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We are here to support your needs. If your questions are related to workouts, meets, events, goal setting, or other swimming related needs, please contact one of the coaches. For all questions related to administrative, such as dues, safety, or policy issues, please contact the MARS office (817-271-1537).

Nothing has a greater influence on the quality of children’s’ sports than the excellence of the coach.  The MARS staff consists of professional highly trained coaches with many years of experience.  Certified coaches in USA Swimming programs possess training and experience in the physiology, biomechanics, and psychology of adolescent development.  Our coaching staff provides the assurances that the time your children spend in swimming will be quality time.

MARS Coaching Staff

Brian Dangelmaier

Program Director

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MARS head coach with over 27 years of experience.  Former professor of biomechanics at the University of Texas at Arlington (UTA) with more than 45 professional publications and presentations.  Author or co-author of three books covering topics of biomechanics and physiology of sport (curriculum vita).  Coach of 2002 and 2004 High School National Champion and several Top 16 National Reportable swimmers.  Brian is also a licensed Expert Coach with USA Cycling for more than 19 years.  Long time member of the Board of Trustees of the Texas Chapter of the American College of Sports Medicine (TACSM), Age Group Chairman of North Texas Swimming, and member of the Age Group Development Committee at USA Swimming. Brian was elected to the position of USA Swimming Southern Zone Age Group Chairman in 2008. Brian earned his Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science at UTA, his Masters of Science degree from the University of North Texas, and is a doctoral candidate in biomechanics at Texas Woman’s University.  Brian is a full-time Arlington ISD swimming coach and teacher at Lamar High School.  Brian's phone number is 817-925-0505.

Suzanne Dangelmaier

Director of Operations

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Suzanne is the MARS Director of Operations with more than 12 years of coaching experience and more than 12 years experience in many other areas of aquatics.  Suzanne is a American Red Cross Lifeguard Instructor, Water Safety Instructor and Certified Pool Operator.  She also serves as the Diversity and Outreach Chair for NT Swimming and is the Executive Director of the MARS Foundation.  Suzanne earned her Bachelors of Science degree in Exercise Science from UTA and her Master’s Degree in Education, also at UTA. Suzanne is the Arlington High School head swimming coach and currently teaches physics at Arlington Martin High School.  Suzanne’s phone number is 214-793-4773.

Shannon Gillespy

Senior Assistant Coach

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Coach Shannon has coached for over 28 years (5 with Team Orlando and 22 with Lakeside Aquatic Club).  Shannon is the head coach at Marcus High. She has been the High School District and Region Coach of the Year numerous times, has coached TAGS and High School State Champions, and Olympic Trial Qualifiers.  Swimming competitively since age 8, she lettered at SMU and SW Texas State, where she received a BS in Education and MA in Recreational Business. She has served on the USA Swimming Board of Directors, as the TISCA president, and on the USA National team swimming staff (most recently at the 2012 London Olympics and 2013 Barcelona World Championships).  Coach Shannon is ASCA 3 certified and is the General Chair for North Texas Swimming.

Lindsay Church

Age Group Coach

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Coach Lindsay started swimming at Arlington High in 2003. She was voted most inspirational all four years and became team captain her senior year. She taught swim lessons for several summers with MARS and joined our team as a coach in 2012. Coach Lindsay has been a classroom assistant for Arlington Independent School District for 7 years and is continuing her education in the evenings to become a teacher.

Mike Blakely

Age Group Coach

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Mike has been with MARS since October of 2012. 

Lauren Black

Age Group Coach

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Lauren began swimming at the age of eight for Emler Swim school and then swam for Lamar High School for four years.  Lauren graduated in May of 2009 from the University of the Ozarks with a BA in Religion.  She is also the youth director for Lake Highlands Presbyterian Church in Dallas and the Head Swim Coach for Nolan Catholic High School. 

Kayla Pompa

Age Group Coach

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Coach Kayla started her career with MARS in 2005 and continued to swim for them until her senior year at Martin High School in 2011.  She attended the University of Arkansas where she received her Bachelors of Science degree in Kinesiology.  She is also a certified Water Safety Instructor.). Coach Kayla is currently a substitute teacher with the plan of becoming a full-time high school teacher and coach.

Katharine Elizabeth Tomancik

Age Group Coach

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Coach Katie has been swimming since 2006 and began working as an instructor in 2012.  She began working with MARS in 2014 as an instructor and is excited to continue working with MARS as a coach.  Katie is currently perusing a degree in nursing at UTA.

Johanna Tomancik

Age Group Coach

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Coach Johanna (Jo for short) has been involved in aquatics for almost 14 years - first as a competitive swimmer then as a water safety instructor and lifeguard. She is also a certified lifeguard instructor. Coach Jo helped to establish a swim team at the Grand Prairie YMCA where she coached for three years. She has recently completed a B.S.  in Biochemistry with a minor in Chemistry from the University of Houston Honors College. She hopes in the future to pursue a Ph.D. in Bioengineering from UTA. She is very excited to be coaching with MARS and hopes that she can be a positive influence in her swimmers’ lives. 

Emma Wilkerson

Age Group Coach

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Coach Emma is a longtime MARS swimmer, and has been a Sectionals level swimmer for our team.  Emma continued to compete with MARS as she began her college career and worked as an instructor as well.  Emma has been a valuable part of our team for near a decade! We are fortunate that she has decided to remain in the area while attending college.  Emma will bring a lot to the pool deck as a coach.

Allison N Pham

Age Group Coach

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Coach Allison has competed with MARS for 13 years.  In that time Allison has competed at Age Group and Senior Zones Championship meets, TAGS, and the 5A & 6A UIL State Championship. Allison began working us while still competing a year ago.  We are glad that she is joining us as an age group coach at TCC, and we look forward to the benefit that her experience will bring to our pool deck.

Ashleigh Pham

Age Group Coach

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Coach Ashleigh has been involved in competetive swimming since 2000 and has been with MARS since since 2004. While competing with MARS, Ashleigh qualified for and competed in the Texas Age Group Championship Swim Meet (TAGS), Age Group Zones Championship, Senior Zones Championship meets, and the 5A UIL State Championship. After considering her swimming options, Ashleigh decided that she would like to attend UTA and continue to train with MARS. We have since asked Ashleigh to share her experience with our swimmers by joining our coaching staff. Her commitment to the sport and experience within it makes her a valuable member of our coaching staff and provides those athletes with whom she works with the opportunity to learn from a coach who has firsthand experience competing in USA Swimming today.

Eric Briscoe

Head Age Group Coach

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Eric is our Head Age Group Coach.  He holds a Bachelor's degree in Social Studies Composite with a minor in Education as well as a Master's degree in Kinesiology.  He has been a swim coach since 1993 and has coached teams at various levels including local club leagues, UIL High School Teams, and USA Swim Clubs.  He has been with MARS since 2009.