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Coaching Staff

Paul Smith

Co-Head Coach

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Paul has been a lifetime swimming enthusiast.  From participating, to coaching, to studying the sport, it captivates him and is a significant part of his life. 

Paul has a B.A. & M.A. in Clinical Psychology with a Coaching Minor; was a World University Games Gold Medalist and Record Holder in 1981; is a  two time Olympic Swimming Trials Qualifier; was  an NCAA Swimming All-American in 1980 and 1981; has been a two time USMS Master Swimmer of the Year recipient; is a multiple USMS World and National Record Holder;  has been a USMS All Star 5 times; is a 10 time USMS All American; and is the owner of Paul L. Smith & Associates Sales & Consulting. 

He is a very involved coach and enjoys getting to know each team member as a swimmer, and as a person.

Laura Smith

Co-Head Coach

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Laura Smith is an Arizona native with a life long passion for athletics.  She attended Coronado High School, where her  achievements included multiple State Records in swimming, State Record in the 800 (Track), Varsity Letterman in Track, Swimming and Cross Country,  National Honor Society, President Spanish National Society, and Arizona Scholar Athlete of the year 1984. Laura turned down Academic Full Ride Scholarships to A.S.U.; U of A; and N.A.U. and decided to attend college out of state.  She was a Division I Backstroker for University of California, Santa Barbara where she double majored in Comparative Religions and Exercise Science with a Coaching Minor.  

 Laura worked abroad for  4 ½ years  in the Bahamas, West Indies, Dominican Republic and Mexico designing and implementing sports and fitness programs for both children and adults.  Post Graduate,  Laura has acquired over 12 National Certifications in the Health and Fitness Industry (A.C.E.; A.F.F.A.; Cooper Institute) and was the Fitness Director / Strength and Conditioning Coach for the Vail Athletic Club and the Arrowhead Alpine Club in Colorado.  She is a three time USMS National Champion and was a part of the 800 Women’s Relay National Record team. 

Sheila Arredondo

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Sheila has been involved in nearly every facet and level of swimming. Her experience spans the roles of athlete, coach, researcher, learn-to-swim instructor, official, and event volunteer. She has implemented comprehensive learn-to-swim programs and coached swimmers of all ages from novice to elite. Sheila’s coaching career began in Tempe at the Lakes Beach & Tennis Club. She served as Sport Science Service Coordinator for USA Swimming at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs. She has established tracking programs for elite and developing athletes, instructed coaching clinics, conducted biomechanical and physiological training studies, and presented research to the American College of Sports Medicine and FINA Medical Congress. Currently, Sheila is a high school and masters coach, Arizona Interscholastic Association and USA Swimming official, and lifetime member of the American Swimming Coaches Association. Sheila earned a bachelor’s degree from Occidental College, a master’s in exercise science from the University of Colorado, and a PhD in higher education from the University of Denver.  

 

Jenny Browne

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Cindy G. Clutter

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Coach Clutter resides in Idaho, but MAC is her swim home! She has been a Coach and Educator for 30 years, specializing in work with Special Needs students.  Cindy has been affiliated with USMS for 35 years, traveling to compete in a variety of meets near and far!  She’s completed many triathlons, 4 Ironmans, is an All American USMS swimmer, and has earned Top Ten times in individual events and relays.  Swimming is a lifelong passion of Cindy's. Her positive energy and optimism are contagious, and she is beloved by her teammates and fellow coaches. By combining her knowledge as a Coach, and her empathy and compassion as a swimmer...she is a true asset to all aspects of MAC Masters!!!

 

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Maggie Dana

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Maggie started swimming competitively when she was 8 years old with the Sarasota YMCA Sharks in SW Florida and then continued her time with Gulf Coast Swim Team until she was 13.  She excelled in distance freestyle and butterfly and was the national champion at 13 in the Distance Challenge swimming the 3000 freestyle. She moved to Arizona and continued swimming for Scottsdale Aquatic Club. She also swam for Shadow Mountain High School under Misty Hyman as the head coach. She placed in High School State every year in the 500 free and 100 fly. She decided to retire from swimming after the 2012 Short Course State meet where she won her 1000 freestyle and set the Skyline High School Pool Record in that event.  She finds this event the most exciting and fun time in her swimming career. She came back from retirement to compete in the Masters Nationals in April 2019.

