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2018 COACHING STAFF

 

HEAD COACH

MIKE CHAVEZ

coach@folsomseaotters.com

 "Knowledge will give you power, but character will give you respect." - Bruce Lee

COACHING EXPERIENCE – 10 years.  8 years coaching in the Suburban Swim League.

SWIMMING EXPERIENCE – Swam since age 10 thru Junior college at Sierra College (200 Butterfly).

OTTER FUN FACTS – I am a Special Education paraeducator working with student's study skills and work habits.  I specialize in mathematics.  I love my 5 month old son and we love watching Moana together.  I also love sports.  My work/life/family balance is spread between my family, swimming, and knowing every roster for every sports team in college and the pros.  I do this not to be a Sports enthusiast but to find motivational aspects that influence lives thru sports.  Every player that made it to collegiate or professional level sports has an inspiration or motivating factor.

COACHING PHILOSOPHY – Teaching kids to influence others.  Wake up with purpose.  Take advantage of each day and give 100%.  Don’t be afraid of not succeeding because success does not come without overcoming adversity.

 

ASSISTANT COACHES

MEGAN CURRY

 

COACHING EXPERIENCE - 6 years as a Swimmer Coach and 3 years as an Assistant Coach with the Folsom Sea Otters in the Suburban Swim League. 

SWIMMING EXPERIENCE - 13 years swimming in the Suburban Swim League, and 4 years swimming varsity for Folsom High School.

OTTER FUN FACTS - I have two AA's in Art History and Sociology, and I will be continuing my studies at a university next semester.  I am a barista at Dutch Bros Coffee and usually spend my nights working there.  I absolutely love spending time with little kids and teaching them all about why it's important to be excited about life!

COACHING PHILOSOPHY - I believe that the happier kids feel, the better they will perform.  I want every Otter to look forward to coming to practice, to work hard, and to see their friends.  I aim to make the pool a place where the swimmers can let all their enthusiasm and energy out.  I'm ready for the best season yet!

ISABELLE SMITH

COACHING EXPERIENCE - 5 years of coaching with the Folsom Sea Otters in the Suburban Swim League.

SWIMMING EXPERIENCE - 11 years swimming for the Folsom Sea Otters and 3 years part-time with the Sierra Marlins.  Captain of the Vista Del Lago High School Swim Team.

OTTER FUN FACTS - My favorite animal is a whale, but I have never seen one in person.

COACHING PHILOSOPHY - I believe that swimming is a great way to stay in shape and helps create/motivate a healthy lifestyle, but it is most important to have fun and make memories while participating!

GABRIELLE AVALLONE

COACHING EXPERIENCE - Nearly 8 years of coaching experience.  I have worked with many swim teams in the area including the El Dorado Hills Taz, Folsom Tigersharks, and Bishop Manogue High School in Reno, NV.  I have also worked with many of the year round teams in the Folsom area as a clinic and/or substitute coach.

SWIMMING EXPERIENCE - I have been swimming competitively since I was 9 years old.  I spent 9 years swimming for the Suburban Swim League and 1 year with the AquaSol year round team.  I was a 4 year varsity member and team catain for Ponderosa High School, and swam for Sierra Community College where I was team captain and a two-time All American in the 1650 yard freestyle and 800 yard freestyle relay.  I continue to be competitive in open water swimming and triatholons in the Northern California and Nevada area. 

OTTER FUN FACTS - I have a B.S. Degree in Kinesiology from the University of Nevada, Reno, and is looking forward to attending graduate school in Kinediology in the future.  Drawing, playing violin, working on classic cars with my mom and dad, and hanging out with my dogs are afew things I enjoy doing in my free time.

COACHING PHILOSOPHY - One of the biggest ideas that I practice daily, is injury prevention.  I do this to protect young athletes and give them the opportunity to perform well and enjoy the sport with lower risk of injury.  I also teach swimmers with an emphasis on technique over yards.  I aim to help swimmers grow as ethletes and as people, and looks forward to seeing what these athletes will achieve in their futures.

 

SWIMMER COACHES

Madison Satran

(Lead Swimmer Coach)

SWIMMING/COACHING EXPERIENCE - 10 years swimming, 2 years as a Swimmer Coach and 3 years as an Assistant Coach for the Folsom Tigersharks.

WHAT HAS SWIMMING TAUGHT ME - Swimming has been a very big part of my life for many years, and has taught me many life lessons.  I want to inspire all swimmers to try their hardest, have fun, and love the sport as much as I do.  I believe teamwork and good sportsmanship are the key to a successful and happy team.  I'm very excited for the season!

Shelby Mayoral

SWIMMING/COACHING EXPERIENCE - 4 years swimming, 1 year as a Swimmer Coach and 1 year as a Volunteer Coach for the Folsom Sea Otters in the Suburban Swim League.

