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Coaches

 

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 the head coach or one of the assistant coaches. For all questions related to administrative topics, such as dues, safety, or policy issues, please contact one of the board members.

 

 

Coaching Staff

Keelan Kirshen

Head Coach

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Keelan Kirshen joined MCST as a swimmer when he was 10 years old and has coached for MCST since 1989.  His swimming experience includes MCST, the Concord-Pleasant Hill Swim Team, the Walnut Creek Aquabears, and Diablo Valley College.  He graduated from Berean Christian High School in 1990 and St. Mary’s College in 1994.  He has been a history teacher at the Martinez Junior High School since 1996. Keelan's two kids Kenzie and Mac both swim for MCST.

Dianna Burns

Assistant Coach

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Diana Burns coached MCST in 1993 & 1994 and went on to coach at Las Trampas, the Terrapins, Cal Poly SLO, and Orinda Park Pool.  Dianna's swimming experience includes the Pleasant Hill Aquatics, the Terrapins, and Cal Poly. Dianna has been a teacher at Wagner Ranch Elementary School in Orinda since 2004. Dianna rejoined the MCST staff in 2016 as her two boys, Hunter and Carter, both swim for MCST.

Courtney Butler

Assistant Coach

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Courtney Butler swam for the Pleasant Hill Aquatics until she was 18 years old.  While swimming for PHAST and for several years after she coordinated the Emperor Penguins program for the team's youngest swimmers. She graduated from Carondelet in 2008 and from Gonzaga in 2012.  Courtney holds a teaching credential from St. Mary's College and currently teaches at Queen of All Saints School. Courtney has been coaching with MCST since 2015.

Juliana Chiarelli

Assistant Coach

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Juliana Chiarelli was a member of MCST from 5 to 18 years old.  She coached our Little Otters for five years and has been an assistant coach since 2016.  Juliana graduated from Alhambra High School in 2013 where she was a varsity swimmer.  She graduated from CSU Monterey in 2018 with a BA in Collaborative Health & Human Services.  

Mackenzie Duarte

Assistant Coach

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Mackenzie Duarte joined MCST when she was 5 years old and swam as an Otter until she was 15. Mac graduated from Alhambra in 2017 where she was a varsity swimmer for four years. Since leaving MCST she has since been a member of the Orinda Aquatics where she was Swimmer of the Year in 2017.  She currently swims for Washington State where she is studying kinesiology.

Ryan Fowlar

Assistant Coach

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Ryan Fowlar joined MCST as a 10 year old and swam for 9 years.  Ryan graduated in 2016 from Alhambra where he was a varsity swimmer and water polo player.  Ryan currently attends Diablo Valley College where he played water polo and is on the swim team.  Ryan will be heading out of town in the fall to study political science.

Veronica Montes

Assistant Coach

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Meghan Nicolella

Assist. Coach - Little Otter Coordinator

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Meghan Nicolella joined MCST when she started swimming at the age of 5 and has coached with MCST since 2010.  She has been coordinating the Little Otter program since 2011.  Meghan was a varsity swimmer and water polo player at Alhambra High School where she graduated in 2003. She graduated from U.C. Davis in 2007 and earned a teaching credential in 2009 from St. Mary’s College. Meghan is a history teacher at the Martinez Junior High School.  Her daughter Eleanor swims with MCST.

Lexi Williams

Assistant Coach

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Lexi Williams has been with MCST since 2002.  She was swimmer for 16 years, coached little otters and was a swimmer-coach for the team.  She graduated from Acalanes High School in 2017 where she swam and played water polo.  Lexi currently attends Utah State University where she is studying nursing.