From one end of the calendar year to the other, William Yin spends his afternoons at poolside with a stopwatch, a whistle and a shoulder to lean on.
For the fifth straight year, Yin is the head swimming coach with the Troup County Sharks. He loves his afternoon job from wall-to-wall. Yin is responsible for 40 swimmers and their immediate growth in the water and out.
The coach is a person of importance, and he is an individual who takes his job rather serious. He is part counselor, part coach and a full time role model.
Yin is someone who should be emulated, and he shows why at every Sharks swimming practice in the Mike Daniel Recreation Center pool.
It is plenty wet.
“I want swimmers who aren’t willing to fail. We have kids who push themselves to the limit. Our swimmers give more, and that is invigorating. The swimmers trust me, and that is humbling,” said Yin.
Of course, he makes his teenaged swimmers and younger go at it hard in pursuit of excellence. The Sharks often swim between 3,000 and 4,000 yards at each workout.
“Our swimmers are talented and coachable. And they have perseverance,” said Yin.
Quitting is not an option in the Sharks swimming program. Yin insists, and in the process he is developing discipline and some tough-minded swimmers.
Dawson Otts, the 14 year old and the freshmanto- be at Troup High School, swims for Yin and the Sharks. Otts has been fast forwarding his swimming career ever since coming in close contact with Yin.
“He is making me a lot better. Coach Yin pushes us, and he knows our limits. I’ve been learning a lot of techniques,” said Otts.
He has been swimming for the Sharks for two years. His times are coming down, and his efficiency is going up.
Otts has some highly competitive swimming times of 2:37.2 in the 200- yard freestyle, 27.6 seconds in the 50 freestyle and 1:19.7 in the 100-yard backstroke. Otts is one of Yin’s many success stories.
Yin is working his magic on 9-year-old Daniel Gudgin, too. Gudgin has gone from a virtual beginner to an inexhaustable swimming standout.
“I’m getting better. I learned my strokes and flip turns (from coach Yin). He helps us when we do something wrong. He makes us try again,” said Gudgin.
Repetition has turned Gudgin into a winner in the pool. And coach Yin is never too far away. Gudgin credits Yin with his supersonic rise in competitive swimming.
Gudgin is recording some streamlined times with a 35.1 in the 50-yard freestyle, a 43.1 in the 50 backstroke and a 1:19 in the 100 freestyle. William Yin is having a positive impact on almost every swimmer that he coaches.
That is what Yin takes pride in.
“I want my swimmers to work hard. They are maturing. I want the swimmers to enjoy (physical) fitness for the rest of their lives. Swimming keeps you sane and calm,” said Yin.
His swimmers are figuring that out in between races with the Troup County Sharks.
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