|Swen Nater, BS, is an assistant sporting goods buyer for Costco Wholesale. Along with his wife, Marlene Nater, he is a Phono-Graphix reading therapist and trainer. They have a private practice in which they teach children to grasp the concepts and fluency of reading, spelling, and mathematics at all levels. From 1997-2003, he directed the Costco Wholesale corporate Employee Outreach Program, training Costco volunteers to help struggling readers in elementary schools across the United States and Canada catch up to their required grade level of reading. As a basketball player, Swen was a community college All-American in 1970 before playing behind NCAA Player of the Year Bill Walton under Coach John Wooden at UCLA, where he was a member of two UCLA national championship squads. He went on to become an NBA first-round draft pick in 1973 and the ABA Rookie of the Year in 1974. He led the ABA in rebounding in 1975, the NBA in 1980, and the Italian League in 1985. He still holds the NBA record for defensive rebounds in a half with 18. After his playing days, Swen taught algebra, sports psychology, and exercise psychology at Christian Heritage College while also serving as the school's athletic director and men's basketball coach from 1985-1995. In 1990, he and co-head coach Ray Slagle led Christian Heritage to its first NCCAA national championship. Swen and Wooden are co-authors of John Wooden's UCLA Offense (to be published in March 2006). He and James A. Peterson co-authored The Complete Handbook of Rebounding Fundamentals and Drills. He has also produced three instructional basketball videos, Rebounding: Simple and Effective, Unstoppable, and Not in My House. Swen and Marlene, his wife of 32 years, reside in Enumclaw, Washington, and have two daughters: Alisha Yvonne (27) and Valerie Ann (26).
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