Coach Pete

Expert advice for Swimmers, Triathletes, and Coaches

About Coach Pete

Hi, this is Coach Pete Spagnuolo.  I have recently retired from a long and successful career of over 40+ years of coaching. During those years, I have developed Junior Olympic, Sectional, and Zone Champions. I am an active member of the American Swim Coaches Association and am a Certified US Swim Coach.

I have recently relocated to Loveland, Colorado, leaving sunny Fort Lauderdale, Florida where I was the head Age Group Coach for Team Weston Aquatics. I have coached national and international swimmers with world renowned U.S. Olympic Coach Jack Nelson at the Swimming Hall of Fame, Canadian Olympic Coach Nick Baker of Peak Performance Swim Camps, and Venezuelan National Team Coach, Tomas Victoria at Team Weston.  I have extensive knowledge and experience in teaching stroke technique and stroke development.

In addition to being an age group coach, I am also a Masters swim coach and triathlete coach .  I have coached three Hawaii Ironman Finalists and have been the personal coach of Jennifer Magnission, one of Florida’s top female triathletes.

I am writing this blog to share my wealth of experience and knowledge with fellow coaches, swimmers and swim parents.  I hope you enjoy my posts and find them useful in your training and swimming careers.

To Contact Coach Pete go to : petespag@hotmail.com

15 Comments »

  1. Hey Coach Pete!

    Keep on writing!!! Your articles really help me, and I also must say that you have taken beautiful pictures….I love the Shark on the Block haha. Your such a great coach, and you knowledge has helped me through many tough times in swimming, especially around the racing atmosphere!!! Keep On Writing.

    Jenna Moodie

    Comment by Jenna Moodie | January 22, 2008 | Reply

  2. Hey coach! I just got 2nd place on my 50 backstroke this past swim meat! You have taught me alot since i first joined the team this past summer. I greatly appreciate all of your help. Your tips are great!

    Thanks, Elsa Juall

    Comment by Elsa Juall | February 6, 2008 | Reply

  3. Coach Pete I finally did it I got the fifty yard breaststroke JO cut. It’s amazing! Anyway thanks for all the hard work that you put on my breastroke and how you pushed me to get it right and because of all the hard work I finally got and will be swimming it at the junior olympics this weekend. Its awesome thanks!

    Comment by Nico Medina | February 25, 2008 | Reply

  4. Hey Coach! I am proud to inform you that just this past weekend I made two more J.O. times. These are the moments in which I think of all the time and dedication you put into making me the swimmer I am,

    Thank you for everything!!

    Hugo Hernaiz

    P.S.: my teacher is finishing the editing of the pictures as soon as I get them you’ll have them.

    Comment by Hugo Hernaiz | February 28, 2008 | Reply

  5. 🙂

    Comment by bibomedia.com | March 5, 2008 | Reply

  6. You have done yourself proud! I am very impressed with your outstanding presentation to the swimming world. I am personally very appreciative of the coaching you did for the Fort Lauderdale Swim Team. We were able to win 14 National Swimming Championships with your assistance and cooperation. You were a great teacher for the younger groups while you were associated with us.
    Please give Ginny my best wishes and want you to know that we have 14 Grandchildren so we are pretty busy.

    Cordially, Jack Nelson

    Comment by pspag | April 5, 2008 | Reply

  7. Hey coach Pete, keep on writing your articles are inspiring and they help me stay motivated and focused in the pool. They are also very fun to read. I enjoy the interviews and tips you post as well.
    – Felipe Gomez

    P.S. I follow the workout you gave me daily and i have since moved up.

    Comment by Felipe Gomez | April 30, 2008 | Reply

  8. Hey Coach Pete, i read your blog almost daily and really enjoy reading your articles. They are very interesting and give very important information. Thanks for everything you did for me at Weston, you really did change my life forever. Coach Tomas is driving us really really hard right now, and I feel like i am improving. I got my 13-14 100 fly cut at Division II’s and have gotten way better over the past couple months. I can now go 1:04 for the 100 fly in practice, when before last year I couldn’t do better than a 1:06 at meets. I have now officially changed from backstroke to butterfly, and kind of like the change. Thanks for everything coach, and keep on writing!
    Sincerely,
    Felipe Lozano
    P.S. The book you gave me by Dr. James E. Counsilman, “The Complete Book of Swimming”, is really helpful. I’ve read it like 10 times.

    Comment by Felipe Lozano | May 24, 2008 | Reply

  9. HI PETE, I’M HAPPY FOR YOU AND GINNY.
    REMEMBER IT ALL STARTED WITH THE PLAINVIEW HIGH SCHOOL SWIM TEAM AND THE PLAINVIEW SWIM CLUB. TIME SURELY FLIES.

    COACH AND FRIEND CHARLIE SCHLEGEL
    DAYTONA BEACH SWIMMING

    Comment by CHARLIE SCHLEGEL | January 24, 2009 | Reply

  10. Coach Pete,
    i love reading you blogs, it has helped me alot the past few months with swimming…in the years you coached me i learned so much and coming back into swimming after a year of not competing i remember the technics you have thought me and how to succed in swimming… keep on writing we are all learning and enjoying your words! 🙂

    Carla Perim

    Comment by carla perim | February 13, 2009 | Reply

  11. Coach Pete …

    Love your blog with its quick, easy-to-read and incorporate ideas from someone who has been around the sport for years and years. I write about competitive swimming in Colorado from the perspective of a swim mom who was a former AAU swimmer and still swims masters. I invite you to check it out at http://www.thepsychsheet.com.

    Comment by Olivia Mayer | March 4, 2009 | Reply

  12. Nice to find your site (via my coach Cokie Lipinsky). And, thanks for the breast stroke pull down piece. I didn’t realize I should let my feet/legs drift up before the kick. Will practice it next time in pool.

    Comment by James Zuur | March 13, 2009 | Reply

  13. I MISS YOU SO MUCH COACH PETE! My whole family sends love!

    Comment by Merise | March 23, 2009 | Reply

  14. Pete it was nice running into you and Ginny last week at the NTC. As you can see, Alanna is doing great both academically and with her swimming. She has a great Coach. Too bad you didn’t have enough time to sit down and speak to Alanna about all of her successes in the pool. Perhaps next time!

    Eileen

    Comment by Eileen Nawrocki | June 16, 2009 | Reply

    • It was good to see old friends…..I can’t believe how big Allana got! Say hello to Peter fro me….If you guys ever get to Colorado look us up

      Comment by pspag | June 27, 2009 | Reply


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