Doty wins Coach of the Year
The La Porte High School’s girls swimming finished up one of their best seasons in recent history after a 3rd place finish at Valparaiso High School on February 8th. Along with breaking records, ending the season at a higher placing, their beloved coach John Doty was named Conference Coach of the Year.
Doty has been coaching swim for a total of seven years, five of those years as head coach. He received his achievement at the end of the Sectional on Saturday.
Coaches from other schools vote on who could potentially win the Coach of the Year award. The group of coaches are familiar with all of the coaches as a whole, and they determine the winner by whoever conquers the ups and downs of the season successfully. The voters judge the coaches progress based off of the struggles teams have overcome.
During Sectionals, Doty was impressed with the speed and perseverance the team possessed to earn them their 3rd place title.
“I think breaking records is the coolest thing that can happen in swimming,” Doty said. “So many of the races are quick. They’re done in a minute or two, but a record is a lasting memory of those events. To have one broken and another tied at the same meet is something special.”
Doty is not only proud of the accomplishments the team has made, but he is extremely happy with their ability to want to get better as a team.
“Coaching swimming is an interesting job because you can’t always talk to the athletes when you’re trying to encourage them to do something unnatural like breathe less,” Doty said. “But the group I have is amazing, so they’re super receptive whenever we do get to talk.”
Doty is overjoyed to be in the front seat of the team’s success, and he has loved watching the growth of the team. The team as a whole was able to swim faster than at the beginning of the season, and to Doty, that is what it is all about.
Doty is hopeful that in the following years the swimmers will make it to State, especially because they were very close to having LPHS swimmers make it this year.
The LPHS girls swimming team’s final record was 11 wins and 6 losses, and they couldn’t have done it without LPHS’ very own Coach of the Year.