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Coaching Staff

Donald Pirrie

Head Coach

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Originally from Scotland, Donald has been involved in coaching for over 22 years. As a fellow of the Institute of British Swimming, Donald completed several high level coaching certifications at University of Edinburgh’s Morey House School of Education, under the watchful eye and strict guidance of British Hall of Fame & Olympic Swim Coaches Hamilton Smith and Neville Cross.  Donald's coaching background includes coaching club athletes, working with grassroots swimmers, and developing regional super teams.

 

Over the years Donald has coached multiple national and international athletes, countless state and regional champions, and many state and regional record holders, including swimmers ranked nationally in the Top 10.  Donald coached and directed two national education programs in the United Kingdom specifically targeting the country's most promising swimmers and advancing the skills of the coaches involved with those swimmers.  Donald currently serves on the YMCA of the USA national advisory council for competitive swimming and manages the North Central states of IA, MN, NE, ND, SD.

Donald is a USA and YMCA Level 3 certified coach.  He is now in his 13th season with the team.  As a father to 2 young Y swimmers he is eager to continue to advance the quality and success of MACR Sharks swimming.

Favorite coaching quote: “Good or bad, Practice makes permanent”

Mike Jones

Assistant Coach

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Mike is a father of 3 girls and married to Tricia Jones.  Mike's past swimming experience includes two years of being the head coach of the Mount Vernon Swim Team.  Mike is a level 1 USA certified coach and is now in his second year of coaching with the MACR Sharks.  In addition to swimming Mike coaches numerous sports at Mount Vernon including football, basketball and softball.  He enjoys watching the team get stronger every year.

Favorite saying: You get out of practice what you put into it. 

Paul Brown

Aquatic Director/Team Administrator

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Bailey Strausser

Lane Coach

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Bailey has been involved in competitive swimming since she was 8. She swam locally for the Sharks and Jefferson High School, where she held a school record in the 100 yard breaststroke. Beyond that, she has helped coach stroke and technique clinics and is very excited to be coaching with MACR. Her favorite part so far is seeing the many improvements of the swimmers, not only with times but with technique as well. Go sharks!

Jessica Beem

Monticello Head Coach

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Jess has been coaching swimming for 10 years.  She swam competitively as a youth and in high school.  Jess has also been involved with teaching swimming lessons for over 20 years.  Her goal is to continue to have youth be excited about this amazing sport and learn to work hard to reach their individual goals!

Favorite coaching quote: “There is no secret to success.  It is the result of preparation, hard work, learning from failure.”

 

Dale Schirmer

Lane Coach

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Dale has been involved in Aquatics for more than 25 years.  His first job as a teenager was at the Ellis YMCA in Cedar Rapids where he taught swim lessons for kids and adults and served a as lifeguard.  Dale started coaching competitive swim programs in 2000 and is in his 6th season with the MACR Sharks program.  Dale is the father of 4 girls, and although he doesn't have any competitive swimmers in the family yet, he is still hopeful that one or two of them will share his passion.

 

Melissa Chapman

Lane Coach

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Melissa Chapman founded the YMCA of Greater Omaha/Southwest Iowa Sailfish Swim Club in 2005 and was it's head coach until last March when she left Council Bluffs to move back to her hometown of Cedar Rapids.  Melissa is a Level II ASCA, USA, USMS, Iowa HS and YMCA certified coach - as she likes to tell people she is fully certified to torture swimmers of all ages. 

Currently a Master's Swimmer with Milky Way Masters here in CR and very excited to get to 'just coach' at MACR.  Melissa enjoys helping swimmers build solid technique so that there is not limit to how fast they can become. 

Brooke Prouty

Lane Coach

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Brooke Prouty has been an assistant coach and instructor for various teams and organizations over the past 8 years. She swam competitively in the Cedar Rapids area for 5 years with the Cedar Rapids Kennedy Cougars and KAST swim teams. She is dedicated to developing better swimmers and helping others find the joy in swimming and accomplishing goals!  We are excited to have Brooke at the MACR Sharks this season.

Kerrigan Urbi

Lane Coach

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Kerrigan is a senior at Kennedy High School and has been on the Varsity dance team for four years. Kerrigan started swimming at a young age and started the swimming for the MACR sharks when she was 8.  Past work experience for Kerrigan includes teaching swim lessons at the YMCA where she loved being back in the water. Kerrigan is really looking forward to her first year of coaching and getting to know all of the MACR Sharks Swimmers.