Coaches & Directors

We are here to support you. If your questions are related to workouts, meets, events, goal setting, and other swimming related needs, please contact one of the coaches. 

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Coach Contact Information Coaching Career & Philosophy


Don Wagner
CEO / Head Coach

A former University of Nebraska swimmer, Coach Wagner served as an assistant coach at University of Arizona and University  Southern California to former USA national team head coach and general manager Mark Schubert.  

Coach Wagner later became the head coach at Texas A&M and University of Alabama.  Before going to USC, Coach Wagner served as the head coach of Fullerton Aquatics Sports Team (FAST), where he coached 4 time Olympic gold medalist and Olympic Hall of Famer Janet Evans to her world record in the 800-meter freestyle.  

He is an  ASCA Level 5 coach whose accomplishments include:

  • Olympic Coach at Sydney 2000
  • 6 time US National Team Coach
  • Assistant Coach for the Pan Pacific (1989 & 1991) and Goodwill Games Teams (1990)
  • Head Coach for the World University Games (1995)
Michael Gavrilchin
Age Group Head Coach
Senior Prep

Coach Michael has been coaching for the past ten years in the New York area. In that time he’s had numerous swimmers achieve National top ten rankings in their age group. His swimmers have qualified for Junior Olympics, Zones, Sectionals and Junior Nationals in the past few years.
                                                                                                    Michael’s philosophy is all about inspiring and motivating swimmers to achieve their full potential. He focuses on the development of athlete’s technical, mental and physical capabilities and he believes that the personal characteristics of an athlete are as important as winning.  So the emphasis is the importance of learning responsibility, leadership, discipline, hard work, determination, resiliency, strong work ethic and respect for all.
                                                                                                    Michael's personal athletic experience is; 2014 FINA World Masters Championship 4th Place in 100-meter fly, 2012 U.S. Nationals Qualifier, All-America in 100 Butterfly, 2011 NCAA Division 3 Championship finalist in 100 Fly, 2011 Eastern College Athletic Conference Champion in 100 Fly, 2006, 2005 FINA World Cup Qualifier, 2004 Olympic Trials Qualifier in the Republic of Moldova.
                                                                                                   Coaching swimming and staying fit are the most important part of his daily routine. Coach Michael is also pursuing his degree in Nutrition and Exercise Science. He is an ASCA Level 4 certified coach.

John Mendenhall

John is a former Division I swimmer at the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC) where he was a conference champion in the 200 breaststroke his senior year. 

He has a background in swim lessons for younger swimmers throughout high school and college years. John's main focus is on proper form as to reduce the incidence ofoveruse injury. 

He graduated with his doctorate in physical therapy May of 2016, works with Next Level Sports Physical Therapy as a PT and trainer, and is one of the dryland and strength coaches for senior prep and senior groups at Phoenix Aquatic Club. John continues to use his swimming skills to compete in triathlons.

Yaron Globus
Bronze, Stroke Development, Masters

Coach Yaron is a USA Swimming Level 2 swim coach and certified in Israel as well, where he coached for nearly 10 years from 1985 to 1994.  Prior to relocating to the US, several of Coach Yaron’s age-group swimmers in Israel won the Israeli nationals and made it to the Olympic trials. 

Coach Yaron began swimming competitively at age 12, and became one of the fastest backstroke swimmers in Israel.  He earned a silver medal at the Israeli Junior Nationals and was a finalist at the Israeli Senior Nationals. He has continued swimming since and now swims with the Phoenix Masters Team and periodically competes in swimming events as the swimming leg in team triathlon events. 

In addition to Coach Yaron's coaching certificates, he is a Certified Pool Operator and he holds an MBA and an M.A. in Economics from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. 

When not coaching or training, Yaron is the proud Owner and Managing Partner of a financial management consulting company, with past employment as the VP of Operations for a publicly traded, high-techVOIP company.


Alice Wagner

Learn to Swim Director

Stroke Development, Futures Email

Coach Alice has been coaching swimming for over ten years. She swam for Coach Mike Stauffer at the Lakewood Swim Club in Washington State. She was a Varsity letter swimmer at Lake High School. In 1990 she volunteered to work the Good Will Games in Seattle Washington. This is where she met her husband Don Wagner. They have two beautiful children in College. Savannah swam for the University of Nebraska and Ryan is currently swimming for Ohio State University.

Alice has been director of aquatics for several years running swim camps, swim meets, and Learn to swim programs. She managed the University of Alabama and Texas A&M Swim camps where enrollment increased 80% in just two years. She was the director/coach of the Crimson Tide Aquatic Swim Club and managed all operations of the club. Her skills in perfecting running swim meets increase revenue from $15,000.00 to $150,000 annually. Over the last several years she developed a learn to swim program that teaches “swim float swim” water safety swimming strategies. She coaches the stroke development and futures swimmers.

In addition to coaching, she is licensed in General and Special Education, and he holds a Master’s degree in School Building leadership from Mercy College.



John Kilduff



Coach John is a Phoenix Aquatic Club graduate and record holder. He is currently swimming and pursuing his degree at Cornell University. As a coach, his goal is to teach our youngest athletes in 12&under division the foundations of swimming; swim technique, the importance of being disciplined and focused, and race fearlessly. As a role model, Coach John is sharing his love for the sport with young swimmers where he also a student-athlete.

Coaching Staff