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Mark Van Voorst

Head Coach

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Coach Mark start swimming competitively for the Fallbrook Area Swim Team (FAST) in 6th grade.  (it's still a deja vu experience to be at meets with FAST in attendance). He swam competitively through middle school, high school and college.  During this time he also was very involved in Water Polo. He was part of the teams that won the San Diego Section CIF championships in 1978 and runner up in 1979(yeah that's a while ago).  While in high school he qualified and competed in the CIF San Diego Swim and Dive Championships all four years. He still remembers his 100 Backstroke time of 56.1 seconds (this was when there were only open turns allowed and no underwater dolphin breakouts).  Coach Mark continued his aquatic career by playing Water Polo at the Junior College level at Palomar College and then moving on to Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. While still at Cal Poly he was part of the Wheelman, the competitive cycling team and competing in road races and criteriums regionally.

After graduating from Cal Poly, Coach Mark has coached a multitude of sports and activities in the schools he has taught in or been involved in administration for.  These include Boys Basketball, Baseball and Softball (outfield coach), Robotics, Chess and Track (distance).

Coach Mark moved to the Yuma area in 2012 and started coaching for Kofa High School.  His initial year there were 21 swimmers on his squad. In the six years leading the program there he now consistently sees team sizes in the 50’s.  He is very proud of this as he sees how the introduction of swimming in many of these new swimmers expands their involvement in school and improves grades, attendance and enjoyment of the high school experience.

When Coach Mark became the Head Coach for the Heat, the club was in the midst of some challenging times.  The team struggled to have kids meet the Junior Olympic (the called regional) time standards. In conjunction with an amazing set of board members, strong and continued support of parents, coaches who really care about the athlete as a person first then a swimmer we had the most successful year in team history.  The 2018 Short Course season saw the team send the most swimmers in team history to the Junior Olympic State Competition, the second most swimmers in team history to the Age Group State Championships, 7 athletes to the Far Western Championships and even sent an athlete to compete at the Speedo Sectional level. The future is looking bright and he continues to look for even bigger accomplishments as the Heat program expands.

Richard Mitchell McClure

Assistant Coach

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Coach McClure started swimming competitively on the Bozeman Bee’s summer league swim team in 1969 and soon after join the Bozeman Barracudas year round team.  Here he found great success and he consistently qualified for the AAU Mountain West Regional Meet featuring the top swimmers from Montana, Wyoming, Idaho, North and South Dakota. His top finish at this meet was third place in the 200 breaststroke. As a three year captain for his high school swim team, Coach McClure made the championship finals eight times in four  different events. His top finish was a second place finish in the 200 IM. Throughout this time, Coach McClure won 13 high point titles at invitational swim meets through out Montana and Wyoming.

 

After completing his senior year swimming for the Bozeman Hawks in April of 1980 Coach McClure transition from swimmer to coach. Under the guidance of the Barracuda and Hawk coaching staff Coach McClure began training swimmers in both club and high school settings. During the summers of 1981 and 1982, Coach McClure interned at the Intermountain Swim Clinic under the direction of legendary UCLA and Olympic Coach Ron Ballatore. In 1984 and 1985 Coach McClure traveled east to Fryeburg Maine becoming the water front director and head coach for Indian Acres Camp for Boys. Coach McClure also served as an assistant coach for Billings Senior, West and Skyview teams in 1985 before moving to Yuma in 1986.

 

In 1986 Coach McClure was hired as the assistant coach for the Kofa Kings Swim and Dive Team before taking the inaugural head coaching position at Cibola High School in 1988. Coach McClure brought swimmers and divers to the State Championship Meet each of the 26 year he served as head coach. With the exception of the time spent in the powerful East Valley Region, Cibola’s teams consistently earned region champion or region runner-up recognitions. In 2014 Coach McClure retired from the Yuma Union High School District and began teaching and coaching at Korea International School in Seongnam, South Korea. Here he was blessed to coach with outstanding international coaches from South Korea, Australia, Japan, Viet Nam, England and Canada. One of his finest moments as a coach came when his KIS teams were awarded the Sportsmanship award for both the AISA and KAIAK conferences. This was the first time this accomplishment was achieved by any sports teams in the leagues.

 

Coach McClure started coaching with Yuma Aquatics in 1992. He has coached every level and color of group from pre comp to masters. He has served as interim head coach on four different occasions.

Jennifer M Shoemaker

Assistant Coach

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Shantelle Sadjowitz

Assistant Coach

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Board of Directors

Brock Amon

President

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Brenda Doak

Treasurer

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Kelli Lutterbeck

Secretary

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Jenny L Unterseh

Masters Representative

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Mark Van Voorst

Coach Member

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