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Thursday, 16 August 2012 14:54


CSCAA Executive Director Named
Tuesday, 14 August 2012 15:05
Dear CSCAA Membership,
It is with great pleasure that the CSCAA B.O.D. announce the appointment of Joel Shinofield as our next Executive Director!
The executive board reviewed resumes for the ED position during the month of June. Four outstanding candidates emerged and interviews were arranged during the month of July.  Upon completion of the interview process, the Executive Board shared our findings with the remainder of the B.O.D for approval.
Below is a small sample of Joel’s Bio;
2003-2012  Washington and Lee University Men’s Swimming       Lexington, VA
 Head Coach, Director of Aquatics and Associate Professor of Physical Education
2002-2003  Macalester College Varsity Women’s Water Polo
Head Coach    St Paul, MN
2000-2003  University of Minnesota Women’s Swimming and Diving
Volunteer Assistant Coach 2001-2003      Recruiting Coordinator 2000-2001
Minneapolis, MN
1996-2003  Richfield Swim Club     Richfield, MN
Executive Director-Head Coach
Youth Trust         Minneapolis, MN
 Program Director 1999-2001 Program Coordinator 1998-1999
1995-1998  Minneapolis Public Schools- Franklin Middle School  Minneapolis ,MN
Teacher 1995-1997       In-School Development Coordinator 1997-1998
2005-2012  Secretary and Executive Board Member, College Swimming Coaches Association of America
2006-2012  President, Bluegrass Mountain Conference
2000-2003  President, Minnesota Chapter of the American Swimming Coaches’ Association
1999-2003  Co-director, Upper Midwest Swimming Coaches’ Clinic/Athlete Clinic
1998-2003  Vice-Chair, Minnesota Swimming Inc. Board of Directors
What they are saying.....
Jan Hathorn 
Chair of Physical Education
Director of Athletics
Washington and Lee University
“The CSCAA is fortunate to have appointed Joel Shinofield as its next executive director.  Based on his extensive knowledge and expertise, as well as his passion for swimming, and in particular, collegiate swimming, he will do an exceptional job. The organization, and the many areas of swimming that it influences, will be well served by Joel's organizational abilities, his attention to detail, and his commitment to excellence in all that he does. The future of the organization will be in good hands with Joel in this role. Congratulations on a great hire.”
George Kennedy
Johns Hopkins University
Head Men’s and Women’s Swimming Coach
Past President CSCAA
“Joel is a great choice as the next Executive Director of the CSCAA.  As a former coach at the DI, DIII, and club level,  he understands and values the input of all coaches.  As our  Secretary for the past 8 years, he was instrumental in all of the decision making and direction of the CSCAA.  Joel is a leader, and will motivate us all to get involved to promote our great sport.”
Tim Welsh, Head Coach
University of Notre Dame Men's Swimming
"Joel Shinofield has a long, knowledgeable, productive history of dedicated service to the CSCAA.  Joel is thorough, careful, disciplined, focused, and thoughtful.  He is also full of energy. Joel will bring all of these qualities to his position as the full time Executive Director of the CSCAA.  Welcome, Joel.  Lead us well!  Here's to a long tenure."
Bob Groseth
Executive Director CSCAA
" With the hiring of Joel Shinofield the CSCAA has selected a leader that can make it one of the most influential within the NCAA and the Swimming community. I am excited to see the direction that Joel will take us."
As many of you know, Bob Groseth will be completing his contract as Executive Director at the end of August.   Bob has brought a calming, knowledgeable and productive influence to our association and will continue working the remainder of the month to assist Joel in a seamless transition of leadership.
The board would like to thank Bob for his service to the organization and wish him nothing but success in his next chapter serving our sport.  Please let Bob know what he has meant to our organization when you see him on deck.
Joel will address the organization in the coming weeks to share his thoughts and feelings as we move forward under his leadership. 
I would like to thank the members of the executive board for their time, energy, and professionalism throughout the entire search and interview process.
Again, I would like to challenge each and every member to make the Orlando Convention our best ever!  Please stay connected to the site for news and notes, but more importantly stay connected to your organization.
Wishing you the best in the 2012-2013 season!
Kirk Sanocki
CSCAA President


Spring 2012 Scholar All America Individual Honors
Tuesday, 17 July 2012 14:37
The Spring 2012 Scholar All America Individual honors have been announced.

Division I Men
Division I Men Honorable Mention
Division II Men
Division II Men Honorable Mention
Division III Men
Division III Men Honorable Mention
NAIA Men Honorable Mention
Junior College Men

Division I Women
Division I Women Honorable Mention
Division II Women
Division II Women Honorable Mention
Division III Women
Division III Women Honorable Mention
NAIA Women
NAIA Women Honorable Mention
Junior College Women
Junior College Women Honorable Mention


Spring 2012 Scholar All America Team Honors
Tuesday, 10 July 2012 14:18
The Spring 2012 Scholar All America Team honors have been announced.

Division I Men
Division II Men
Division III Men

Division I Women
Division II Women
Division III Women
NAIA Women
Junior College Women


President's Message - 2012 Convention
Tuesday, 29 May 2012 13:06
Dear CSCAA Membership,

I wanted to take this opportunity to thank all who attended this year's convention in San Antonio. The weather was beautiful and the list of speakers was top notch.  We continue to see the organization making giant strides forward assisting our membership to do what they do best...impact the lives of our student athletes.  

