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Coaches & Directors

We are here to support our athlete's goals and desires to the best of our abilities. If you have any questions relating to training, swim meets, goal setting, or other athlete related needs, please feel free to contact us via email.  If you would like to speak via phone or in person, please plan on setting these meetings outside of normal practice times so during practice we can devote our full attention to our athltes.  If you have club related questions, please contact either our swim team administrator, or one of our Board of Directors located at the bottom of this page.

Coaching Staff

Jerry Olszewski

Head Coach and Gold 2 & 3 Coach

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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

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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

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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

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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

Bronze Coach

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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 fan.

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 ORCA.

James A Peil

Bronze Coach

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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 two dogs.

Board of Directors

Mark E Tierney

President, CEO

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Lynn Caovan

Treasurer

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Joseph W Borgese

Board Member

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Jonathan De La O

Board Member

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Pat Stanley

Board Member

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Leila Tedesco

Board Member

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John Ortega

Board Member

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