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Phoenix Swim Club Coaching Staff

For questions related to workouts, meets, event entry, goal setting, and other swimming related topics please contact your group's coach (email link next to coach's name below). For administrative questions such as billing, volunteering, etc. please contact the team office (602-468-0319) and Sandy Lee ([email protected])

Coaching Staff

Darian Townsend

Head Coach & CEO

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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

Assistant Coach

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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 Group Championships.

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).

Coaching Highlights:

  • 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 Coaches Association

Takahisa Ide

Head Masters Coach

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Groups: Masters 

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 season.

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

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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.  

Coaching Highlights:

  • 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 his groups
  • 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.

Noriko Inada

Assistant Coach

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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

Assistant Coach

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Groups: Red, Masters. 

 

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 Games. 

Swam and attended Yamanashi Gakuin University of Japan with a Div. 1 swimming scholarship. Graduated with the degree of Information Management. 

 

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 B.

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 swimmers.

Luke W Phillips

Lead Assistant Coach

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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

Assistant Coach

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