Louisville Dolphins Coaching Staff

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Coaching Staff

Melanie Beard

Head Coach & 13-18s


I am number 6 in a family of 8. So, when my sister decided she wanted to be on the swim team, we all had to be on the swim team. I tried out and made it when I was 4 years old. I swam, lifeguarded and coached up through high school. I was the Head Coach of the Stingrays for 6 years until moving to Colorado. Here, I started as the assistant coach for the Monarch Boys team and then the Girls team. I then became the Head Coach for the Girls Team, a position I currently hold. I am excited for this upcoming season and to fill the role as the Head Coach for the Dolphins.

Carl Diehl



A water rat since I was old enough to “bob” in the water in a life vest, I swam my first race at 7 winning against popular belief with an efficient dog paddle against an inefficient freestyle. I began coaching with my summer club team at 12 having a “special status” as the only AAU swimmer. I swam in both high school and college and was captain of both teams . After graduating, I swam and coached the Air Force and age group teams in Taipei Taiwan while in the service. I returned to coaching in 1988 with the High Mar Swim and Tennis Club, then the former Boulder Poseidon’s, North Jeffco Swim Club, and finally head coach of the Brighton Bull Frogs, and the Brighton HS girls and boys swim teams. Now that I am “retired” I am coaching with the Boulder Valley School District boys and girls dive teams, a new and exciting challenge for me.

Mary Ellen Ward

8&U Silvers (Competitive Team)


Mary Ellen was introduced to the BVSSL while she was in college.  She loved how the League promoted Aquatics, since she was always so involved in swimming and diving as she grew up.

Mary Ellen has been teaching Swimming and Diving for more than 35 years.  She's been involved in the Dolphins since her children were young.  Sometimes as a parent and sometimes as a coach.  She loves our dolphins community and feels blessed to be a part of it.

Paul Brunette



Swimming has been a part of my life since I joined the Louisville Dolphins at six years old. I was taught to swim personally by Mary Ellen Ward, because I was too unfocused in group lessons to learn and not drown at the same time. At that time, no one thought there was any way I would become a competitive swimmer. I continued to swim for the Dolphins a total of ten years, swam four years with Monarch High School, captaining my senior year and attending State every year, finishing my career with the Dolphins as the BVSSL male Swimmer of the Year, Richard Lacy award recipient, and the Co-Captain of the team.

My own experiences have led me to the conclusion that the difference between mediocrity and greatness in a child can often fall to the people that surround them, including friends, parents and teachers. My hope is to not only create great swimmers, but to create a community of great people that inspire each other and everyone they meet.

I recently graduated with a Degree in Electrical Engineering from CU Boulder, and am employed at Syncroness Product Solutions. When I’m not working, I like to work with music and revel in the fact that I’m not in school anymore.

Taite Henderson

Pre-Team & 9-10 Asst Coach


I began swimming for the Louisville Dolphins at the age of 7 and have loved swimming ever since. I swam with the Dolphins for 11 years and finished my last season the summer of 2014 as BVSSL’s co-female swimmer of the year. I also served as an Intern coach for the Dolphin 8 & under age group during the 2014 season and began as a coach for the 9-10s, 8&U Blue, Bronze and Silver teams in 2015.

I was a member of the Monarch High School swim team for four years, and served as a captain my senior year. Since graduating from Monarch, I have been swimming for The University of Northern Colorado’s Club Swim team and am currently the team president.

At UNC, I am studying Elementary Education with endorsements in ESL, Spanish and Bilingual/Bicultural education. I will be graduating in December of 2018. In my free time, I enjoy volunteering in Elementary schools and helping with UNC’s Relay for Life. I am Lifeguard and Water Safety Instructor (WSI) certified and will take good care of your swimmer!

Stacey Tobey

11-12 & 13-18 Asst Coach


I began competing at age seven with the Murray Aquatic Club in Utah.  I was Team Captain my junior and senior years in high school and broke 10 of my teams records.  I was State Champion in the 100 Fly and received a full scholarship to swim at the University of Utah where I was a 12 time Conference Championship Finalist.  I began coaching with my club at age 15 and learned from my Head Coach Larry Swim who was a relentless technique specialist.  I continued to coach Club and Summer League throughout college where I got my degree in Exercise and Sport Science.  I coached the Men’s & Women’s teams at the University of Utah for nine years and then when we moved to Denver in 2000, I became the Assistant Coach at the University of Denver and was there for 11 years and was also the primary coach of their first ever NCAA Division 1 qualifier in 2002 and helped lead the Pioneers to their first ever Pacific Collegiate Conference Championship.  I swam the English Channel with a relay team in 2010 as well as relays across Lake Tahoe, the Manhattan Island marathon and a two-person relay around Key West.  I also completed a 12.5 mile solo swim around Key West in 2016 and was the 3rd woman overall.  I just love coaching and encouraging the passion I have for great swimming.  I also coach the Fairview High School girls, Boulder Aquatic Masters, Catalyst Swim Advisors at the CU Center for Sports Performance and run my own business teaching private lessons!

Billy Early

10&U Asst Coach



Sienna Stonesmith

Asst Coach


I swam for the Louisville Dolphins for 10 years and have been an assistant coach for the last two years. I was awarded BVSSL’s Swimmer of the Year award in 2015 and earned All American Status three times throughout my high school swimming career.

I spent the past fall studying abroad in Panama helping teach swim lessons to local community members. I am currently a Junior at University of Denver graduating with a Buisness Analytics Degree with a minor in sustainability in the spring of 2019. 

The Louisville Dolphins foster a positive environment of inclusion and community. It’s why I chose to return after 12 years and why I’m so excited to start my third season coaching!