ISCA Hall of Fame Coaches Summit

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11TH ANNUAL ISCA SWIM COACHES SUMMIT

Hilton St. Petersburg Bayfront

August 24, 25, 26 and 27, 2021

We are excited to announce that we will be holding the 11th Annual ISCA Swim Coaches Summit at the beautiful Hilton Bayfront in St. Petersburg, Florida. We want all of you to attend. It will be an exciting time with the completion of the Olympics. We will be able to get a first-hand update of the stories behind the stories at the 2021 Olympics.

We want both young and old coaches to come, learn, share and enjoy being back in as close to normal situation that we've had in the last year and a half.

Honoring five coaches with their inclusion into the ISCA Hall of Fame

 Each week, for the next five weeks, we will be detailing each of the new Hall of Fame members. 

Jon

Coach Urbanchek

Jon Urbanchek

Coach Urbanchek was born August 23, 1936. For most of you, that was long before you came into this world, and he's still going stronger than most of us walking pool decks today. That in itself is a Hall of Fame honor!

Coach Urbanchek attended the University of Michigan, where he was both an All American and member of the 1959 and 1961 NCAA Swimming and Diving Championship Team. After college, he had an illustrious career at Anaheim High School (1963-1978) where he coached both swimming and water polo. Not only enough coaching two teams and teaching full time, he also co-founded the Fullerton Aquatic Sports Team (FAST Swimming, Fullerton, California).

In December of 2019, the newly-rebuilt pool at Anaheim High School was officially renamed the John Urbanchek Aquatic Complex.

After leaving Anaheim High School in 1978, he became the Head Coach for Long Beach State, where he coached the 49er's Swim Program for five years. Coach Urbanchek then started in 1982 the Renaissance of the Michigan Men's swimming program. Within four years, he won the Big 10 swim championship and then continued to win another 9 in a row, establishing a Decade of Dominance. Did I mention to say, during that time he also won the NCAA Championship and won a total of thirteen Big 10 Championships during his time. He also was on the staff of seven Olympic Swimming Teams: 1992, 1996, 2000, 2004, 2008, 2012.Two of them were after he retired.

Upon retiring from Michigan in 2004, he assisted the school club team (Club Wolverine). He was inducted into both the International Swimming Hall of Fame 2008 and the Michigan Sports Hall of Fame in 2009.

So much for retirement. In 2018 he became USA Swimming National Team Technical Advisor, which he held until 2020 and won the USA Swimming Award.

To the Man who will NEVER RETIRE, we take great privilege of honoring you!

Coach Mo, LFSC

Coach Mo, Maureen Sheehan.

Maureen Sheehan

Maureen “Coach Mo” Sheehan grew up in Janesville, WI.

She was a sports loving child, and tried every sport she encountered, but always gravitated to the tough ones. At Craig High School she swam, played basketball and ran track, reaching the Wisconsin State HS Championships in swimming and track and field. She was inducted into the Janesville Sports Hall of Fame in 1996.

She left Janesville to enroll at the University in Kansas, Class of 1980, where she swam 4 years for the Jayhawks, was a muti-year Team Captain, and AIAW (pre-NCAA) All-American in relay events.

Her college coach, Gary Kempf, was a strong positive influence on her life and decision to become a swimming coach.

Coach Mo began her coaching career in Hutchinson, KS, in the summer of 1980, prior to student teaching at Blue Valley High School in Stanley, KS. Upon completing her teaching certification, she was hired as the Age Group Coach at the Lake Forest Swim Club in January 1981.

LFSC in Illinois

She continued in that role until the fall of 1984 when she became the LFSC Head Coach after then Coach John Leonard became the Executive Director of the American Swim Coaches Association. Coach Sheehan retired in 2018 after 38 years with the Lake Forest Swim Club.

Over the span of her coaching career Coach Sheehan was the developmental Senior Club Coach for Olympic swimmers including:

  • Conor Dwyer (USA), 
  • Matt Grevers (USA),
  • Doug Lennox (Puerto Rico),
  • Michelle Engelsman (Australia), and
  • Kristina Lennox (Puerto Rico). 
She has had swimmers participate in every US Olympic Trials from 1988 thru 2008. In 1986 she was named to the USA Swimming National Team Coaches Staff.

Coach Sheehan has also been a strong volunteer contributor to both USA Swimming and Illinois Swimming. She has been a 3-time National Team Manager, a National Committee Chair, and LSC Board member and committee chair. In 2002, Illinois Swimming honored Maureen’s contributions with a surprise Life Membership to USA Swimming.

  • She was inducted into the Illinois Swimming Hall of Fame in 2020.

Later in her coaching career Mo took up golf as a hobby, but eventually was drawn to golf’s competitive side and was soon on the path to great success. 

In addition to winning many local/regional tournaments, she has qualified for 9 USGA Mid-Amateur, Public Links, and Senior Amateur National Championships. In 2018 she was one of just 23 amateurs to play in the Inaugural U.S. Women’s Senior Open.

Coach Sheehan was diagnosed with metastatic lung cancer (non-smoker) in 2018. 

