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We are here to support your needs. If you have questions related to workouts, meets, events, goal setting, and other swimming related needs, please contact your primary coach. For general questions about the team please contact the Head Coach, Assistant Head Coach, Head Developmental Coach or the IST Office.


All IST Coaches have the following certifications:

  1.       Red Cross CPR
  2.       Red Cross First Aid
  3.       Red Cross Safety Training for Swim Coaches
  4.       Successful Background Screening
  5.       USA Swimming Member in Good Standing
  6.       Athlete Protection Training
Coaching Staff

Tim Kearney

Head Coach/CEO

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Tim’s coaching background includes experience in many levels of the sport. He began his career in Clinton, NY, where he served as an assistant coach at Hamilton College while simultaneously working with developmental swimmers at the local USA Swimming club team, the Clinton Cudas. 

The next 10 years saw him head west and afforded him opportunities to work with Overlake Golf & Country Club (Athletics Director and Head Coach, 8 seasons), Bellevue High School (Head Coach of Boys Swimming, 1 season), Kalamazoo College (Assistant Coach of Men’s & Women’s Swimming, 2 years), and Issaquah Swim Team (Age Group Coach, Interim CEO/Head Coach, and Assistant Head Coach, 5 years). He was also selected as an Assistant Coach of the 2019 PNS Age Group Zones Team coaching staff.

Athletes under Tim’s guidance have achieved successful performance outcomes in the sport. At the college level, he worked with multiple team and conference record holders, two NCAA Division III national champions, and one Division III national record holder. At the age group level, he has directly coached multiple IST team record holders, PNS and NWAG Regionals champions, All Star, Zone and Sectional-level qualifiers, and swimmers who have placed in the National Top 16.

Tim graduated from Hamilton College with a degree in Philosophy. He swam for the Continentals and served as a captain his senior season. 

Teresa Winterstein

Head Development Coach

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Vince Carmosino

Coach

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Coach Vince joins IST from Wave Aquatics, where he has been coaching since 2015. Vince has coached swimmers to all levels of cuts and has had a primary focus on coaching Senior Group swimmers. He is currently a Level 2 ASCA certified coach, only one cut away from his ASCA Level 3 certification. Vince himself was an accomplished swimmer with Nations Capital Swim Club, where he earned High School All-American, was a Junior National Finalist and Olympic Trials qualifier. Vince was awarded a full NCAA swimming scholarship at the University of Maryland, where he was voted Team Captain. Vince’s passion for swimming continues not only in his coaching, but he also trains and competes as a masters swimmer, qualifying and competing yearly at Masters Nationals. Vince believes in an athlete-centered, safe environment where student-athletes can push themselves to success and realize their full potential through goal setting, hard work and perseverance. “The biggest joy in my job is helping student athletes hit their goals in and out of the pool.”

Vince grew up in Philadelphia, Ohio, and the DC metro area. Vince earned a degree in Government and Politics from the University of Maryland, and a Project Management Certificate from the University of California, San Diego. After his college swimming career, Vince went into business in the Washington, D.C. area, where he spent most of his career in technology sales, before returning to his love of coaching swimming. Vince enjoys swimming, golf, hiking, and spending time with his family and dog.

Paloma Dinkel

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Connor Guhlke

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Eberth Rivera

Coach

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Eberth Rivera was born in the beautiful city of Bogota in Colombia where he began coaching swimming while going to school for his bachelor degree in Physical Education.  He has worked in the area of swimming for 20 years. As a Physical Education teacher, he has worked in several elementary schools and as swimming teacher obtaining experience in teaching swimming to athletes ages 3 to 50 and over. In the Bogota Swimming League, he has worked for 16 years with different categories with some national champions in his charge. He has also overseen the master category (16 and over National level athletes) attended the South American championships multiple times with athletes ranking top in their country. I was a swimmer in my hometown, butterfly and free being my favorite styles. For him teaching swimming is not a job but a pleasure, it is something that he enjoys immensely. Apart from teaching swimming Eberth likes to spend time with his family, play soccer, dance, and do water and outdoor activities such as camping.

Paola Arenas

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Paola is originally from Bogota, Colombia.  She attended The INCCA University graduating with a degree in Physical Education and Sport Culture and swam on the team for four years. Paola has coached in Colombia for 15 years with athletes at all levels. She lives in Issaquah and enjoys reading, swimming, playing soccer and of course spending time with her husband and daughter.

 

Emma Murray

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Emma grew up in West Seattle, Washington where she started swimming at 10 with White Water Aquatics and CAAT. She continued to swim through high school, becoming a captain for three years, as well as MVP and first team every year, it was through this she discovered her life long love of swimming. After high school she realized how much she missed swimming and started to coach for summer league and high school swim teams. She is currently a Pre-Law student at the University of Washington where she is studying Political Science and Law, Societies, and Justice with the intention to become an entertainment lawyer. 

Alyssa Poggemann

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Carter Ray

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Justin Morin

Immediate Past Head Coach/CEO

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Justin joins IST after 10 years of coaching experience as Head Age Group Coach of CAAT (now SMAC), Assistant Coach at Seattle University, Senior Development Coach at Hillsboro HEAT, and serving on multiple LSC Zone and All-Star staffs.

Justin started his competitive swimming career at age 11 with HEAT, and later moved to Salmon Bay Aquatics in Seattle (now Cascade), competing at many levels along the way including LSC, Northwest Age Group Regionals, Junior Nationals, Nationals, and US Open Championships. He went on to swim with a scholarship at Brigham Young University and graduated with a degree in Psychology. After college, Justin pursued his master’s degree in Clinical Metal Health. His work history includes experience in Pediatric Psychiatry, Behavioral Health, and serving as a Clinical Therapist.

Justin's coaching career reflects care and dedication to athletes and the sport, with swimmers under his tutelage accomplishing great things in and out of the pool: 

  • 2018: Athlete named to the USA Swimming Junior National Team 
  • 2017-18: Largest Fundraising and Volunteering by athletes in the country (for teams 200-299 members) 
  • 9 National Age Group Top 10 times 
  • 15 LSC Records 
  • Multiple Regional and LSC Qualifiers and Champions 
  • Athletes named to city Youth Advisory Committee 4 consecutive years 
  • 6 NCAA Scholarships awarded to athletes 

In addition to his personal success, programs Justin has been a part of have seen sustained growth and achievement at both local and national levels. 

Justin has a dedication towards Safe Sport, Diversity and Inclusion, and student-athlete leadership. His coaching philosophy closely aligns with IST's mission statement, and he sees himself as a partner in the coaching and training processes. He believes in focusing on the strengths of individuals to help bring out the most in them by using internal resources to motivate, lead, and accomplish great things in and out of the pool.

Joining Justin in the move to Issaquah will be his wife, Cassandra, and 2 children: Daphne (7) and Ira (3).
Personal Coaching Philosophy

Kris Daughters

Substitute Coach

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Kris grew up in Bellingham, Washington where she swam for the YMCA team and Sehome High School.  She attended Whitman College, earned a degree in literature, and swam on the team for four years.  She was team captain in her senior year and an All-American and an NAIA national championship competitor for four years.  Kris earned a Masters in Education from Seattle University in 1997 and has been teaching English at Liberty High School ever since.  Previous coaching experiences include being a developmental coach for Bellevue Club, and head coach for both Overlake Country Club and Liberty High School.  When not at the pool, Kris enjoys reading, gardening and traveling.