Get To Know The University of Toledo's Liz Hinkleman

by Josh Huger (MrUtopia)

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Created December 14th, 2011 02:21:32 PM

Modified December 14th, 2011 07:19:50 PM

The University of Toledo’s Liz Hinkleman is this month’s Featured Coach. Coach Hinkleman, who is in her second season at Toledo, has enjoyed many successes while with the Rockets.

During her career at UT, her swimmers have achieved four MAC Swimmer of the Week selections, one All-American distinction (the first swimmer in program history), recorded the highest term GPA in program history and have had two swimmers named to the Mid-Major All-American Team.

In this SwimUtopia interview Coach Hinkleman tells us about the number one thing she looks for in a recruit and what she does to keep everyone focused on the “big picture” throughout the season.

Let’s get started!

What team do you currently coach for?  

University of Toledo

How many years have you been with the team?

3 ½ years

What made you choose to take the coaching position?

I always knew that I wanted to return to the college swimming and the opportunity presented itself and I couldn’t pass it up.

What do you do to keep everyone focused on the “big picture” throughout the season?

I use motivational stories or quotes.  I am big on one on one talks before and after practices.

What is the number one thing you look for in a recruit, other than times?

Desire to get succeed. We train at a high level and they need to have the right mind set towards hard work.

What is your favorite set to give your swimmers?

Anything that challenges them

What other teams or schools did you coach at before coming to Toledo?

Lewis University and Academy Bullets (Club team)

What would you say your biggest accomplishment has been in coaching?

Getting two girls to the NCAA meet in 2011, and winning a Conference title in 2010

Is there any particular moment that stands out in your mind from coaching?

Achieving a 3.4 GPA as a team

What motivates you as a coach?


What do you do to motivate your swimmers?

We have individual meetings throughout the season. I like to write quotes on the practices.  I have a lot of energy at workouts which I like to think rubs off on the girls.

Do you have any personal routines before the start of a swim meet?

I go to Starbucks

What caused you to go into coaching?

Passion for coaching

What are some things that people may not know about you?

I like to read

Do you have any advice for up and coming coaches?

Always stick to what you feel is right even if others disagree

If you were stranded on a deserted island, what three things would you bring?

Water, chap stick, and my phone



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