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“Coach’s Corner” is a new series meant to introduce Trinity coaches both as coaches and as the people they are outside their sports.
Scott Trompeter is now in his third season as head coach for Trinity’s swimming team. Before the season officially opens up in October, Trompeter discussed his memories as a swimmer and coach along with some pop-culture favorites in the first edition of “Coach’s Corner.”
These questions were asked and answered via email.
What is your favorite memory from your time as a swimmer?
No one thing jumps to mind. All of my best swimming experiences are not pool related, rather, made up of time spent around the people I swam with.
Is there a moment in your career you can point to that inspired you to become a coach?
Not in my swimming career. After college, I helped out at my high school club team and really enjoyed it.
Having been involved with the swimming program at the University of Texas, Incarnate Word and now Trinity, what has been the biggest difference between the three schools?
Less than you may think. Swimmers are pretty similar everywhere you go. The biggest difference between programs is at Trinity, academics are more at the center of focus for the majority.
What are you most proud of from your time as head swimming coach at trinity thus far?
There is not an accolade or defining moment. I am proud anytime I see someone staying late to hone a skill or when the team finishes a set and high fives and congratulates each other.
Do you have any superstitions about swimming from your time as a swimmer or now as a coach?
No, not really. I prefer data over intuition in my decision making.
If you were stranded on an island with one person, who would you choose and why?
Tom Hanks, because he knows the ropes. Or a MacGyver type, so we could tinker a way home.
What’s your favorite television show?
It changes to whatever I am watching at the moment. I am gearing up for the new season of “[It’s] Always Sunny [in Philadelphia],” but I have to pay respects to “Seinfeld,” my first favorite.
What is your go-to karaoke song?
Never done it, but it’s probably something from 90s grunge because it would be the easiest to sing.
If you could have dinner with three people, past or present, who would they be and why? what would you eat?
No one famous. Probably my college roommates, and we would be eating tacos because that would be simple, and I know I would enjoy the conversation.