The truth of being a middle school swim coach


Swim requires you to be all in physically and mentally

Kara Piehl, Staff Writer

When high schoolers see middle schoolers, I feel like there are two different reactions. We have the “Ew! Middle schoolers” type of people. We also have the “oh, the young middle schoolers. I wish I was that young again.” Middle school is definitely the couple years that you see people change. Middle schoolers can come off as “immature” and some people want nothing to do with them.


I have been a swim coach at the YMCA for about 5 months now. I coach mainly middle schoolers, and I’m constantly being asked “how do you keep your cool?” Well, I wouldn’t trade my job for the world. Coaching middle school is one of the best things in the world; I’m extremely thankful for this opportunity. One thing you need as a coach for any sport is patience; it’s actually the most important thing for me. You are going to have kids who need more help than others, and that is completely okay. I love going above and beyond with my kids and having them try to be the best version of themselves they can be.


Although being a middle school coach has its ups and downs, there are magical moments that make all the hardships worth it. These kids are always so entertained with any training we do. This means so much to me because they want to learn and get better. Another thing with these kids is that they like to talk. When the world gets crazy and things are hard to deal with, they often speak the truth. They are pretty funny as well if you want me to be honest. I feel that I have so many knock-knock jokes from these kids that I could write a whole book about it. They always tell me, “orange you glad to be here?”


So, there you have it. I wouldn’t trade my group for anything. Middle schoolers have hope; they have motivation; they are ready to learn. I’m glad that I have a strong relationship with my kids. It really makes this job so rewarding and seeing them succeed is the thing I love most.