Kevin has been with Scottsdale Aquatic Club since 2002. In
that time, he has coached
every level within the program. In August of
Kevin was named Head Coach and CEO of SAC. During his time leading SAC, he has
coached a number of our Scottsdale swimmers to National Age Group
Records, Individual National Champions, National Top 10
rankings in respective age groups, numerous Junior/Senior National
Qualifiers, Olympic Trials qualifiers and Olympic
In 2007, 2014 and 2016 Coach Kevin was named
the American Swimming Coaches Association (ASCA)
Arizona Coach of the Year. He is an ASCA Level 5 certified
coach (highest level inside
ASCA). In each year,
under Coach Kevin's leadership, the club has improved its stature
nationally. In 2013, SAC started its ascent to National
prominence, by winning the Senior Sectional Championship
for the first time, had its highest ever finish at Junior Nationals
(4th) and was named a USA Swimming Gold Medal Club (first time in
club history). Since then the club has annually won team
titles at both the Sectional level and the Arizona State
Championships. Additionally, the SAC women's team won the 2014
Junior National title; at the 2015 Winter Junior Nationals SAC
place second (2nd) overall, with both mens and womens teams placing
in the top three. In 2016 SAC won the Junior National overall team
title. Coach Kevin has been invited to speak at several
International Swim Clinics over the past few years as well as
invited to visit other National Team programs.
Prior to Coaching at SAC, Coach Kevin was the
Head Age Group Coach and Senior Assistant Coach for King Aquatic
Club in Federal Way, WA for 5 years. While at KING, Coach Kevin was
instramental in the development of National Top 10 swimmers,
Junior and Senior National Qualifiers, as well as several National
Age Group Relay Records.
Coach Kevin graduated from
Iowa State University in 1998, with a BS Degree in Finance. He was
a four-year letterman on the men’s swim team, team captain
during his senior year and is the school record holder in the 400
Individual Medley. Coach Kevin is happily married to his beautiful
wife, Tere, and they have a daughter, Kori, who is a
competing with SAC.
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Kevin’s Philosophy Statement.
Head Age Group Coach--Gold Groups
Coach Maryanne has been an integral part of the Scottsdale Aquatic Club coaching staff since 2002 and was appointed as the head age group coach in 2010. In her time at SAC, she has produced a number of Far West and State Champions and record holders, in individual events and in relays.
In 2012, our 10 & under boys relay broke the National record for the 200 free relay, this was a 28-year-old record. She has had a number of her swimmers get NAG top 16 times. To date, ten 12-year-old girls have made sectional cuts from her Gold group. For her efforts around the pool, coach Maryanne was voted Arizona’s age group coach of the year in 2016; adding to her 2011 ASCA (American Swim Coaches Association) Age Group coach of the year.
Maryanne began swimming on a year round a USA swimming program when she was 14 and has been fortunate to have been coached by some of the best coaches in the world: Bob Gillette, Walt Schleuter, Ron Johnson, Mark Schubert and Mona Plummer. Coach Maryanne entered the international swimming spotlight as a member of the 1973 World Championship Team that competed in Belgrade, Yugoslavia. In 1974, Maryanne made the elite squad of 12 women and 12 men that swam against the East Germans in a dual meet in Concord, CA.
Maryanne went on to swim at Arizona State University where she was All-American in 1974 and 1975 and was part of the 1974-75 National Championship team under Coach Mona Plummer. She was inducted into Arizona State University Hall of Fame in 1994. In 1996, Maryanne was selected to run with the Olympic Torch in Sun City with John Nabor. In 2004, she was inducted into the Mesa Sports Hall of Fame.
