The Rochester Swim Club Orcas are proud to announce the hiring of Ann Urschel as Head Coach of our Swim Team. Ann will be responsible for guiding the Orcas in all aspects of their development, and will be specifically coaching the Senior One group.
From New Head Coach Ann Urschel: “I am very excited about this opportunity to work with this dynamic staff and organization. The Orcas have proven throughout the last seven years their commitment to an environment that promotes character, integrity and consistency as well as fast swimming. I look forward to collaborating with Coach John Bradley and all of the Orca staff to promote great kids and fast swimming. From top to bottom we will continue to offer balanced, practical and challenging training for all of the swimmers and we will have fun as we pursue our Team goals.”
“Swimming, like most sports offers so many intangibles. For example, self confidence, responsibility, accountability and time management to name a few. It is a great joy and honor for me to be able to work with swimmers pursuing their dreams and watching them develop. I look forward to working with the swimmers and staff to be our best. It is time for all of us to be "ALL IN" and enjoy the journey.”
From Orcas CEO Autumn Kappes: “When we began our search for our new Head Coach we wanted to get the best. Someone with midwestern sensibilities who understood what it takes to be competitive regionally and nationally. When we became aware of Ann’s availability we began to speak with her immediately. She is a woman of great achievement, proven leadership and unquestioned excellence. She is a fantastic addition to our staff and will help us in all aspects of our future programming and performance.”
From Orcas Senior Coach John Bradley: “I am very excited to work with Ann. Her knowledge and practical experience is fantastic and I’m looking forward to collaborating with her as we move the Orcas into a new phase of excellence. We (and I in particular) are very fortunate to have this opportunity and I cannot wait to see what the combination of enhanced leadership and a revitalized facility lead to for our team. I am looking forward to learning and achieving great things with my friend and colleague Ann.”
Ann comes to the Orcas from Team Foxjet in Eden Prairie, MN. Under her oversight the Foxjets achieved a nearly 10 year run as Minnesota State Champions with multiple Olympic Trial, Senior National, Junior National and State Record achieving athletes.
Ann’s swimming background includes both personal experience as an athlete and many years of coaching. She has coached swimmers from the youngest level through Olympic Trials qualifiers. A highlight among her achievements is coaching over 100 High School All-Americans in Ohio and Indiana. Additionally, Ann has been honored as Ohio’s ASCA Coach of the Year for both Age Group and Seniors, and Ohio High School Boys Coach of The Year. Most recently, she was selected as Head Coach for the USA Swimming 2005 National Select Camp at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, and Team Foxjet was awarded the 2008 Senior Coaching Staff of the The Year. In October 2014 Ann was inducted into the Ohio High School Swimming Coaches Hall of Fame.
Ann has been a professional swimming coach for over 30 years. Ann has been recognized for an outstanding athletic career that has included both swimming and golf. She was the first female swimmer inducted in Ohio State University’s Hall of Fame and an NCAA Division I All-American. In 1976, Ann was an NCAA National Record Holder. In her golfing career, she was a six-time club champion with two different clubs in Ohio. Ann graduated from Ohio State with a major in Exercise Science and also began her coaching career in Ohio.
Ann will begin her full-time duties with the Orcas in September. Please join us in extending a warm welcome to her as she moves to the Rochester area in August!
If there is a practice change due to weather that change will be posted on the website no later than 30 minutes before the practice is scheduled to occur.
We will swim in the rain but we will not swim in thunder/lightning conditions. When these incidents occur we move the athletes in the locker rooms for their protection. Once the storm has passed we will continue with practice.
If you have any questions regarding the cancellation of a practice please follow these steps:
1. Check the website - www.swimorcas.com
2. Check your email.
3. Check the club's Facebook page.
4. If those notices aren't present 30 minutes ahead of practice, odds are good we are running practice. Be sure to have your athlete check with the coaching staff on arrival if weather conditions have worsened to confirm practice.
Thanks for your time and if you have any questions please contact your swimmer's lead group coach.
Attached please find the 2015 Summer Pool Schedule. Please contact your group lead coach if you have any questions. Thanks!