Swimming World Presents “Lessons with the Legends: Ray Bussard”

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Lessons with the Legends: Ray Bussard

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Swimming World continues a series in which top coaches share some of the secrets of their success. The November  issue of Swimming World Magazine highlights the many accomplishments of Coach Ray Bussard.

In the 1950s and 1960s, he coached numerous sports, winning Virginia and Tennessee district, regional and high school state titles. His lifetime marks in high school coaching were 43-24-12 in football, 241-99 in basketball, 128-52 in baseball and 172-7 in track. Despite his considerable success as a swimming mentor, many still regarded him as a “track coach.”

Bussard’s transition to the aquatic world was serendipitous. A competitive swimmer he was not. While he swam in a creek at age 6, the need for money to support a family led him to teaching Red Cross lessons, conducting lifesaving classes and managing swimming pools. By the time his 8-year-old daughter, Christy, was setting Tennessee age group butterfly records, Bussard was a serious age group coach. In late 1966, he was invited to interview for the head swim coach position at the University of Tennessee. He assumed that responsibility AND administrator of recreational swimming on Feb. 1, 1967 before retiring in 1989.

As his team success grew, Bussard was tapped to serve the U.S. on international coaching staffs, notably at the USA-USSR dual meets in 1978 (assistant coach) and 1982 (meet coordinator) and as assistant coach for the 1979 Pan American and 1984 Olympic Games. In time, he lectured at swim clinics throughout the U.S. Currently, he resides in three swimming (ASCA, ISHOF, Tennessee) and four sports halls of fame (Tennessee, Virginia, Knoxville, Chattanooga). He has received the Distinguished Alumni Award from Bridgewater College, and in 1984, he was awarded the National Collegiate and Scholastic Swimming Trophy from the College Swimming Coaches Association.

To learn more about Monahan and her many talents, check out the November 2018 issue of Swimming World Magazine, available now!  Swimming World subscribers can download this issue in the Swimming World Vault!

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FEATURES

016 2018 OPEN WATER SWIMMERS OF THE YEAR
by Annie Grevers and David Rieder
Sharon van Rouwendaal, 25, of the Netherlands earned her third Swimming World Female Open Water Swimmer of the Year award (2014, 2016, 2018), while Hungary’s Kristof Rasovszky, 21, won his first Male SOY title only a year after making his open water swimming debut at last year’s World Championships.

020 THE SWIM
by Steven Munatones
Ben Lecomte is attempting to cross the Pacific Ocean from Japan to California, which would be the longest swim in history. However, the long-term value of The Swim will be the information and science that will be uncovered.

022 THE DUTCH CLOSER
by Steven Munatones
With a furious sprint to the finish, The Netherlands’ Ferry Weertman won this year’s RCP Tiburon Mile in San Francisco Bay. Only six seconds separated the top five finishers, including the fastest woman, the USA’s Ashley Twichell.

024 SWIMMING TO HELP FIGHT CANCER
by Joseph Salvatore Prezioso
This past summer’s Boston Harbor Open Water Swim was one of several swimming-related events sponsored by Swim Across America to raise money and awareness for cancer research, prevention and treatment. Since its founding in June 1987, SAA has raised more than $75 million that has been donated to hospitals throughout the United States.

026 TWICE THE MAN
by David Rieder
Not many swimmers are able to do what Jordan Wilimovsky does—and that’s swim both the 1500 meter freestyle in the pool and the 10K Marathon race in open water…and be successful at both. In fact, in 2016 he became the first American ever to qualify in both pool and open water events at the same Olympics.

COACHING

010 LESSONS WITH THE LEGENDS: RAY BUSSARD
by Michael J. Stott

014 SWIMMING TECHNIQUE CONCEPTS: INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUM ON BIOMECHANICS AND MEDICINE IN SWIMMING
by Rod Havriluk
The XIIIth International Symposium on Biomechanics and Medicine in Swimming (BMS) was held in Japan, Sept. 17-21, at the University of Tsukuba. There were presentations by delegates from 23 countries on a wide range of topics—from learning skills for drowning prevention to technique and training strategies for optimizing performance.

034 DO MULTI-SPORT ATHLETES MAKE BETTER SWIMMERS?
by Michael J. Stott
While there is no scientific certainty surrounding this question, there is considerable empirical evidence to support it.

037 SPECIAL SETS: JEFFCO 400 IM SETS
by Michael J. Stott

042 Q&A WITH COACH SCOTT TEETERS
by Michael J. Stott

043 HOW THEY TRAIN AARON BUCHANAN AND IRAN ALMEIDA
by Michael J. Stott

TRAINING

041 DRYSIDE TRAINING: STROKE AND DISTANCE STRENGTH SERIES— MID-DISTANCE FREESTYLE
by J.R. Rosania

JUNIOR SWIMMER

038 GOLDMINDS: ANYONE CAN LEAD!
by Wayne Goldsmith
All it really takes to be a great leader on your team is a willingness and a desire to help your teammates be all they can be.

045 UP & COMERS: GRACE MONAHAN
by Taylor Brien

COLUMNS & SPECIAL SECTIONS

008 A VOICE FOR THE SPORT
013 BEYOND THE YARDS
019 THE OFFICIAL WORD
029 HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE
046 GUTTER TALK
048 PARTING SHOT

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Taylor Brien is the Assistant Operations Manager and a staff writer at Swimming World. A native of Bettendorf, IA and a 2015 graduate of Illinois College, she has covered a variety of events since joining the SW team in 2015, including the NCAA Championships, World Championships, Olympic Trials, and 2016 Rio Olympic Games.

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