Perspective: : Retired Head College Soccer Coach Transfers Skills from the Field to the Pool DeckPerspective:

Keith Cammidge retired after 35 years as a collegiate head soccer coach and was looking for a fun, flexible and active part-time job. He found the perfect fit as a member of the aquatics staff at the YMCA of Greater Erie’s Glenwood Park location.

“The thing I’ve enjoyed most about working at the Y for the last five years, is the opportunity to interact and make friends with a diverse group of people from completely different backgrounds and life experiences,” said Keith. “My previous career put me in a coaching, “higher education bubble” where this was not possible. My education and experience affords me the opportunity to help members with basic anatomy and physiology questions and concepts of cardiovascular and strength training within an aquatic facility.”

Keith is certified as both a YMCA lifeguard and swim instructor. For those that enjoy lifelong learning, earning aquatics and lifesaving certifications is satisfying. “There is a substantial commitment of time, effort and study to obtain and keep your certifications. We are the “front line” to preventing aquatic accidents and teaching individuals how to be safe in and around the water. It is very rewarding.”

“I’d encourage anyone retired, or close to retirement, to consider a part-time job as a member of the YMCA aquatic staff. It’s active, fun, flexible and rewarding.”


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