This is my first year coaching for Excel. I have been involved in aquatics for over 15 years and have been coaching for the past 10. I attended Shorewood High School where I swam and played water polo. After high school, I attended Syracuse University and played water polo until transferring to Seattle University. I just graduated with a Masters in Social Work from the University of Washington. In the past I have coached for the Shoreline Gators, Shorewood High School Water Polo Club, Syracuse Men’s Water Polo Club, Sheridan Beach Swim Club, and Cascade Swim Club. I currently work part-time at ROOTS Young Adult Shelter as a Program Coordinator. I love coaching and working with youth and I am thrilled to join the amazing team of coaches at Excel.
A Seattle Native, I swam competitively at Meadowbrook pool for various clubs and teams. This included swimming wih Excel through high school. My main event was the 50 yard backstroke, although I enjoy swimming butterfly as well as sprint distance freestyle. After graduating from high school in 2005, I began coaching for Excel as a certified coach member of USA swimming. The majority of my coaching experience is with children ten and under. I love the sport of swimming and hope to pass this love on to my swimmers.
Born and raised in Seattle, I started my competitive swimming career at the Sand Point Country Club in 1960. I also competed for Cascade Swim Club and Nathan Hale High School. I was a thirteen time Age Group All American specializing in butterfly and freestyle and set two National Records in 11 & 12 yr relays.
I started Excel Swim Club in 1993, but my coaching career began at Roosevelt High School in 1970 while attending the University of Washington. The span of my career includes 27 years coaching at Roosevelt and Bothell High Schools, in addition to time with Seattle Downtown YMCA, Seattle Swim Club, Mill Creek Swim Club, Cascade Swim Club, Swim Seattle, and several Seattle Summer Swim League teams including Sand Point Country Club, where I have been the Aquatics Director and Head Coach since 1989.
Philosophy: To provide an environment for personal growth, having fun, making friends and learning to swim fast. To not become an obstacle in the swimmer's path to excellence but a resource in realizing their potential.
Excel Swim Club is a competitive swim club for ages 5-18, located in the Seattle area. Our staff of certified coaches will guide and encourage our swimmers in their quest for excellence. We understand the busy schedules of the school year and celebrate your participation at whatever level that may be.
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I was born in Puyallup where I swam for the Puyallup Aquatic Club and later South Sound Titans. At the age of 11, I moved to Davis California and swam for the Davis Aquadarts. I continued to swim throughout college and beyond with the Davis Aquatic Masters. My main events are the 100 and 200 butterfly and the 200 and 400 IM and I occasionally try sprint freestyle. I began to coach for the Summerdart program, an 8 week swim summer league, in 2005 and became a full time coach for the Aquadarts in 2010 while I attended UC Davis. Swimming has always been an anchor for me and I love to be around the pool! I believe swimming provides a healthy balance of fun and focus as well as rewarding physical and mental challenges. It is a lifelong skill and teaches many valuable lessons for all involved.
I am a Seattle native and began swimming competitively at the age of 11 with Cascade Swim Club. That following summer I began swimming at the Sand Point Country Club and was coached by Tom Linde. I followed him to Swim Seattle and also swam for Roosevelt High School. I have coached age group swimming for the past 20 years at the Sand Point Country Club and with Excel for the last 14 years. My goal for each of my swimmers is to give them the tools to be successful not only in the swimming community but outside of it as well by teaching them to respect themselves as well as others, to work hard, and never to give up.