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Seward Tsunami Coaching Staff and Board Members

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 one of the board members.

 

Coaching Staff

Meghan A O'Leary

Co Head Coach

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Solomon D'Amico

Co Head Coach

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Solomon D' Amico moved to Seward area in the Spring of 1994. Since then, he has served in the Marine Corps, completed a BS in Kinesiology from Indiana Unversity (2011) and helped coach Seward area youth sports to include: swimming, strength training, track and field, basketball, and cross country running since 2010. I'm looking forward to meeting and working with all the swimmers and their parents this upcoming season, and hope my experience and education can help all involved accomplish their goals!

Greer Ethridge

Coach

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Greer is originally from Memphis, TN. She grew up with a love of swimming and started out in summer leagues at age nine. From there, she continued on to become Varsity Captain of her high school swim team while training with University of Memphis club teams. After high school, she stopped swimming competitively to study History at the University of Tennessee but kept it up recreationally. Moving to Alaska in 2014 and relocating to Seward at the beginning of 2019, Greer owns and manages a clothing store. She is excited to jump back into her love of swimming and helping younger swimmers find their passion for it as well.

Cassidy Mae Kelly

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I was born and raised in Flagstaff, AZ and came up to Alaska back in 2015 to attend school and swim for UAF’s swim team. I specialized in the distance freestyle events (500, 1000 and 1650) and the 200 backstroke. I graduated from UAF with my degree in psychology and minor in marine science this past May. I started coaching in Flagstaff when I was a junior in high school and continued to help coach the local teams when I would come home during college breaks. When I moved to Fairbanks I also helped coach the Stingrays Swim Team and Masters team. Over the summer, I lived in Hawaii and interned at the Sea Life Park, working with dolphins and sea lions. I am now working as a marine mammal intern at the Alaska SeaLife Center. I am thrilled to be a part of this community and the Seward Tsunami Swim Club.

 

Shelby Burman

Coach

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Shelby is from Diablo, California and has been swimming since age five. She landed her first job at the local country club as a lifeguard and junior swim coach. She proceeded to coach for the following six summers ages 2-18 recreational swimming. She was a varsity athlete all four years of high school and continued her swimming career through four years of college at the University of California Santa Cruz. There she received her bachelor's degree in Marine Biology and now lives in Seward as a Marine Mammal Trainer at the Alaska SeaLife Center. Her hobbies include scuba diving, singing, and the occasional lap swim.

Myriah R Ariza-Balter

Volunteer Coach!

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Myriah was born in France but grew up in Evergreen, Colorado. She has loved the water since she was a little girl and by age 5 was already swimming competitively. After years of club swimming she attended Ohio University on a swimming scholarship. She graduated from Ohio University in 2017 with a degree in exercise physiology and a minor in biology and nutrition. After graduation she joined the peace corps and moved to Benin, West Africa for three years. Due to the pandemic Myriah has found herself in Seward, where she is beyond excited to be back on a pool deck. 

Andrew Koster

Volunteer Coach!

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 MY FAMILY & I  HAVE BEEN LIVING  IN SEWARD FOR 2 YEARS. BEING A FATHER I UNDERSTAND  THE IMPORTANCE OF TEACHING CHILDREN THE QUALITIES NECESSARY TO BECOME HAPPY & SUCCESSFUL  IN LIFE. I AM A FIRM BELIEVER THAT SWIMMING CAN PROVIDE AN ACCESS TO THESE QUALITIES. DEDICATION, PERSEVERANCE, FACING CHALLENGES ARE BUT A FEW.  

SWIMMING HAS BEEN A BIG PART OF MY LIFE. LEARNING TO SWIM AT A YOUNG AGE, TO CLUB LEVELS IN THE UK, SCHOOL, NAVY, AUSTRALIA, US MASTERS. I CONTINUE TO HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO SWIM AT VARIOUS CLUBS  & HAVE THE CHANCE TO OBSERVE THEIR TECHNIQUES.

I  LOOK FORWARD TO A NEW SEASON  AT TSUNAMIS, KNOWING THAT THEIR WILL BE  PLENTY OF SMILES & CHEERS WHEN CHILDRENS GOALS BECOME A REALITY!

Board of Directors

Leslie Jacoby

President

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Kim Marie Bird

Vice President/ Outreach Coordinator

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Julie Wilder

Treasurer

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Lynn Nappi

Meet Manager

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Manette Stanley

Recorder

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Mia K Nappi

STSC Athlete Representative

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Craig Ambrosiani

Member at Large

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Tom Liljemark

Member at Large

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Jeanette Nienaber

Member at Large

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