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FSO Coaching Staff

 

 

2020 COACHING STAFF

 

HEAD COACH

MIKE CHAVEZ

coach@folsomseaotters.com

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

COACHING EXPERIENCE – Coached in the SSL for 10 years.  This is the 3rd year as Head Coach of the Sea Otters and we are destined to have a year worth memory.  2018: Went from 8th place to 6th place.  2019: Moved up to 5th place and 13 FSO Team records broken.  2020: Perfect Otter-Sight?????

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

OTTER FUN FACTS – I work FedEx by morning.... Special Education Job Coach by day.... And we fight technique at night at the Folsom Aquatic Center and it is where all the action is.  I enjoy working with so many athletes in the sport of swimming and we are NOT achieving success as a team because we preach speed!  We preach doing the right thing everyday by abiding by our routine in the life of an Otter.  We push our teammates to get better, the coaches coach better with the energy in the air and we are achieving SUCCESS because we are having fun at what we are doing.  If we didn't put a smile on your face, we didn't achieve the secret weapon to recreational swimming, FUN.  At the end of your summer, you will not remember your swim times or how many ribbons you got.  You will remember the good times you had with your friends, your peers and coaches and all the laughter you endured.  That is what we preach, what we execute and what we are all about, having a fun time during the most important times of your life!!!  I can't wait to get started, 3rd time is a charm!!!

COACHING PHILOSOPHY – Simple!  I will always bring energy and enthusiasm to the pool deck because I want to make every day count.  When you show up, I will always tell you: I believe in you, I am proud of you and I will be your biggest fan!!!  Bring energy so it makes your teammates better and this team will STILL be undefeated in having fun!!!  #OttersAllDay.

 

ASSISTANT COACHES

KIM BRIGGS

COACHING EXPERIENCE – I am thrilled to be returning to the pool deck for another season with the Sea Otter Family!  I was Head Coach with the Otters for 4 years 2009-2012 and an Assistant Coach with the Johnson Ranch Barracudas for the next 6 years, before returning Home to the Otters last summer.

SWIMMING EXPERIENCE – I swam competitively for the Arden Hills Swim Team under the direction of Olympic Coach Sherm Chavoor for 16 years, where I gained many skills I still use today.  I was a member of a Junior National Gold Medal winning 8x200m Free Relay, participated in the 1984 Olympic Trials and earned two All-America Awards, an Individual Section Title in the 500 Free, and 4 consecutive Section Team Titles at Rio Americano High School.  I completed my swimming career with 2 unforgettable seasons representing the California Golden Bears at U.C. Berkeley where I graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree. 

OTTER FUN FACTS – I have a Master's Degree in Special Education and have taught for over 25 years.  I have taught lessons to swimmers of all ages, from beginners, to specialized stroke technique, and also adults seeking an enjoyable fitness regime.  Working with the Northern California Special Olympic swimmers remains one of my most memorable and influential experiences.  I have the encouragement of my husband Peter and my three Otters, Coach Alta, Illana (18), and Brooke (16).

COACHING PHILOSOPHY – Commitment, discipline, and self confidence are a few of the amazing strengths swimming offers.  I am dedicated to working with our swimmers and their families to make this season a positively memorable experience.  I look forward to seeing everyone at the pool!

GABRIELLE AVALLONE

COACHING EXPERIENCE - 10 years of coaching experience in the Northern California and Northern Nevada areas.  I have worked with many swim teams including both recreational and year round teams.  I also have 4+ years of experience coaching at the high school level and am currently the Head Coach of the Cordova High School Lancers.  This will be my 3rd year coaching for the Folsom Sea Otters.

SWIMMING EXPERIENCE - I started swimming competitively at the age of 9.  I have 12 years of swimming experience, including recreational and year round experience.  In high school, I was a 4-year varsity member and team captain for Ponderosa High School, where I was a qualifier for San-Joaquin Sectionals and a former PHS relay team record holder.  I then swam for Sierra Community College in Rocklin, CA where I was team captain and a two-time All American in the 1650 yard freestyle and 800 yard freestyle relay.  While living in Reno, NV, I competed in triathlons and open water swims. 

