  All handouts, maps and schedules will be provided in electronic format prior to the weekend.
  • $195 per coach if registered by June 15, 2018
  • $225 per coach if registered between June 16 and September 3, 2018
  • $250 per coach if registered between September 4 and October 14, 2018
Note - USMS certified coaches who are designated coaches will automatically receive a $20 discount during registration. 

Hotel Information
College Park Marriott Hotel & Conference Center
3501 University Blvd E
Hyattsville, MD 20783

$149.00 USD per night - single or double occupancy -Please note -- As of 9/28/18 The hotel room block is sold out.

There are a limited number of hotel rooms available at the Marriott and you must book your room directly with Marriott to obtain your group rate of $149 per night for the National Coaches Clinic. Rooms are available on a first-come, first serve basis until the block is full or we reach the cut-off date of Friday, September 28, 2018. USMS will ­not book accommodation reservations for coaches. Reservations can also be made by calling Marriott central reservation number at 1-800-228-9290 and reference the 2018 National Coaches Clinic.

Online Registration
Online registration only. Registration closes at midnight Pacific time on Sunday, October 16, 2018 or when the enrollment reaches 125 participants.

Please contact your LMSC for any scholarship/reimbursement information and availability

For any additional information please contact

College Park Marriott Hotel & Conference Center
3501 University Blvd E.
Hyattsville, MD 20783

Cancellation Policy

National Coaches Clinic registrations are non-refundable and non-transferrable to another individual.

Registration closed on Tuesday, October 16, 2018.