Michael Collins, head coach of the Irvine Novaquatics Masters, is a guy who can practice what he preaches, he has an illustrious track record as both a coach and an elite athlete.
There’s an old saying about the nature of instruction: “Those who can’t do, teach.”
The implication is that the reason why instructors choose to teach is because they themselves weren’t talented enough to make the grade in their chosen field.
However, try running that one past Michael Collins, head coach of the Irvine Novaquatics Masters, and you’re liable to leave the exchange feeling about two inches tall.
On the one hand, Collins has earned a reputation as being one of the country’s foremost authorities on Masters swimming, he’s written a book on the subject and collected an assortment of prestigious coaching awards.
His USMS career has been punctuated by All-American performances, he’s long been a top-ranked triathlete, and he’s the defending amateur world champion in the aquathon, an event which combines swimming and running.
In other words, this is a guy who can practice what he preaches.