Maggie attended ASU and graduated in 2016 with a BA in Religious Studies. During her time in school, she coached for Cactus Shadows High School, Cicero Prep Academy, Sun Devils Masters, and Scottsdale Aquatic Club. She became the Lead coach over the 11&12 Bronze group and assisted various Senior and 10&under groups. She married her husband Colton in 2017 and has 2 fur babies. She has now joined the MAC coaching staff and is excited to begin helping the swimmers!

Bill Daniell

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Bill  spent 18 years of his life as a competitive swimmer.  He grew up in El Paso, Texas, and was named to the "50 greatest High School Swimmers of El Paso" for his swimming accomplishments.  After graduating from High School,    Bill  went on to be a 4-year letterwinner for the University of Arizona Men's swim program as a Distance Freestyle specialist.  At the 1991 US Swimming Spring Nationals    Bill  finished 13th overall in the men's 1650 Freestyle.     Bill  graduated from the University of Arizona with a degree in Exercise Sciences and has worked as a swim coach in a number of capacities since completing his competitive swimming days.  He is very excited to be joining the "MAC Coaching Team" and working with this outstanding swim program and its' swimmers.

Michael S Herrmann

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Mike Herrmann moved to Arizona in 1970 and swam rec teams from 4-10 at a private club in Phoenix until we moved to Tempe in 1977. In 1978 I started swimming with the Tempe Makos which eventually turned into the Tempe Swim Devils. For a 2-year period I swam for Mesa Aquatics 1980-1981 but returned to Tempe Swim Devils in the fall of 1981 when I started High School at Marcos De Niza where I swam all 4 years and competed in the state meet every year. After graduation I had a decision to make if I would walk on at Arizona State University or quit swimming. One of my biggest regrets was to quit swimming at that point. I attended Arizona State University and graduated in 1990 with a degree in Marketing with an emphasis on sales and sales management. In January of 1991 I opened the Michael S Herrmann Insurance Agency, Inc, a Farmers Insurance Agency. Our agency has prospered over the years and allowed us lots of time to do the things that I am most passionate about such as swimming and coaching. I have been an assistant coach with Corona Del Sol High School for the past 5 years. I am very grateful for the opportunity to coach in the USA swimming ranks and have a goal of being able to free up enough time to be able to coach more.  We are excited to welcome Mike to our coaching staff, primarily working with Coach Eric at Kino with our S1/NTG groups.

Dan Leibrand

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Swimming Coaching Experience

MAC Age Group Coach 2020-Present

MAC Masters Coach 2009-Present 

Scottsdale Aquatic Club Coach 2001-2007

Iowa Waterpolo Swim Coach 1995-1998

Swam for University of Iowa 1990-1994

Swam for Lake Central High School 1987-1990

H.S. All American 1990 in the 100 and 200 Free

Masters Nationals Runner-up 2019 100 Free

Favorite thing about coaching: Swimming has given me so much over my lifetime. I want to take what I have learned from swimming and teach others what this sport has to offer. I enjoy watching kids and families having fun as they progress through this wonderful sport of competitive swimming. Keep moving and “Have Fun”.

Doreen M Lemke

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SWIMMING EXPERIENCE:

Glenbrook North High School -4 year Varsity /State swimmer, All-American, All- State team

University of Wisconsin La Crosse –NCAA/WWIAC, All American, All State

Post College:   YMCA National Champion 

United States Masters Swimming National Champion 

Chicago Triathlon – Olympic distance-  6 time finisher

 

COACHING:

New Trier High School: Assistant Boy’s Swimming Coach, Assistant Girl’s Swimming Coach and Assistant Girl’s Track Coach

Hastings Lake YMCA:  Head Coach: Masters Swimming

Libertyville High School:  Learn To Swim Director 

CATS Aquatics Age Group Team: Assistant Coach 

 

Swimming has been one of my greatest gifts and to give that gift to another person is my greatest reward. Swimming is something that helps us learn about life. To win with a kind heart, to lose with grace and to understand that hard work and perseverance will teach us about being courageous and brave throughout our lives. It is an honor and privilege to share my experience and knowledge with our MAC swimmers. To do what I love and to love what I do.