New Swim Coach Ready To Continue Success

Posted on June 17, 2017 in Boy's Swimming, Girl's Swimming, Winter Sports

By CHUCK LANDIS – clandis@chronicle-tribune.com
MIER — Kendrick Vester knows he has a tough act to follow replacing retired Oak Hill swim coach Mark Yordy, but he’s eager to begin the challenge.
“I’m really excited and blessed to have the opportunity to work with these kids,” Vester said Friday afternoon.
Vester, 23, graduated from Indiana State University, Terre Haute, after starting out at Indiana-Purdue University-Indianapolis, where he was a member of the men’s swim team. He competed twice in the IHSAA boys’ swim state finals and medaled his senior season with an eighth-place finish in the 100-yard butterfly.
“He obviously has got swim experience – he competed in Division I and was a state qualifier in high school,” Oak Hill athletic director Ryan Fagan said. “Nobody can replace Mark Yordy, but we hope (Vester) can bring new techniques and ideas and build on what we already have in place here.”
Yordy started the Oak Hill boys’ and girls’ swim programs and announced his retirement at the conclusion of the 2016-17 school year, compiling a 667-81-2 record and sending 51 individuals to the state meet. Yordy had also taught swimming to Oak Hill School Corp. students from kindergarten to grade 12 since 1979.
Vester takes over all of Yordy’s duties but still is completing obligations with a Terre Haute-based AAU swim club that take him through late July. High school boys’ and girls’ swimmers have the option of training with the Oak Hill Swim Club during the summer and Vester said he is keeping in touch with club director Tracy Scheffer.
Before taking the Oak Hill job, Vester was girls’ swim coach for one year at West Vigo High School, Terre Haute, in addition to his club and college experiences. Vester is a Clinton Central High School graduate.
“I knew about Oak Hill’s program, but I never had a chance to compete against them in a meet or invitational even though the schools are about an hour apart,” Vester said. “But I knew they have an amazing program and Oak Hill has an all-around good athletics program.
“I have been with three different teams over the last five years and I have picked up a lot of different techniques,” he added. “I want to incorporate dry land training and visualization and see it it works for the kids like it did for me.”
Vester said while his coaching and teaching methods may differ from Yordy, he will never replace Yordy’s impact on the entire swim program. But he wants to exhibit the same passion Yordy exuded throughout his long tenure.
“Swimming has been a big part of my life since 1999,” Vester said. “After I transfered to Indiana State I figured out what I wanted to do, and that was to be a swim coach.”

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