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We are here to support your needs. If your questions are related to workouts, meets, events, goal setting, and 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 Bainbridge Island Parks and Recreation Aquatics Manager Mark Benisheck. For questions of the Booster Club contact the BISC Booster Club President.

Coaching Staff

CAROLYN M ACKERLEY

Head Coach

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"All American Carolyn”

Carolyn has been coaching BISC since 2001. She has also coached the Seattle Club masters program, and was an assistant swim coach for Arizona Marlins Swim Club.
Carolyn was a four year collegiate swimmer at Arizona State University,a NCAA Division 1 university belonging to the PAC 12 conference. She earned  All American status and was honored to be team captain. She graduated from Arizona State with a degree in English, a post baccalaureate degree in Education, and a minor in PE
. She has experience coaching all level of meets from local Challenge meets to national level age group competitions.

LEILANI M TONSMANN

Assistant Coach

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"Leilani Tonsmann"
 

Leilani currently assists with our intermediate groups. Teaching children in and out of the pool is her passion. Along with coaching BISC swimmers(2009) she also works as a parks department swim instructor. She holds a BA in Education from Arizona State where she swam competitively from 1984-87.  After graduating she taught elementary school for 8 years and concurrently obtained her MA in Education from CWU. She has previously coached summer league swimmers in Arizona and Washington and has obtained her ASCA Level 2 status as a coach. She is available for private lesson instruction through the aquatic center Parks program.

 

KATE F CARR

Assistant Coach

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Kate grew up on Bainbridge Island and swam for the Bangor Swim Team starting at the age 6 before joining BISC.  She swam for BHS Girls Swim Team and was one of the first to go to the Washington State Championships all four years.  Since early 2010, Kate has been helping out with BISC practices and dryland workouts.  Additionally, she has been coaching SPLASH, a pre-swim team program through the parks department.  Her love for the water continues today as she enjoys swimming and competing as a member of the Bainbridge Aquatic Masters Swim Team.  She is a certified USA Swimming Coach, ASCA, PNA and USMS member.