OTTER FUN FACTS - I have a B.S. Degree in Kinesiology from the University of Nevada, Reno and I am a certified Pilates Instructor.  I love drawing, playing violin, working on classic cars with my parents, and hanging out with my dogs.  Ialso have quite the collection of cacti and succulents at my home.

COACHING PHILOSOPHY - My top priority is to educate athletes on injury prevention.  It's important to protect athletes from preventable injuries to give them more opportunities to swim, perform well, and enjoy the sport.  Teaching proper technique is another passion of mine and you'll find me teaching technique to athletes of all ages and swim levels.  I aim to help swimmers grow as athletes and as people, and look forward to seeing what they will achieve in the future.

ALTA BRIGGS

 

COACHING EXPERIENCE - This will be my 8th year of coaching!  2020 is my second season back in the Suburban Swim League with the Folsom Sea Otters.  I began volunteering with the Otters as a swimmer then coached with the Johnson Ranch Barracudas (NorCal League) for 5 seasons.

SWIMMING EXPERIENCE - I have been swimming for the majority of my life!  I started here with the Otters at age 7.  I spent 6 years with the Otters and am thrilled to come back at my roots to coach!  I swam with the Johnson Ranch Barracudas for 5 years.  I attended Folsom High School where I swam all 4 years and was varsity captain my senior year.  I also swam for Sierra Collage where I came to realize my love for butterfly! 

OTTER FUN FACTS - I am currently a student at Sacramento State studying to complete my BA in Psychology.  I love photography, painting, hiking, and playing ukulele.

COACHING PHILOSOPHY - I believe the key to succeeding in swim, and all aspects of life, is to maintain a positive mentality.  Swim is a highly emotional sport which requires both a strong body and a strong mind.  I hope to help swimmers of all ages and ability levels to have a positive swim experience and be proud of their accomplishments.

Alexandria Cordova

COACHING EXPERIENCE – During my last year of college in New York, I was an assistant coach for the Long Island Aquatics Club Junior Level Team.  In addition, I taught advanced levels of stroke clinics and group lessons for the Long Island Swim School.  During my time at home, I taught swim lessons for first timers and advanced swimmers at the Steve Wallen Swim School.

SWIMMING EXPERIENCE – I grew up taking swim lessons like any other kid but I had a true love for the sport, so I joined my first recreational team in the Bay Area when I was 9 years old.  After the  2008 Olympics, I joined a USA club swim team when I was 10 years old while still in the Bay Area.  I moved to Roseville when I was 13 and swam for CCA and finished my USA club career with the Sierra Marlins.  During my time at Oakmont High School, I was a league and section finalist, team MVP and helped my team win 2 League Titles.  Along with those title wins, I helped break relay records and captain of the team.  In college I swam for LIU Post, on an athletic scholarship at the NCAA Division 2 level.  Throughout my career, I was a strong IMer and Butterflier who specialize in mid-distance events and underwater work.

OTTER FUN FACTS – My two quilty pleasures are chocolate covered pretzels and an Oat Milk Latte.

COACHING PHILOSOPHY – I truly believe in having fun and creating a learning environment for my swimmers.  I'm a goofy and smiley person but I also know when it's time to get down to business.  I'll answer any question or explain something in different ways for my swimmers to learn.  I believe swimming is a way for people to learn about life skills and try my best to instill that in my coaching.  It is also important to know that everything we do has purpose, in and out of the pool.  Working together as a team makes us stronger than working alone.

 

SWIMMER COACHES

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.

Shelby Mayoral

SWIMMING/COACHING EXPERIENCE - 4 years swimming, 2 years 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.

Samuel Wagner

 

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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.

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.

Brooke Briggs

 

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Sara Gafken

 

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Natalie McLean

SWIMMING/COACHING EXPERIENCE - I have been swimming for 3 years and this is my second year of coaching on a swim team.  This season will be my first year swimming and coaching for the Sea Otters.

WHAT HAS SWIMMING TAUGHT ME - Swimming has taught me about teamwork, setting goals for myself and supporting my friends.  I have also learned that while swimming is a great workout and a great time to hang out with friends, my favorite part of being on the team is coaching younger swimmers and helping them learn how to be fast , powerful swimmers and showing them what is so great about the sport.

Zoe Yahrling

 

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Dorian Gulley

 

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VOLUNTEER COACHES

                                                           

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