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

Coaching Staff

Richard W Taylor

Head Coach

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Contact Coach Taylor @ 573-382-2398 or longswim97@gmail.com.

Having spent the better part of his life in and around the sport, Coach Taylor brings to the Marlins nearly 30 years of combined experience as a coach and a competitive swimmer. His resume includes the 2006 New Mexico Age Group Coach of the Year and an extensive background in ultra-distance swimming, including over 350 swims of 10 miles or further. Many of Coach Taylor's former swimmers have competed at the highest levels: Olympic Trials, NCAA All-Americans, Grand Prix & Sectional Finals, various State High School Championships, dozens of USS Championship event victories and High Point Awards.

Coach Taylor attributes this success to the fun-oriented and comprehensive nature of his training program, with variety, progression, recovery, attention to detail and goal-setting underscored as key components.

A member coach of USA Swimming & the American Swim Coaches Association, Coach Taylor welcomes any and all swimmers to the Marlins who would like to work hard and move up in the sport.

Christopher R Clemons

Head Age Group Coach

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Christopher is from Wichita, Kansas where he was previously head coach of the Rolling Hills Piranhas. Being introduced to the sport at age 5, swimming has been second nature for Coach Chris. As a swimmer, competing for 14 years, Chris had accomplishments such as: competing at national level meets across the country, multiple state championships, a state record, four 1st team All-state selections, and an All-American selection in high school to name a few. Chris then competed at the Division 1 level, but has now turned his focus to earning a degree in Business Management from Kansas State University.

Chris intends to pass on his love and passion for the sport to all swimmers that he meets. He believes that his attention to detail, knowledge of technique, dedication to structure, and ability to get the most out of his swimmers are his strongest coaching attributes. Chris invites all swimmers to join the Marlins! 

Justin Kuhlman

Assistant Coach-Blue group

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Justin Kuhlman is from Great Bend, Kansas and he began competitive swimming when he was 5 years old. Justin swam for 13 years for the Golden Belt Swim Squad which is part of the Western Kansas Swim Club. Justin was a 4 time letter winner in high school along with medaling 6 times individually and 1 time on a relay at the state meet. He was also named an all-state swimmer 3 years in high school. He currently holds the second fastest times in GBHS school history in the 100 backstroke and the 500 free. He began his coaching career the  summer of 2014 helping lead GBSS to its 3 rd consecutive WKSC championship. Justin is currently a Junior Pre-Health student at KSU and he wants to be a physical therapist.

Jacob Evraets

Assistant Coach-Red group

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Jacob Evraets is from Wichita, Kansas, and has had 13+ years of swimming experience on the Wichita Northwest YMCA Neptunes. His best races were the 200 butterfly and 500 freestyle. In highschool, Jacob swam a mixture of all the events, qualofying for state in every event. As a sophomore Jacob swam in a state champion relay on the butterfly leg of the relay. Also he beat coach Justin in the 100 butterfly during his junior season. After many years of swimming, he decided to attend Kansas State to work toward a Master's Degree in Architecture with a Leadership Studies minor. He's excited to utilize his experience to coach the Marlins!

Alyssa C Detwiler

Assistant Coach - White Group

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Hannah Grace Hildebrand

Assistant Coach - Red Group

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Hey folks! I'm Hannah Hildebrand and I'm originally from Great Bend, KS. I am currently a junior at KSU studying Biology. I started swimming competitively at 10 years old for WKSC. I graduated high school after setting the Great Bend 100 butterfly record and becoming a 2 time all state swimmer. I started coaching in 2014 and I continue to enjoy what I do! 

Alison M Renner

Assistant Coach - Red & White Groups

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Alison Renner is from Lee's Summit, MO and started swimming when she was eight years old. Alison started swimming with a local neighborhood team and later joined the Empire Swim Club (formally known as Kansas City Blazers). Alison was a member of the varsity swim team four years in high school, and was a four time state qualifier. She is now a member of the Swim Club at Kansas State, and competes at other universities across the Midwest.

Alison has had four years of coaching experience, ages 5-21, and joined the Manhattan Marlins in 2017. She has worked with professional coaches and Olympic athletes, like Maya Dirado and Ryan Lochte, focusing on stroke technique and efficiency. Alison is currently studying Biological Systems Engineering at K-State and loves to sharing her passion for swimming with the Marlins.

Board of Directors

Eileen Hayden

Board President

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Brenda Randall

Board Member - Treasurer

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Miguel Perez

Board Member-billing

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Karen Way Graves

Board Member

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John Balman

Board Member

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Phillip Shaffer

Board Member

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Tim Steffensmeier

Board Member

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