NISCA Welcomes High School Coaches; Encourages Membership

On The Cover - Emily Weiss - 2018 Girl High School Swimmer of the Year; NISCA Officers

Open Letter From Mark P. Onstott – President of National Interscholastic Swim Coaches Association

NISCA wants YOU! I can’t put it any simpler. The National Interscholastic Swimming Coaches Association is the voice of your heart and soul if you are a high school swimming, diving and/or water polo coach. The NISCA motto, “To educate coaches, to promote aquatic sports, and to honor coaches and athletes”, says it all.

As you prepare for a new round of training and competition, take time to consider your membership in NISCA. Download Membership Packet

NISCA educates coaches: We want to provide opportunities to further educate you in your sport. We have produced a New Coaches Manual which is perfect for the novice coach. The revised manual was written by NISCA coaches from all over the country. It was written by high school coaches for high school coaches. It will provide you with nuts and bolts info and great ideas to “spice” it up in your program. We are also partnered with the National Federation of High School Associations (NFHS) to produce the NFHS Swimming Certification course. The course is available now at We are also working with NFHS to produce a Diving Certification course which will be available soon. A professional journal will arrive at your house every other month. Journals are generally filled with articles on swimming technique, goal-setting, and training sets. Our national conference and meeting every year has several clinics and panels with a wide range of speakers, everything from Olympic coaches and athletes to the coaches who are in the trenches, just like you. For several years we have worked with the American Swimming Coaches Association (ASCA) to present a high school coaching track at their annual World Coaching Clinic.

NISCA promotes aquatic sports: NISCA has worked long and hard to partner with other swimming organizations. Our main goal in these partnerships is the promotion of swimming, diving and water polo in general and the high school level of these sports specifically. We also attempt to foster a greater understanding of high school sports and their role in child and athlete development as well as the development of aquatic sports. We have sent NISCA representatives to meet with USA Swimming, the American Swimming Coaches Association, USA Water Polo, Our Kids Initiative (U.S. Masters Swimming, YMCA Swimming, NCAA, NFHS, and FINA) and separately with the National Federation of High School Associations NFHS. It is through these relationships that we are building bridges with other organizations in aquatic sports.

NISCA honors coaches and athletes: The All America program (swimming, diving, water polo, and academic) is our most visible honor for athletes. With literally thousands of athletes honored each year this program touches every state. We realize that not every team will have an All America athlete or scholar. We also honor teams for their scholarship with our Scholar Team award. The National Dual Meet Ranking program is another way we honor teams. This involves NISCA Power Points and is for all school sizes, all levels. All of these programs, except diving All America, are free for member coaches. On the coaching side we have several awards. They include the 25-year service award and the end-of-service award which are available for ALL hardworking coaches. We honor five coaches with the Outstanding Service award, one honoree each for the Hall of Fame award and Collegiate-Scholastic Award. While coaching success is one facet of what the committee is looking for, service and involvement on a local, state or national level is important as well. Please consider filling out a Professional Resume or filling one out for that great coach in your area. The form is available and can be submitted on line at

And last but certainly not least, one of the many benefits of being a member of NISCA is $1,000,000 liability insurance coverage. This protects you wherever you coach and more information is inside this mailing. I urge you to consider membership in the National Interscholastic Swimming Coaches Association. If you’re not a member, join today!



Mark P. Onstott
National Interscholastic Swimming Coaches Association

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