Marshall W Dortch
Ala-Gators Senior group coach - 2000-present
Ala-Gators Head Age group coach - 1997-2000
Attended Kansas University - 1994-1997
Member of Kansas University Swim team - 1994-1997
Member of SRVLA senior group - 1992-1994
Member of Kansas City Blazers swim team - 1986-1992
13 years of coaching experience
14 years of competitve swimming experience
Top 50 in the nation in 200 fly as a freshman at Kansas
Two time Senior National qualifier
Junior National Champion '94- 200 IM
High school All-American '94 - 200 IM
NCS Champion '94 - 100 Butterfly
Have coached two sectional swimmers and mutiple Far Western swimmers
Two time Zone 2 All-Star coach
I love the sport of swimming. I Have been involved with club swim teams since I was six years old. I respect all the parts that make a swim team whole. I feel like swimming gave me many oppurtunities and opened many doors career wise for me. Since my last day of competing, I felt it was my obligation to give back to the sport that taught me so much. I owe all the coaches I was lucky enough to swim for (Richard Thornton- SRVLA, Peter D. Malone- Kansas City Blazers, Gary Kempf- Kansas Swim Team) a big debt of gratitude. These coaches as well as Steve Morsilli of PLS, all taught me about the art of swimming as well as how it translates into everyday life. I spend my early mornings and late afternoons preaching these same things and more to my swimmers.
In my spare time I enjoy spending as much time as possible with my wife Monica and sons Zachary and Cody. Long walks in the evening and trips to the park are a daily routine. I also enjoy being around the coaches on my staff, they are my family and such an important part of my life.
Head Age Group Coach
I am entering my seventh year as a coach for the Ala-Gators, and have been loving every second of it. My coaching philosophy is to have the kids always strive for their best. This will not only yield good results in the pool but life-long lessons as well. Knowing you gave it your all is a great feeling, and is more important than any blue ribbon.
I have recently completed my B.A. In Environmental Studies from Cal State East Bay (Go Pioneers!). I'm still waiting for the perfect job (one that allows me to keep coaching!). In my free time I love to do anything outdoors, but especially on the ocean. On any given day you can find me surfing, stand-up paddleboarding, hiking, or backpacking. My loving and wonderful girlfriend Tanya accompanies me on many of these trips.
If there was one thing I wanted my swimmers or parents to know is that I like to be asked questions. A swimmer should know exactly what they are trying to do in any given pool situation. If you don't know or understand, ask!
Elite Senior Coach
2011-Present- Alameda Gators Age Group Coach
2010-Present- Bishop O’ Dowd High School Water Polo and Swim Coach
2010- Completed a B.A. in Kinesiology: Health and Human Performance at St. Mary’s College of California
2009-2011- Thunderbolt Aquatics Head Coach
2008- Qualified for Olympic Trials in the 400 Individual Medley
2008- Mountain West Conference Champion in the 400 Individual Medley
2006-2008- Attended Brigham Young University and was a member of the Swim Team
2004-2006- Attended Chabot College and was a member of the Swim Team
2004- High School All-American
I am a long time member of the Alameda swimming community. Growing up in Alameda, I swam for both competitive swim teams in my youth from the age of 6 until I graduated from Alameda high school in 2004. I have been coaching since 2009 both as an assistant and head coach. As the head coach of Thunderbolt Aquatics in Hayward, I coached 3 swimmers to the sectional level as well as finalists at NCS Championships. Thunderbolt Aquatics was a small senior team of only 12 swimmers and I had a desire to work with more athletes. This led me to accepting an assistant position with the Alameda Gators, giving me an opportunity to learn from a more experienced coaching staff as well as work with a much larger number of swimmers. As an assistant with the Gators, I work closely with Coach Marshall on teaching swimmers proper stroke mechanics and race strategy.
I am grateful for everything this sport has taught me. I was privileged to learn from several great coaches as a swimmer (Terry Flock, Greg Kubicki, Tim Powers) and now as a coach I have learned a great deal from Coach Marshall. The Gators have been home to me going on four years now and I am honored to be a part of such a great team.
Age Group Coach
I began my experience with swimming when I joined the Gators at age 8, where I spent 10 years working my way through the groups. When I entered high school, I swam for their swim team as well as played on the Water polo team. For those four years I was under the guidance of coach Marshall and absorbed much of what I know from him, and use many of his coaching techniques with the athletes I work with.
I am currently in my fourth year at San Jose State University, focusing on psychology. Even with my daily commute I find time to do what I enjoy. Besides sleeping and eating, I love the game of water polo, and play whenever I get the chance. I am even a coach on the Alameda water polo club team, where I can share my knowledge with the many age group athletes.
I consider this team a family and do what I can to keep my swimmers happy and make sure they have fun at every practice.