Gerry Rodrigues is the best coach I’ve ever had. I started with him while doing a Ph.D. in Economics at UCLA (a top 10 program), and I’m not sure I would’ve survived it without him. After a frustrating day slaving over Bellman equations, I really looked forward to taking it all out in his workouts. They were always challenging and, more important, always interesting. The best thing is the attention Gerry paid to the needs of each and everyone of his swimmers: I’m faster than most, not as fast as some, but in a full pool of 30+ swimmers of all different capabilities, he had the yards and times that were just right for me. I’ve since moved from California, but I still long for Gerry’s workouts, and hope to be back with him some day.