In 1976, while swimming for Mark Schubert and the Mission Viejo Nadadores, she broke the Olympic Trials record in the 100 meter Back. Maryanne made the Olympic team after winning the 200 meter Backstroke at the Olympic Trials, breaking the Olympic Trials record and the American record. At the 1976 Olympics, Maryanne placed 10th in the 200 meter Backstroke. From 1972-1976, she was one of the most well- rounded swimmers in the country, holding Top 20 World Rankings in the following events: 1972--100 Back; 1973--100 Back, 200 Back, 200 IM, 400 IM; 1974--100 Free, 200 Free, 100 Back, 200 Back, 200 IM; 1976--100 Back, 200 Back.
Maryanne loves coaching our swimmers and enjoys giving back to the sport. She tries to instill a passion in all of her swimmers and every swimmer is important to her. She had great mentors in her path during her swimming career, and she learned so much from every one of her coaches. She incorporates her knowledge of the sport every day in workout.
Maryanne has been happily married to John and they have three children, Josh, Sean & Sarah & Brayden & Lindsay, Eric & Michael. Coach Maryanne loves her new role of being a Grandma. “It has to be one of the greatest joys I have ever experienced”.
Coach Maryanne’s Interview with Swimming World
Director of Ops/Assistant Coach-National
Bob is a native of Fort Washington, Pennsylvania and Bob moved to AZ in September of 2004. In the fall of 2012, Bob joined the coaching staff Scottsdale Aquatic Club.
Bob attended the University of Maryland, College Park before graduating from Temple University with a Bachelor of Science in Marketing. During his time at Temple University, Bob participated in a year-long marketing internship with both General Motors and Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida.
As a full time college student, Bob began his swim coaching career at a small community team outside of Philadelphia before being recruiting to be an assistant coach for Germantown Academy Aquatic Club under the direction of Dick Shoulberg, widely regarded as one of the best swim clubs in the world. While an assistant coach at Germantown Academy Aquatic Club, Bob had the experience of helping to place 4 men on the 1992 USA Olympic Swim Team. In the fall of 1992 Bob began his career as a head coach at Spirit Swimming in Newtown, Pennsylvania and would remain as the head coach for the next 12 years. After the 2004 Olympic Trials, Bob moved to Arizona where he became the Senior Program Director at the Southwest Valley Family YMCA in Goodyear, AZ.
Bob’s volunteer and community involvement have included supporting such non-profits as the American Cancer Society of Philadelphia, The AIDS Fund of Philadelphia, 1n10 of Phoenix and he is currently on the Board of Directors for the Southwest Center for HIV/AIDS.
Bob currently resides in Paradise Valley, AZ.
Laurel S Hill
Pre-Nationals and Blue
Coach Laurel joined the SAC coaching staff in the fall of 2010, after she’d hung up her watch after coaching collegiately at Boise State for two years. While at SAC, she has worked with both the 10 & Under developmental programs (White, Red and Blue groups) as well as with the Senior level helping the 13 & Up swimmers get ready for the National training group. In her time at SAC, Coach Laurel has developed a number of Age Group/Senior State Champions and Record Holders, Sectional Qualified swimmers, National Age Group Top 16 athletes, and hopefully, many lifelong swimmers.
Prior to Boise State, she spent some time in a number of different programs. Spending time with Pleasant Valley Swim Team (Camarillo, CA), Santa Clara Swim Club, Irvine Novaquatics and finally, with the Goldenwest Swim Club in Huntington Beach, CA, as Head Age Group Coach and Head Coach. Along the way, she has worked with swimmers of all ages and developed and produced many JO Qualifiers/Champions, CIF Finalists, NAG Top 16 swimmers, as well as Sectional and Junior National level swimmers, several of whom went on to swim collegiately and at the National and International level. Overall, she has over 30 years of experience teaching swimming from lessons, to Age Group, Senior, and Masters.
Truly, she loves coaching and gets excited everyday about ways to combine her knowledge and technique based philosophy with the vast experience the SAC staff already brings to the pool. She believes in treating her athletes with respect and honesty while pushing them to where they want to be, teaching them the foundations of the sport and what it means to be a good teammate even within the context of an individual sport like swimming.
