Coaches & Directors

The MCSD coaching staff works hard to provide all of our swimmers with fun experiences that focus on the swimming fundamentals. Our coaches challenge young people to push their limits and achieve their competitive goals within a positive team atmosphere, with the overall goal of creating a life-long love for swimming.

Our coaches are certified by USA Swimming and are members of the American Swimming Coaches Association (ASCA). Our coaches stay current with age group stroke development technique and training, and they bring their expertise and enthusiuasm to the pool everyday!

If you have questions that are related to your swimmer, practices and workouts, meets, goal setting and other swimming related needs, please contact one of the coaches.

For all questions related to membership, financial aid, fundraising, board meetings, employment and other administrative issues, please contact one of the Board Members.

Thank you!

Coaching Staff

Derek Hutchinson

Head Coach

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Derek has been coaching for the Mendocino Coast Sea Dragons since its inception in 2009.  Derek emphasizes fun, discipline and dedication in the pool. He sees swimming as a life-long sport that positively influences swimmers' lives in and out of the pool. He coaches all levels, focussing on Blue-Gold groups, and he oversees the Sea Dragon program.

Derek also teaches at Mendocino Community High School, where he has taught history, civics and outdoor education since 1995. He has a BA in Politics from UC Santa Cruz and a MA in Experiential Education from the University of Colorado, Boulder. When he is not teaching or coaching, he is either taking adventures with his family or surfing along the Mendocino Coast.
 
Swimming has always been part of Derek’s life. He grew up swimming competitively and playing high school water polo. Derek continues to swim as part of his own training for surfing and triathlons. Derek loves the fun, challenging, and competitive aspects of swimming, and enjoys sharing his enthusiasm for the sport with young people.

Sonya Shaffer

Coach, Novice Groups

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MaryAnn Kroninger

Assistant Coach

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I joined my first swim team in Hawaii at the age of 5 and until I was 20 I was in the pool every day.  I swam on an age group team until I was 18, but when I was 14 I was introduced to water polo by my older brother and from then on I was hooked!  I played on the boys high school team, then a local women's team and when I was 16 I got invited to the Olympic Training Center in Colorado to try out for the Jr National team.  I spent 2 years in the program and got to travel and meet lots of other athletes.
 
I was thrilled when my boys said they wanted to start swimming.  Now I get to share my excitement about swimming with them and all the other young Sea Dragon.

 

Matt Davis

Assistant Coach

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Harley Nunan

Assistant Coach

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Diane Rubin

Assistant Coach

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Diane joined MCSD as a coach in 2014 with a focus on the Yellow/Green groups. She loves working on the fundamentals of swimming with the younger members of the team, and particularly enjoys the spirit and dedication they bring to practice. As someone who has always enjoyed and participated in sports, Diane has grown up swimming, playing tennis and running cross country, all of which have given her a wealth of experience and ideas to implement during swim practices.
 
Originally from Massachusetts, Diane graduated from Macalester College in 2013. Seeking refuge from the unrelenting Minnesota winters, she made her way to Fort Bragg as an AmeriCorps member for the Alliance for Rural Community Health. Through her time at the Teen Clinic at Mendocino Coast Clinics, she gained experience teaching and working with youth, and continues to learn from the wonderful members of the MCSD team. 
Board of Directors

Anna E Borcich

Board President & Meet Director

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Sandy Todd

Board Vice-President

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Shannon Smith

Board Secretary & Membership Desk

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Jaime Ries

Board Treasurer

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Lynne Baumgartner

Board Member, Financial Assistance

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Leslie Kashiwada

Board Member, Grant Writing

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Jamie Turner

Board Member, Fundraising

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Becky Walker

Board Member, Liaison

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Monica Wellington

Board Member, Apparel

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