COACH MEGAN SCHULTZ
I first found my love of swimming when my father took me to a Daddy and Me swim class when I was two. I cried. But soon I couldn’t get enough and my parents couldn’t keep me out of the water. So when we moved into Old Orchard One when I was 6, joining the Dolphins seemed like the perfect fit. And it was! Dolphins is the foundation of my swimming career. Through Dolphins I have made lifelong friends. No matter where our lives take us, I know I will always be bound to my Dolphin family. Through Dolphins I found a real love for swimming, leading me to be a competitive swimmer. Coach Celina took me to watch the Olympic Trials in 2008. It was my first experience with swimming at that level and I knew I loved it. And, most importantly, it has taught me discipline, motivation, determination, and patience. I would not be where I am had I not joined. I wouldn’t be where I am without the friends, coaches and character of the Dolphin program.
My love for the sport has taken me beyond Dolphins. I was selected to represent Southern California Swimming on several invitational teams throughout my club career, serve as Varsity captain for Hart Swim under the legendary Steve Neale (also a former Dolphin), and be recruited to swim in college as a scholarship athlete. I am honored to have been a Hart Indian and am proud to be an Ashland Eagle. But, first and foremost, I am and always will be a Dolphin.
As a career Dolphin, I think it is the dream of most swimmers to be a Dolphin coach. And I was so honored to have been asked to join the coaching team last year and return again this year. It truly has been a dream come true being a Dolphin coach and I hope that I can be to the swimmers what Coach Celina, Coach Brittany and the many other Dolphin coaches were to me when I was a young Dolphin.
I do also spend time outside of the pool. I am entering my Junior year at Ashland University in Ohio where I am majoring in Nursing. I will be starting clinical rotations in the Fall so I will be adding a stethoscope around my neck to go along with my whistle and stop watch! When I’m not swimming or studying (which isn’t often), I love to paint and craft, listen to music, play with my dog (Kopitar…Go Kings!), rock climb (I completed 1 mile this Spring), and play pretty much any other competitive sport. I’ve been known to binge-watch a series or two and I LOVE MasterChef and Pretty Little Liars. One of the things I love the most when I am home from school is going to Disneyland with my family.
This is my second year as a Dolphin coach and I can’t help but smile when I see the kids. No matter what level they are, they are always smiling and having a blast! I love to help each and every swimmer improve on their technique. My goal is to show each swimmer their potential in and out of the water. To see the smile and glisten in a swimmer’s eyes as they get their ribbons/medals and trophy at the banquet is all worth the long, hot practices yelling “get off the lane lines” for the millionth time. I love my job because I am a Dolphin!