OO1 Dolphin Message From the Coach


“A coach is someone who can give correction without causing resentment”

-          John Wooden
























(Above is a picture of me when I was 6 years old swimming for the dolphins in 2000. On the right is a picture of my parents and I at Parent’s Weekend at the U of A.)



Hello dolphin families! Coach Casey here. I am beyond excited to be the head coach of the OO1 Dolphins this year. I have been a part of the Dolphins since I was six years old, so I know how much of a tradition this swim team is. I even had an older sister who was a part of the Dolphins swim team for 8 years before I was, so my parents contributed a lot to this team. I have swam for coaches like Celina Ramirez, Luke Goorsky, and Chris Stroh. These coaches all had their own, unique style. I feel like my style is a bit of a combination of all three of these coaches.  



Growing up, I played basketball, baseball, volleyball, and swam. To be honest, basketball was my favorite, but once the summer came, I knew it was swimming time. When I got to Hart High, I decided to play basketball and swim. During my time playing basketball, I received the Coach’s Award all four years, as well as the Academic Achievement Award every year. As for swimming, in my senior year, I placed in the top 8 in the 100-meter backstroke at League Finals, where I was coached by the one-and-only Mr. Neale. Backstroke was always my best stroke, and I will be swimming the backstroke in the Coach’s relay this year. 


Right now, I am attending the University of Arizona as an Accounting major. I am entering my senior year next year, and it has been a blast. In my spare time, I enjoy hanging out with my friends, watching sports, playing golf, and traveling. In my time in Arizona, I became a member of the Alpha Sigma Phi fraternity. In my sophomore year, I was elected Philanthropy Director. I organized an obstacle course competition between sororities called Sorority Warriors. All the proceeds from this event went towards Home for Our Troops, which is a non-profit organization that strives to help injured and disabled veterans land on their feet.


I enjoy getting to know your children, and what their interests are outside of swimming. This dolphins swim team has taught me so much in the last fifteen years. It has taught me teamwork, motivational skills, and communication skills. I have built many friendships because of this team, and I enjoy seeing the kids develop friendships the same way I did. I believe that these children need to know they have a head coach and assistant coaches that legitimately care about them, and look beyond just their swimming skills. I can see myself in a lot of your children, and that motivates me even more to make a big impression on their lives and lead them on the right path to succeed.


OO1 for Life!


Casey Zima