Paul OppenheimExperience: Capable Swimmer
I was a member of Ucla Bruins Masters for 6 years under the leadership of Coach Gerry Rodrigues. During the week I also travelled throughout the United States for work and participating in approximately 30 other Masters Swim Programs. I can honestly say that Coach Gerry is 100% positively the absolute best Coach out of about 30 Masters I dropped in on. Please find below top 10 reasons:
#1 He actually Coaches instead of leaving a billboard for work out.
#2 He knows each and every swimmer’s level to ensure all lanes are best utilized.
#3 His work outs are extremely well planned to make each swimmer advance.
#4 His strict rules and regiment make all member’s experience beneficial.
#5 He has helped me and others grow with our swimming skills both personally and in competitive swimming.
#6 He will Coach one to levels one never new they could achieve.
#7 His personality and personal swim skill set gains instant respect from all members.
#8 He hires great assistant coach staffing that follow his guidelines and same coaching philosophy.
#9 He has contacts with best of best swimmers in world such as Mark Spitz and Lenny Krayzelberg.
#10 If one’s goal is to get in shape and be best swimmer one can be…one need only to show up ON TIME and follow his Coaching Discipline..one will advance with their swimming skill levels and be the best that they can be in swimming.
Lynne Lussier, President LUSSIERExperience: Capable Swimmer
To All of You Who Are Lucky Enough To Have Coach Gerry Coaching You,
I always enjoyed swimming but until I experienced real coaching from Gerry Rodrigues, I wouldn’t have considered myself a swimmer. Coach Gerry truly loves swimming, and you can see it in the way he coaches. He was able to refine my stroke, get into my head and motivate all of us at workouts. He designs sets that are complex and challenging and all the workouts fly by at lightning speed. You leave feeling like a million bucks and, at the same time, wanting more. And all the while, he’s making everyone laugh and want to work harder.
And you get better–really better–faster, stronger, sharper. While he’s coaching 30, 40, 50 people, you feel like he’s coaching just you. Because he’s watching, guiding, adjusting your workout– for YOU. That’s a great coach.
In a word, he’s amazing. You are all very, very lucky indeed.
Eytan Brandes, 62 years old.Experience: Capable Swimmer
I really loved having Gerry Rodrigues as my coach. He always pushed his swimmers and me to reach our full potential. His workouts were great and not only challenging, but new and interesting too. He knew each of the swimmers names, took a personal interest in each of us. He knew what we did inside and outside of the pool. He knew all of our personal times by heart and was able to make all the swimmers, at all the different levels and age groups, feel important!!!! He made us feel like you were our own personal coach, and that you really were interested in helping each one of us to improve……not just the best swimmers.
It was great having him for my coach and my only regret is that he moved further away so I can’t get to swim with him now. Thank you Gerry for the time we did have to work together and please keep in touch with me.
Wally KurthExperience: Capable Swimmer
I can honestly say my swimming improved dramatically under Gerry’s stewardship. Having worked with a few different coaches over the years, I will say that no coach ever structured a better daily workout than Gerry. I tell people he is a genius at creating an hour workout that was always different, challenging, fun and somehow ended exactly on time. He never had to cut it short for lack of time. I was amazed. He switched it up and gave every swimmer, no matter what level, a great workout that sent us home feeling like we maximized our time in the pool. And you can’t ask for better than that.
Konrad TropeExperience: Capable Swimmer
Jeannine LewisExperience: Newbie Swimmer
Gerry Rodrigues is a very inspiring and motivating coach. I participated in the Elisabeth Glaiser mini tri as the swimmer on a relay team for Variety. I had not swam since the 80’s. I needed to “get up to speed” as I did not want to let me team down. Gerry’s coaching and support gave me the confidence to take on the open water 1/2 mile swim at Zuma Beach. And his lead by example style of coaching continues to be an inspiration. He accepts and coaches all levels of swimmers and though I was in awe of some of the skill level in the Masters program, Gerry made me feel comfortable and not intimidated. I am very excited that he will be starting a Masters Swim at the new location as it is much more convenient for me – Thanks to Gerry I love to swim and look forward to getting back in the water in the Palisades.
Paul RekoffExperience: Capable Swimmer
Gerry Rodrigues is the first real swim coach I’ve worked with — and all subsequent ones pale by comparison.
More than a decade after first working with him, I can still hear his voice instructing me, guiding me and gently cajoling me into a more elegant, efficient stroke. That voice still coaxes me into mid-workout and mid-race improvements.
Although, I started as the slowest swimmer in the slowest lane, Gerry treated me like an Olympian. He saw more potential in me than I ever thought possible–and drew it out.
Since then, I’ve been able to finish 6-mile open-water races, an Ironman triathlon and swimming races where currents were so bad that 25% of the field had to abandon the effort. This all is a tribute to his teaching and the generosity of his spirit.
Alex GudmundssonExperience: Accomplished swimmer
I swam for Coach Gerry at UCLA masters for 3 years (more sporadically for 5) and I still cannot find a Masters Swim Team that I enjoy as much. While many of my fellow high school swimmers were burnt out and quit swimming, I kept swimming and improved from my competitive high school swimming because of Gerry. Each workout was dynamic, interesting and hard! There were no workouts written on a whiteboard that you had to figure out yourself, which I have encountered at other masters teams. I went to work outs because of the team atmosphere that Gerry created and I was pushed to improve by Gerry’s creative, awesome coaching. Gerry made ocean workouts available in the summer which was a great way to improve fitness while trying something new. I improved my swimming after high school because of the attention I got from Gerry and also because I wanted to go to practice and actually try because I could see improvement in my stroke and swimming style that I did not see after swimming on a high school swim team, playing water polo, and swimming on an age group swim team for 8 years.
I wish I lived closer to the Palisades so I could swim at the new team.
Nancy HardingExperience: Capable Swimmer
As of August, 2010, I have been swimming with US masters for 10 years. This would not have been possible without the motivational support and coaching of Gerry Rodrigues. When I started with masters I was not a competitive swimmer or triathlete. I swim in lane 7 or 8. Gerry’s patience and skilled training helped me to stick to with the masters program until I fell in love with it. Gerry excels at pacing his swimmers. He knew the times of most of the swimmers and certainly the range of times in each lane. Workouts would push me to my limits, because he knew what they were. He was also pushing the swimmers in lane 1 to their limits. He seemed to keep this all in his head. He is a great coach!
Lori MillerExperience: Capable Swimmer
When coached by Gerry in masters swimming in my late-thirties, I was able to surpass my best competitive college times. Gerry is amazing — both motivationally and technique-wise.