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Heather Glendinning

 

 


A little about me...

I grew up in Alameda, and started swimming at Franklin Pool when I was 10 years old. I swam competitively all the way through high school. In high school, I discovered water polo, and fell in love with the sport. I ended up playing club water polo in Marin, was invited to play at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs for the Junior National Team, and eventually played at Cal, where I graduated in 2001. I coached the Alameda High Girl's Water Polo team to their first appearance in the NCS tournament, have taught swimming lessons since I was 12, coached youth rec swim teams through high school and college, and have spent most of my life in the pool or on a pool deck. I have worked in sports marketing, event management, and high tech for all of my career. I am currently taking some time to start my own event management company (so if you need an event planner for your work or personal lives, I'm your gal Emoji), and spend time with my daughter. We both live here in Alameda, and when I'm not watching her play soccer, I am in the pool 6 days a week myself.

My main goal, as your coach, is to provide the team with a fun, active, and successful community where you can accomplish your swimming goals, build relationships, and (my favorite) have fun! We all know that swimming can be a monotonous sport, but with the right mix of workouts, activities, and social interactions, the pool is truly one of the best places to be. While I will only be on deck in the mornings (as of now), I will be providing the workouts for both the morning and evening groups to help provide some consistency between the groups. I will aim to give you a workout that is suited for your level, whatever that may be, and will work with each of you on goals you may have - whether that is to stay fit, train for an open water swim/triathlon/swim meet, or even just to become a better lap swimmer.