A for Athlete



  • "I don't care how good you are, there is pain involved. And those people who know how to handle pain have a better chance of winning." -- published in Swimming World (magazine) in September 2013.

Envelope from letter from Dr. Jochums


Wikipedia mention

  • The Santa Clara Swim Club is known for its history as a successful swim club, and for a time in the 1960s-1970s was widely considered the premier club in the United States. The Club maintains an excelling competitive team under head coach John Bitter, preceded by Dick Jochums.


Espoused the warrior society and philosophy.

Swimmers he coached include

  • George DiCarlo
  • Bruce Furniss
  • Tim Shaw
  • Doug Towne
  • Kurt Grote
  • Tom Wilkins]]


I learned you don't train great against great. You have workouts where each can dominate slightly. Eventually, when the tougher of two kids emerges, you separate them and don't let them train together anymore. That way, you end up with two champions instead of one.