Andrew Herr

Andrew grew up on the Nevada side of Lake Tahoe. After graduating High School, Andrew went on to the University of Nevada, Reno where he earned a Bachelors of Science in Business Management and graduated with high distinction. He then moved out of the Tahoe area to Bend, Oregon where he now resides. He has worked as the Head Coach of Mt. Bachelor Sports Education Foundation, as a Mentor with Friends of the Children, as the Marketing and Content Manager at Rescue Response Gear and a had a few other stops along the way. He spends all of his free time with his wife Amanda, a choir director in Bend, out playing in the mountains, be it skiing, hiking, or exploring.

As the weekend approaches, there are a lot of opportunities to capture all the little things that make your team unique, fun, and awesome. From poolside antics at practice to podium medals at meets, weekends festivities make it easy to capture and share all the fun that is going on with your team and that is exactly what TeamFeed is all about.

As you might have discovered in your OnDeck application or on your team site, TeamFeed is now live for SwimOffice Pro customers! The first week has been crazy. With over 1,000 posts already created and shared, we can't wait to see how teams will take this new social sharing platform to new heights. 

Athletes spend over 95% of their time with your swim team at practice. These are memorable experiences, growth opportunities, and team fun that is mostly forgotten about and often left at practice. Later, when Mom and Dad show up and ask, “How was practice today?” the answer they seem to get is, “Fine.”

You may have seen our most recent blog, SportsEngine.com & NBC Sports Go All-in to Promote Youth Sports Organizations. SportsEngine, TeamUnify's parent company, has a fantastic tool to make it easier for people to find your team. At SportsEngine.com, families can search for a sport they’re interested in joining, their location and child’s gender and age, and then see a list of teams in their area. With the backing of NBC Sports promoting this nationally to encourage participation in youth sports, it is easier than ever for your team to attract new swimmers and families.

Since its launch, MainSet, TeamUnify's online coaching toolkit, has been accessible by an iOS and online web app at mainset.com. This covered roughly 80% of all users on the TeamUnify platform. We had plans to build the MainSet toolkit for Android users and we are proud to announce it's time. Android users rejoice! MainSet coaching tools are now available for you. However, it may not be where you expect it. 

On April 20th, 2017 we launched one of our biggest contests yet. We partnered up with SwimOutlet's Team Division to give away three $500 gift cards to three TeamUnify teams. Teams could get one entry if they got 65% of their families to download and log into OnDeck. They could also get multiple entries into the contest by getting families to put a payment type on file with their teams. They got one entry for their team for each percent increase starting on April 20th, 2017 and ending on June 30th, 2017.

Announcing the next big thing for your team! TeamUnify is about to release a brand new communication hub for your team and we call it ScrapBook and TeamFeed.

–Emily Edward, Fundraising Admin — Flood Aquatics Swim Team

The best way to put it is that the Flood Aquatics Swim Team crushed their USA Swimming Foundation Swim-A-Thon fundraising goals and it was their first time running it on the TUMoney system! Not only did they have to bump their initial goals up by $5,000, but they still exceeded it and went above the $15,000 mark. We are so proud of them in their team's efforts. They have 38 accounts and just under 60 athletes in the water. That means that each athlete on average collected over $275. That is huge for their team!

Swim-A-Thons are a huge deal in USA Swimming. More than likely, it is your biggest fundraiser of the year for your club. While helping to host the USAS Swim-A-Thon Workshop last year in Atlanta, we picked up a few tips and tricks of the fundraising trade that we want to share with you!

I am a part of this great group online, the Swim Coaches Idea Exchange, where coaches throughout the swim industry share ideas, stories, photos, articles and more. It is really great stuff.

Recently, a coach asked if any YMCA coaches had linked TU's online payment processing with their front desk facility management software, like DAXKO. More specifically, this coach wanted to be able to charge for meet fees using the TeamUnify system and wanted to know how other YMCAs have done it. I joined in on the conversation and want to share what I learned.