The past few years have not been kind to the Hoover boys swim program. After their long time coach Erick left two years ago Brandon replaced was his replacement. And after only one year they are in need of a new coach.
This past season most the team quit in the first few weeks and they never won a single meet. But hopefully a new swim coach will turn it around for our husky swimmers.
Dave Lippold, who also coached this years girls swim team, has decided to take on the torch and do his best to improve the boys team.
“He’s a tough coach but the whole team really likes him.” sophomore Anna Burriola said, “but he’s also really nice and knows a lot about what he is doing.”
Lippold did lots of good for the girls team and hopefuly he can do the same for the boys. “I have a formula that i’ve used before and it works.” says Lippold. “But its not a video game, you have to work at it.”
Dave Lippold has had quite a bit of experience with swim teams. He was a swimmer in high school and a coach at Dowling for 10 years where he had 4 state champion teams.
because Coach lippold has done such a great job with the girls there is a lot of hope that the boys losing streak will come to an end.
This years team is expected to be a decently sized team.Its predicted that quite a few freshman are planning are joining the team, most of whom have never swam competitively before. The team also has a problem with focusing and not messing around during practice.”If you want to be on the team, follow the rules.” says Lippold.
Lippold says that it’s too early to tell if this season will be successful but he hopes for the best. A couple of students are planning on trying for state qualifying times, including Ryan in the 500 yard and Andrew Gamble in the 50 yard.