Dirk Marshall brings an unusual and interesting backgrounds to this year’s WADC, where he will speak to both themes of the conference.
After 20 years away from competitive swimming, Dirk started a swim club in Houston Texas, the Bridge Bats, with 45 swimmers. In four years the club has grown to 450. One of the original 45 swimmers was a USA Junior National Champion and represented the USA internationally as a member of the USA National Junior Team.
Dirk grew up in Kansas where he participated in all sports, and began serious swimming late as a 14 year old. He studied economics, and swam, at the University of North Carolina, where injuries unfortunately forced his retirement from swimming.
Dirk studied law at Harvard University. While in law school, he began a cautious dabbling in swimming. Designing his own training program, with limited time in the water and rigorous training out of the water, he coached himself to a USA Swimming National Championship in the 100 butterfly. The methods he used on himself inform much of his coaching today.
Dirk coached for four years in Oregon after graduation from Harvard Law, and left coaching to found a business providing tumbling and gymnastics to pre-school children, a business he has operated for 25 years.
Dirk’s offers a different youth sports product than other USA Swimming clubs, one that has strong philosophies about the well-being of the children on the club.