The Abington Gators will welcome back a familiar face to the pool this fall when Corey Wimmer returns to coach the youth swim team after a two-year absence due to the birth of her third child, Callen.
Wimmer previously coached the team for four seasons and enjoyed making an impact on the young swimmers.
“The best part about coaching is seeing their improvement and how much they’ve grown as swimmers and athletes,” Wimmer said. “Also, seeing the joy in their eyes when they have a great race.”
According to Mary Beth Evans, who is entering her third year as president of the Abington Gators, Wimmer is a huge asset to the swim program.
“Corey has a special connection to the children to motivate, guide and provide constructive feedback for improvement,” Evans said. “She knows how to engage their attention to produce a positive team environment for growth, both independently and as a team.
“We are thrilled to have Corey return to her roots and glad she is sharing her talent of coaching with our children.”
Evans also enjoys the camaraderie that comes with being associated with the program.
“My daughter, Taylor, 13, will be starting her seventh season with the Gators and my son, Matt , 11, will be entering his his third,” she said. “Since being involved with the swim team, I would have to say the Abington Gators developed a family community where everyone from the coaches to the board, parents and swimmers work together to make it happen.”
Wimmer was a member of the Gators, who participate in the Northeastern Pennsylvania Age Group Swim League, herself from the ages of 6-14 and hopes to continue passing on her love of the sport to many more young athletes.
“I’m really looking forward to getting back on the deck and working with the kids,” she said. “My goal is the same every year. I want to help them grow as athletes, but also show them it’s not just about swimming. It’s about teaching them how to be a good sport and wanting them to grow as good people.”
Wimmer, 34, is excited to coach her 7-year-old daughter, Audra, for the first time this fall.
“She asked me ‘What do I call you on the deck? Coach Wimmer?’” Wimmer said. “I said no, you can call me mom. She said ‘How about Coach Mom?’”
Wimmer and her husband, Jason, also have a 3-year-old daughter, Olivia.
Registration for the 2015-16 season will be held in September. For more information on the team, email email@example.com.
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