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Who We Are

Philosophy, Coaches, and The Board

Gauchos Training Philosophy:

Our swimming philosophy is strongly based in science, namely Parametric training.

We seek to replicate our results through quality and speed repetition. In other words, training within a Parametric system focuses on quality over quantity; meaning that we swim low volume (quantity) with high consistency for stroke and speed work (quality).

The above is our physical training philosophy. Our mental training philosophy is to empower the swimmer to take control of their future. We aim to help swimmers on their journey towards swimming success by guiding the athlete as they learn through the scary reality that their decisions have a direct reflection on their success.

We may be different than any other team you have trained with, but we strive to think outside the box in order to help evolve the sport of swimming.

Coaching Staff

Kyle White

Head Coach - Senior Group

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The Arizona Swimming Gauchos Head Coach, Kyle White, has been coaching swim since 2003. Through this time, Coach Kyle has honed in his training and coaching philosophy which he brings to the Gauchos. The Arizona Swimming Gauchos training philosophy is quality swimming along with "athlete ownership" in order to create an environment of successful swimming. This is a unique and fun training philosophy that helps to reduce the risk of injury as well as create life long swimmers.

For more information on Coach Kyle and the Arizona Swimming Gauchos training, please contact us at azswimminggauchos@gmail.com or at 623-824-1195.

Please read below for a more detailed bio on Head Coach Kyle White:

Head Coach Kyle White started his time with the Arizona Swimming Gauchos on a volunteer basis back in early 2006. Coach Kyle used that time to observe, then Head Coach, Charlie Cunningham's coaching style. During the volunteer timeframe, Coach Kyle was the Head Coach for a year-round, non-competitive swim team for the City of Surprise , in which, he started implementing coaching techniques learned from Coach Charlie.

The time spent watching Coach Charlie was an eye opening experience for Coach Kyle, and completely changed his coaching style. Coach Kyle was so committed to the training philosophy of Coach Charlie, that he joined the Arizona Swimming Gauchos as an Age Group coach as soon as the first job opening came available. Coach Kyle White was extremely eager to learn and grow while coaching under Coach Charlie Cunningham, and did so for nearly a decade.

Once hired onto the coaching staff, Coach Kyle worked his way from entry level age group to Head Age Group Coach as well as developmental Senior Coach. Coach Kyle was promoted to be the Gauchos Head Coach in August 2015, succeeding Coach Charlie Cunningham following his retirement after 35 years with the Arizona Swimming Gauchos.

Matthew A Furfie

Rentals

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Matt Furfie began swimming for the Arizona Swimming Gauchos in 2010. He continued to be a swimmer of the team through his time at Cactus High School and his first two years of college.  

While swimming with the Gauchos, Matt learned much of his technical swimming knowledge from the legendary Coach Charlie Cunningham. Matt took this training and used it to start coaching for the Gauchos in 2016. He still occasionally coaches still, but mainly helps with rentals and pool maintenance.

Kevin J Kleissle

Age Group

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Kevin Kleissle began swimming for the Arizona Swimming Gauchos in 2012. He continued to be a swimmer of the team through his time at Apollo High School. Kevin went on to swim collegiately before returning home to complete his college degree. 

While swimming with the Gauchos, Kevin learned much of his technical swimming knowledge from the current Head Coach, Kyle White. Kevin took this training and used it to start coaching for the Gauchos in 2019.

He has been excited to teach swimmers of all ages how to improve their strokes and gain a competitive edge.

Hannah R Young

Age Group

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Hannah Young began swimming for the Arizona Swimming Gauchos in 2007. She continued to be a swimmer of the team through her time at Sunrise Mountain High School. Hannah is planning to earn her college degree at Grand Canyon University. 

While swimming with the Gauchos, Hannah learned much of her technical swimming knowledge from the current Head Coach, Kyle White. Hannah took this training and used it to start coaching for the Gauchos in 2019.

She has been excited to teach swimmers of all ages how to improve their strokes and gain a competitive edge.

Paul M Wanamaker

Swimmer, Coach, Friend

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Coach Paul Wanamaker is tragically no longer with us after an accident on January 15, 2016.

We miss him dearly and he is always with the Gauchos in spirit.

Board of Directors

Kelly Logan

Board President

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Tracey Mattison

Vice President

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Jody Young

Secretary

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