Head Coach & CEO
We are excited to announce Darian Townsend as the next Head
Coach and CEO of Phoenix Swim Club. Darian will join PSC’s
talented coaching staff on October 4, 2021.
Darian has been the Head Coach and Club President of the YMCA
Westside Silver Fins since 2017. During his tenure, team membership
grew by over 30%, and last year the Silver Fins went from a USA
Swimming Club Excellence Bronze medal team to a Silver medal team.
Darian has been named Arizona Swimming Senior Coach of the Year
twice and has an extensive record of coaching swimmers at all
levels and for building community among swimmers, parents, and team
stakeholders. He won a gold medal at the 2004 Athens Olympics in
the 4x100 freestyle relay. Darian is a former world record holder,
eight-time NCAA champion with the University of Arizona, three-time
USA National Champion, and 12-time South African National Champion.
Darian was also team captain for the USA Swimming Team in 2015
and is a Masters world record holder.
Michael P Maczuga
Groups: Tiger Sharks, Pre-Starfish & Gold
Mike Maczuga has been coaching 45+ years,
including Head Coach of the Imperial Valley Swim Association, the
Yuma Sidewinders, and the Village Vikings, before starting the
Arizona Marlins in 1982, originally in a 5 lane 25-yard pool
(Melrose Rec pool). By 1987 he had developed his first Junior
National Qualifier and placed swimmers in the Top 5 at Arizona Age
At Senior State Championships the team was consistently in the
Top 4 teams for the next 25 years, and won the Arizona Senior
Championships in 1989, 1990 & 1999.
At Age Group State Championships, the team won 16 out of 18
State Championships from 1991-1999., then remained in the Top 3
teams for the next 12 years, never dropping out of the Top 5.
These accomplishments were done in an 8 lane 25-yard pool and a
5-lane teaching pool at PCDS that limited their size, until the new
PCDS pool was built in the fall of 2014 and the merger with PSC.
They broke over 50 Arizona State Records, had three Top 10 team
finishes at the Junior Nationals West Championships, had multiple
Junior National Champions, and had swimmers qualify for Senior
Nationals every year since 1986. They also had swimmers qualify for
every Olympic Trials since 1992: 1992 (1), 1996 (1), 2000 (5), 2004
(1), 2008 (1), 20012 (2), 2016 (2) and 2021 (1).
- ASCA Level Five Certified Coach
- U.S. National Jr. Team Qualifiers in 2001 & 2016
- 1999 Pan American Championships Qualifier
- 1998 World University Games Qualifier
- 1990 & 1995 U.S. Olympic Festival Championships
- 37 High School All Americans
- 43 Arizona State Records
- 4 Junior National Championships
- 70+ Junior National Qualifiers
- 2017 Arizona Senior Coach of the Year
- Served AZ Swimming as Technical Chair & Vice President of
Head Masters Coach
Masters Coach Takahisa Ide, also known as Coach
Taco, came to Phoenix 14 years ago, and became an assistant coach
for the Phoenix Swim Club where he has coached our top senior
group and Masters. Originally from Osaka, Japan, Ide attended Tenri
University and was the captain of the swim team his senior
Ide is an excellent stroke technician and student of the science of
the sport. Last summer he was invited to present a paper entitled
“The Effect of Leg Straightness on Lactate Production and
Performance in Butterfly: A Case Study Using the Men’s Asian
Record Holder” at the International Convention on Science,
Education, and Medicine in Sport in Glasgow, Scotland. In addition,
Ide is working on completing his Ph.D. in Exercise Science.
Ide has coached swimmers from numerous countries to 10 national
records and one U.S. Open Championship. Additionally, he has led
swimmers under his tutelage to seven Asian records, seven Japanese
national records, and one Ecuador national record.
In addition to his coaching responsibilities with PSC, Takahisa
also is beginning his fourth year working with the Grand Canyon
University swimming program.
