Rowdy Gaines - Candidate for BOD Member from Dixie Zone

Rowdy Gaines PhotoCandidate Information

Name: Rowdy Gaines

LMSC: Florida

Nominated for: BOD Member from Dixie Zone


Summary Statement

USMS has a great legacy and a terrific future. I look forward to helping the organization meet its objectives.

Response to Questions

Why are you interested in this position and why do you believe you would be a good candidate?

I like what I am publicly seeing from USMS and it’s direction. I would like to contribute strategically and with my relationships in its continued growth.

What do you consider to be the major issues facing USMS now and in the future. As a person holding an elected position within USMS, how would you address these issues?

The organization is going through a culture change now with a staff in place and a headquarters. Marketing of the organization has become much more visible and I believe with my understanding of swimming and background, I can be of assistance.

Please list USMS committees on which you have served. Include the dates you were on the committees and the names of the committee chairs under whom you served:

I have been the USA Swimming Representative for a number of years. I have attended 20+ Conventions.

Please list any other experience that relates to your qualifications for the position.

  • Chief Fundraising Officer of the USA Swimming Foundation
  • Executive Director of the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame
  • Swim coach
  • Three time Olympic gold medalist
  • NBC Olympic Games TV commentator
  • ESPN commentator
  • Emcee for the International Swimming Hall of Fame
  • I participated in the Rowdy Gaines Master’s Classic bringing back the once popular SCM meet to the Orlando YMCA Aquatic Center.

Please list any other information you would like included.

Over the last two decades, I have visited and met a number of Masters coaches and conducted clinics with them. I continue to be inspired by each person I meet.

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