But first let me tell you about my family...
That's us in the picture (on Klein Bay, St. John in the US Virgin Islands). As my swimmers and clients will tell you, the three smaller people in that picture are my priority and all the swimming stuff I do has to fit into what "free" time I have aside from my husband/papa role.
My wife, Peggy (2nd from the left), is a full time instructor and swimming coach for Houston Independent School District and a Red Cross Instructor Trainer.
Kalen (far right) is into playing guitar and bass, hiking, camping, Boy Scouts (and is just one project shy of finishing up his Eagle rank), building things, reading and robots when not swamped by high school homework.
Nolan (2nd from right) is into guitar, soccer, Boy Scouts, drawing things, swimming, camping, mountain biking, building things, basketball, reading and computers.
These people are the motivation behind me actually charging money (positively confiscatory rates if you must know) for my coaching services. Rest assured that as soon as I win any lottery over $40 million I'll coach for free but I'll own my own pools (or, perhaps, buy an villa on St. John and run open water swimming clinics from my dock).
Aside from the whole swimming thing, I am into reading, camping, guitar, building things, cooking, computers, target archery and rifle and pistol marksmanship (so any internet pervs that decide to sneak around my house or family should wear body armor - actually, in my youth I was a world class marksman and I can still quickly put a 5 shot group, roughly the size of your left ear, in a moving target at 25 meters - so body armor would be kinda pointless).
And our family has been sucked into “disc golf” – I can’t tell you what a joy it is to have a sport that all four of us enjoy and in which we can practice and compete together.
Oh yeah...here's the boring promotional copy about me (the big guy, on the left)...
Emmett Hines is Director and Head Coach of H2Ouston Swims. He has coached competitive Masters swimming in Houston since 1981, was selected as United States Masters Swimming’s Coach of the Year in 1993, became a Senior Coach for Total Immersion Swim Camps in 1995, received the MACA Lifetime Achievement Award in 2002 and is one of only 13 coaches to hold the ASCA Level 5 Masters Certification.
His articles have been featured in Swim Magazine and Fitness Swimmer and currently has a monthly column for Runner Triathlete News. He has had over 200 articles published in swimming and triathlon magazines and newsletters. Much of his stuff has been purloined and illegally posted on the Internet. There are even a couple places where his words have been stolen and presented as the work of another, and that makes him mad (and his lawyer giddy).
He recently overhauled his popular book, Fitness Swimming (Human Kinetics, publishers) and the second edition was released mid-2008. The first edition sold over 40,000 English-language copies and has been translated and released in French (entitled Natation, published by Vigot), Spanish (entitled Natacion, published by Hispano Europea), Chinese (entitled Jianshenyouyong), Portugese, Italian and, soon, in Turkish.
Coach Hines has repeatedly been a featured speaker at the American Swim Coaches Assn. World Clinic and at the Pacific Swimming Coaches Clinic–two of the largest swim coaching clinics in the world.
In addition to coaching the H2O Masters group he works privately with many clients (some traveling from as far away as Switzerland and Australia) and serves on several USMS committees at the national level.
|Emmett, Peggy, Nolan
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