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Issue #36 – Interview with Coach Dean

Coach Dean began his volunteering career when he participated in the over the edge event. This took place at the Rio Hotel and Casino to raise money for Special Olympics. He successfully raised $1500 which got him a ticket repel down the 500 ft tower of the Rio Hotel. Dean was recommended by Harry Mong who was the Reginal director of Special Olympics at the time. Harry Mong thought that Dean had the right personality and really enjoyed what he was doing. In 2015 Dean started his coaching career as the assistant swim coach under Amanda Gillman. Two years later he became coach of the Henderson Dolphins swim team. Coach Dean would teach and train his swim team various styles including Freestyle, butterfly, breast stroke, back stroke, and relays. Races are 50m to 200m in length. Practice would begin in March and run through June. Practice was once a week and they prepared for Regionals in May. At Regionals swimmers would qualify for the Special Olympics in June, which takes place in Reno Nevada. Coach Dean has always been influenced by the athletes themselves. He is inspired by the grit determination and courage that they all bring to become athletes for the Special Olympics. “My future plans are to keep coaching athletes for the Special Olympics.” One day he would like to train an athlete that would one day make it to the state level which is held every four years.

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