Just 10 months after being diagnosed with lung cancer and while on continuous chemo and immune therapy, Coach Mo qualified as medalist for the August 2019 USGA Senior Women’s AM Championship. 

Coach Mo’s Record On Deck:

  • 5 Olympic Team Members (developmental years)
  • 1 American Record Holder — Kristin MacGregor, 50-meter Breaststroke (SCM), 2000
  • Multiple US National and Jr National finalists
  • 2nd Place Team Finish at the US Jr Nationals
  • 12 Speedo Sectional Team Championships (Combined, Men, Women)
  • 51 Illinois State Team Championships (Combined, Men, Women)
  • Coach Mo’s Record Off The Deck
  • Named to USA Swimming National Coaching Staff, 1986
  • Head Manager, SC World Championships, Hong Kong, 1999
  • Head Manager, US Jr National Team, Montreal, 1997
  • Manager, Three Nation (USA, AUS, CAN) Distance Camp, Hawaii, 1990
  • Sr Vice-Chair and Committee Chair, Illinois Swimming
  • USA Swimming Swim-A-Thon Committee Chair
  • USA Swimming Sr Development Committee

We are so honored to have Maureen Sheehan as an inductee in the class of 2021 ISCA Hall of Fame.

Bob Steele

Coach Bob Steele

Bob Steele

Bob had more than a 51-year coaching tenure, starting as a Club Coach in Peoria, Illinois, and then in Carbondale, Illinois. He coached at Southern Illinois University, but he also received his undergraduate degree, and also received his Master's degrees from the College of Education and Human Services from SIU.

Bob's coaching career:

  • 1970-1973 - Swim Coach, Northwestern University
  • 1973-1984 - Head Swim Coach, Southern Illinois University
  • 1984-1995 - Director of Athlete/Coach Development, United States Swimming
  • 1997-2004 - Head Swim Coach, California State University-Bakersfield
  • 2004-2010 - Master Coach/Consultant - USA Swimming

As a retired member of the USA Swimming Master Coach/Consulting Program, he has coached at all levels with 17 swimmers World Ranked in 37 events, two American Record Holders, five NCAA ll Team Championships, seven NCAA II Record Holders, 9 NCAA I Top 20 finishes and six National Independent Championship teams.

He has conducted 120 USA-S Team Excellence Camps for teams with a world ranked underclass swimmer and fine coaching staff, along with over 50 of his Winning Spirit Racing Camps. He has presented to over 30,000 coaches at ASCA, FINA, LSC and H.S. Coaches Associations.

We want everyone to come and help celebrate Bob's Induction into the ISCA Hall of Fame.

Special Note, besides his Games Gimmicks Challenges, he also was known as the fun coach who distracted pain. But since his retirement, he has also become a very talented artist.

Steve Bultman

Coach Steve Bultman

Steve Bultman

Head Women’s Coach at Texas A&M University.

In all my years of coaching, I have never come across a Coach, a Parent, or Official that had anything but rave reviews of Steve Bultman as a Coach, a Gentleman, and a true example of what a Swim Coach should strive to be. He is a man of caring, of tremendous knowledge of the sport, and a true innovator in his thinking.

Bultman is a 1970 graduate of LSU where he earned his bachelor’s degree in Psychology. He earned his certification in Physical Education from Tulane in 1975, and he received his master’s in Physical Education from the University of West Florida in 1979. An accomplished swimmer himself, Bultman was a LSU swimming letterman (1969, 1970) and won the Louisiana state title in the 50 freestyle while at Jesuit High School in New Orleans, La.

Steve had Club experience at Lynn Park Piranhas in Louisiana. From there, he coached at Nashville Aquatic. After that, he had a 9-year stint at Greater Pensacola Aquatic Club in Florida, where he put 3 swimmers on the 1988 US Olympic Team (Beth Barr, Andrea Hayes, and Daniel Watters). After he finished at GPAC, he moved on to his last Club Coaching job with Dynamo Swim Club in Atlanta, GA and helped turn it into a successful club, as it continues to be today. After Dynamo he moved on to He moved on to college coaching at the University of Georgia where is was an assistant from 1995-1999.

In 1999, he took over the reigns of the Women’s Swimming and Diving program at Texas A&M. When Bultman was hired at Texas A&M on June 2, 1999, the Aggies had never finished higher than third at the conference championships or in the top 10 at the national meet. Under Bultman, the Aggies have finished lower than second at a conference meet just once and strung together an 11-year streak of top 10 finishes at the NCAA Championships. After four-straight fourth-place finishes at the NCAA Championships from 2013-16, the Aggies tallied their highest NCAA finish ever in 2017 with a third-place effort at the NCAA Championships. A&M put together another great showing at the national meet and eventually took third again in 2018.
Before his arrival, Texas A&M had never won a conference team title, but now owns Big 12 Conference championship trophies from 2007, 2008, 2010 and 2012, claimed four consecutive SEC Championships from 2016-2019. He is also a nine-time conference Coach of the Year, and has earned Coach of the Meet honors seven times. Under his direction, Texas A&M produced its first NCAA individual titles with a pair of wins from Julia Wilkinson and Alia Atkinson at the 2010 NCAA Championships. Since Wilkinson and Atkinson’s breakthrough wins, the Aggies have logged eight more individual crowns — seven by swimmers Cammile Adams, Breeja Larson, Paige Miller and Sarah Henry and one by diver Jaele Patrick.

