Academy Swim Club Coaches

On behalf of the Academy Swim Club Coaches, "Welcome" to our page. We're here to help swimmers advance in character and swimming skills.  

The coaches for our group are as follows:

Novice Group: Coaches Sarie Imonen and Jane Quayle

Bronze Group: Coaches Sarie Imonen and Jane Quayle, 

Silver Group: Coaches Barbara Kopra and Kerry Kamisato

Gold Group: Coach Harry Canales

Platinum Group: Coach Sylvia Ravaglia

ASC HEAD COACH/Senior Group: Coach Mark Noetzel

Coaching Staff

Mark Allen Noetzel

Head Coach USA Swimming ASCA Level V


Head Coach – Mark Noetzel

I grew up in an age-group team back in Michigan named the Blue Water Swim Club. I will be forever grateful for the family (Dr. and Francis Schwab) for starting the program and providing an opportunity for children to swim. Since the town did not have a pool for a team, they built a pool for aspiring swimmers.  Their efforts have greatly influenced my reasons for wanting to provide a program in Waimea.

My coaching style has been influenced by several coaches over the years (Bob Steele, Dave Salo, Doc Councilman, Dennis Hill, Gus Stager) but most of all by the methods of Jon C. Urbanchek. Jon was my coach at Michigan for my junior and senior years. I also worked for him as an assistant in 1984-85, 1989-92. It has been a pleasure to be able to observe how he's worked with his athletes and other coaches.


Coaching Memberships

  • American Swimming Coaches Association (ASCA) - Level V Certification , Life Time Member
  • Member Nat’l Interscholastic Swimming Coaches Assoc (NISCA).
  • United States Swimming (USA) Certification

Coaching Experience

  • 1992-Present        Hawaii Preparatory  Academy, Academy Swim Club
  • 1989-1992             University of Michigan Men’s Swimming/Club Wolverine– Assistant Coach
  • 1985-1989             Punahou Aquatics Head Coach, Punahou School Varsity (1986-89)
  • 1984-85                  University of Michigan Men’s Swimming – Graduate Assistant

Over 20 NISCA High School All – America Swimmers.  Coached Swimmers to the US Olympic Trials, Jr. Nationals, Sectional, Zones, Age-Group Champions, Hawaii State Record Holders.

Swimming Background - Competitor

  • Blue Water Swim Club (MI)  - 1975 Michigan AAU State Champion
  • Ann Arbor Swim Club (MI) AAU State Record Holder 
  • Ann Arbor Pioneer High School - Team State Champion, All-America
  • City of Richardson (TX) 1984 US Olympic Trial Competitor
  • Club Wolverine (MI) 1983 US National Sports Festival Team, 1991 Finalist U.S. National Championships
  • Punahou Aquatics (HI) 1988 US Olympic Trial Competitor
  • Academy Swim Club (HI)
  • University of Michigan (Mi) 1984 NCAA All-America, Big Ten Champion, Captain

Harry N Canales

Lead Coach Gold Group


Barbara Kopra

Co-Lead Coach Silver Group


Sarie Imonen

Lead Coach Novice and Bronze Group


Sarie began her swimming career in San Diego, CA at the age of five. Her success as an age group swimmer and member of the three time CIF champion Poway Titans High School swim team, and Junior National Qualifying times in the 200, 400, 500, 1500, and 1650 freestyle events earned her a full ride scholarship to UH Manoa. As a distance freeestyle specialist, Sarie competed for two seasons with the Bows.  Unfortunately, Sarie had a back injury and was medically released from the team. She was ecstatic when offered a student-assistant coaching opportunity for the ramaining two seasons while she finished her undergrad schooling.

During her college years, Sarie taught swim lessons with the Iolani Swim Club and with world acclaimed biomechanics specialist, Dr. Jan Prins.  She also taught an Adult Learn to Swim program at Kaimana Beach on Oahu. When back in San Diego for the summer months, she coached the Blue Fins Novice Summer Swim Team and taught private swim lessons.

After earning her BA from UH Manoa, Sarie returned to San Diego to obtain her K-12 Multiple Subject Teaching Credential as well as her M Ed. with an emphasis in Physical Education. For 16 years, Sarie taught 3rd grade for a small school district in San Diego’s North County. 

Sarie is USA Swimming Certified and an American Swimming Coaches Association Level III coach. She is delighted to be back in and around the pool sharing her passion and knowledge of swimming. She is dedicated to helping her swimmers find a love for the water and the sport while acquiring very necessary swimming and survival skills. 

Sylvia E Ravaglia

Lead Coach Platinum Group


Jane Quayle

Coach Bronze & Novice Group


Kerry K Kamisato

Co-Lead Coach Silver Group