Joe was one of my three "formitave" swim coaches. If my life has a most influential category, Joe makes the cut for sure!
Joe Stocker was a Level 4 ASCA certified coach with nearly 35 years of experience coaching novice to Olympic Trial competition. He coached both high school and USA club swimming. He swam for the University of Nebraska and was a NCAA qualifier in 1962 in breaststroke. In 1973, Joe placed in the top 6 at the Masters World Championships. He was appointed to the Governor's Council on Physical Education for the State of Oklahoma in 1986 and charged with the responsibility to revise the physical education program for 9th graders. He has written and published articles in The Research Journal for Physical Education, Health and Recreation. His article titled "Performance Ladder", a program approach to teaching water skills to all levels was presented at the state convention for Physical Education. He won national triathlon titles (Trifed) in 1987, 88 and 89 and was 6th at Leon's in 1990 in the US National Amateur Trials to determine the US Team that was to compete in the World Championships. He has won 4 USTS titles and was a triathlete All-American.
Joe’s swim teams have won USA state championships with many individuals winning state titles in both USA and high school swimming. He has coached many All-American swimmers, over 50 Top 10 and 16 swimmers, several Junior National champions, three Olympic Trial candidates, and many junior & senior national qualifiers. He was high school coach of the year in the OKC Metro area several times and coached the 1998 All State Swim Team. Joe was named USA Age Group Coach of the year in 2002. Joe loved the sport of swimming; coaching individuals to achieve their best was his life's passion.