She currently competes with Masters and has been known to show up for an event or two at a home meet. Coach Laurel lives in Scottsdale with her husband, Peter Ney, two children, Kieren and Kylie, (both of whom swim for SAC), two dogs, two guinea pigs, fish, a frog, and a gecko. Life is never dull!
10&U Director-Silver Groups
Coach Crystal has been teaching swim lessons and coaching swimming since 1997. Her passion for coaching started in high school, where she began her love of teaching swimming at the local YMCA and this passion continued throughout her college career. Since moving back to the valley in 2005, Coach Crystal has assisted in starting and developing recreational swim teams for the YMCA and Lifetime Fitness in Scottsdale.
Coach Crystal has completed a B.A. in English Literature and a Masters of Educational Leadership. She grew up as a competitive tennis player, She developed a strong passion for swimming getting into this sport “later in life.” Her love of both education and swimming has afforded has given her the opportunity to help young swimmers learn to enjoy the sport.
Often, children approach swim lessons and/or joining a swim team with some apprehension. Coach Crystal believes, "I do my best to help the young swimmers develop a love of the water and encourage them to seek higher swim goals. Through this process, the swimmers have forgotten any apprehension they had and have moved forward with confidence in the water. I then move towards the technical development of competitive swimming."
Through Coach Crystal's formative years of tennis, she has a unique understanding of the process involved with development and has shown to be a great teacher of the basic, fundamental skills of the four competitive strokes. We have had many of Crystal’s recreational swimmers join SAC over the past few seasons and they were very capable from the outset.
Senior Group and Pre-Senior Group
Max Laney was born in Denver, CO. He started swimming for
the Univ. of Denver Hilltoppers when he was 11 years old. In his
high school years Max was named MVP all four years, was a two-time
5A Colorado State Champion in the 200 IM and 100 back, and earned
seven All-American honors. After high school he was recruited by
ASU and finished his fourth year in March of 2010. Max was
the Captain of the men’s team his senior year and earned the
6th all-time ASU record in the 200 back and 9th in the 100
back. He completed his Bachelors of Interdisciplinary Studies
in Math and Education from ASU in 2011.
His first step into club team coaching was in 2010. He has
learned a great deal of swimming knowledge over the course of his
own swimming career and from Kevin and Maryanne over his tenure
working for SAC. In the eight years he has been coaching his
main group of swimmers have been 10-14 years old whom have really
stood out on the podium for their individual AG State
Max recently got Married in August for 2017! They just
closed on their first home in Scottsdale and couldn’t be
happier with the city and now being able to work there as well!
Senior Coach - SAC South
Coach Scott is an Arizona native who grew up in the west valley where he attended Mountain Ridge High School and swam competitively for Arizona Gauchos. As a student-athlete, Scott attended Auburn University from 2004-2008. During his time at Auburn he was part of 3x national team championships, was a member of 4 NCAA winning relays and was 13-time All-American. In 2007 Scott represented the United States as a member of the World University Games in Thailand, winning a bronze medal in the 50-meter freestyle.
Scott began his coaching career as an assistant coach at Arizona State University in 2009 where his primary responsibilities were working with the sprint athletes and coordinating their recruiting efforts. In 2013 Scott was given the opportunity to move to Brazil to work with Cesar Cielo, the 2008 Olympic champion in the 50 meter Freestyle. During his time in Brazil, Scott oversaw Cesar's preparations for the World Championships in Barcelona where he won two World Championship titles. Cielo and Goodrich teamed up again in 2014 for the Short Course World Championships held in Doha where he helped Cielo earn a Gold in the 100 Freestyle and Bronze in the 50 Freestyle.
For the past 3 years Scott has been the head coach of Mesa Aquatic Club-West. Scott has a degree in Communications from Arizona State University. Scott is happily married to his wife Tara, and resides in Chandler.
