Nenad Rodic, Senior Swim Coach
Nenad works primarily with the Gold group. Rodic was born in Belgrade, Yugoslavia, where he also began his path to Lakeridge Swim Team at the age of seven. By 1993, Nenad was the Yugoslav National Record Holder in the 100m Backstroke, as well as a member of the Yugoslav National Team and a competitor at the World University Games. After winning the Yugoslav National Triathlon Championship that year, he came to the US "in search of better conditions for (his) development as a triathlete". Here in the US, Nenad earned pro status with USA Triathlon, won numerous triathlon competitions, and continued to compete in Master's swimming here in Reno, winning a USMS Masters National Championship title in the 1,650 Free in 1997. These days, when not coaching Lakeridge Swim Team, Sierra Nevada Masters, or his myriad of triathletes, he can often be sited on a bicycle, as he remains active, primarily fostering his longtime interest and passion for cycling. Nenad is also the sole proprietor of Northern Nevada Web Design Services and he enjoys classical music, film, philosophy, physics, math, and good food.
Since 1997, Lakeridge Swim Team has been strengthened by Rodic's strong background in physiology, appreciation for work ethic, and uncomplicated style. As Albert Einstein said, "make everything as simple as possible, and no simpler". In this vein, Nenad's coaching is based on fundamental principles of training that have proven successful in swimming for decades. He sticks to what he knows, educates himself about what he has yet to know, and does not waste time with what he believes doesn't work. He offers a balanced approach, one that results in an appropriate workload for developing age group swimmers. In other words, his approach fosters the natural and gradual development of each athlete, free from over training, coercion, or forcing progress. Further, Nenad's no-nonsense and honest approach with his swimmers includes clear communication about ability, performance, and areas of strength and weakness. Similarly, he uses praise of his athletes sparingly, as he believes that an over-exuberance of applause diminishes the value of true excellence. This aspect of Nenad's style is not only effective, but is supported by a substantial body of literature on self-esteem that suggests the futility of empty praise of children. Lakeridge has also been strengthened by Nenad's latest contribution: the introduction of triathlon into our program. The integral role he plays in training our triathletes has added a depth and mutual benefit for swimmers and triathletes alike. Finally, in light of the central function of American college swimming in terms of goals and educational opportunities for swimmers, from Lakeridge and throughout the world, Nenad would like to see a more mutually compatible relationship between the NCAA and the world of swimming, specifically in terms of shifting focus to long course, post graduate training support, etc.