Steve has been a 2-time USA Olympic Coach. In 2008 he was on the coaching staff for the Estonia Olympic Team. In the 2016 Olympics, he served on the Mexico Olympic Staff. He’s also served on USA Coaching staffs, including the 1985 Pan Pacific Games, the 1989 LEN Cup, the 2001, 2009 and 2015 World Univeristy Games and the 2013 World Championships.

Steve is one of the great influencers in USA Swimming, and we are excited to have him as an inductee in the class of 2021 ISCA Hall of Fame.


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Sign-up for the ISCA Hall of Fame Summit with the buttons to the right.

  1. If you are an individual, use the top button.
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  3. If you want to sign up your staff, save some money and come as a group.
  4.  If your spouse or partner, coach or otherwise, wishes to attend the educational sessions of the clinic, save with a discount to $100. 
  5. Click the bottom button to get tickets to the Hall of Fame Banquet at 6 pm on Thursday, August 26, 2021.


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Calling for presentation proposals by coaches and scientists that explain the application of scientific concepts to swim training and performance.

The most important criterion for acceptance is that the presentation includes science-based information that a coach can immediately apply to his or her swimmers to improve performance.

Presentation options include:
  • Discussion of the application of a scientific concept during training with performance outcomes.
  • Summary of research findings with strategies to implement during training.

While coaches and scientists are welcome to submit either option, it is expected that coaches are most likely to submit Option 1 and scientists are most likely to submit Option 2.

Sample topics for either format may be:

  • Training Intensity vs. Training Distance
  • Deliberate Practice Strategies, and
  • Index of Coordination

General Information For Submission:

  • The deadline for proposal submission is June 30, 2021.
  • Presentation proposals are only accepted via the email to the ISCA Science Committee at havriluk@swimmingtechnology.com.
  • The presentation must be written and presented in English. (If English is not your first language, please have it reviewed by a language editor.)
  • Presenters will be informed of the decision of the Scientific Committee by July 15, 2021.

Proposal Submissions Must Include:

  • Title of the presentation must describe the content precisely.
  • Description of the value and significance of the topic to coaches.
  • List of objectives and summary of content.
  • The submission length for proposal is maximum one page.
  • The presentation duration is 55 minutes. Maximum 45 minutes for actual presentation, with 10 minutes additional to allow for questions.
  • The maximum number of presenters is three. (Provide name, affiliation, and email address for each).

ISCA is calling for scientific proposals for swimming coaches summit.

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Jeff Allen

Jeff Allen, leading programming for the 2021 ISCA Hall of Fame Summit.

Jeff Allen, the Summit Director in 2021.

Jeff has more than thirty years of coaching experience, along with having been an Eastern Zone Development Director for USA Swimming.

Jeff was responsible for forming the Swim Coaches Idea Exchange Group on Facebook, which is viewed and used more than any other Facebook site for swimming.

Contact Jeff if you have any questions about the summit. Everything also can be found on our website at SwimISCA.org. ISCA is excited to have Jeff on board.


The ISCA Hall of Fame Coaches Summit is an educational clinic for swim coaches and teachers from any country, organization or group. 

Speakers of varied backgrounds (NCAA coaches, club coaches, sport scientists and more) will present applicable information and answer questions. Several social events will also be scheduled throughout the week for networking opportunities.

Past ISCA Hall of Fame Coaches' Summits

  • 2019 Event Program, help at the Hilton Clearwater Beach in Florida from August 26 to 30, 2019.
  • Email announcement of the 2019 event.
  • Registration fees for the conference was $375 for members and $400 for non-members. 
  • The Hall of Fame Banquet Ticket, extra $50.
  • https://swimisca.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/SCHEDULE_081219_FOR_PROGRAM.pdf

Some of the previous topics and panels included:

SPRINT

In a sport where every hundredth of a second counts, sprint knowledge is essential. In a two-part panel format, speakers will share their experience working with sprinters and answer audience questions, as well as questions from coaches around the world.

DISTANCE & OPEN WATER

Coaching for distance and open water events poses unique challenges. Speakers will discuss training, competition management, season planning, recovery and more in a two-part panel format. The session will wrap up with Q&A, responding to questions from the audience and online submissions.

AGE GROUP TRAINING & DEVELOPMENT

Age group season planning has many different elements to consider–and age group coaches must also assess physical and mental development factors. The age group panel will discuss concepts relevant to addressing these factors and how to plan a complete season for 8&u through age group seniors. Per usual, audience and pre-submitted questions will be answered in the Q&A portion.

SPORT SCIENCE – THE SCIENCE OF FATIGUE

Leading swimmers to push their athletic capabilities to the point of fatigue is something coaches do every day. Our sport science panel is going to break down the science behind fatigue in swimming. They will discuss ways to limit fatigue, how it relates to recovery, and physiological factors that every coach must be conscious of. They will also talk about how a training program can be adjusted to account for technique changes that normally occur with fatigue.

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