Thomas J Cheetham
Age Group - SAC South
Coach TJ was born and raised in
small-town Hamilton, Montana where he attended Hamilton High
School. With few indoor pools throughout Montana, TJ started
competitive swimming in the Montana Federation of Swimmers, a
summer only league for towns without indoor pools, at age 9. He won
State in the 50 Backstroke his second year at age 10 and culminated
his swimming career with a state record in the 100 Backstroke at
age 14 and multiple State Championships, including high point
honors at State his senior season, winning the 50 Free, 100 Back,
and 50 Fly (yes, he was able to race the 50 Fly at age 18...it was
TJ began teaching swim lessons in
2002 and started coaching at 2005 where he was a swimmer/coach with
the club team he grew up with at age 18. After high school, he
attended Montana State University and was introduced to USA
swimming where he got a job working with the Bozeman Barracudas as
a lead coach of their 10 & Under program for six years. After
graduating with a bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science, TJ
took some time off for travel and even worked teaching swim lessons
in Melbourne, Australia. After returning for one more year to coach
the Barracudas, TJ and his future wife moved to Rochester,
Minnesota where he coached for three years with Med-City Aquatics.
After his first year, he was promoted to Head Age Group Coach and
continued coaching there for the next two years.
TJ and his wife Katelyn moved to
Arizona in November of 2016 where he decided to take a break from
10+ years of swim coaching and pursue and passion for professional
golf. After a year of rigorous training he decided the dream was
just not financially possible and stepped away content with his
decision. Feeling refreshed with his time away from swimming and
reinvigorated to start teaching again, he reached out to SAC and
was hired on in October of 2017. As a coach and teacher of
children, TJ brings ample enthusiasm and an eye for technique to
each practice. His favorite part of coaching is breaking down
complicated skills into simple steps and watching the light bulbs
come on. TJ is a happy Scottsdale resident and at last content to
finally be living in sunny Arizona.
Coach Bob has been with Scottsdale Aquatic Club since 2017 as
lead coach for our Bronze Group. Bob brings a wealth of
experience and enthusiasm having coached swimmers of all ages
including age group, middle school, high school to adult masters
swimmers. He enjoys coaching swimmers new to swimming by
providing proper stoke technique drills as well as providing
challenging workouts for all levels he coaches.
Bob has to his credits coached multiple
Masters National Champions across a variety of events, along with
being recognized as Coach of the Year in his first High School
coaching experience. Along with a love for swimming, Bob has
been recognized as “Volunteer of the Year” for his work
as Head Swim Coach with the Buehler YMCA Masters Swim Team in IL
where he was responsible for rebuilding the program from a handful
of swimmers to over 40 swimmers. This program has developed a
number of National Champions at the Masters Level under his
Bob is currently Head Swim Coach for
Scottsdale Prep Academy (Middle School and High School) along with
being an Assistant Coach for Swim Devil Masters swim team and Lead
Coach for our Bronze Group. He is also Western Regional Sales
Director for SportTech which produces a high tech swim device
called “Firebelly” that provides real time verbal
feedback (times, splits, stroke rate, stroke count) to swimmers via
bone conduction during their swims. Bob is also Director of
Operations Sales and Marketing for Raintree Apothecary where he is
a principal owner.
Bob also enjoys the sport himself and
is a High School All – American, in addition to being a YMCA
Nationals Top Ten qualifier.
Bob graduated from Edinboro University PA with a BS in Health
and Physical Education so is well versed and studied in the
principles of athletic training and conditioning. Prior to moving
into coaching Bob had a very successful career with 3 major
pharmaceutical companies where he rose to the level of Regional VP
Bob is married to his lovely wife
Marybeth and they have 2 daughters (Erin and Christine) who live
locally. Additionally Marybeth and Bob have 3 grand children and
another on the way and are very active in their lives.
