Artie Waters changes seamlessly with the seasons. In the spring, he coaches lacrosse and baseball. In summer, it's swimming and diving. Then football, back to diving in the winter, with a little basketball mixed in. "It keeps you going,'' Waters says.
That's an understatement. Waters has coached sports for 20 years in Darien, starting with the girls diving team at Darien High School. He worked as a salesperson at the time, but has since switched careers. He now teaches physical education at Villa Maria School in Stamford. It allows him more time to coach Darien youth. "I decided to go out and do what I wanted to do,'' Waters says of his career change. "Teaching was in the back of my mind the whole time."
Waters coaches his son, Robby, 12, in the Darien Little League. He's also the Darien High School junior varsity lacrosse coach. In the summer, Waters is the pool director and head diving coach at Greenwich Country Club. He then strolls the sidelines in the Darien youth football league. He started his coaching career as the girls diving instructor for the Darien High School team. Now he coaches the boy's team in the winter. He competed in diving at Virginia Tech.
Keeping his calendar is hard enough. Toss in four kids who are all involved in athletics Peter, a college sophomore; Scott, a high school junior; and Caylee, a high school freshman and the Waters' family calendar must look like a menu from a Chinese restaurant. "My wife (Cappy) handles that,'' Artie says. "It has different colors for different events for different kids. It's all about the kids and how we're going to get the pieces organized."
The one thing Waters has not lost in two decades is his passion. He speaks with enthusiasm that rubs off on his young athletes. "Each level you coach at is different,'' Waters says. "At the younger ages, you're more teaching the game, to have fun and to be a good teammate. You're trying to build a foundation at that level. When they get older, there's more of an emphasis on winning."
There are many aspects Waters enjoys about coaching, but when something clicks it's particularly satisfying. "In baseball, they might make a play and you can see they finally get it,'' Waters says. "That's the moment I enjoy. If I see something positive come out of one of the kids, that makes my day."
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