The Chuck Wielgus Blog: Planning & Management: Job One!
I eat lunch in the dining hall at the Olympic Training Center once a week. It’s a great place to bump into people and informally chat; and that is exactly what happened a few days ago when I found myself in the food line just ahead of Michael Phelps.
The Chuck Wielgus Blog: Pan American Games
The XVII Pan American Games recently concluded in Toronto and virtually all reports are that the event was a great success.
The Chuck Wielgus Blog: Hot Fun in the Summertime
I’m heading off to Toronto this weekend for the Pan American Games. Outside of the Olympic Games, this is the biggest multi-sport competition in the world. 6,000 athletes from the 41-member nations of the Pan American Sports Organization will be in Toronto competing in 37 different sports.
The Chuck Wielgus Blog: There’s No “I” in Team
Watching the NBA Finals, I’ve been struck by both the influence of the individual as well as by the power of teamwork.
The Chuck Wielgus Blog: Swimming Needs More Cowbell
Watching Mississippi State play football last fall inspired an idea. There is a parallel with Mississippi State football and the SwimToday campaign’s goal of getting families involved in swimming.
The Chuck Wielgus Blog: The Importance of Diversity & Inclusion
Consider this: In 10 years, the largest Spanish speaking nation in the world will be the United States; and in that same time period, the largest English speaking nation in the world will be China.
The Chuck Wielgus Blog: #CoachesAre Mentors
Coaches play several roles in the lives of their athletes, involving responsibilities far beyond the pool deck.
The Chuck Wielgus Blog: Our Growing Impact
In 1975, I accepted my first coaching job as an assistant basketball coach at Norwich University in Northfield, VT. There was no formal orientation or training program. I just took my orders from Head Coach, Ed Hockenbury. When I moved on to become a high school coach, it was the same: no orientation and no special training.
The Chuck Wielgus Blog: The Value of Volunteers
Volunteerism is as American as apple pie. The notion of volunteering is born out of need, and the idea that people within a community can come together to overcome that need.
The Chuck Wielgus Blog: 5 Ways to Success for a Young Professional
Everybody defines success a little differently, depending on your viewpoint and goals. As a guest writer in the latest Chuck Wielgus Blog, USA Swimming High Performance Consultant Russell Mark gives his view on what success really means.
The Chuck Wielgus Blog: Five Things to Watch in 2015
The New Year always brings the opportunity for a fresh start. As we roll into 2015, here are five things that I’ll be watching very closely.
The Chuck Wielgus Blog: A New Year's Letter to USA Swimming Member Coaches
USA Swimming executive director Chuck Wielgus wrote a New Year's letter to USA Swimming member coaches.
The Chuck Wielgus Blog: Performance Reviews
Like in most aspects of life, when looking at the year-end performance review its perspective depends on how an individual chooses to view it. Some may look at it as a time-consuming onerous exercise that “checks the box” and just needs to be done. Or you can positively engage the opportunity for improved communications, renewed goal-setting and honest self-critique.
The Chuck Wielgus Blog: Pathways to Success
When it comes to working at USA Swimming, I regularly advise staff members that there are three ways to have a long career with our NGB: solve problems; generate new revenue; take us to new places.
The Chuck Wielgus Blog: Legends at the Pool
I’ve recently returned from Irvine, CA, site of the 2014 Phillips 66 USA Swimming National Championships. It was a spectacular event, with a great team of veterans and rookies assembled and now in Australia readying for the coming Pan Pacific Swimming Championships.
The Chuck Wielgus Blog: Summertime
My three favorite summer sounds are lawnmowers on a Saturday morning, a bouncing basketball and the happy noise that comes from kids splashing around at the pool. Yes, summertime is by far my favorite time of year, it always has been.
The Chuck Wielgus Blog: How Millennials as Parents Will Change Youth Sports
A recent post by USA Swimming’s Chief Marketing Officer, Matt Farrell, on his “SportsMarketingLab” blog was particularly compelling and I wanted to share it for my latest blog.
The Chuck Wielgus Blog: I'm Sorry
I’m sorry. These are powerful words some people have wanted to hear from me for a long time. I have been criticized in blogs, and most recently in the petition opposing International Swimming Hall of Fame induction, for not apologizing for not having done more to prevent sexual abuse by coaches.
The Chuck Wielgus Blog: What Does ‘Fun’ Mean in SwimToday Campaign?
Today you will see USA Swimming and nine other industry partners* unveil our SwimToday campaign designed to get kids, and their parents, excited to join a swim team after they have learned to swim.
The Chuck Wielgus Blog: #CoachesAre Teachers
At their core, coaches are teachers. Whether their classroom is a pool, gym, or playing field, it is within these arenas that the coach as teacher provides important life lessons. It has been said that beyond parents, there is nobody who can have a greater influence in an a young person’s life than a coach.
