Swimming World Presents “Q&A with Magnolia Aquatic Coach Terry Jones”

Swimming World October 2019 Q and A with Coach Terry Jones

Q&A with Magnolia Aquatic Coach Terry Jones

By Michael J. Stott

After founding the Magnolia Aquatic Club in 2001, Terry Jones elevated his Houston area team to USA Swimming Club Excellence bronze medal status (2012) and subsequently to gold, where it has resided since 2018.

Coach Terry led the Magnolia Aquatic Club girls to a third-place finish at the Speedo Summer Junior Nationals in 2016. In 2017, they finished second at both the Winter Junior Nationals-West and the Summer Junior Nationals, where MAC athletes finished third place combined.

Credentials

• Harding University, B.S., health and physical education/fitness, 1984
• Started Magnolia Aquatic Club in June 2001; head coach, 2001-present
• Head coach, Temple High School, Temple Area Swim Club, 1988-2001 (first junior national and national qualifiers)
• Head coach, Pine Tree High School, Parkway Swim Club, Longview, Texas (started team), 1986-88
• Head coach, Pleasant Grove High School, Texarkana, Texas, 1985-86
• Member, USA Swimming national coaches list
• Coached a 15-18 girls’ squad to NAG record in 800 free relay
• On USA Swimming staff for 2016 Junior Pan Pacs
• Head Coach, men’s 2017 National Select Camp

Swimming World: When starting Magnolia Aquatic Club, was it tough competing against powerhouses such as The Woodlands and Cy-Fair?
Coach Terry Jones: I knew it would be a challenge, but I believed that the area was ripe with swimming talent, and over time, we could build something special. David Johnson, head coach at Alamo Area Aquatics, advised me, “Be yourself and don’t try and be anyone else.” I started locally at the grassroots level, basically teaching swimming lessons. I loved the sport and believed anyone who had a chance to get a taste of it would, too. Family and kids bought in, and we slowly progressed.

To access our full interview with Coach Terry Jones,
check out the October issue of Swimming World, out now!

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055 GUTTERTALK

056 PARTING SHOT