Swimming World Presents “Lessons with the Legends: Matt Mann II”

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Lessons with the Legends: Matt Mann II – August 2018 Issue

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Swimming World continues a series in which top coaches share some of the secrets of their success. The August issue of Swimming World Magazine highlights the many accomplishments of Coach Matt Mann II.

Michigan athletic director Fritz Crisler called Matt Mann II “the greatest coach who ever lived.” A Brit and champion swimmer with unbridled energy, Mann immigrated into the United Statesin his early 20s. His first coaching stops included Brookline, Mass., Buffalo, N.Y., University of Syracuse, Harvard, Yale, theDuluth (Minn.) Boat Club and Detroit Athletic Club. At one time,he simultaneously coached the New York Athletic Club, Yale, Brooklyn Poly Prep, The Lawrenceville School and the Naval Academy, producing winning records at each.

Mann’s legacy became secure as the University of Michigan’s fourth swimming coach. In his 29 years (1925-54) in Ann Arbor, Mann’s Wolverines captured 16 Big Ten and 13 national collegiateteam titles. During that time, he produced 80 individual NCAA champions and won five consecutive NCAA titles from 1937 to 1941. Following his retirement from Michigan—due to a state agerestriction requirement—he went to the University of Oklahoma and promptly won eight straight Big Eight titles. He also developed more than 35 Big Ten, intercollegiate and high school coaches, including Purdue’s hall of famer, Dick Papenguth.

Mann’s reputation was further cemented when he was selected as men’s head coach for the 1952 U.S. Olympic team. His squad won four gold, two silvers and one bronze medal in the six swimming events. Ironically, Mann was the college coach for John Davies, who won gold in the 200 breaststroke for Australia.

To learn more about Mann and his accomplishments, check out the August 2018 issue of Swimming World Magazine, available now! 

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FEATURES

016 THE WEISS WATCH
by David Rieder
Even when she was young, people knew that Emily Weiss had exceptional talent. With her super competitive spirit and commitment to success, her steady improvement has included a gold medal at last year’s World Junior Championships, a national high school record and now the recognition of being named Swimming World’s Female High School Swimmer of the Year.

020 ONE AND ONLY
by Annie Grevers
The sport of swimming has never seen a Reece Whitley before—not because of his ethnicity or because of his size, but because of his heart to lead, desire to fulfill his own greatest potential, and mind to reach well beyond his 7-foot wingspan to impact the lives of others through his sport.

024 TIGHT AT THE TOP
by Annie Grevers and David Rieder
The battle for Swimming World’s Female and Male High School Swimmers of the Year was extremely close, with all six of the top swimmers clocking No. 1 times during the 2017-18 season.

026 TOP HIGH SCHOOL RECRUITS
by Diana Pimer
Swimming World takes a look at the swimmers it considers to be the 10 best high school recruits from the Class of 2018 and where they’ll be attending college in the fall.

032 THE GREATEST…
by Bruce Wigo
Milton Gray Campbell may not have been the greatest high school swimmer of all time, but he was a swimmer who was among the greatest high school athletes of all time.

COACHING

010 LESSONS WITH THE LEGENDS: MATT MANN II
by Michael J. Stott

014 SWIMMING TECHNIQUE CONCEPTS: DEVELOPMENT OF AN OPTIMAL MODEL FOR TECHNIQUE: PART 2 —BODY ROTATION
by Rod Havriluk
Body size and body shape are both directly affected by body rotation. Consideration of body rotation (axis and magnitude) is vital in developing an optimal model of swimming technique.

035 DO IT RIGHT, OR DO IT OVER (PART 2)
by Michael J. Stott
This is the second installment in a multi-part series on swimmer motivation and how coaches approach the often-vexing issue of unsatisfactory practice performance. This month’s article examines the larger role of team culture and athlete response in the context of motivation and daily training.

038 SPECIAL SETS: WALK-ON, WALK-UP SWIM SETS
by Michael J. Stott
For the multitude who harbor college swim­ming aspirations but will not receive athletic money, there is still hope.

041 Q&A WITH COACH KELLY KREMER
by Michael J. Stott

042 HOW THEY TRAIN CONNER McHUGH
by Michael J. Stott

TRAINING

040 DRYSIDE TRAINING: STROKE AND DISTANCE STRENGTH SERIES—SPRINT FREESTYLE
by J.R. Rosania

JUNIOR SWIMMER

025 GOLDMINDS: YOU PLAY LIKE YOUR PLACE!
by Wayne Goldsmith
Your swim club culture—how you do the things you do—will determine much of the success you hope to achieve in the sport. It’s important, then, to find a swim club that offers a culture that gives you the environment and opportunity to experience swimming the way you want to experience it.

045 UP & COMERS: KENNEDY NOBLE
by Taylor Brien

COLUMNS

008 A VOICE FOR THE SPORT
013 BEYOND THE YARDS
044 HASTY HIGH POINTERS
046 GUTTER TALK
048 PARTING SHOT

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Taylor Brien is the Assistant Operations Manager and a staff writer at Swimming World. A native of Bettendorf, IA and a 2015 graduate of Illinois College, she has covered a variety of events since joining the SW team in 2015, including the NCAA Championships, World Championships, Olympic Trials, and 2016 Rio Olympic Games.

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