The Chuck Wielgus Blog: Coach "K" - Master Teacher
People who know me know I’m a basketball junkie, so when I received an invitation to sit through a practice session of the USA Men’s Basketball Team at the 2012 London Olympic Games I couldn’t say “yes” fast enough.
The Chuck Wielgus Blog: Snowboarding in Sochi
When I came to USA Swimming, I was encouraged to bring an entrepreneurial spirit and to look for ways to raise the profile of the sport. Over the years, some people have complimented me for my vision. While flattering, anyone issuing this compliment is not fully aware of my history.
The Chuck Wielgus Blog: Athlete Safety Front and Center in Independent Review
This afternoon, a report was released entitled “When the Athlete is a Child: An Assessment of USA Swimming’s Safe Sport Program.” This meticulous report was conducted with unfettered access by the Gunderson National Child Protection Training and its executive director Victor Vieth and his team. It is an independent and objective view of USA Swimming’s Safe Sport program and includes validation of things we have done, areas to improve, as well as criticisms of USA Swimming.
The Chuck Wielgus Blog: A Bit of History About the Duel in the Pool
A group of 34 U.S. swimmers are currently in Glasgow, Scotland getting ready to compete at the 6th Mutual of Omaha Duel in the Pool. This edition of the Duel in the Pool will feature Team USA vs. European All-Stars from 15 countries, and it is shaping up to be a highly competitive meet. But the history of this meet goes back to the 1999 Pan Pacific Championships in Sydney, Australia.
The Chuck Wielgus Blog: Be Like Mike
When it comes to business leadership, an effective CEO must be surrounded by talented and loyal co-workers. It sounds simple enough, but the reality of attracting and retaining top of the line talent is far from easy.
The Chuck Wielgus Blog: Court Sense
Occasionally I’m asked to describe my management style. In thinking about how to best answer that question, I’ve turned to the things I learned on the basketball court.
The Chuck Wielgus Blog: The Flip That Wasn't A Flop
Dick Ebersol and the story behind the U.S TV Broadcast of Swimming at the Beijing Olympic Games
The Chuck Wielgus Blog: Juggling Act
I recall my father saying, “Don’t do business with your friends, but make friends with everyone with whom you do business.” Personal friendships and business friendships are very different. Over the course of my career I’ve always kept my dad’s advice in mind and have worked hard at cultivating positive business friendships.
The Chuck Wielgus Blog: A Lesson the American Way
You learn from your mistakes. There is great truth in this old adage, and based on this I have learned quite a bit during my journey in sports. Much of the success we have had on the business side of USA Swimming, I attribute to learning from mistakes earlier in my career.
The Chuck Wielgus Blog: My First Swimming Lesson
The Woodstock Recreation Center had two outdoor pools, one of which was a 6-lane, 25-yarder. This small town of 3,000 people had never had a swim team before, and I had been told that previous attempts to start a team had failed. “We never had enough kids sign-up,” was what I was told.
The Chuck Wielgus Blog: Conventional Thinking
The U.S. Aquatic Sports Convention is being held this week in Garden Grove, CA. More than 1,000 people representing synchronized swimming, diving, masters and swimming will be attending, with the majority of these people coming from the 59 Local Swim Committee’s that make-up the national swimming infrastructure.
The Chuck Wielgus Blog: Reading Between the Headlines
Perception is reality, and never more so than in today’s high-tech world. Taking a complex subject and boiling it down to 140 characters can leave a lot of uncovered ground and create an open road for misinformation that leads to misinterpretation.
The Chuck Wielgus Blog: Safe Sport
Over the past few weeks there have been two extremely important developments in the fight against sexual abuse in youth sports programs.
The Chuck Wielgus Blog: The Team Behind the Team
Like so many others, I’m watching the World Championships in Barcelona with great interest to see how Team USA performs against the best in the world. The World Championships are especially interesting in the year following the Olympic Games because this is when we start to see some new faces. There are 17 rookies on the 51-member team we sent to Barcelona, and no matter the results this is the kind of racing experience that will help each ready themselves for the future.
The Chuck Wielgus Blog: Stakes In The Ground
I was pleasantly surprised by the number of responses I received to my first blog. One of the suggestions I received was to spend some time writing about my management style and things I’ve learned along the way.
The Chuck Wielgus Blog: Getting Personal
Sixteen years ago, on July 15, 1997, I began working as USA Swimming’s executive director. During my first few months on the job, I did a lot of listening. I met with athletes, coaches, officials, volunteers and staff members. If there was one word that characterized virtually every meeting it would have been the word, “passion.”