25 Meters, 8 Lanes
Head Swim Coach
In 2011, the Goodman Waves Swim Team, was founded through a partnership between the City of Madison Parks, the Shelly Glover Foundation, and the Irwin A. and Robert D. Goodman Foundation to provide an affordable, competitive swim team opportunity for the Madison area community. Our team color is purple to reflect Shelly Glover’s favorite color.
The Waves, Madison’s only public swim team, is one of the 13 teams that competes in the All-City Swim and Dive League, a recreational summer swim league that has been in Madison for over 50 years. Since then, hundreds of swimmers, between ages 5 to 18, have competed for the Waves in the All-City League. For many of our swimmers, the Waves is where they first learned and had an opportunity to swim competitively. Many have continued competitive swimming for area high schools and year-round USA Swimming clubs. In the Waves first season, more than 60 swimmers participated. As a testament to the program’s success, the size of the team nearly doubled in its second season to more than 120 swimmers.
A primary goal of the Waves is to provide competitive swimming opportunities to children of all cultural, social, and economic backgrounds through affordable fees, generous scholarships, and high quality coaching. Support from the Goodman Foundation and SGF keep the swimmer registration fee affordable for most families and provide scholarships for the families that need them, ensuring all kids have the opportunity to swim.
The Waves prioritize and promote individual swimming skills and goals while having fun on a team. Children from kindergarten through high school are welcome to join. The Waves is not a lesson program; swimmers must be able to swim one length of the pool to join. Coaches work daily with children to help them learn to swim to the best of their abilities and to help them experience the joy, friendship, and physical fitness benefits that come with participating on a swim team.
The Waves hold practice five times a week and participate in Saturday swim meets against other Madison area teams in the Madison All-City Swim and Dive League. The highlight of the summer is at the end of the season, when swimmers from all 13 teams compete in the All-City Swim Meet, one of the largest outdoor meets in the country. This is an experience you won’t want to miss out on and will be a memory of a lifetime.
In addition to practices and meets, the Waves are committed to fostering community by holding team building activities and fun social events for swimmers and families. These events promote strong relationships with their coaches and making life long friends with other swimmers.
Several of team’s coaches have extensive experience in All-City as swimmers and coaches and have also coached for Madison’s largest year-round swim club, Badger Aquatics Club (BAC). The Waves first head coach, Jacob Johnson, has coached for BAC for 15 years. In 2015, Caleb Cole became the Waves head coach and will return for 2016. Caleb brings knowledge to the team both as a swimmer and as coach. He swam in the All-City league with Parkcrest and at the collegiate level for UW La Crosse. He is also the head coach of Madison’s East High Girls’ Swim Team, an assistant coach with the East High Boys’ Swim Team and a coach with the Little Badgers, BAC’s youngest group.
The Friends of the Goodman Waves provides a strong parent community that is both supportive and fun. When first joining the Waves, many families had little or no experience with participating in swim meets. A strong and friendly mentoring program has allowed parents to participate as timers, officials, announcers, concessions hosts, and other positions to ensure that Waves home meet are both fun and run smoothly. Strong community is built through potlucks and other social activities throughout the season.
The Waves look forward to starting a dive team and hosting the All-City Swim Meet in 2021.