"Work hard! Have Fun! Swim Fast! Play Betsyball!"
"To some, it's just water.
To me, it's where I regain my sanity"
Coach Betsy Matheney has a passion for coaching! She began her career at the internationally known Pine Crest School in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Over her twenty two years as a teacher and coach, she produced elite athletes in 5 different sports, was Coach of the Year twice in Cross Country, produced State Champions in Track and Field and is proud of the fact that she has over 50 athletes in the Pine Crest Hall of Fame.
Since coming to Connecticut in 2008, she has taken her passion to the next level. Her first year, she had the #1 12 year old YMCA swimmer in the country in the 50 yards Freestyle. In 2012, she earned the honor of being named Connecticut Age Group Coach of the Year as well as the American Swimming Coaches Association Coach of the Year. In 2013, she was selected to coach the top 12-14 year old swimmers at the Eastern Zone Select Camp at the University of Maryland in Baltimore. In 2016, she was honored to be invited to the National Age Group Summit, held at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado, where she presented a talk on “Wacky Wednesday Workouts”
While Coach Betsy has produced swimmers that are ranked top 10 in the country, 1st in the State, Zone Qualifiers, and State Record Holders, she is equally proud of her swimmers who are just learning to swim and who find excitement and challenge in competing in the sport.
Coach Betsy has developed her coaching philosophy and style by working and training with her own coaches, Olympic Coaches, Jack Nelson and Don Gambril, and has continued to improve her skills by working with Olympian Jonty Skinner and UK Olympic Coach, Dennis Pursley at the University of Alabama Swim Camp. She has conducted swim clinics in Canada, England, Mexico, and the Bahamas.
Betsy was a multi- All American Swimmer in High School and College. She was inducted into both the Pine Crest and University of Alabama Athletic Hall of Fame. Her biggest accomplishments, though, are being a Mama to her daughter, Tory, and “Bama” to her grandson, Dylan.