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Coaches (& Board of Directors below)

We are here to support your needs. If your questions are related to workouts, meets, events, goal setting, equipment, or other swimming-related needs, please contact one of the coaches. For questions related to administration, such as dues, billing, sponsorship, financial assistance, safety, or policy issues, please contact a board member at bottom of page.  Our Team Store Manager and Parent Liaison are also listed at bottom.

Coaching Staff

Kathleen Matheson

Head Coach (775-315-7701)

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Coach Kat is a USA Synchro Level 1 and ASCA Level 2 certified coach. She has taken age group Synchronized swimmers to National Championships, and has been selected to coach competitive swimmers at LSC All Stars, Pacific Coast All Stars, Western Zone Championships, and North American Challenge Cup meets.

When Coach Kat moved to Carson Valley in 2006, she began coaching the Carson Valley Masters team, and was the Dolfins' substitute Head Coach for a month.  She joined the team as an Assistant Coach in January 2007, and served as Head Coach from 2009 through present.

Kat likes practices to be disciplined and fun! This comes from two of her past occupations; 10 years in the United States Air Force, and 10 years as a preschool teacher in Washington State. For 15 years she has enjoyed coaching competitive swimming and synchronized swimming at both the Assistant Coach and Head Coach levels. She started competing in swimming at the age of 5, and has been involved in the sport ever since.

Sarah Davenport

Assistant Coach (775-287-1035)

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Sarah Davenport has been with the Douglas Dolfins Swim Team and the sport since 1988. Sarah started coaching as a volunteer for the Douglas Dolfins in summer of 1996, helping with 12 and under swimmers now known as Blue Group. In the fall of 1997 Sarah coached the women’s water polo team in Reno, NV. Sarah coached 21 high school girls from Washoe County, one of which went on to play for the University of Pacific.

Sarah loves to teach the fundamentals of swimming in a fun and challenging way. In the spring of 1998, Sarah joined the Douglas Dolfins Swim Team as an assistant coach for Head Coach Don Lukart. Sarah then served as Head Coach 1999-2009, during which she restructured the team into progressive levels designed to help advance beginning swimmers into highly competitive athletes. Sarah has coached State champions, top ten Pacific swimmers, Sectional level swimmers, National Reportable swimmers, and a Pacific swimmer of the year. Her goal is to bring the Douglas Dolfins to the next level.

Rachel Chen

Assistant Coach

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Rachel Chen swam with the Douglas Dofins Swim Team for a total of 7 years. When she moved back to Gardnerville in high school, she became more focused on the sport and found the team to be more of a family. She has competed at the Nevada State and High School Regionals levels. She is now a junior accounting student at the University of Texas at Austin. To continue her swimming in college, she has joined the Texas Triathlon Team.

When Rachel is home from college, she continues to swim and help out with the team. She is a summer coach, and works with younger swimmers from ages 5-13. She loves seeing the younger swimmers’ progress in the sport and their eagerness to swim and compete. Practices are expected to be fun and thoughtful by teaching kids the right foundations for swimming. Swimming has made a great impact on Rachel’s life, and she will always be involved in this sport.

Greg Taylor

Assistant Coach

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Coach Greg grew up swimming in Southern California at the beach and as a member of the Seal Beach Swim Club where he held club records in Backstroke and IM.  He also enjoyed swimming in his Club's annual Rough Water Swim, an open water course, at Seal Beach, California. (he looks forward to taking his kids to compete in the open water swim!) In addition to club swimming, Coach Greg was a member of the Huntington Beach Junior Lifeguards where he increased his open water skills and got in beach running, surfing, volleyball, boat drops, pier jumping and a few life saving skills.

Coach Greg attended Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo where he studied broadcast journalism. After a successful career in Radio (Top 40 Dj) & TV (he does great weather!), Coach Greg is now semi retires which allows him to spend time with his family doing something really fun and fit. A life long swimmer, he appreciates what swimming has taught him about perseverance, hard work and the success that can come from that effort. In addition to swimming, he has been involved in several other sports including volleyball, football, softball and spent several years coaching baseball.  He started coachin with the Dolfins in August of 2010.   He recently injured his achilles tendon and had to take a break from coaching.  But he is now back on the deck and happy to be coaching again! 

When not at the pool, you can sometimes find Coach Greg skiing or out with the Boy Scouts, hiking, fishing, and camping. He has two boys and a girl on the team.

Board of Directors

Allen Gosselin

President (775-781-5596)

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David Stevenson

Vice-President (775-781-2925)

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Kathleen Matheson

Head Coach (775-315-7701)

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Scott Fields

Treasurer (775) 781-6647

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Nikki Willis

Secretary & Safety (775-315-3740)

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Brian Northcutt

Member at Large (775) 265-0523

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Claudia DeLange

Member at Large

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Tessa LoPresto

Member at Large (760) 985-8096

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Wendy Yturbide

Team Store (775-782-5627)

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Nikki Willis

Newsletter (775-265-9565)

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Tessa LoPresto

New Parent Liaison (760) 985-8096

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