Frank Giarmona III
Carpinteria Swim Team Coach
By Nicole P.
Frank grew up in Sacramento, Concord, Fairfield and Santa Barbara California. The thing Frank remembers most about his childhood was playing G.I. Joe and reading books.
Coaching History: Frank swam competitively for 8 years and was a life guard. He taught swim lessons and was an Aqua Camp Counselor before he started the Carpinteria Swim Club.
Frank's current job is to coach kids to swim better, faster and to compete in area meets. Frank handles the majority of the paperwork involved in maintaining the club's registration with the United States of America Swimming Association, the national governing body, along with the monthly bookkeeping of swim fees. He also is in charge the entire coaching staff. He plans workouts and organizes swim meets for the team. He attends all the meets, and travels to major competitions with the senior swimmers. Frank likes to make the team enjoyable for all who participate. Frank is currently coaching the Carpinteria Swim Club and is advising the Westmont College Swim Club and the Knollwood Tennis Club. Frank is a Life Network volunteer Red-Cross Safety Instructor, certified life guard, certified United States of America Swimming Swim Coach and volunteers at many charitable events.
Frank attended a private elementary school where he learned to work hard and respect other people. His parents taught him responsibility and he has always been a dreamer. He has been involved throughout his life with various church groups, boy scouts and volunteer groups. He recently graduated from Westmont College.
Frank went into leadership because he felt that if he could learn and make himself the best person he could help others to be the best. He found something in coaching that he could put all his energy into, that fulfilled is leadership quest.
Civic Leadership means motivating people to do things they would not normally do. That helps them and others live better lives.
Since the beginning of the swim club in 1996 Frank has coached many community members. He has successfully started up a small swim club and maintained a steady growing membership. He has established club by-laws within the Parks and Recreation Department. He as taken several swimmers to the Junior Olympics and further. He is hoping to continue to expand the club.
Frank has succeeding where others before him have failed. Not only professionally with the swim club, but with personal adversity. Frank had brain surgery to remove a tumor behind his ear in 1998. He had to take a couple of months off to recuperate and to this day has no hearing in one ear. This all happened during a difficult transition time at the swim club and he was able to bounce back and make the team stronger. Frank wears an earring in his left ear to remind everybody that he has no hearing in it. He has committed himself to the swim team members and the community. Carpinteria Swim Club is lucky to have such a dedicated coach.
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