Ken A Maczuga
Head Age Group Coach
Groups: Black & Silver
Ken Maczuga started his coaching career with
the Arizona Marlins by coaching the 8 & under swimmers in 1986.
He became the Head Age Group Coach by 1988 with great success
winning 16 out of 18 State Championships from 1991-1999, then
remaining in the Top 3 teams for the next 12 years and never
falling out of the Top 5. As Age Group Head Coach, he rarely
coached a swimmer past age 14.
Many of the accomplishments that swimmers achieved after moving
up from Ken’s groups to Mike’s groups were due in part
to the foundational skills they learned as a developmental swimmer.
Ken has been coaching for 35+ years, and together with Mike, they
have helped swimmers achieve the goals they have set for themselves
and so many beyond that.
- ASCA Certified Coach
- 45 National Top 16 Athletes
- 25 State Records
- 1997, 1998 and 2017 Age Group Coach of the Year
- 1 Olympic Trial qualifier while still in his group.
- 3 Senior National qualifiers while still in his group.
- Over 30 First Time Sectional qualifiers in hie groups over the
last 5 years
- Prior to that, over 15 First Time Jr. National qualifiers in
- 9 High School Champions
- 9 Arizona High School All-Americans
- Served AZ Swimming as Technical Chair and committee member on
Technical or Age Group committee for over 15 years.
Groups: Starfish & Rising Stars
Noriko Inada came to PSC in 2008. She is a 3
time Olympian for Japan (1992, 2000, 2004) She made her first
Olympic team at the age of 16 in Barcelona in the 100 back,
finishing 12th (1:03.42) and 200 back, finishing
15th (2:17.68). In 2000, she advanced to the
championship final in the 100 back, taking 5th in
1:01.14. Most recently in Athens in 2004, she placed
11th in the 100 back (1:01.74) and led off Japan’s
400 medley relay in prelims. Noriko just missed her fourth Olympic
team in 2012 when she placed 3rd in the Japan’s
Trials with 1:00.57. The second place swimmer clocked at 1:00.50.
Noriko has much knowledge to share from her experience as one of
the world’s premier swimmers. She has a passion for the sport
of swimming and is eager to share her love for the sport with those
she coaches. In addition to coaching here at PSC, she still
competes in both USA Swimming meets and US Masters meets, and she
is still World ranked.
Ken A Barcinas
Ken Barcinas is a
competitive swimmer with 20 years of experience Born and
raised on beautiful Island of Guam. Represented Guam in many
international competitions such as the Jr. Pan Pacific
Swam and attended
Yamanashi Gakuin University of Japan with a Div. 1
swimming scholarship. Graduated with the degree of Information
Moved to Phoenix and PSC in 2015 as a
post-grad/pro swimmer in pursuit of the Olympic Dream
and currently training to qualify for 2024
Olympics. Extremely driven, disciplined, and dynamic. He
is also Bilingual: Japanese and English, Well versed in
proper Japanese etiquette. Coach Ken
has been part of the PSC staff since
2017. Ken is Driven, Detail-Oriented, and Customer Centric
individual passionate about the sport and growing the team through
providing excellent service and solutions for
Luke W Phillips
Lead Assistant Coach
Groups: Starfish & Rising Stars
Luke Phillips started his coaching career in
the summer of 2007 and for the following 8 years, teaching and
managing the staff on deck at Seaside Aquatics. He managed and
taught lessons, coordinated all activities and led the pool staff.
In addition to his responsibilities with Seaside Aquatics, he
worked for the City of Seaside managing another pool, instructing
swim lessons for both children and adults, teaching water aerobics
and coaching summer league & their master’s team. In 2016
he moved to Phoenix and began coaching for Phoenix Swim Club. In 5
short years he became the Lead Swim Coach for several groups of our
younger swimmers. He has tremendous enthusiasm for the sport of
swimming, and it shows everyday on deck with his swimmers.
Hannah J Kastigar