In addition to coaching Bob and
Marybeth RPH have recently opened a new business called
“Raintree Apothecary” in Scottsdale AZ which focuses on
providing prescription compounded pharmaceutical products to meet
the unique and individualized needs of patients.
Nikita I Denisyako
Power Group / Assistant
Coach Nikita joined Scottsdale Aquatic Club in May 2018 after
spending four years as a coach at Gator Swim Club in Gainesville,
Florida. While he was in Florida he trained with the Florida
Gators under Gregg Troy in their international and professional
group. When he was not training he was actively involved in
coaching the club team, Masters program, and learn to swim lessons
program. He was an integral part of the coaching staff and
was promoted to group leader by the end of his time. Prior to
joining the Gators he spent a year at Canyon Aquatics Club under
Coach Coley Stickels in Santa Clarita, California. He
attended and swam for Texas A&M University where he competed at
the NCAA level and was an All-American. Nikita had a very
successful career with the Aggies holding school records and
achieving national recognition. He has experienced on the
collegiate level, national level, and international level and is
excited to share this experience with the swimmer of SAC and help
them achieve their goals. Nikita was born in Riga, Latvia but spent
his childhood and teenage years in Moscow, Russia. He
competed at the international level for team Russia for many
years. He currently resides in Scottsdale and is enjoying his
time in the desert!
Assistant Coach - Red & White
Coach Cori has been a part of the SAC family since 2011 as a swimmer parent and joined the coaching staff in fall of 2015 as a volunteer coach working with our youngest athletes in the White group. Cori officially joined the coaching staff in fall of 2016 contributing to the development of our young athletes in the White and Red groups.
Cori started swimming at age 11 with the Palatine Park District (PPD) swim team in Palatine, Ill. Fortunate to have passionate, caring coaches who quickly developed her strokes and endurance she was able to contribute to both her club and High School team’s successes. Through high school Cori earned numerous All American, Conference, Sectional and State awards primarily in backstroke and middle-distance freestyle. Her swimming career highlight was joining her 400 Free Relay at Junior Nationals her senior year in high school.
Cori swam for two years at NCAA Division III powerhouse Denison University in Granville, Ohio before hanging up the goggles to focus on her academics. Post College Cori spent nearly 20 years in the private sector as Human Resources professional.
Cori is mom to two SAC swimmers and is honored to contribute to the team’s success working with our young athletes. She believes teaching the fundamentals of the sport in a way that is fun, engaging and interactive will lay the foundation for our young athletes to achieve unlimited success in the future. Cori has extensive training in working with special needs children and brings a unique eye to creating an inclusive and rewarding experience for all our athletes.
High School Development
Coach Scott began swimming in 2007 when he was 13 years old with the McDowell Mountain Ranch recreational swim team. After a month and a half and really enjoyed the sport and the following year he joined Scottsdale Aquatic Club. Coach Scotty swam High School all 4 years and qualified for state in the 100 backstroke in his sophomore, junior and senior years and the 50 freestyle my senior year.
Coach Scotty started coaching February of 2010 for the City of Scottsdale team, and because of his age, he officially became the youngest swim coach the city of Scottsdale ever hired. During the spring Scotty coached 5 - 7 year old swimmers and was a summer rec coach spot and would coach the 11 & Over age group all summer. In 2012 he started as the assistant coach for Desert Mountain High School. In August of 2013 he began coaching with Marryanne and has been with us ever since.
Coach Scotty is a firm believer that everyone has the ability and potential to be great and his job as a coach is to not only develop and improve the technique of swimmers but to also teach them that if they are willing to put forth high amounts of effort and are willing to work hard that they can be successful at anything. Teaching our athletes that hard work does pay off is the most important part of his job.
High School Development
Coach Kris Edwards is a Utah Native, but found her love for
Arizona in 1992 when she accepted a swimming and Regency academic
scholarship to Arizona State University. While swimming with ASU
from 1992-1995, Kris achieved the Athletic Director’s Honor
Role, received two Varsity Athletic Letters and was the
team’s Spirit Leader for two consecutive years.
