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We are here to support your needs and ensure that your families have an enjoyable summer. If you have questions related to practices, meets, events, goal setting, or other swimming related issues, then please contact one of the coaches. For administrative questions, such as registration, fees, safety, or policy issues, please contact a committee member at swimteam@thelakesoftempe.com.

Coaching Staff

Steve C Mancuso

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Steven Mancuso graduated from Northern Arizona University with a Bachelor of Science in Education with Distinction in 1996.  He was a scholarship swimmer on the university’s swim team for four years, 1991-1995, serving as team captain both his junior and senior year.  Additional honors achieved at NAU during the time he was obtaining his bachelor’s degree include:  Membership on the Student Athlete Advisory Board, 1994-95; Golden Eagle Award for Academic/Athletic Excellence, 1991-92, 1992-93, 1993-94; and Scholar Athlete of the Year, 1994-95.

Upon graduation from NAU, Steve began his teaching career at Mountain Pointe High School, teaching American and World History courses.  He was awarded the head coaching job for Men’s and Women’s Varsity Swimming in 1998.  Steve expanded is experience at Mountain Pointe when he took on the position of At-Risk/Attendance Coordinator during the 2001-02 and 2002-03 schools years.  During the 2003-04 school year, Steve served as Principal of Pinnacle Charter High School, while continuing to coach swimming at Mountain Pointe.  In 2004, Steve returned to Mountain Pointe as a Guidance Counselor.

Steve has also coached with Mesa Aquatics Club and works part time at Gold Medal Swim School.

Steve obtained his Master in Educational Leadership with Distinction in 2002 from NAU and completed his Principal Certification, also through NAU, in 2004.

Coach Mancuso’s awards while with Mountain Pointe Swimming include Region Swimming Coach of the Year, 2000-01, 2004-05, 2005-06 and 2009-10 and NISCA (National Interscholastic Swimming Coaches Association) State Swimming Coach of the Year in both 2000-01 and 2009-10.

Coach/Steve Mancuso lives in Chandler and takes every opportunity to compete and train.  In June of 2011, he completed the Ironman Triathlon in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho.  He is married to his beautiful wife Jill and they have 3 children, Leo (4), Harlow (3) and Winnie (1).

Rockwell Paul Arredondo

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Lisa Mancuso

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Coach Lisa Mancuso graduated from Northern Arizona University in 1992 with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. She was a scholarship swimmer on the university’s swim team for four years, swimming primarily the 100 & 200 Breaststroke and the 200 IM. Lisa was captain her senior year. Immediately after graduation, Lisa returned to the valley and was awarded with the opportunity to build a U.S.S. program in Chandler, where Lisa managed and served as head coach of the “Chandler Aquatics Team”. In 1998, the team merged with Desert Aquatics, now Desert Thunder Aquatics. Lisa has been coaching high school swimming since 1999, first with Mountain Pointe High School, then Desert Vista, then returning to MP in 2002. Also, upon college graduation, Lisa began her business career working at the Apollo Group, Inc./University of Phoenix and is currently employed at Tech Data Corporation in Tempe.

Darian Faulkner

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Darian Faulkner joined the coaching staff in 2015. You may notice that she is always smiling and happy. Could be because she is a Lakes Snakes alumna, swimming with the team from the age of 5 through 13. Darian graduated with honors from Hamilton High School in 2015. She competed on the varsity swim team all four years, serving as a team captain her junior and senior years. She currently attends Arizona State University and plays club water polo.

Sheila Arredondo

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Coach Sheila has been involved in nearly every facet and level of competitive swimming for more than three decades. Her experience spans the roles of athlete and teammate; researcher and scientist; learn-to-swim instructor; age-group, collegiate, and masters coach; high school and USA Swimming official; and event volunteer. Sheila began competing at the age of five and was an Arizona age-group state champion and record holder. She earned most valuable honors throughout high school and college, was selected to the All-America Collegiate Swimming Team in thirteen events over four years, and inducted into the Occidental College Aquatic Hall of Fame. Sheila began masters swimming in the 1990s earning top rankings nationally and internationally.

Sheila’s coaching career began in Tempe, Arizona at the Lakes Beach & Tennis Club. Since 1975 this summer recreational swimming program has been operated by the Arredondo family. During high school and college she worked as an instructor, coach, and lifeguard. She is currently an Arizona Interscholastic Association and USA Swimming official as well as a coach and lifetime member of the American Swimming Coaches Association. Over the past 30 years she has implemented comprehensive learn-to-swim programs and coached swimmers of all ages from novice to elite.

Following college Sheila worked as a graduate research assistant and sport science service coordinator for USA Swimming at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs. During this time she established testing and tracking programs for elite and developing athletes, instructed coaching clinics, conducted biomechanical and physiological training studies, and presented research to the American College of Sports Medicine and FINA Medical Congress. Currently Sheila serves as the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency site coordinator for the annual Pro Swim Championship Series event held in Mesa, Arizona.

Sheila earned a bachelor’s degree from Occidental College, a master’s in exercise science from the University of Colorado, and a PhD in higher education from the University of Denver. She has worked at Colorado College, Colorado State University, University of Colorado, University of Denver, and the Education Commission of the States. Sheila is currently a senior program associate at WestEd — a research, development, and service agency. WestEd works with education and other communities to promote excellence, achieve equity, and improve learning for children, youth, and adults.