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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 administration, such as dues, safety, or policy issues, please contact one of the board members.

Coaching Staff

Robert Heath

Head Coach

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Rob has been a member of the Manatee coaching staff since 2011, and a member of the team since 2003. He has coached age group teams, summer leagues, High School and Masters teams for over 30 years. He was fortunate to swim on his college team that was a 4-time Division 1 National Champion, swimming with a multitude of 70’s Olympians such as Mike and Joe Bottom, Bruce and Steve Furniss and John Nabor. He has consistently held Top 10 National times in all his events and has been a National Champion in the 50 Back. He has held National and World records as well. His passion for swimming is evident as soon as you join him on the deck, and he takes great joy in seeing the dedicated Manatee swimmers improve their stroke and racing techniques.

He is currently a Level 3 certified USMS instructor, the Equipment Chair for Pacific Masters swimming, a national USMS delegate, and past member of the National Championship Committee.

Brian K Stack

Assistant Coach

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I learned to swim at age 6 in Shirley Massachusetts at Madame Perrault's Day Camp, and I haven't stopped since!

I started coaching with the Mills Manatees in 1986. I was the Saturday guy, and Saturday was Distance Day. We did two 90 minute practices in the old Mills College Pool. Prior to that I had coached with Temescal Masters as a member volunteer. When the Mills Masters moved to Holy Names in 1988 and became the Manatees I became assistant to the Head Coach Dix Ozier. Dix debarked for New Zealand in November of 1990, and the Manatees hired me as Head Coach.

Claire Donaldson

Assistant Coach

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Claire has been coaching the Manatees for over 15 years and teaches swimming at Mills College. She enjoys working with new swimmers as well as those diving back into the pool after a long dry spell. She likes to keep her workouts fun yet challenging for all.

Brisa Camacho-Lovell

Assistant Coach

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Brisa has been swimming since she was 7 years old, an age at which she had an unfortunate propensity for crying hysterically during every swim meet of her first summer on rec league. She has come a long way since then, swimming competitively throughout high school and into college where she was a three year member of the Hamilton College Swimming and Diving team. As a coach, Brisa likes to mix in all strokes and distances.

Morgan Leishman

Assistant Coach

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Morgan has been in the water since before she could walk and does not regret a second of it. She swam club, high school, and NCAA collegiate swimming in her career. Her one true love is backstroke, but can be convinced to swim some mid distance freestyle when needed. She has coached swimming in everything from Parent-Child lessons up to adult lessons, age group swimming, high school, and Masters swimming for the past five years. She never makes a workout without a kick set, so be prepared. She is also a firm believer that you get out of a workout what you put into it.

 

Chris Pankey

Assistant Coach

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Chris, a certified USMS Coach Level Two,  joined the Manatees in 2004 and has been an assistant coach since 2010. Mentored by internationally acclaimed Masters Swimming Coach Brian Stack, Chris enjoys the interaction with swimmers as they arrive to swim in the very early morning hours! When on the deck coaching and at meets, Chris likes to make use of video feedback to show the swimmers how efficiently they move through the water.

 

Chris loves to swim and it doesn't matter where! Finding new bodies of water in which to swim is something Chris gets excited about. He has swum the Trans Tahoe Relay, across the Golden Gate, across Tomales Bay, in the Red Sea, the Mediterranean, Puget Sound, Lake Tapps, Lake Merritt, and in many rivers in the Northwest. He did NOT compete in the 400 IM and 200 Fly (too many hard yards) in college. He did compete for Pacific Lutheran University in the 100 and 200 Freestyle, however, and on a number of relays in which he was a six-time Northwest Conference champion and earned NAIA All America in six events.

 

Have you ever swum with a Manatee? You can, simply by coming to swim with us! Drop on by, we look forward to seeing you in the pool!