Prior to swimming with ASU, Kris swam for West High School in
Salt Lake City, Utah. She was honored with MVP for four consecutive
years. She held numerous state records with National Top 10
reportable times, received multiple All-American honors and never
lost a race, making her an eight-time Utah State Champion. She also
was inducted into the West High School Athletic Hall of Fame.
Kris has always loved the sport of swimming and started her
coaching career in 1997 as Head Coach with the Sports Academy
Marlins in Logan, Utah. Kris has coached with various age group,
senior and United States Masters Swimming programs in Utah
including: Steiner Youth Aquatic Club, South Davis Aquatic Team and
the South Davis Masters Swim Team.
Coach Kris has developed many Age Group and Senior State
Champions, Utah State record holders, Sectional, Junior and
National qualifiers, and USMS Utah State and National record
In 2000 Kris completed her Bachelors of Science in Secondary
Education with a Social Studies Composite from Utah State
University. Kris is happily married to Cody Edwards and they
have two children, Sadie and Jesse who currently compete with SAC.
The Edwards family recently moved from Utah to Arizona and
joined the SAC family in November of 2016.
Coach Weston started her swimming career at the age of 5 at a summer recreational program in Avon, Ohio. Where she learned to a love of the water. After leaving Ohio, her family moved a number of times around the country and through those transistions in here life she was fortunateto have the opportunity of working under several different programs. One of which included a brief time at SAC in her senior year of high school, where she trained in the national group.
After her time at senior year, Coach Weston was accepted to be a student athelete at New Mexico State University, this is where she found her love for all things exercise and wellness related, as well as the process of developing athletes. After two years at New Mexico, she decided she wanted to explore the physical training and rehabilitation process of sport. In July 2015, decided to come back to her last place of residence, Arizona, and began assisting coaches at Scottsdale Aquatic Club.
Coach Weston is studying at ASU and working towards her bachelor’s degree in Exercise and Wellness. She plans on using this degree to get her masters in Physical Therapy and work with athletes for the rest of her life.
Jane Trepp Rose joined the Scottsdale Aquatic Club coaching staff
in August of 2016. A native of Estonia, Coach Jane has enjoyed an
incredible swimming career both collegiately and
internationally. Swimming at LSU, Jane completed her
collegiate career as the most decorated women’s swimmer in
more than a decade, garnering first-team All-American honors in 3
of her individual events during a single season. Jane
graduated with 4 individual school records, 3 relay marks and an
SEC record. Jane also boasted a strong academic record, being
a two-time CSCAA Scholar All-American and a three-time member of
the SEC Academic Honor Roll.
Internationally Jane received a silver medal at the 2009
European Championships and participate in the FINA World
Championship final in 2010. Jane has continued to pursue her
swimming passion by applying her knowledge and experience coaching
at local clubs and colleges in Louisiana.
Jane is happily married to former LSU pole vaulter,
Dr. Kyle Rose, who is currently in surgical training at the Mayo
Clinic in Scottsdale. In 2015, they welcomed their son
Hendrik into the world.
Coach Sharon started coaching on SAC in the Fall of 2015. Coach Sharon, is a Native of Northern Ireland and was born and raised in Belfast (which is where the RMS Titanic was built). During her youth, she was apart of the Irish National swim team and was a former national champion in Breaststroke.
Coach Sharon moved to the USA in 1997 and swam collegiately at NAU, where she primarily swam breaststroke and sprint freestyle. It was while attending college, that she discovered coaching, whilst giving private swim lessons and working at swim camps during the summer months.
She enjoy's teaching kids and hopefully they can benefit from her experiences and become better swimmers by learning how to reach their goals, whether they be Olympic dreams, or to just to make a State cut. With her biggest hope for the kids is that they learn the value of hard word, dedication and perseverance, and develop friendships that last a lifetime.