Local swim coach picks up state award

Local swim coach picks up state award

TUCSON, AZ - Tucson Jewish Community Center (Tucson J) Stingrays coach Michael Polak was awarded the 2014-2015 Arizona Swimming Senior Coach of the Year at this year's Senior State Championships. The award is voted on by representatives of all the teams in Arizona and reflects the best job in developing swimmers primarily in the 15 and older age category.

At this year's Senior State Championships, the Stingrays finished 5th overall, out of 28 teams, had an overall meet champion and another swimmer finish third. This achievement is a vast improvement from four years ago when the team did not score a single point at the meet in 2010/11. Additionally, Polak developed the Tucson J's first individual Junior National participant, as well as a relay.

"Mike's infectious attitude and incredible knowledge of the sport make him a magnet for swimmers looking for success. He helps them believe in themselves," remarked Tucson J Head Coach, Martin Reichgott.

Polak was the Head Coach of the Stingrays from 2010 to 2012 before focusing primarily on the Senior group. Under his guidance, the Stingrays have broken 98% of the team marks in the 15-18 age group, and represented seven different area high schools at last Fall's Arizona Interscholastic Association (AIA) State Championships. Before joining the Stingrays, he worked and coached outside of Columbus, Ohio.

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