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A.S. Fire Science. (2007) Edison College. 3.92 GPA
B.S. Developmental Coaching. (2000) University of Wisconsin- Stevens Point. 3.26 GPA
M.S.S Sports Coaching. (Currently working on)- United States Sports Academy
To create a positive, team oriented environment where athletes learn the values of perseverance, sportsmanship, goal setting and hard work.
All-Marine Swim Team- Head Coach.
Camp Pendleton, CA. (1995-1996)
Coach Willoughby ended Navy’s five years of dominance in the swimming competition at The Commanding Generals Cup Games. As Head Coach, Willoughby recruited and trained Marines with high school and collegiate level experience. In ’95, the Marines won seven out of twelve events. In ’96, the team won ten events, including both relays.
Central Wisconsin Swim Camp- Lead Coach.
Stevens Point, WI. (1996-2000)
Responsibilities included: Overseeing the swim instruction of all age, interest and skill levels and the development of all activity lesson plans. Manage daily swimming operations; develop age/skill appropriate swimming drills, techniques and workouts. Direct supervision and implementation of camp activities, included: various swim activities, beach activities, kayaking, canoeing, and fishing.
University of Wisconsin- Stevens Point- Head Sprint Coach.
Stevens Point, WI. (1999-2000)
Coach Willoughby was responsible for planning, developing, and administering all phases of the men’s and women’s sprint program. Duties included coaching the sprinters, recruitment of student athletes, monitoring the academic progress of the student-athletes, and promotion and marketing of the program including fund raising and community service. In 2000, Stevens Point captured both men’s and women’s Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference titles. At the 2000 NCAA meet, the men’s team placed 6th, while the women finished 8th. Four of coach
Willoughby’s sprinters took home All-American honors.
Coaching Experience: (Cont’)
Stevens Point YMCA- Head Coach.
Stevens Point, WI. (2000-2001)
Coach Willoughby’s responsibilities included: Serving as the primary recruiter for the age-group swimming program, identified and evaluated potential athletes with interests and organized their recruitment in conjunction with YMCA athletic programs. Coach Willoughby organized all aspects of the age-group (120 athletes) and masters program (40 athletes), including facility, meets, practice and operational issues. Duties also included making budgetary suggestions regarding the proper operations, travel expenses, and staffing. Eight of coach Willoughby’s swimmers qualified for the 2001 YMCA National Meet in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
Minnesota State Men’s and Women’s Swimming Teams- Assistant Coach.
(2007, 2008, 2010)
Coach Willoughby has assisted the Minnesota State Men’s and Women’s Swimming Teams during their annual training trips (Florida x2, San Diego 1). Coach Willoughby has lead every individualized group (sprinters, distance, IM, strokes) and has developed dry land training sessions for the entire team.
Gulf Coast Swim Team (GCST) – Assistant Coach.
Fort Myers, Fl. (2008-2010)
Coach Willoughby is a certified USA Swimming Coach and teaches his swimmers all components of competitive swimming. Gulf Coast Swim Team’s goals are to lead swimmers to the highest level possible through training and proper stroke instruction. GCST has a history of developing top level age-group athletes. Many swimmers have made the National Age Group top 16 lists as well as the National Junior Team. Three GCST swimmers qualified for the 2008 Olympic Trials. Coach Willoughby has played an integral part in the success of GCST swimming.
GCST Achievements since 1998
3 Qualifiers for 2008 Olympic Trials
21 National Age Group Records
47 Florida Swimming LSC Records
7 FHSAA Individual State Champions
Southwest Aquatic Team (SWAT)- Head Age Group Coach.
Milwaukee, WI. (2010-Present)
Coach Willoughby is responsible for supervising all age groups and is the lead coach for the Age Group Platinum and Age Group Gold teams.
Constructing seasonal plans, writing/implementing daily workouts, finalize all meet entries, supervise/manage/evaluate all Age Group coaches, plan promote and conduct all team stroke clinics, increase publicity for the Age Group program and the team as a whole, maintain the team website, communicate effectively with parents and board members, serve as the Zone C coach, create motivational tools for the age group program to inspire participation in practice, meets and overall improvement.
- 2nd place team: Wisconsin State Meet
- 14 individual Gold Medals (State Meet)
- 109 personal best times (State Meet)
- Two state records (State Meet)
- 400 Med Relay (11-12 girls) currently ranked #2 in the nation.
- 14 NAG (National Age Group) top 16 times.
Certificate of Achievement for the successful ascent of Mount Rainier. (2008)
Phoenix Award- For successfully reviving a person in cardiac arrest. (2007)
4-Time World Police and Fire Games Swimming Champion/ 3-Time World Record Holder. (2005)
2-Time NCAA Swimming National Champion/ National Record Holder. (1998-1999)
12-Time NCAA Swimming All-American. (1997-1999)
16-Time Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Conference Champion. (1997-1999)
3-Time UW-Stevens Point school record holder. (1997-1999)
Team Captain UW-Stevens Point. (1997, 1998, 1999)
Voted Hardest Worker/ Most Inspirational at UW-Stevens Point. (1997, 1998, 1999)
10-Time Marine Corps Commanding General’s Cup Swimming Champion. (1995, 1996)
Wisconsin High School Swimming State Champion. (1990)
Enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in 1992. Primary military occupational specialty: Combat Engineer/ Secondary specialty: Marine Combat Instructor of Water Survival. Attained the rank of non-commissioned officer (Corporal) and was honorably discharged in 2000.
Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)
American Heart Association- Healthcare Provider- (CPR and AED) certified.
USA Swimming Coach- CPR, First Aid, and Safety Training certified.
American Swimming Coaches Association- NCAA Level 3 certification (Top 15% coaches in the Nation.)
State Certified Firefighter.
State Certified Fire Instructor.
Salvation Army Bell Ringer- Annual
Muscular Dystrophy Association Boot Drive (MDA) – Annual
Fire Prevention Week Educator- Annual
Wisconsin Special Olympics Aquatics Coordinator.
Dave and his wife, Cassandra, have three daughters, Madeline (10), Abbie (9) and Sophie (9).
All three of their children are on swim team….of course! Dave’s oldest, Madeline, was recently ranked #1 in the state of Wisconsin and #9 in the USA for her age group.
“One Hundred Years From Now . . . it will not matter the type of car you drove, house you lived in, or amount of money you had in the bank. But the world can be different if you were important in the life of a child”
Nathan Head Coach- Minnesota State Men’s and Women’s swimming
Owens- and diving teams.
Al Boelk- Head Coach- University of Wisconsin- Stevens Point Men’s and
Women’s swimming and diving teams.
Jason Head Coach- University of South Dakota Men’s and Women’s
Mahowald- swimming and diving teams.
Don Head Coach- Senior Team- Gulf Coast Swim Team. (United States Swimming)
Henshaw- Phone: 239-560-4818