A Message from Coach Richmond

Posted by Arapahoe High School Swim and Dive on Apr 06 2020 at 01:38PM PDT in 2019-2020 Girls

On behalf of our entire Arapahoe Swimming and Diving coaching staff, we are and have been disappointed and obviously disconnected from our team, our coaching staff, as well as a season-long journey we were all looking forward to traveling together.

On a personal note, I am especially saddened for our senior boys. Please note, the 2020 Captains and ALL OF THE SENIOR BOYS are a top-tier collective group of gentlemen who have exhibited admirable leadership, a team first mindset, and personal character beyond compare.

Second, I am sure many of our boys are disappointed in the current situation, as well as the foreseeable future. I have attached an article from “Psychology Today” with advice in dealing with disappointment.

Third, I propose the boys share their thoughts about their situation:
a. mentally b. physically c. emotionally. Perhaps sharing perspectives with their teammates might provide some relief as well as somewhat therapeutic.

Fourth, I suggest the boys share a book they are currently reading or one that has had a positive impact. Hopefully, the boys are reading and broadening their horizons intellectually. I am currently reading the following five books:
1. Dan Milliman’s “Way of the Peaceful Warrior – A Book that Changes Lives”
2. James Kerr’s “Legacy” – What the All Blacks Can Teach Us About the Business of Life
3. “1776” by David McCullough
4. “Think Like a Freak” from the authors of Freakonomics’ Offer to Retrain Your Brain.
5. “The Story of Philosophy” by Brian Magee

May I suggest that the athletes journal ten things they are grateful for, and send them to me if you would feel comfortable sharing.

Perhaps we should have a group meeting this week. We would need to identify a day and time after the school day perhaps via Zoom.

I would like to set up individual meetings over the next two weeks 10-15 minutes simply talking to each team member about their swimming while checking in on a personal level. (How are they doing?)

I have plans to begin calling the senior boys this week and work through the list alphabetically.


Coach Mike Richmond


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