Thank you to our sponsors for their continued support of swimming at the collegiate level, and thank you Mark Bernardino and George Kennedy for your mentoring the past two years.  Also, a big thank you to Joel Shinofield who spent the last eight years as Secretary of CSCAA and to our Treasurer Chuck Knoles who questions (with the help of Paul Barrett) every dime!  We have the right people looking out for our future.  A big thank you to Greg Lockard for putting the pieces of our convention puzzle together and working directly with our Executive Director promoting our growth.  I would like to welcome the new officers to the executive board as well.  Bill Wadley, President Elect and Maureen Travers, Secretary.

Having San Antonio's favorite swimming son, Josh Davis, leading off the activities as the key note speaker was very inspiring.  If Josh can't get you excited about what we do, then I'm not sure anyone could!  Thanks Josh! I really enjoyed seeing super star swimmers from our sport.   Brian Goodell!  Jill Sterkel! Tom Jager!  Aaron Peirsol!  I can't remember a time when we had that much GOLD assembled at one convention!

In addition to the speakers,  it was great to hear the healthy dialog coming from the breakout sessions.  Having our coaches express ideas about positive impact on our sport at the collegiate level and creating a unified voice is something the CSCAA board and it's member have worked very hard to do for the organization.  Let's continue to make the convention the destination for positive change.  Positive change can only happen with your support.   The convention is where sharing happens!  It's hard to share if you're not there!   

San Antonio marked the first time Jean Freeman Award winners were recognized.  Congratulations to Jesse Moore, Katie Robinson, Shane Pelton, Stephanie Palmeri, Christopher Sullivan, and Karin Brown.  In addition to the Jean Freeman Award winners, I cannot remember seeing so many up and coming young Assistant and Head Coaches attending the convention.  It was great to see as you are the future! Please continue to make the CSCAA convention part of your May routine.

As part of the festivities, we honored the Distinguished Service Awards, the top swimmer, diver, and coaches from all divisions, plus NAIA.  But the highlight of the ceremony was hearing the inspiring, yet humbling acceptance speeches from all of our major award winners.  All of our recipients have spent their lives giving back with the knowledge that a coach or coaches from their past were the catalyst for their future.   Seeing Jim Steen's former swimmers was thrilling as his long time friend  (Sam VanCura) accepted the Speedo Lifetime Achievement Award on Jim's behalf.  George Kennedy spoke of individuals that played a significant role in his life, especially his parents, while receiving the Richard E. Steadman Award.  

The Benjamin Franklin Award went to an individual or organization whose efforts best promote the integrity and enhancement of the student-athlete ideal.  This year's award was presented to Swimming World Magazine, who continues to be on the cutting edge promoting the sport of swimming through many different outlets.  Brent Rutemiller, the Chief Executive Officer was on hand to receive the award.  While he was giving his acceptance speech I couldn't stop thinking about my t-shirt from 35 years ago "I made it in Swimming World Magazine"!  

If you could not make it to this year's convention, you missed a touching tribute to the National Collegiate and Scholastic Swimming Trophy reciepient, Ron "Stix" Ballatore.  Ron Jr, and Brian Goodell were on hand to receive the award for Stix who passed a few weeks earlier, but  Stix did know he was receiving the award.  To hear Ron Jr, and Brian speak about Coach Ballatore struck an emotional cord with everyone in the room.  They spoke of his honesty, passion, and drive that could be felt coming to life through Brian and Ron Jr.  Those in the room certainly could get a feel for the bond that this legendary coach forged with his athletes even if you didn't have the good fortune to ever meet him.   Stix you will be missed, RIP.

As many of you know, Bob Groseth will be completing his contract as the Executive Director at the end of the summer.   Bob has brought a calming, knowledgable and productive influence to our association and has continued to solidify our foundation for growth.  The executive board is in the process of reviewing resumes during the month of June, and should have our ED in place to work along side Bob to create a seamless transition keeping our organization moving forward.   Once the board has approved our recommendations you will receive the announcement. 

As we move into summer and watch as our top athletes prepare for Trials and later the excitement of London, I would like to make a request.  It is very important that we hear your thoughts, feelings, ideas, and knowledge to help promote our growth.   For those of you that have made the convention an annual part of your yearly routine, I urge you to mentor one coach this next year that you know has not made it to the convention.  We all interact with someone on a regular basis who has yet to come and prosper from our willingness to share.  Assist them in developing a routine to make our association a unified voice in the advancement of collegiate swimming.  

I would like to challenge each and every member to make the Orlando Convention our best ever!  Please visit our site in the coming months for announcements, news and notes, and to stay connected to your organization!


Kirk Sanocki
CSCAA President


Former UCLA Swimming Coach Ron Ballatore Dies
Sunday, 29 April 2012 08:01
Ron Ballatore coached the UCLA Bruins for sixteen years, and guided them to a national championship in 1982.  He was also a coach on five Olympic teams.
Ron was recently selected by his peers, for the College Swimming Coaches Association’s highest honor, The National Collegiate and Scholastic Trophy.
During his tenure at UCLA, his teams compiled a 109-51 dual meet record, and Ballatore was named Pac-10 coach of the year three times.  He coached 28 Olympians, including gold medal winners Brian Goodell and Tom Jager.  His swimmers set eleven American and NCAA records, as well as several world records.  Ron also coached at Brown University from 1994-1996, and the University of Florida from 1996-1999.   

Ron’s son Ron Ballatore Jr. and Brian Goodell will accept his award at the CSCAA’s Annual Banquet on May 19th, in San Antonio.


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