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Coaches & Directors

We are here to support your needs. If your questions are related to workouts, meets, events, goal setting, and other swimming related needs, please contact one of the coaches. For all questions related to administrative, such as dues, safety, or policy issues, please contact one of the board members.

Coaching Staff

Alexander P Martinek

Head Coach

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Alex grew up in Spokane, Washington swimming under Todd Marsh, who has coached several Olympic trial swimmers and professional swimmers. Alex began his coaching career when he was 20, coaching for the 300+ member Team Blaze Triathlon Club. He was the head swim coach for Team Blaze for three years until he made the permanent move to Durango. During his time coaching for Team Blaze he also assistant coached for Spokane Area Swimming.  There he helped coach Junior National team member Daniel Roy who has the 2nd fastest 200m Breaststroke of all time for 15-16. He continued his coaching endeavors, coaching the Cheney High School girls team as an assistant coach. That year the team placed at 3A State Championships.  In September 2015 he became the Junior coach for Durango Swim Club. He has since moved into the Head Coaching position with aspirations to continue the competitive nature of the swim team. He wants athletes to attain their highest level of competition.  He always tells the athletes, “You have all the tools to be successful, it’s up to you to use them.”

 

Alex’s training philosophy takes a long lasting approach -- it’s not what we can do for you today but what can we do for you next year. As an adolescent athlete the goal is to hit planned peaks throughout a year. Early peaks result in early failures.  Alex breaks each season into three phases (training blocks) planning backwards from a championship meet. The first phase focuses heavily on building endurance and aerobic capacity. The second phase transitions into threshold and lactate threshold. It allows your body to smoothly adjust to a harder work regimen. In the last phase we work on anaerobic threshold and VO2 max, utilizing the capacity that we’ve built throughout the season. The progression comes from great coaches such as Bruce Gemmel, Bob Bowman, and Jon Urbanchek. It follows a logical seasonal progression incorporating all energy systems and aspects of training creating well rounded swimmers.

 

Alex graduated from Valley Forge Military Academy in 2012 Cum Laude as a member of the Anthony Wayne Legion Guard with his AA in Business Administration. He served for three years in the National Guard. After taking time off school to pursue a career as a professional triathlete he decided to finish his bachelors at Fort Lewis College where he graduated in April 2016. He continues to race Xterra triathlons as a professional with hopes to compete at the World Championships. 

 

Contact:

Email: Durangoswimcoach@gmail.com

Phone: 509-993-1880

    

Julia M Carroll

Beginer/Age Group Coach

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Julia M Carroll

    Julia was born in 1992 in Ukraine. She grew up outside of Chicago, Where she swam for Maverick swim club under Mark Townsend. In High school she achieved All american status in 2008, placing 2nd in state in the 200 medley relay, 16th in the 100 backstroke and 7th in the 400 freestyle relay, under head coach Tom Schweer. After graduation from high school, in 2010, she attended University of New Mexico, in Albuquerque,NM. While attending the University she twice broke a school record in the 200 backstroke. While living in Albuquerque she coached one season at Four Hills Country Club. While working at Four Hills she was head coach for the 6 and under age group. She worked with the kids to develop essential skills and promote a fun swimming atmosphere. She graduated in 2015 with a degree in history and political science. After graduating in May 2015 she moved to Durango and joined the coaching staff at Durango swim club. Julia has been working hard the past year with the Durango swim club to develop the age group and beginner swimmers. She focuses on key componets of the sport and works to provide a comprehensive understanding of all four strokes and their technical aspects. 

 

Contact info 

 

Email: jhawk630505@gmail.com    

 

mobile phone number: +1(630)862-7982

Brandon Charles Walker

Assistant Coach

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  Brandon was born in Whittier, California in 1995 and later moved to Fort Gibson, Oklahoma where he spent his formative years. While in Oklahoma he swam for various club and recreational swim teams; later swimming for his high school, where he broke 4 school records, and was honored to swim for the Oklahoma All-State team in 2014. Brandon began his coaching career at 16 where he was head coach for the Fort Gibson Tigersharks rec. team for 3 years. Following high school, He swam one year in college for St. Lawrence University. After leaving the university he began working at the YMCA of Greater Whittier where he coached the intermediate and advanced swim teams. In August of 2016, Brandon moved to Durango where he plans to conclude his undergraduate degree at Fort Lewis college.

Board of Directors

Alexander P Martinek

Head Coach

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Fran McManus

President

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Brigette Cook

Treasurer

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Remy Reese

Secretary

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Peter Dixon

Board Member

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Trevor Woods

Board Member

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Candace Duran

Board Member

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