I currently am finishing up my bachelors in exercise science. I have competed in USA swimming for over eight years and also competed as a college athlete for a Division Two Program with the University of Texas Permian Basin. I have so much passion for the field of coaching, exercise science, and psychology services. I have coached previously both as an age group coach, swim instructor, and summer league coach and have enjoyed every opportunity to help swimmers learn the correct technique to better themselves in the pool and to also help prevent injuries from occurring. I’m passionate to get back into the field of swim coaching!
My experiences come from coaching four years at the high school level, as well as four years of a local club team and finally making the move to coaching at the collegiate level for DePauw University for the past 3 years. Many of the experiences that I have come across came from the fifteen years I have been swimming competitively, my years as a high school swimmer, and for my years as a college athlete in swimming and water polo.
Throughout my years as an athlete I have been able to experience many different styles of coaching, techniques and understanding of new ways to teach certain strokes. I have had the pleasure of working with many different coaching styles as well as coaches who have brought a new way in looking at the strokes. Through my prior experience as a teammate and as an assistant coach, I have learned many lessons and techniques that have helped me be an excellent and proficient coach - all of which I employ in my coaching duties today. Among others these include teaching proper stroke technique, instilling a winning work ethic, running drills to maximize conditioning, helping maintain a healthy mental attitude and explaining race strategies for many of the events.
When it comes to my coaching philosophy. I am a big believer in the idea of how one's body feels, and what is going through one's mind before and after each race. Helping with ideas, race strategy and mental positivity is one of my biggest focus points as a coach.
When getting to the heart of the season in regards to racing, meets and practice there is no other place I would rather be than on the pool deck. Being able to coach everyday, talking to the team and getting to know them/what they want to work on throughout the practice, week or even the season really helps me focus on what should be prioritized when writing for practice groups. I have had the great fortune to work with wonderful athletes, and they are a huge reason why I love coaching. Being able to connect with them and just help when they are on and off the pool deck really helps make that connection stronger, and also helps build trust between myself and the team.
Collegiate Assistant Swimming Coach
Watertown, MN, USA
I have been the BLA/Dolphin Aquatics’ Program Director since 1996.
I am also the Director of Alumni and Community Engagement at Saint Thomas Academy.
2021 Inductee into the Hinsdale South Foundation Hall of Fame
2018 NHSACA National Swimming Coach of the Year
ASCA level 5 Coach
7 Olympic Trial Qualifiers
15 National Qualifiers
30 Junior National Qualifiers
24 High School All Americans
2 World University Game Gold Medalists
High School Dual Meet record 151-7-1
15 State Championship Teams 14 at STA 1 at Minnetonka HS (The most State Swimming Championships in the History of Minnesota High School Swimming)
1996,2013 2014 2015 2016 MN High School Coach of the Year.
1991 MN ASCA Age Group Coach of the year
Age Group Coach - Senior Coach - Masters Coach - Swim Instructor
26 El Toyonal
Mobile: (510) 778-4458
2018 – California College: Early Childhood Education: 12 units
2020 – 2022 - ASCA Level 1-2-3-4
2017 – 2022 Coaching and Swim Instruction Courses from USA Swimming
1986 – 1991 Marmara University, Art Institute Bachelor of Art in Movie and Television Production Istanbul, Turkey
Since January 2021 – Lifeguard
Since February 2020 – ASCA Level 1-2-3 - 4
November 2019 – USA Swimming – USAD Coach’s Advantage Tutorial
November 2019 – USA Swimming – Athlete Protection Training
November 2019 – USA Swimming – Club Leadership and Business Management 101
February 2019 – Certified Pool / Spa Operator
Since December 2018 – Masters Swim Coach
Since May 2018 – USA Swimming: Heads-Up Concussion Training
Since October 2018 – Age Group Swim Coach
February 2018 – USA Swimming - Maintaining a Positive Culture
Since February 2018 – USA Swimming -Preventing Bullying
February 2018 – USA Swimming -Safe Sport
Since January 2018 – In Water Safety Training for Swim Coaches
Since December 2017 – Heart Saver First Aid CPR AED
Since December 2017 – Adult Learn to Swim Instructor
2022 – WCAB - 10 & Under Assistant Coach
2021 – Present – OCC Assistant Coach
2020 – 2021 – Shadowing OA swim team
2019 – 2020 – Emeryville Aquatic Club – Age Group Coach
2019 – 2021 – Albany Unified School District – CA, High School Resource Para-Ed.
2017 – 2019 – Albany Unified School District – CA, TK/K/1-12, Lead Para-Ed., Special Ed.
2018 – Oaklantis Swim Team - Swim Instructor / Coach Subbing
2017 – Richmond Plunge Adult Learn to Swim Instructor – with Coach Carol Nip
2017 – Present – Private swim lessons
2015 – 2017– AAA Swim Team Volunteer
2004 – 2020 – Coaching my two kids.
1999 – 1991 – Assistant Director, Post-Production, Announcer, News Editor - TURKEY
Age Group Coach - Senior Coach - Masters Coach
Orinda, CA, USA
Former member of the CAL men's swim team (2011-2016).
2x American Record Holder, 5x NCAA Div I National Champion, 2x NCAA Div I National Team Champion, 15x NCAA All-American, and was on USA National teams (2009-2011).
Over the past 4 years I have served as the National Group Assistant Coach and the Senior Group Lead Coach at Scottsdale Aquatic Club.
This past August I was given the reigns Senior Group. Through mindful healthy program of individual personal development, mental health practices, overall athlete development all while making each individual feel 'seen' and welcomed, the group grew from a roster size of 16 in August, to 45+ by the end of March.
I did not have the best experience in my swimming career which also spilled over into my overall development as a human being; this was much in part to a coach I had in my life.
To which my driving force in why I do what I do is:
"I never want an athlete to feel the way I felt growing up".