A good friend recently told me: “Life gives us so many opportunities to celebrate and transitions are one of them.” Wow – I love this! What a great perspective on a time of life that can be stressful and unsettling but ultimately is exciting and should be celebrated.
I have recently decided to retire from coaching with Emerald Aquatics as Head Coach. I have been a coach with EA for 22 years. Wow! It has brought so much joy to my life and I am filled with so much gratitude. I have grown, learned, celebrated, and struggled with the many swimmers and their families. Being Coach Gina has been my identity for what feels like my whole life and the families have been my family – and always will be. I hold a special place in my heart for each and every one of my swimmers. Coach/athlete relationships are truly unique, trying, and fulfilling.
While all of this is true – it is also true that I am at the point in my life where it is time for a change. As hard and heart wrenching as the decision was (and is) it is the direction my life is going. I am excited to create space – space for me, my family, my friends and clients. Space to create and give in new ways.
I am blessed that the families and swimmers I coach now have helped to celebrate this transition with me. I am grateful for everyone that has helped support me and this coaching career – from coaches, swimmers, parents, partners, family, friends, and board members. Too many to name. I am grateful for their support, commitment to teaching life skills and the sport of swimming, and for their friendship.
I’m still Coach Gina. I will always be Coach Gina. I am now a coach in another arena – real estate. If I can walk this journey with you please don’t hesitate and let me know. Let’s do this together.