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September 2009

Coaches, Swimming & Diving

Two Weeks ’til We Begin

The 2009-2010 season begins October 5…and I know that there are about 60 swimmers and divers who can’t wait. The captains have already held some optional pre-season practices and the unofficial word is that attendance has been great.
The swimmers and divers have good reason to be optimistic. We have the strongest incoming class of swimmers and divers (especially divers) that we’ve had in 20 years, and this fine group of new men and women join a group of returning athletes that posted our best MIAC finish in 18 years. This all means more strength, more depth, and a situation where our swimmers and divers will be challenging each other, and lifting each other.
All this adds up to a ton of optimism. We’re going to have a lot of men and women scoring at the MIAC Championships. Can we win a title? That will be answered as the season goes along…but if our swimmers and divers improve like they did last season, no one will question why we set that as one of our team’s goals.

Basketball - Women's, Coaches, Ruth Sinn

The Builder

Wow! What an exciting time to be a Tommie! Last spring following graduation, Opus construction began demolition of Schoenecker Arena, Coughlan Field House, and Foley Theater. Our women’s basketball players were the last ones playing and shooting in each facility. It is hard to let go of the past especially when the past is filled with tradition excellence and warm hearted memories. Many of us grew up in Schoenecker Arena, where we have won a National Championship in 1991 and 11 MIAC Conference Championships. We learned life lessons with teammates, coaches, and became who we are today. It is sad to see the arena go… but the pride, traditions, and opportunity for excellence is something that lives in all of us and will continue to live in our women’s basketball players. We will carry this forward.
Onto the future… this summer began the construction of the new Anderson Athletic and Recreation Center. This facility is going up quickly the outer walls are in place. With this building we are all asked to take part and bring our past, ourselves into the future. To build, own , and create a new name for Tommie Basketball. This building process is our theme this year. To be true builders of our St. Thomas program. What does building mean? Yes… it is the structural interpretation of constructin buildings to serve the community but there is also a deeper meaning. To be true builders means ownership, hard work, dedication, and a commitment to ensuring that the end result is phenomenal. Too many times we all play roles in our lives where we allow ourselves to be negative, we are there but not engaged and in the end we do not accomplish much. True builders are invested wholly, they are present each and every moment and maximize this opportunity, and they are invested in the end result. Making their team the best it can be. As I look forward to this season I am excited about the opportunity to build here at St. Thomas. Building a program with quality people. All of us here at St Thomas can be true builder s of our program.
Below is a poem that reminds me of the building process. Each of us has a role to play. We are looking forward to the future and all of its opportunities to be the builders we are!
The Builder
I saw a group of men in my hometown.
I saw a group of men tearing a building down.
With a heave and a ho and a mighty yell,
They swung a beam and the sidewall fell.
And I said to the foreman, “Are these men skilled?
They type you’d hire if you wanted to build?”
And I thought to myself as I walked away,
“Which of these roles am I going to play?”
Am I the type that constantly tears down
As I make my way foolishly around?
Or am I the type that’s trying to build with care,
In hopes that my team,
-Author Unknown