Competition Swim Training


Competition Training (Technique Class)

Natavi offers competition training. Please speak to a Natavi representative for further information. These are on a private basis.

We are proud to have Shari Walling as our competition trainer. Shari was head varsity girls swimming and diving coach for 32 seasons and head varsity boys swimming coach for 33 seasons. She started coaching swimming in 1984 at Urbandale High School then took over the Johnston program in 2004. In that span, she compiled a dual meet girl’s record of 215-46-3 and a boy’s dual meet record of 223-44-1. Her teams have won eight regional girls championships and the boys have won seven district championships. Shari has coached 39 swimmers that have received either all-American or all-American consideration status. In all, she has coached 78 swimmers and divers that have competed collegiately. Eighteen of her former swimmers or assistants are currently coaching swimming programs. She has been named Regional/District Coach of the Year from the Iowa High School Swim Coaches Association 14 times and has been named CIML Coach of the Year eight times.  Shari has served on the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union’s Swimming and Diving Advisory Committee and the Iowa High school Athletic Association’s Advisory committee. Shari has been head middle school girls and boys swimming coach at Urbandale and then +at Johnston from 1987-2019.

Her philosophy for athletics is her philosophy for life. “How I act and what I say must always demonstrate respect. As I coach I must reflect motivational signals to my athletes, staff, administration and families.  I must foster a strong belief in our program and in the athletes themselves to be and do the best they can in and out of the pool.  We must expect the best from ourselves in all that we do. As athletes and coaches we must remember that we need to represent ourselves, our schools, and our communities.  Athletics can teach us all responsibility, sportsmanship and cooperation; it can instill a sense of pride in us that can only come from hard work and participation.  I have been extremely blessed to have been able to work with thousands of athletes in and out of the pool.  The swimmers and their families have taught me many valuable lessons throughout my career.” - Shari Walling

From 1983-1986 Shari worked in Aquatic Therapy and as Aquatics Director for the Children’s Habilitation Center in Johnston. She has been a physical education teacher in the Johnston school district for 33 years, spending 5 years at the high school, 13 years at elementary schools and 15 years at the middle school level. Shari has also served as the Aquatics Director for the Johnston Community School District for 15 years. Several of her positions included: Head Varsity Softball Coach 1986-1993, (JCSD); Head Varsity Girls Tennis Coach 1987-199, (JCSD); and Summer Athletic/Aquatics Director, Hyperion Field Club 1995 - Present.