Women's History Month feature
The DISD will be sharing some Q&A interviews with female head coaches at John W. Bate Middle School and Danville High School during Women's History Month. Here, we're spotlighting Sarah Beauman.
Sarah Beauman, the head Danville High School swimming and diving coach, swam for DHS herself as a student. The Danville Independent School District asked her about her experience and how she stepped up when the team needed a coach.
Tell me a bit about your past experience as a coach, and as an athlete.
This was my second year as the Aqua Ads Swimming and Diving coach. Many years ago I was the assistant coach with Marc Williams. Growing up, I swam for DHS and the Danville Country Club. I was on a swim team for 13 years. My favorite events were 100 fly and 200 IM.
What to you is the importance of the swim team's legacy? What made you want to be the head coach?
I stepped up when the team needed a coach. There were swimmers and divers with years invested in the sport, some following in the footsteps of their older siblings and/or parents. It is important to me to see the Aqua Ads tradition continue and grow.
What about your team makes you most proud?
I have enjoyed watching the team grow and become more confident in the sport. It makes me proud to see leaders emerge both in and out of the water.
What qualities or values do you hope to instill in your swimmers?
I hope to instill the importance of having self-discipline and a positive attitude. Swimming isn't a glamorous sport. Most of the time you have your head in the water and someone is telling you not to breathe. It takes a lot of practice and dedication to become a fast swimmer or a high-scoring diver. I feel pretty lucky to get to watch as these teenagers finally see their hard work pay off.
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