I received this release from the Bainbridge Aquatic Masters regarding head coach April Cheadle:
This week Bainbridge Aquatic Masters (BAM) head coach April
Cheadle will travel to Jacksonville, Florida, to accept the
Kerry O’Brien Coaching Award. This national award is given to a
handful of coaches each year who are building masters
membership in communities throughout the country.
Since Cheadle became the BAM coach in 2010, membership on the team has doubled primarily because Cheadle’s passion, enthusiasm, intelligence and patience with all levels of swimmers (and) has become (a) local legend.
The Kerry O’Brien Coaching Award was created to honor the namesake coach of the very successful Walnut Creek Masters program, and the spirit and passion he brings to coaching. Five principal areas of excellence are considered: Building the Foundation, Reenergizing, Mentoring a New Club, Coaching Education at the Local Level and Creating Opportunities for Members. Cheadle was awarded for exceeding the criteria in two areas: Reenergizing and Creating Opportunities for Members.
Cheadle grew up in Central Washington and swam at the University
of Washington. She is certified as a coach at the United
States Masters Swimming Levels 1, 2 and 3, and was selected as
assistant coach for the
Puget Sound Masters National Team in 2011, and co-head coach of the team in 2012 and head coach in 2014.
BAM is the local United States Masters team. They swim at the Bainbridge Aquatic Center with 13 different swim practices offered each week. To be a Masters swimmer, you must be age 18 or older and registered with United States Masters Swimming. Skill level and ability varies from beginner to national competitor and all are welcome. Get more info at www.bainbridgeaquaticmasters.com.