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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.

Elizabeth A Heibel

Age Group Coach and Site Supervisor

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Director of the Redding Aquatic Center site:  Beth Heibel –is a graduate of San Diego State University with a B.A. in Physical Education with a teaching option. She was born and raised in San Diego, Beth competed at the high school and Junior College levels while dabbling in synchronized swimming, water polo and springboard diving.  Like most swimmers, Beth worked as a lifeguard and taught swim lessons.  Beth was on the Foothill High School coaching staff from 2001 till 2006.  She joined the Redding Swim Team in 2001 as the Age Group Assistant while continuing to coach at Foothill.  In January 2006 Beth was named Novice Head Coach, she is currently the Head Age Group Coach for the Redding Swim Team.  Her forte is teaching new swimmers and her passion is assisting swimmers to fulfill their potential. Beth is a Life Member of the American Swimming Coaches Association and is a certified Level 2 Coach.

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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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.

Bethany Williams

Rookies Coach, SwimAmerica Site Director

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BETHANY WILLIAMS: Rookies Coach and Swim America Site Director

Bethany is a former swimmer of the Aqua Ducks and now is here to help our new swimmers.  A graduate of Chico State, 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 two wonderful children, Clark and Clayton.

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.

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.

Iain Shaughnessy

Assistant Coach

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Iain Shaughnessy is a recent graduate from Enterprise High School. He swam for the Ducks up until he was eighteen. Iain was an important part of the Enterprise High School swim team and was the team captain during his senior year. Iain is passionate about teaching young kids how to swim and enjoys watching them improve their swimming techniques. He has learned many skills in swimming and is eager to pass them along to your children. Iain will be attending Shasta College in the Fall, then moving on to Simpson University to enroll in the Nursing Program.

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.

Corina Madeline Reed

Assistant Coach

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Corina Reed is a former member of the Redding Swim Team. She was on the team for 8 years, leaving in the fall of 2017 for college in New York. She attends and swims for Long Island University Post where she is studying Environmental Science. Raised in Redding, she attended University Preparatory School for six years and worked for Swim America during the summer, for 5 years.