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Coaches & Directors

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

 

Head Coach: Andrew Preston- prestonat@comcast.net

Asst. Head Coach: Delaney McGuire

Team Directors: Kevin Strohmeyer strohkevin@gmail.com, and Kris Bayless  kris.bayless@outlook.com

 

2014 Coaching Staff

Andrew Preston

Head Coach

 

I am very pleased and thankful to be a Las Trampas Seahorse. According to the World Register of Marine Species, there are 53 species of seahorses. One objective-of many-this summer will be to gain classification as the 54th species-the fastest species. Seahorses in the wild are not very fast. However, they are very maneuverable-and are able to move up, down, forward, and backward. Other objectives for all LT seahorses include: move up the league top time rankings; down the pool faster than our competition; forward (and toward) each wall with increased speed; and back(ward) toward the finish ahead of the clock (a popped time).

I have coached competitive swimming for twenty years (recreation, USS, high school, and masters), and am confident that I will achieve the goals I've established for myself this 2014 season. These include, but are not limited to, the establishment of an environment in which everyone views themself (and each other) as successful; enjoys being part of practice, and misses practice when not present; and experiences improvements in stroke mechanics, racing skills, time standards, and overall rank.

I have worked with children/young adults as a basketball coach & camp counselor (St. Stephens Parish), general education teacher (full-time substitute MDUSD K-5), special education teacher (mild/moderate learning disabilities K-5, moderate program middle school, severely/emotionally disturbed 6-12), adult education teacher (GED, High School Diploma, Conversational English & Algebra), ESL instructor (Republic of Yemen), and as an instructor for the American Red Cross (CPR & First Aid).

As a competitive swimmer I swam ten years with the Walnut Creek Aquabears where I was a Junior National qualifier. I also was a NCS finalist (top 16) for one year (PHHS), a top eight finalst for two years (YVHS), a state semi-finalist for two years (DVC), and a NCAA Division 2 qualifier (CSU-Chico).

I am currently employed with the Mt. Diablo Unified School District as a teacher of a moderate special education class (grades 6-8). The ability to organize and prioritize information, and to make meaningful social connections is a challenge for many of my students. I was born in Preston, England, have traveled in thirty countries, collect stamps, and am married and have two daughters and a stepson.

Delaney McGuire Assistant Head Coach

Hey Y'all!

​I am Coach Delaney, and this is my 5th year coaching for the Las Trampas Swim Team. LT has been my summer home since I was six years old, and rarely will you see me outside of the pool during the summer. Starting in middle school I was an in-the-helper for three years, then when I began high school at Acalanes I became a junior coach. After three years of junior coaching I became the Mudskipper Head Coach last year. This summer I am very excited to be Assistant Head Coach. I am thrilled to be back at the pool with my seahorses for another amazing and action packed summer!

Apart from loving Las Trampas, I have a few other hobbies and activities that keep me busy. I am currently attending Tulane University in New Orleans, where I am majoring in Public Health and minoring in Spanish and Music. You might have seen me throughout the years in Lafayette playing with various bands, as music is an enormous aspect of my life; I have been playing violin and viola for fourteen years, and bass for eight years. At Tulane I am heavily involved with our Green Club, Trash to Treasure program (take reusable dorm items, sell them, and donate profits to those living in poverty and trying to start businesses in New Orleans), and Residence life as I will be a Residential Adviser next year.

I am really excited to be back this summer, working with Andrew and the rest of the coaching staff, and hope y'all enjoy it as much as I do!

Swim Fast!

-Del

Georgia Jansky

Assistant Coach,

Hi everyone my name is Georgia Jansky. I’ve been a part of Las Trampas since I was the age of three, making this my sixteenth summer on the swim team. I have always enjoyed swimming on the swim team and was so pleased to be able to be a part of such a great coaching staff since four years ago when I was hired as an in the water helper. I was an In The Water Helper for one whole summer, then the following summer’s preseason workouts, while during the actual summer season I was hired as a Junior Coach. This summer will be my second year as an Assistant coach.

Within the last four years I have had opportunities in leadership experience not only in swimming but as well as in water polo. I played water polo for three years for Campolindo High School, two of which I was chosen by the coach to be the team captain for JV. Being the team captain two years in a row truly taught me how to work with all levels of ability, while taking on the responsibility of making sure the team worked as one and making sure everyone worked to their greatest potential. Within these two years I was also awarded the honor of MVP. Throughout those three years on water polo I learned how to work well with others while also gaining the ability to coach others in an activity that is either completely new to them or the player just needed help with one concept of the game. This experience influenced my coaching techniques for swimming allowing me to work with all ages and levels. I know this summer will be great and I can’t wait to see the whole team succeed throughout the course of the season.

