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Coaching Staff

Brian A Bolster

Head Coach/Aquatics Director

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Brian is the founder, Head Coach and CEO of Osprey Aquatics.  Brian is a native of San Jose, grew up swimming locally and was a Junior National qualifier before accepting a swimming scholarship to SDSU.  Brian has been coaching for 26 years.  He has been the Head Coach of Osprey Aquatics since the fall of 1996.  The team started with 26 swimmers and 2 coaches, it now has around 160 year round with 6 coaches.  During his career, Brian has worked with swimmers at every level, from cabana swimmers, to beginning age groupers to Far Western Champions, Olympic Trials swimmers and a Para Olympian, Jacque Mox.

Brian is known as an innovator and stroke technician in our sport, having invented the Bolster Swim Paddle which is sold worldwide.  Under water speed is one of his specialties.  Linnea Mack won short course Junior Nationals in the 100 fly in 2013, in large part because her UW speed was world class.  

Brian’s has coached numerous swimmers ranked in the top ten Nationally.  He was named a 2014-2015 National Junior Team Coach for USA Swimming after Linnea Mack made the team.  Forty five times his swimmers have won individual or relay events at Far Westerns.  They have broken 5 Pac Swim records, won CCS, been named high school All Americans and won individual events at Sectionals, as well as received college scholarships to Division 1 programs.  

Brian has been published in NISCA Swim Magazine, and been profiled in Swimming World.  He was a presenter for FINIS at the 2012 ASCA Coaches Conference and gave a talk on the topic of Speed Maintenance as the Winning Edge, how training the ability to maintain target length (stroke count), and target rate (tempo) is the key to maintaining speed and winning races at the highest levels.   

Brian specializes in helping swimmers improve their mental approach and mindsets through mental training.  He is fond of saying, “We are what we think about most.  Thoughts become belief and belief becomes behavior.”  Mental training is something the Osprey do all year round, not just before the big meets.  Developing a positive self talk narrative is critical to success.  Winners find reasons why they can, not why they can’t. The senior group does the most of this work, and all of his swimmers have a working understanding of what it means to compete in and how to enter a flow state when racing.   

Brian is a Level 4 ASCA coach.

 

 

Shannon L Mackin

Head Age Group Coach/President

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Shannon will be coaching the Gold and Copper groups this year.  As the team’s longest tenured coach after Brian, she begins her 18th year this year. In addition to being an administrative  and organizational whiz running the day to day operation of the team, Shannon is an expert coach, understanding all facets of our sport.
She has coached nearly every level on the team from SOAR to the Senior 2.  With CCS consolation finalist as well as Far Western Finalists.  Shannon is an ASCA level 3 Coach

Oliver M Mackin

Assistant Sr. Coach

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Oliver coaches the Pre Senior and Varsity Groups.  This will be his 11th full year of coaching after 5 additional summers spent coaching during his college years.  Oliver has developed into an exceptional coach who understands the stroke mechanics, energy systems, dryland, and sports psychology in a manner that sets him apart from most other coaches.  He is also capable of insightful observations and suggestions that not only benefit him, but our entire staff as well.  Oliver has trained a CCS finalist, nationally ranked swimmers and many Far Western Finalists over the years.  Oliver also manages our swim lesson program and has been a big part of it’s success.  Oliver is an ASCA level 2 coach.

Ian J McAlister

Age Group Coach

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Ian is one of our home grown coaches.  Ian started swimming with the Osprey in 2003 and swam for 6 years.  As a swimmer he was a Far Western finalist and swam on the Western Zone team in 2007He began his coaching with us in 2009.  Ian now coaches the Bronze and AGE (Age Group Elite), however he has coached most all levels leading up to his current position.  Ian has a swimmers knowledge of the sport and is becoming a good motivator.  Ian is an ASCA level 2 coach.

Julie Watkins

Age Group Coach

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Coach Julie grew up and swam on the east coast in Northern Virginia. For the past 25 years she has either been teaching kids to swim or coaching young swimmers. She joined the Osprey coaching staff in 2014. She has a degree in elementary education.  Julie has an unmatched patience and is able to realy work well with our youngest swimmers. Julie is a Level 1 ASCA coach.
 

Samuel A Esbenshade

Age Group Coach

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OAQ is pleased to announce the addition of Sam Esbenshade to our staff.  Sam currently attends West Valley College.  He swam for the Osprey for 11 years, the last 4 were with Brian in the Sr. group, where he had success and made finals in the 200 breast at short course Far Westerns.   Sam knows our system very well, has a good eye for stroke mechanics and has demonstrated exceptional ability while teaching young people in our swim lesson program the past 3 years.  He has been a life guard for several years, and is coaching Masters swimming on the side.  Sam’s intelligence, growth mindset, integrity, work ethic and understanding of the sport will serve him and the team well.  Sam will coach the JV, and the Silver groups.  Sam will receive the same support, guidance and mentoring from Brian, Shannon and Oliver that has benefited all our assistants coaches in the past and helped us be successful.  

Alisabeth T Bacon

Age Group Coach

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Alisabeth started swimming for the Osprey in  2005.   She continued her swimming career in college at Concordia University.  She also continued with us by coaching on our summer team for 6 years.  After completing her bachelors degree she returned to us as and joined our staff as a year round coach.  Alisabeth is working on a credential to teach in California.  She is a welcome asset to our staff.