SwimMAC Brings in Kevin Happ as Auxiliary Coordinator
July 18, 2011
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - SwimMAC Carolina is pleased to announce the hiring of 2010 Indiana University graduate Kevin Happ as the auxiliary coordinator for the North Division and Masters program assistant.
Happ, a native of Solon, Ohio, holds an undergraduate degree from IU in recreation and sports management and he completed his work for a master's degree in kinesiology from IU this year.
During his years with the Hoosiers, he was a four-year member of the men's swim team and continued with the team as a team manager following graduation in 2010.
Pam Swander, SwimMAC's North Region Director, has known Happ for many years and knew he would make a great fit with the program because of his incredible work ethic and dedication to the team process, something that SwimMAC focuses on.
"Kevin was a dedicated swimmer at Indiana, but also very dedicated to developing himself on the professional level within the swim community. His experience as a swimmer with a high-level program and his work experience at different levels with a variety of club and camps make him the type of employee every employer would like to have."
As the auxiliary coordinator, Happ will be working with the program's junior swim team (JSL) and swimmers from the ages of seven to 18. He will help introduce the swimmers to the basics of competitive swimming. Additionally, Happ will help the swimmers to fine-tune their practice in the pool and also out by using the a.X.i.s. dry land training program.
Happ most recently served as a volunteer swim coach with the Bloomington South High School boys swim team. With the team he developed the backstrokers stroke and start technique. Staying connected and giving back to swimming is important to Happ and something he always wanted to do.
"I have a great appreciation of what swimming has given me," commented Happ. "I love the sport and what is offers participants. I knew I wanted to find a role where I could pair my education and swim experience and now I have done that with one of the best clubs in the country."
While an undergrad, Happ worked at the IU swim camp for two years. He worked closely with the Aquatics Director to plan, coordinate, supervise and evaluate all aspects of the camp's programs. Additionally, he coached and developed swimming technique for beginning swimmers between the ages of 6-8.
Happ developed skills away from the pool as an intern with the Morale, Welfare and Recreation Department in Millington, Tenn. In this role he gained valuable knowledge on recreation program management, developing different activities for different branches, how marketing, communication and promotions can be leveraged for organizations and how to identify program objectives and form plans of attack to accomplish those objectives.
In addition to his role as auxiliary director, Happ will work with SwimMAC's Masters program. The Masters program focuses on three areas for the older swimmers, aged 19 to 95 and up, fitness, triathlon training and competitive swimming. Happ will provide a renewed enthusiasm to the process and work with Masters Coach Patty Waldron.
"I really sense we have hired a class act that is excited about this opportunity," says Waldron. "Kevin has been exposed to one of the best Masters programs in the country, SwimFIT Indy, and will likely have some fresh ideas that we can use with SwimMAC Masters. SwimMAC Masters is very fortunate to a young man of Kevin's caliber join our ranks."
Waldron will ask Happ to tap into some of his recreational planning experience and help with increasing the visibility of the Masters program, both in the North and South Regions, and grow the number of Masters participants.
The individual medley and backstroke specialist served as the Hoosier's team captain for a single season, 2009-2010. During his career he posted two top-20 times for the Hoosiers. Happ swam the 100 back in 49.53s for 16th best and the 200 back in 1:46.69 for 10th best, both during his senior season.
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