Swimming World Presents “Q&A with Coach Scott Armstrong”

Swimming World November 2019 Q and A with Coach Scott Armstrong

Q&A with Coach Scott Armstrong

Head Coach
Men’s & Women’s Swimming Johns Hopkins University
Baltimore, Maryland

By Michael J. Stott

After coaching Stanford distance and individual medley athletes to considerable NCAA success, Scott Armstrong has returned to his Johns Hopkins roots and is guiding the Blue Jay men and women to NCAA D-III top-five finishes.

In his first three full seasons at Johns Hopkins, his men have finished fourth three times at D-III NCAAs and have amassed 107 All-America honors, winning two individual championships. His women have placed in the top 10 twice (fifth in 2018) and have garnered 74 A-A recognitions.

Credentials:
• Johns Hopkins University, B.A., political science with a philosophy focus, 2003
• 18x NCAA D-III All-American and senior captain; NCAA record holder, 1650 yard freestyle; set school records in the 500, 1000 and 1650 yard free, 400 IM, 200 free relay
• Placed second at NCAAs 11 times and top three 14 times
• JHU head men’s and women’s swimming coach, 2016-present
• Stanford assistant coach, 2012-16; coach of NCAA champion David Nolan
• Associate head coach, North Baltimore Aquatic Club, 2009-11; assistant coach, 2003-09; developmental coach of Chase Kalisz
• Head coach, U.S. women’s team for Junior Pan Pacs, 2010
• Received the JHU C. Gardner Mallonee Award, given to the graduating athlete who “contributed the most to the athletic department” across all school sports
• Inducted into the JHU Athletic Hall of Fame, 2015

Swimming World: How does it feel to be back in Baltimore, specifically at Johns Hopkins?
Scott Amstrong: I love Baltimore and Hopkins. Baltimore is a fun, funky, vibrant city, full of life, activities, people and great food. Hopkins is a special place for me. It’s my alma mater and a place with which I philosophically align. The school’s main mission is research and creating lifelong learners. The people who love Hopkins and succeed here are simply curious and hard working. There is no entitlement and no grade inflation!

To access the full interview with Coach Armstrong,
check out the November issue of Swimming World, out now!

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FEATURES

016 2019 OPEN WATER SWIMMERS OF THE YEAR
by David Rieder and Dan D’Addona
Female: Ana Marcela Cunha, Brazil
Male: Florian Wellbrock, Germany

018 OPEN WATER HIGHLIGHTS OF 2019
by Dan D’Addona
The open water competition at the FINA Aquatics Championships commanded the sport’s spotlight for 2019. But many more open water highlights took place this past year—from Hawaii to Florida to Europe and East Asia. Here are Swimming World’s top five.

020 DOPING FOR GOLD
by Craig Lord
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023 MAKING A DIFFERENCE
by David Rieder
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026 TAKEOFF TO TOKYO: THE SYDNEY 6
by John Lohn
At the 2000 Olympics in Sydney, Australia, six American male teenagers broke through during their first Olympic foray and remained major players in the sport in the years ahead. The scenario that unfolded for Michael Phelps, Anthony Ervin, Ian Crocker, Aaron Peirsol, Klete Keller and Erik Vendt could very well remain unmatched.

030 ISHOF: SWIMMER RECOGNIZED AS ONE OF BRITISH MILITARY’S GREATEST HEROES
by Bruce Wigo
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COACHING

010 LESSONS WITH THE LEGENDS: DICK KIMBALL
by Michael J. Stott

014 SWIMMING TECHNIQUE CONCEPTS: STRATEGIES TO OVERCOME THE BARRIERS TO IMPROVING TECHNIQUE
by Rod Havriluk
There are many barriers that make it difficult for any swimmer to improve technique. Fortunately, there are also very effective strategies to deal with these barriers. The first step is for the swimmer to stay mentally engaged for the duration of every training session.

038 SETON SWIMMING’S SAMPLE FOR SUCCESS
by Michael J. Stott
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041 Q&A WITH COACH SCOTT ARMSTRONG
by Michael J. Stott

043 HOW THEY TRAIN NOAH CORBITT
by Michael J. Stott

JUNIOR SWIMMER

045 UP & COMERS: McKENNA STONE
by Shoshanna Rutemiller

COLUMNS & SPECIAL SECTIONS

008 A VOICE FOR THE SPORT

009 BEYOND THE YARDS

013 THE OFFICIAL WORD

032 HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE

046 GUTTERTALK

048 PARTING SHOT