By Amy Hunt
Special to the Prosper Press
Coach Tommy Sacco came from Rockwall ISD to Prosper ISD to serve as natatorium director.
A lifelong swimmer, Sacco grew up swimming for USA Swimming’s COPS program in Plano, competed for Highland Park High School and swam under head coach Eddie Reese at the University of Texas.
After swimming professionally for Canada from 2007-2010, Sacco transitioned to coaching, serving athletes in Rockwall ISD from 2008-2019.
“I’ve had the good fortune of swimming with some of the best athletes in the sport and I’ve been mentored by some of the best coaches,” he said. “My goal is to take all that I have learned and apply that to the programs we build here in Prosper.”
With that in mind, as Prosper ISD aquatics programs are developed, Sacco is purposefully creating opportunities for all members of the community because swimming is a lifelong sport and part of a healthy lifestyle.
For example, knowing that globally the highest drowning rates are among children ages 1–4, followed by children ages 5–9, Sacco made it a priority to launch programs at the natatorium that reached those groups.
“We want to connect with and combat drowning risks in our community. The Prosper Swim School, led by Rebecca Heimbuch, serves 400 children each week,” he said.
Additionally, with the elementary school program, Prosper ISD is bringing 1,475 third-grade students to the natatorium for a week-long water safety program.
“We have 60-70 UIL high school athletes training here for PHS, but also, as of January 2020, we have our own USA Swimming Club, Prosper Aquatic Club, which already has 105 registered athletes. And enjoying the recent addition of Coach Zoe Binnion, our Prosper Masters Program serves adults” who train at the facility three times weekly., Sacco said.
Sacco is also solidifying plans and schedules for summer swim camps.
When asked about goals for the Prosper Natatorium, Sacco shared that he envisions a facility that will nurture a love of the sport for people of all ages and abilities, and provide a an environment where people can learn life lessons about hard work, perseverance and teamwork through the sport of swimming.