WHAT HAS SWIMMING TAUGHT ME - You do not have to come in first place to have your personal best.  Coaching the little kids last year gave me confidence and it was really fun.  I enjoyed having my "Hype Girls" cheering me on.

Susannah Muscott

SWIMMING/COACHING EXPERIENCE - 8 years swimming, 7 with the Folsom Sea Otters in the Suburban Swim League, 1 year as a Swimmer Coach and 2 years as a Volunteer Coach.

WHAT HAS SWIMMING TAUGHT ME - Swimming for the Folsom Sea Otters has taught me the importance of teamwork and that hard work in practice is rewarded at meets.  It has not only given me the basic skills necessary for swimming, but it has given me friendships and memories that I will never forget.

Elizabeth Nakamoto

SWIMMING/COACHING EXPERIENCE - I have swam with the Folsom Sea Otters for 3 years , going on my 4th.  I also enjoyed being a Volunteer Coach for one season.

WHAT HAS SWIMMING TAUGHT ME - Swimming has taught me many things, like personal time management and how to work with and coach a variety of fun swimmers.

Logan Brown

SWIMMING/COACHING EXPERIENCE - I have been a Den Chief working with kids 10 and under.  I have also completed the El Dorado Hills Junior Life Guard training.

WHAT HAS SWIMMING TAUGHT ME - Participating with the Folsom Sea Otters has taught me the value of being part of a team, developing strong friendships, and that hard work pays off.

Matthew Santos 

 

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Jackson Reid

SWIMMING/COACHING EXPERIENCE - This is my 9th year on the Folsom Sea Otters and my first year as a Swimmer Coach.  I love to swim and have friendly competitions with my friends.  My favorite stroke is butterfly.  I am a Boy Scout working towards Eagle rank.  I have held leadership positions in my Troop and have taken leadership classes through the Boy Scouts.

WHAT HAS SWIMMING TAUGHT ME - Swimming has taught me many valuable lessons.  One of those lessons is to never give up.  No matter how fast you are, there will almost always be someone who is faster.  The only way to compete with them is to practice hard and never let defeat discourage you.  No matter how hard the drills we do at practice are, you need to persevere.  Even if you can't do all of the laps, at least you know you did your best.  Another lesson I have learned is to have good team spirit.  Rooting on your teammates really encourages them to swim harder.  Sometimes that is what helps the beat others.  Be proad of your team, it doesn't matter if we win, it only matters that we did our best and are trying to improve.  One of my fovorite things about this team is how everyone will try to help you make yourself a stronger swimmer. 

Anastasia Belousov

 

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Bailey McCue

SWIMMING/COACHING EXPERIENCE - I have been swimming the past 7 years with the Folsom Tigersharks.  This will be my first year with the Folsom Sea Otters!  I also swam for the Vista Del Lago High School swim team.  This will be my 3rd year coaching.  I have coached swimmers ages 4-10.

WHAT HAS SWIMMING TAUGHT ME - Swimming has taught me teamwork and leadership capabilities.  Swimming has also helped me make many great friends through the fun environment.

Devyn Lawrence

SWIMMING/COACHING EXPERIENCE - I have been swimming for the last 7 years.  My first 5 years were spent at the Sunrise Sharks where I broke a relay record for the 200 free relay for 15-18 girls.  Then the following year, I moved to Rollingwood Rockets where I had broken three records, one for 50 fly and two relays.  I have also been a varsity swimmer since my freshman year at Oakmont High School.  My coaching experience consists of teaching swim lessons at Rollingwood for children ages 6 months - 13 years.  As well as providing positive feedback to younger kids on previous teams and correcting technique for their strokes.

WHAT HAS SWIMMING TAUGHT ME - Hours spent training in the pool, working towards personal goals has taught me the value of hard work and commitment.  Pushing past your limits to strive to the best ability you can perform is what swimming has taught me in the past 7 years.  Swimming has also taught me to work as a team rather than an individual.  The bond created through teamwork has brought me immense joy being able to swim with others.

Hannahgrace Lawrence

SWIMMING/COACHING EXPERIENCE - I have been swimming for 7 years now.  I started when I was 8 years old on the Sunrise Sharks and swam for them for about 5 years.  Then my freshman year I swam varsity for Oakmont High Schhol and helped win Champs for the 2017 season.  Last summer I moved teams to Rollingwood Rockets and helped win another Championship for the team.  Our relay broke 2 Conference records.  Now I'm excited to swim for the Folsom Sea Otters and help coach others.  On my past teams I would help younger swimmers with their strokes.  I would tell them areas where they could improve in and areas they strived in.  I also would cheer them on during their races, and give them positive feedback afterwards.

WHAT HAS SWIMMING TAUGHT ME - Being on a swim team for the past 7 years of my life has taught me the importance of teamwork and commitment.  Being able to build a strong relationship with other members is important for the team to grow and become stronger.  Being on a team I've learned the importance of commitment.  Without it, a team can not reach its fullest potential.

 

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