I am an award-winning sportswriter at the Las Vegas Review-Journal, and was the point person for this year’s coverage of Las Vegas-area athletes competing in the Olympics. Among my responsibilities was the coverage of the four Las Vegas swimmers who competed for the U.S. (one won gold, two won silver and the other finished fourth).
I would love to share those stories with you.
My editors have indicated I also will lead our local Olympics coverage heading into Paris in 2024, and we expect at least three Las Vegas swimmers to be strong contenders to qualify.
Most of my career has been dedicated to covering college athletics, and in 2016, I became President of the 1,300-member Football Writers Association of America. But I am versatile and have experience covering a wide range of sports, and absolutely loved writing about swimming at this year's Olympics.
Two of my passions are sports and global travel, and it would be an absolute dream to be part of Team USA as it prepares for next year's World Championships in Japan.
As far back as I can remember I have always had a passion for developing relationships within communities. I feel that my next step would to be to continue as the Director of Aquatics/Head Coach. This position would allow me to share my passion of aquatics with all the community. I am prepared to perform all the duties and responsibilities that the position requires with diligence and integrity to provide the community best experience possible.
For the last 20 years I have also been running a private swim club of over 175 members that has a yearly revenue of over $400,000. I feel that with my 30 years of experience, which includes coaching high school swimming, football, and lacrosse along with college admissions, college coaching along my athletic advancement experience that I can carry out the demands of the Director of Aquatics/Head Coach position Development. Within a small business, I feel one of the major areas will be to think outside the box and find ways to build relationships within the area while building engagement with the community to improve all programs and funding of programs
Age Group Swim Coach
26 El Toyonal Orinda CA 94563
Mobile: (510) 778-4458
2020 – ASCA Level 1-2-3-4
2018 – California College: Early Childhood Education: 12 units
2017 – 2020 Coaching and Swim Instruction Courses from USA Swimming
1986 – 1991 Marmara University, Bachelor of Art in Movie and TV Production Istanbul, Turkey
Since January 2021 – Lifeguard
Since February 2020 – ASCA Level 1-2-3-4
Since November 2019 – USA Swimming – USAD Coach’s Advantage Tutorial
Since November 2019 – USA Swimming – Athlete Protection Training
Since 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
Since February 2018 – USA Swimming - Maintaining a Positive Culture
Since February 2018 – USA Swimming -Preventing Bullying
Since 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
July 2020 – April 2021– Shadowing OA Coaches
2019 – 2020 – Emeryville Aquatic Club – Age Group Coach
2019 – Present: Albany Unified School District – CA , High School Resource Para-Ed.
2019 – Albany Unified School District – CA , TK/K/1-12, Lead Para-Ed., Special Ed.
2017 – Oaklantis Swim Team - Swim Instructor / Coach Subbing
2017 – Richmond Plunge Adult Learn to Swim Instructor – with Coach Carol Nip
Since 2017 – Private swim lessons
2015 – 2017 – AAA Swim Team Volunteer ( Photographer, Apparel, Social Media Director )
2004 – 2019 – Coaching my two kids
1999 – 1991 – Assistant Director, Post-Production, Announcer, News Editor - TURKEY
Age Group Coach - Swim Instructor - Masters Coach
Orinda, CA, USA