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Coaches & Directors

We are here to support your needs. If your questions are related to workouts, schedules, meets, events, goal setting, and other swimming related needs, please contact one of the coaches. For all questions related to administrative, swim meets, fund raisers, dues, safety, or policy issues, please contact one of the board members.

Coaching Staff

Mark E Wagner

Head Coach/General Manager

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MARK WAGNER: HEAD COACH

Mark serves as the Head Coach and General Manager for the Redding Swim Team. He is a former College All-American Swimmer who has been coaching since 1985. He has coached all levels of swimming in the areas of recreational, high school and U.S.A. swim teams before coming to Redding in September of 1996. In  2005, Mark was also hired as Head Coach of the Men's and Women's Swimming/Diving Team at Shasta College.

Since arriving in 1996, our swimmers have set over 100 new team records and has qualified swimmers for the Age Group Western Zone Meet, Junior Nationals, Senior Nationals, and two(2) Olympic Trails Qualifiers.

In addition, the American Swimming Coaches Association certifies Mark as a level 4 coach. His certification places him in the top 5% in the nation.  Mark is serving on numerous Board of Directors within the swimming and local community.  He has a lovely wife named Angie and four wonderful children.

Bethany Williams

Rookies Coach, SwimAmerica Site Director

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BETHANY WILLIAMS: Rookies, Age Group 1 Coach and Swim America Site Director

Bethany is a former swimmer of the Aqua Ducks. She has been coaching with the Aqua Ducks for 4 years and enjoys teaching and coaching the new athletes. She is the Site Director for our Swim America program and enjoys helping children of all ages explore swimming. A graduate of Chico State in Kinesiology and movement studies, she bring her smiling and caring nature to our team.  Bethany is also the Head Coach at Enterprise High School Swim Team.  She is married to a former swimmer, Chris and has three wonderful children, Clark, Clayton and Evalette. 

Aaron J Turnipseed

Masters Coach and Assistant

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Aaron Turnipseed is kicking off his coaching career as the Masters Coach and also coaches for the Age Groupers in the evenings. He swam on the Redding Aqua Ducks during his childhood and through much of his high school swimming career. He graduated from Shasta High school and swam at Cabrillo College in Santa Cruz and at Morningside College in Iowa, an NAIA school. Aaron has set a number of meet records in Breast Stroke, Butterfly and 200 IM. Aaron intends to further his coaching career with the Ducks and is currently working toward his Level 2 Coaching certification through USA Swimming and looks forward to obtaining future certifications. Aaron has a rich love and respect for the sport of swimming and is devoted to bringing the best knowledge of coaching to the pool every day.

Robert J Smith

Assistant Coach

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A lifelong swimmer, Rob grew up on the pool deck with a dad as a swim coach.  Some of his lasting memories are summer swim meets, playing in the team area, and camping with the team at meets.  In high school he swam for Shasta High as a standout freestyler and backstroker.   Recruited to swim with Coach Ernie Maglischo at California State University, Bakersfield; he honed his skills to become a competing force in Division II swimming.  During his freshman year, he earned All American Honors and a National Championship ring as a member of Roadrunner team.   The following year Rob took the opportunity to move up into Division I as a Sun Devil at Arizona State University.  There he continued to achieve success competing for ASU on the national team all three years, earning All American Honors, helping his team earn a top ten finish his senior year.  Throughout college Rob coached age group teams in California and Arizona and contributed to the ASU program as a volunteer assistant coach.  Rob completed his degree in Exercise Science from ASU with honors and continued onto his post graduate education with a degree in Chiropractic.  Excited to work with the kids, Rob takes his past swimming experience and his acquired body of knowledge and applies it to his coaching.  Not afraid to try new approaches and always looking for the fun in practice he abides by a simple philosophy in coaching, "Every swimmer has unrealized potential."  He finds his role as a coach is to challenge the swimmer and support their growth as a whole person.  

Jim Stack

Site Coach

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Director of the Shasta High school site High School Program:  Jim Stack – Jim, came to Redding from Orange County, California in 1995 with an impressive coaching resume that consisted of Head Coaching positions at the Club and High School levels.  Jim was recruited to become Head Coach of the Golden State Swim Team which eventually merged with the Redding Swim Team.  Jim's coaching experience covers more than 20 years and he is currently the Head Swim Coach at Shasta High School where he also teaches Biology.

Chip Michael Mark

Site Coach

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Director of the Shasta High school site Youth Program: 

Chip Mark - Coach Chip Mark is a Redding native and grew up on the Year-Round Redding Swim Team (back then it was called the “Shasta Aquatic Club Bears”).  Chip
is married to his wife Alicia and together they have two children, Christopher and Amber.  Chip has been involved with aquatics all of his life.  He worked at the Redding YMCA for nearly 17 years (from 1997-2013) as the Aquatics Director where he taught swimming lessons, coached a Jr. Swim Club for entry level swimmers (many of whom went on to swim for the Ducks), and taught Red Cross Water Safety and Lifeguarding classes.  Chip has also coached at the High School level at Redding Christian, American Christian and currently coaches the Shasta High School’s JV swim team and assists with the Varsity team.  Coach Chip is a familiar face to many around the pools as he has also coached with the Ducks in the past and he is delighted to once again join the Duck family, he shares his love of swimming and children with the community of Redding.

Rose Elizabeth Drake

Site Coach

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Director of the Enterprise High Youth site:  Rose Drake – Coach Rose grew up swimming with the Redding Aqua Ducks. She has been an instructor for Swim America for several years and is a very accomplished swimmer.  Rose graduated from Foothill High School in 2013.  She swam in college at Alderson Broaddus University in West Virginia where she met her husband (also a swimmer).  Rose received her degree in Elementary Education in 2016 and is currently teaching First Grade at Redding Christian School. She loves working with kids and is excited to share her love of swimming with the Duck family.  You can’t miss her smile.

Dana Kay McMurtrey

Assistant Coach

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Dana McMurtrey has been a member of the Redding Aqua Ducks Team for over 6 years. She graduated from Shasta High School in 2017 and is currently attending Shasta College. While at Shasta College she was member of the Swim Team and is pursuing her education in the medical field. Dana has coached for several years for the Redding Swim Team and the Swim America Swim Lessons program. Dana enjoys showing what she has learned over her years of swimming to younger kids. Not only does she enjoy swimming year-round but she has made a life time of friends by swimming with the Redding Swim Team. She hopes that kids can learn and love the sport of swim just as much as she does.

Tyler Christian Drake

Asstistant Coach

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Tyler grew up swimming for his team in New Mexico. He swam under his dad in high school and eventually continued on swimming in college at Alderson Broaddus University in West Virginia. In college, he set the schools’ 100 and 200 breaststroke records. He has also taught swim lessons during many summers in high school. He is passionate about swimming and is excited to coach with the Redding Swim Team.

Lily Wyse

Assistant Coach

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Lily grew up swimming for the Redding Aqua Ducks with her family and graduated from Redding Christian in 2016. She just finished her third year at Fresno Pacific University and she swam her first two years there. She is currently double majoring in Intercultural studies and Contemporary Christian Ministries. Lily has coached and taught swim lessons for several years for the Redding Swim Team and Swim America Swim lessons. She loves working with kids and really enjoys the sport of swimming. Swimming has greatly impacted her life and she can’t wait to share her love of the sport of swimming with the kids.

Ryder R Yannello

Coach in Training

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