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2019 Larkey Sharks Coaches...Go Sharks!!

 

Coaching Staff

Nate Burkhart

Head Coach

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I am 23 years young and excited to be the Larkey Head Coach!  I am currently coaching California High School’s Swim Team with a couple past Larkey Head Coaches - Ross Dautel & Connor Green. 

A favorite accomplishment of mine as a swimmer was finishing top in my high school league at the 200 freestyle with my best friend just a lane over, a heartfelt moment that I will never forget. 

I value honesty and clear communication along with hard work to achieve self-set goals. I believe if you strive to be your ideal role model every single day, it will not only make you a better person, but also improve everyone around you. 

Lastly, I love anything music, the beach, and fitness! Swimming in the ocean, playing in the sand, getting a quality Cross Fit workout in, or producing/mixing my own sounds. As long as each day has just one of those things, I’m doing something right. 

Favorite stroke: Butterfly
Favorite pre meet meal: Avocado toast & a juice or a smoothie
Favorite post meet meal: an infinite amount of sushi rolls plus fried rice
Favorite Larkey tradition: Campouts & Conference

Maria Freeman

Coach

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Hi Larkey!!! I am so excited to be returning for my third year to coach you all.  I am currently a junior at the University of Southern California, where I study Journalism. I began swimming at the age of 4 for Round Hill Swim Team and continued swimming year round for the Crow Canyon Sharks and Diablo Aquatics. I graduated from Carondelet High School, where I swam on the varsity team.  Throughout my years swimming, my love for the sport has only continued to grow and has taught me to value a competitive and fun environment on the pool deck. When I’m not at the pool, I love to spend my time outdoors, being active with my family and friends. 

Favorite stroke: breaststroke

Favorite pre-race food:  smoothie

Favorite post-race food:  pasta & bread

Favorite Larkey tradition: Alumni/Spirit meet

Thomas Seibel

Coach

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Hi Sharks!  I am happy to be back at Larkey.  Currently, I am a Sophomore at DVC.  My accomplishments include making County in Freestyle and Academic Honors at DVC.  I joined Larkey as a 13-year old who had no idea how to swim.  With the help and encouragement of my coaches, I ended up having an amazing experience.  I want the swimmers to have the same amazing experience that I had.  My interests outside of swimming are working out, handing out with my friends, and keeping up with my schoolwork.

Jack Gray

Coach

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Favorite stroke: I.M. Breast or Fly
Favorite pre meet meal: Fruit & Water
Favorite post meet meal: Cheese Pizza

 

Jake Simpson

Coach

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Hi Sharks! It is great to be back at Larkey!

I am a junior in college at UCLA. I got into UCLA for water polo and have decided to go back to my roots and coach Larkey once again. 

My values include being genuine and enthusiastic with everything I do. I believe if you put your mind to anything, you can accomplish it. I will hopefully be able to help you find a love of swimming and a way to get everyone fired up with lots of spirit. I also think these values will help me coach swimmers to their maximum potential. 

My hobbies and interests outside of school include triathlons, hanging out with my friends and being in a pool. I feel more comfortable in the water than I do out of it (;

Favorite stroke: Breaststroke and I.M.
Favorite pre meet meal: Lasagna (night before) and salads/fruits the day of the meet
Favorite post meet meal: Steak

Ashley Larson

Junior Coach

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My name is Ashley Larson and I am a (Second-semester!!!) senior at Campolindo! If you consider being a student-athlete a job, then you could say I’m working all day everyday for at least 3 hours a day. I row for Oakland Strokes and, recently, have found my home in the lightweight program. In November 2018, I was a part of the Lightweight 8+ that got the opportunity to travel to Tennessee to race and represent the women of Oakland. We ended up achieving our goal and getting the gold that morning by a 7 second margin, which was an incredibly humbling experience. It was something that definitely solidified my love and passion for the sport and made me want to continue to work even harder than before in order to contribute to the speed and intensity of the team. In Larkey language, I’ve been on the team for going on 10 years and am super excited to give my all to the kiddos and the team again! For me, mentality is everything and I’m looking forward to helping the kids not only get faster physically, but help them gain the courage and confidence to get on the blocks and think the words “I can” before diving into the pool. Outside of swimming, I row everyday and I also love to hike, be outdoors, and play with my puppers! I’m excited for another unpredictable, fun-filled summer full of family and Larkey Love!! GO SHARKS!!!

Favorite stroke: Breaststroke & Butterfly
Favorite pre meet meal: Coffee
Favorite pre meet meal: Salad
Favorite Larkey Tradition: IVST/Larkey Cheer off at Conference/Cheers in General

 

 

Thomas Davies

Junior Coach

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My name is Thomas Davies and I am a senior at Northgate High School. I am looking forward to coaching at Larkey this summer. 

I have been a member of the SHARKS Swim Team for almost 15 years and have made lifelong close friends. I am not a very strong person physically, so most of my ability to swim comes from getting the technique right. As a coach, I will focus on making sure to teach the proper technique to the swimmers as early as possible.

Outside of swimming I enjoy running, biking and hanging out with my friends.

Favorite stroke: Backstroke
Favorite pre meet meal: Burrito
Favorite pre meet meal: Pizza
Favorite Larkey Tradition: The Campout and duct taping a Burkhart to that pole.

Jackson Simmons

Junior Coach

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Favorite stroke: ALL!!!
Favorite pre meet meal: Blueberry bagel w/blueberry cream cheese
Favorite pre meet meal: PB Moo'd from Jamba Juice
Favorite Larkey Tradition: Taping up a Burkhart to the pole and covering them w/shaving cream.

Anna Mills

Junior Coach

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My name is Anna Mills and I am a junior at Acalanes High School. My biggest accomplishment is winning a trophy that was bigger than me when I was five at the OMPA Bottoms-Up Meet. I hope that I can help some young Sharks get big trophies too! I value good sportsmanship, both towards your teammates and others, and positivity. I think that a good attitude will not just help their swimming but many other aspects of their lives! I believe that a combination of focus on technique, hard work, a positive attitude and fun(!!!) will lead to swimming improvements and a great summer. I like rowing, reading, and hanging out with friends, but food beats all of the above. Can’t wait for an amazing summer!

Kyle Burkhart

Junior Coach

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Hi! I am Kyle Burkhart.  I am a senior at College Park High School and am working at Burgerim.  One of my favorite memories of Larkey was when my 11/12 medley relay team broke the Larkey record.  I want all the swimmers to be as fast as they can and proud of what they can accomplish.  I love swimming, water polo and other sports like lacrosse, soccer, basketball and football. Outside of sports, I like working out and playing video games.

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