USMS Award Recipient

U.S. Masters Swimming Kerry O'Brien Coaches Award

Recipient: Kurt Olson
Year: 2012
LMSC: Pacific

The growth of adult swimming in the California central valley since 2004, be it for fitness or competition, is due in large part to Kurt Olson's ability to envision what could be, commit to making it happen, and spearhead projects that draw attention and interest to his program. The increased membership of the Modesto Area Aquatic Club, to over 200 members and 15 practices a week speaks directly to that. Also, through his encouragement and mentoring, assistant coaches have been able to successfully transition into higher level coaching positions in other areas.