Madison Central swim coach earns national recognition

Madison Central swim coach earns national recognition


The Madison Central Swim Coach has been recognized with a national coaching award following successful boys and girls swim seasons last spring semester.

The National Federation of High Schools Coaches Association named Bridget Carmody the organization’s Coach of the Year for swimming and diving. The award honors the most outstanding high school coach in the sport from throughout the nation.  

“I’m surprised and humbled,” Carmody said.

Last season the Jaguars swept the state championship, taking home top honors for both boys and girls swimming. Earlier this year, Carmody was named the MHSAA’s Boys Swimming and Diving Coach of the Year.

“I never know what’s around the corner. I’m always surprised,” Carmody said. “Just when I think it can’t get any better, it does.” 

Carmody credited her success to her students and coworkers of the Aqua Jags program at Madison Central High School. She specifically mentioned her coaching colleague Eddie Ware.

“I wish I could take complete responsibility for their accomplishments, but none of this would be possible without Coach Eddie Ware,” she said.

Carmody was nominated for the honor by the Mississippi High School Athletic Association based on her coaching performance, lifetime community involvement, school involvement and philosophy of coaching.

Carmody has been with the school district for 27 years, teaching French at Madison Central. About 10 years ago, Carmody said she was asked to coach the swim team, even though she had never swum competitively.

“I got into it by accident,” she said. “[Ten years ago] the athletic director at the time asked me to coach, and I accepted and completely fell in love with it.”

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