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Our guests this week are the University of Texas Men’s Swimming Coach Eddie Reese and Attorney David Smith. Coach Reese is one of the all-time great coaches in the sport of swimming.
Coach Reese has coached 29 Olympians who have won 39 gold, 16 silver and 8 bronze medals at the Games. Over the past 41 years he has guided the UT program to an incredible 40 consecutive conference titles and 40 consecutive top-10 finishes at the NCAA Championships, including 33 years in the top-3 (Since our interview, his team captured another conference title and will most likely place in the top-3 at this month’s NCAA Championship). His UT Men have won NCAA Championships 14 times and he has been named the NCAA coach of year 8 times.
I had a lot of fun interviewing Coach Reese. His humility and humor make him engaging and easy to talk to. There are so many useful nuggets of information that he drops throughout this conversation.
Mr. Smith has been named one of the top white collar criminal attorneys in the US for the past 10 years. He has provided legal guidance to a number of organizations that have had an employee accused of abuse, including crimes involving children.
Mr. Smith gave clear, actionable feedback about how organizations can help protect their athletes and themselves from sexual predators. He also provided excellent best practices for organizations to use to manage any crisis.
Mr. Smith is passionate about protecting children and athletes from predators. He is the father of two children who are excellent athletes themselves. His daughter played basketball at UC Boulder and his son is a minor league pitcher with the Detroit Tigers organization.
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