Head Coach and Gold 2 & 3 Coach
Starting with ORCA in March of 2018, Jerry Olszewski comes to
ORCA with quite the resume of coaching accomplishments and
accolades. He was the Head Coach of New Zealand Swimming from
2016-2017. He has been a member of the USA Swimming National
Team staff much of the time from 1996-2016. His former clubs,
King Aquatics (1994-2002), Scottsdale Aquatics (2002-2007) and
Arizona Gold (2007-2016), have won US Junior National, State, and
Sectional Championships, and each have been ranked in the top 25 of
USA Swimming almost every year of his tenure as the Head Coach of
those teams. He has hundreds of Junior National qualifiers as well
as Junior National Champions to his name and has had numerous
swimmers qualify for the US Olympic Trials, Olympic Games, and
National Teams both Domestic and Foreign. He also has had at least
one World Ranked swimmer every year since 1996, with one earning a
bronze medal in the 2000 Sydney Olympics.
Along with his head coaching duties, Jerry will be coaching the
Gold 3 and Senior groups at ORCA.
Jerry swam at the University of Nebraska and received his
Masters Degree in Sports Administration from the University of New
Mexico while also being the Assistant Coach for the Men's and
Women's Teams at UNM.
Jerry is a native to Southern California and his sons
continue the family tradition in the sport with his sons Josh
and Ben swimming at Arizona State University.
Mark E Tierney
CEO and Silver 2 & 3 Coach
Coach Mark Tierney started coaching for ORCA in 1998 and
took over as Head Coach and CEO in 2001. He remained Head Coach
until March of 2018 when he brought on Jerry Olzsewski to lead the
team as the new head coach. Mark remains as President and
CEO of ORCA.
Mark is a lifetime member of The American Swimming Coaches
Association where he has achieved the Level 4 certification
status in education and Level 3 in achievement, having
several swimmers achieve All-American status as well as swimmers
win CIF titles and compete at Junior Nationals. Mark
was selected to coach the Southern California Swimming
all-stars at their season ending meets every year from 2006 to
2012; coaching the 15/16 girls for the 2006 Zone team, and the
17/18 girls for the North American Challenge Cup against Canada and
Mexico every year from 2007-2012. As well as being the
President and CEO of ORCA, Mark also coaches the Silver 2 &
3 11-12 Elite groups at ORCA.
Mark is a graduate of Fort Louis College in Durango, Colorado
where he attended on a swimming scholarship and graduated with a BA
degree in Business Administration.
In 1985 Mark met his wife in Portofino, Italy while he was
working in the fashion industry. They were married on Valentines
Day in 1987. He and his wife, Anna, have a son, Kristopher
(born in 1992) and a daughter, Kaitlin (born in 2001).
Scott D Pina
Gold 1 Coach
Joining our staff in 2014, Scott was a former ORCA swimmer himself from 2011-2013, Scott graduated from El Medena H.S. in 2013 and is currently attending Santiago Community College. Scott was on the varsity water polo and swim teams while at El Modena, where he received the Coaches Award in 2011 for his outstanding performance on the water polo team, and in 2013 he received the MVP award on the swim team. As an ORCA swimmer, Scott received the Performance of the Year award in both 2011 and 2012, as well as the Coaches Award in 2012 and 2013. Scott currently coaches the Gold 1 practice group at ORCA.
Brooke N Hayes
Silver 1 Coach
Brooke Hayes started coaching for ORCA in 2015 as a swim instructor and summer team coach. Brooke joined our staff with a lifetime of experience as a competitive swimmer. She began her competitive swimming as a youth on the SOCAL swim team and then moved to ORCA when she was 10. Brooke remained a member of our ORCA competitive team from 2008 to 2014 where she set and still holds numerous ORCA records in the 10u, 11-12, 13-14 and 15-18 age-groups.
Brooke is a graduate of El Modena H.S. where she competed on their varsity team for all four years as their team captain and MVP, and she still holds the 100 Backstroke record at El Modena. Brooke is currently pursuing her undergraduate degree at SCC. Brooke currently coaches our Silver 1 practice group.
Kara Lynn Guyer
Kara joined the ORCA coaching staff in
July, 2017 and is currently coaching our Bronze swim groups. Kara
moved to Southern California from the not so sunny land of
Cleveland, Ohio. From the age of four throughout high school, Kara
competed on summer and winter USA swim teams. Her best events were
the 100 butterfly and 100 backstroke; she still holds quite a few
club records in the 25, 50 and 100 butterfly in those areas. Her
passion for swimming and water translated into lifeguarding for
five years at a local pool and teaching swim lessons for a few
summers. A lover of all sports, Kara played softball for ten years,
was a competitive cheerleader and is still an avid Cleveland sports
Kara graduated from Chaney High School in
2010 and received her degree in Mechanical Engineering in 2015 from
Case Western Reserve University, where she also competed in
intramural swimming and softball. Currently Kara is working
full time as a mechanical engineer here in Orange and enjoys
reinvigorating her love of swimming during the evenings here at
James A Peil
Coach Jim started with ORCA in February, 2018. He hails
from Cicero, NY, a suburb of snowy Syracuse, NY. Jim swam for
4 years at Cicero North Syracuse High School. He was one of
the “Founding Members” of the Northstars Boys swimming
program, and during his senior season he was one of the captains of
the team. After graduation, Jim headed to Potsdam State
University and swam for one year for the Potsdam Bears. He competed
in mostly distance freestyle and individual medley events. In
2001, Jim left school and enlisted in the United States Air
Force. While stationed at Whiteman Air Force Base in
Missouri, Jim began his swim coaching career. He was an
Assistant coach for the Warrensburg Piranhas swim club for 2 years.
After getting out of the military in 2007, Jim accrued another
three years of coaching experience as an Assistant coach for the
Fredonia State University Blue Devils in Fredonia, NY, and he also
coached the girls Varsity team at Bolsa Grande High school in
Garden Grove, CA in 2017.
Coach Jim currently works as an educator for the Garden Grove
and Westminster school districts. He also is a tutor for students
with disabilities. Jim is pursuing his special education credential
for teaching in the state of California. In his spare time
Jim can be found hiking, biking, playing disc golf, barbecuing
delicious food, and spending time with his fiancée and their