September 13, 2006

Some guys can drive a ski boat, then there's Matt Kolodica, '02. Matt was here when I first arrived and like many-a-new coaches with inherited swimmers, we didn't always see eye-to-eye. Actually, that might be sugarcoating it, but in time Matt grew into one of the best teammates a coach could ask for. Somehow along the way we managed to drop his lifetime bests by two seconds in the 100 and seven seconds in the 200 breaststrokes. Most importantly, Matt's developed into a great friend, to me and to the program.

So what's Matt up to? Well, he commands a the USCGC Maui, a 110-foot Coast Guard Cutter. They're taking a break from intercepting drug runners, smugglers and the like by patrolling the Persian Gulf. In the above shot, he's navigating the Maui towards an Iraqi tug to conduct a security sweep before it's permitted to approach the Khawr Al Amaya Oil Terminal. Here's a great article about him.



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