Sport Development Consultants

Sport Development Consultants

 | Saturday, February 18, 2017

USA Swimming's Sport Development Consultants provide a conduit for coaches and LSC officers to gain professional management skills. Through discussions and/or formal presentations, consultants identify appropriate USA Swimming programming and its utilization, including board governance, Club Leadership/Business Management Schools, and parent  and  coach education. There is no fee for this service.

Central Zone - Randy Julian

Randy JulianRandy Julian has been with USA Swimming since May of 2002. His focus is with the coaches, teams and the LSC’s of the Central Zone. He is also the staff liaison with the USA Swimming Disability Committee. Randy was the Head Swimming Coach at Bowling Green State University for both men and women’s swimming for seven years and assisted at The University of Notre Dame with Tim Welsh and Southern Illinois with Doug Ingram in the previous seven years. Randy also coached in the club ranks as the Head Coach of the Dads Club Swim Team in Houston, TX. where his boys won the 1985 YMCA National Title and his men’s team placed 10th at Short Course and 6th at Long Course USS Nationals that same year. From 1983 – 85, Randy was the General Chair of Gulf Swimming and also was the Chair of the Texas Senior Circuit. He is a proud graduate of Southern Illinois University (home of the Salukis) and was born and raised in Dallas, Texas.

Southern Zone - Dave Thomas

Dave ThomasDave has more than 25 years of on deck coaching experience. He earned a Master’s Degree from The University of Iowa. Dave's coaching experience includes NCAA Division I, NCAA Division III, YMCA, AAU, USS, USA, high school and the ever popular summer league experience. In addition, Dave has worked in Open Water and Paralympic swimming. Dave has been on numerous international trips visiting over 50 countries and on 6 continents in his swimming career. Dave has also run a successful swim lesson business until taking on his current role with USA Swimming. Dave enjoys traveling through the Southern Zone and working with the coaches, athletes, parents and boards to improve our sport. Since 2000, Dave has made over a 1,500 club visits. He spends a majority of the year traveling the south to help USA member teams.

eastern Zone - jeff allen

Jeff AllenJeff came to USA Swimming in March of 2017. Jeff’s background is very diverse as he coached in the YMCA system for over 30 Years. Most notably, the head coach of the Wilton Y Wahoos where his team won 9 YMCA National Team Titles and set numerous National Records.  Jeff is a ASCA Level V Coach, has served as President of the CT YMCA Swim League, President of the YMCA National Coaches’ Association, and has held numerous committee and board positions in Connecticut, Metro, Illinois, and Oklahoma Swimming LSCs. Jeff was also a member of the USA Swimming Program Development Committee.  Jeff has volunteered for LSC Racing Camps, Zone Select Camps and the National Select Camp Programs. He earned a Bachelor of Science Degree from Springfield College and swam for the legendary coach Charles Silvia. Jeff has also had extensive experience with summer club and high school coaching. Most recently he has worked with the Fitter and Faster Swim Tour and Arena North America.

Western Zone -TBD

Please contact Tom Avischious at with questions about the Western Zone.

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