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ID: Russell Yarworth

  • Russ Yarworth.<br/>KEVIN GUTTING
  • Russ Yarworth.<br/>KEVIN GUTTING
  • Russ Yarworth.<br/>KEVIN GUTTING

Russell Yarworth is the most successful coach in the University of Massachusetts’ men’s swimming and diving program’s history. In his 34 years as head coach, the program has captured 21 titles, including 14 Atlantic 10 Championships. He has been named Atlantic 10 Coach of the Year 12 times and Eastern Coach of the Year four times. He’s also been inducted into the Collegiate Water Polo Association Hall of Fame for his successes as leader of the UMass water polo team.

He says he expects his athletes to be involved with their training on both a mental and physical level. He believes individual team members can develop their talent through team spirit, unity and dedication.

Full name: Russell William Yarworth

People know you as: Russ

Date and place of birth: April 21, 1957, Attleboro

Address: Belchertown

Education: Attleboro High School, 1974; bachelor’s degree in biochemistry from UMass, 1978; and a master’s degree in exercise science from UMass, 1983

Who lives under the same roof as you? My wife, Sue, and all our critters

Children: None

Pets: Dogs — Chili, a 15-year-old golden retriever, Buster, a 6-year-old Aussie mix, and Jep, a 3-year-old Aussie mix; a cat — Mika, 14; and a parrot — Marigold, maybe 50 years old or so

Hobbies: Camping, biking, swimming, kayaking, skiing, gardening

Book you’d recommend to a friend: Anything by Nelson DeMille

Favorite movie/TV show/musical group: Movie — Mel Brooks’ “History of the World” or “Monty Python and the Holy Grail”; TV Show — “Seinfeld”; Group — Joe Strummer and The Clash

Five things you can’t live without: My wife, my dogs, my siblings, my stopwatches, my health

Last thing you purchased just for fun: A kayak

What’s at the top of your bucket list? Skiing the Alps

Life-changing experience: Choosing to attend UMass. It gave me an education, a profession, and a home

Strangest job you ever held: Land surveying a pig farm

Current Facebook status: I told my swimming freshmen on Facebook to get their butts to study hall

A little-known fact about you: I was really, really small in high school

Dumbest thing you ever did: Start coaching for a living. Also the smartest thing I ever did

One product you’d like to see return: Pop-top beer cans

What really sets you off? Tardiness and talking while I’m lecturing/coaching

If you could spend the day with a celebrity from any time in history, who would it be? John Lennon — He seemed to have it figured out, didn’t he?

Best advice you ever got: My father-in-law convinced me to stay in school and finish my master’s, over a beer at the old Barselotti’s in Amherst

Favorite place to get a bite: The Bookstore Restaurant in Wellfleet — great oysters and seafood and perfect ambiance

Favorite team, athlete: Red Sox — Big Papi — does that really need an explanation?

What does your ideal weekend look like? Camping in Wellfleet or skiing at Mount Snow

One thing you would change about yourself: I’d like to be able to hear better

What gives you the creeps? Snakes — just can’t stand them

People who knew you in high school thought you were: Tired — lots of morning swim practices

Whom do you most admire? My mom and dad — they moved to a new country, got married, moved back to England, gave us a home, moved back to America when I was 10, and supported the whole family

Parting shot: When you wake up in the morning choose to be in a good mood

— Compiled by Brenda Nelson

To suggest someone for ID, send an email to bnelson@gazettenet.com.

Legacy Comments1

Ha! Good show, you old goat!

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