He accents, and he teaches.
William Yin, the head coach of the senior team for the Troup County Sharks, would not want it any other way. Yin is a swimming guru. He is a master technician, and he does it his way four days a week at the pool at the Mike Daniel Recreation Center.
Yin’s students are the 30 or so swimmers in the Sharks aquatic program. Yin does have some expert help with junior team coach Kristen Moore, the former Lady Bulldog swimmer from the University of Georgia.
But when it comes to the Sharks senior edition, Yin is the coach who shapes the older and more advanced swimmers. Furthermore, Yin needs it, wants it and cherishes all the workouts and the constant racing.
“I like the process, and I like working with kids. They provide the motivation and the focus. The swimmers trust me. They like to work, and they are always learning,” said Yin.
The head coach does not go easy on his young champions either. Yin pushes the swimmers as far as they are capable of.
“They don’t mind punishment. They pay attention. The swimmers have their ups and downs. We have some success and failure, but the swimmers are getting streamlined. They are maximizing their aerodynamics,” said Yin.
His senior team with the Sharks, swim in the range of 2,000 to 5,000 yards at each practice.
“They have g-r-i-t,” said Yin.
The Sharks swimmers also have some finetuned strokes. The swimmers are always working to get faster. They are cutting times, and that is the first measure of success in the water.
Going the fastest right now for the Sharks and working their techniques and strokes is the swimming throng of 15year-old Kate Moore, 18-yearold Camille Preston, 8-year-old John Moore, 10-year-old Carlie Montgomery, and brother and sister, Kai and Jade Crisp.
“They are gaining confidence,” said Yin.
The Sharks are also accomplishing something, like getting competitive, sometimes with ribbons or medals and sometimes without. But the Sharks swimmers are touching the wall a lot sooner than they used to.
And they have coach Yin to thank for that.
“Coach Yin is caring. He teaches us not to give up, and he tells us what we’re doing wrong,” said Montgomery. “I keep my head down.”
Montgomery also likes the one-on-one coaching sessions that she gets from Yin at each and every Sharks practice.
“He is teaching me the long strokes and the butterfly. Coach Yin is working with me on my dives,” said Montgomery.