A Swimmer’s Journey: Coaching the Next Generation

Is it possible to have a winning team and a positive sport culture? Dave Denniston, head coach of the University of Wyoming Swimming & Diving teams, believes the answer is yes.

The U.S. Center for SafeSport provides diverse training, tools, and resources with the goal of creating sport settings free of abuse and misconduct.

“The training provided by the U.S. Center for SafeSport has really allowed me to understand the importance of building trust with the athletes,” says Denniston.

By advocating for a sport environment built on trust and respect, Denniston and the University of Wyoming swim and dive program have created a place where athletes thrive and win. Leaders like these who are SafeSport® Trained understand prioritizing and celebrating athlete well-being translates to happier, healthier athletes who are driven and excited to compete.

This short video shares the story of one swimmer turned coach who believes the athlete’s positive experience is first and foremost.

The U.S. Center for SafeSport offers more than a dozen online abuse awareness and prevention courses. Help us create a safer sport culture— get SafeSport® Trained!

Learn more at the U.S. Center for SafeSport.

The U.S. Center for SafeSport is a nonprofit organization created to respond to and prevent sexual, physical, and emotional abuse in the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Movement, from which it is independent. The Center also trains and educates people and organizations at all levels to support sport and recreation settings across America that protect athlete well-being.