Melanie VandenBerghe

Assistant Coach

Hi! My name is Melanie VandenBerghe. I’ve been on LT since I was seven years old, and I’ve been a mudskipper coach for the last two years. This is the first year that I won’t be swimming, and I’m excited to focus my energy on coaching!

 spent eleven years swimming at Las Trampas as well as four years on my high school team. My specialty was the 50 yd butterfly. I loved swimming in relays because it allowed my friends and me to achieve goals as a team.

I can’t wait to get to know everyone this year and help lead LT to achieving its goals: whether they be team goals or those of an individual swimmer. See you guys out on the pool deck! Go Seahorses!

See you in June!

Rory Noone

Assistant Coach

Hi, I am Rory Noone. I started my swimming career as a mudskipper at three years old I have been a swimmer and an athlete all my life, and I am a former member of the Acalanes Varsity Swim Team. It is surreal to be a coach at the pool I grew up in with all my best friends, and I look forward to passing on my fifteen years of swimming experience.

My coaching style will emphasize the improvement of strength and form. I will ensure every child finds their strength in the pool, and learns to nurture that strength. The more confident and strong someone feels in the water, the faster they'll go. My hope is to help children discover the confidence the Las Trampas community can provide, and help them to love swimming the same way I did when I was their age.

See you this summer, Go Seahorses!

Nick Holden

Assistant Coach and Spirit Program Coach Coordinator

I have been involved with the Las Trampas swimming program since I was a mudskipper. It's safe to say I don't remember a time when LT was not an integral part of my life. I also swam for two years in high school at Campolindo, my favorite events were the 200 and 500 yard Freestyle.

I've been an innocent mudskipper, a shy 6 & under, a rambunctious 9-10 and a seemingly all-powerful 15-18. My vast experience as a Las Trampas swimmer helps me to understand the kids and what they need from me as a coach. And I believe that what every kid needs in a coach is a role model. Throughout my time at Las Trampas, throughout all of the life-long friends I made and them memories I shared with them, I have always had people to look up to, whether it was the older kids, the coaches, the parents, or just my peers. I strive to be that role model for the children I coach so that during their time at Las Trampas they can learn not just to be excellent swimmers but to be excellent people. This year I will be the Spirit Program Coach Coordinator and will be helping to organize social events for swimmers of all ages, and I am excited to get to know the strengths of each swimmer--in and out of the pool. I'm looking forward to another defining summer in my tenure at Las Trampas Pool."

Liam McGuire

Jr. Assistant Coach

Bio coming soon

Sara Koenigsberg

Jr. Assistant Coach

My name is Sara Koenigsberg, I'm 15 years old, and have been with Las Trampas Swim Team since I was a Mudskipper. I go to Campolindo High School and am on their swimming and diving teams. At the end of the season of high school swimming, I was moved up from JV A to Varsity. I am also on Varsity for the diving team. I have been diving for three years now and I'm on the Junior Olympic team with Sherman Divers. I love working with kids and babysit a wide range of kids from infants to ten year olds.

At Las Trampas I have won the Most Improved award twice, the High Pointer award for my age group last year, and the Seahorse award. I look forward to working with this team, and having a great season!

Sara Holden

Jr. Assistant Coach

Hi, my name is Sarah Holden, and I am seventeen years old. I've lived in Lafayette my whole life and attended Burton Valley Elementary, Stanley Middle, and Campolindo High School. I'm currently a Junior at Campo and absolutely love it! I joined Las Trampas as a mudskipper when I was four years old and I've been a part of the team ever since. I've cherished the Las Trampas friendships I have made over the years. The thing I love most about Las Trampas is how close the whole team gets. I believe we truly are a family and my goal this summer is not only to help swimmers become better, but to help them become close to one another.

 

 

Mudskipper Program

 

Connor Murray

Head Coach, Mudskipper Program

Bio coming soon

Isabel Kirke

Jr. Assistant Coach, Mudskippers

Bio coming soon

Cole Noone

Jr. Assistant Coach, Mudskippers

My name is Cole Noone, and in the fall I will be a junior at Acalanes high-school. Besides my complete adoration for Las Trampas and all things swimming; I also like to play tennis. I am on the boys varsity tennis team, and coach young children in tennis. I also play violin in my school orchestra. Having been on the team since I was a mud skipper, I am extremely excited to give back to this wonderful community by coaching the mud skippers of today.

Katrina Rynne

Jr. Assistant Coach, Mudskippers

Bio coming soon

Leland Mains

Jr. Assistant Coach, Mudskippers

Bio coming soon