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Vicky Dewey

Head Coach

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A note from your new WCSC Head Coach;

Dear WCSC Swimmers and Families,

I feel privileged to have the opportunity to serve as your new Head Coach and look forward to knowing all of you, in your own unique personalities, styles and abilities.

 I have always been amazed at how with the right opportunity, and mentorship youth blossoms- just like watering flowers!  I am very passionate about the sport of swimming itself, but even more so my passion stems from finding the right tools to reach our youth and cultivate responsiveness and “Ah Ha” moments. (which happens relative to any age!)

 My goal this swim season for parents and swimmers alike; is to join my passion for building the foundation for our children to become their best potential selves in Character, Commradery and Commitment!

Head Coach Vicky Dewey

Vicky is our amazing Head Coach.  Her motto is: “You don’t have to be an Olympian but you are expected to build the heart and mind of one.”  Vicky promotes and encourages open mindedness in the learning process.  She believes learning takes not only small steps but sometimes new steps outside of the comfort zone. 

Vicky brings over twenty years of coaching and competitive swimming experience.  Vicky is also the College Park High School Head Coach.  Her coaching background comes from the lineage of coaching mentorship starting at Dad’s Club in Houston Texas, molded in National success by Richard Quick and past down to a long line of National, NCAA and Olympic coaches. 

Vicky continues to pursue her own swimming goals as a master’s swimmer; currently swimming for Walnut Creek Masters.   She has achieved USMS National Top Ten, FINA Long Course World Top Ten, and Relay All American. 

Vicky’s has a passion for exercise physiology.   This keeps her engaged in learning about the best in technique and energy system training.  She continues to research and share her passion for swimming physiology, sports psychology and altitude research constantly connecting with her network of world class coaches, mentor and former Olympians. 

Vicky and her business partner Joe, own a virtual tour photography software company used to market real estate and vacation property rentals.  Vicky has two children, Chris 27, Lexi, 23. Chris now works in Finance; is a graduate of The University of Nevada with a degree in Finance, Lexi is attending Southern Methodist University in Dallas Texas, studying Economics graduating in the spring.  Vicky’s fondest memories were of Chris and Lexi’s childhood years swimming and competing. “There is no greater joy than seeing the growth and development of our youth in all areas of life!”   Vicky’s other sports passions which include tennis, and wakeboarding. 

Tommy Ortega

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I grew up here in Walnut Creek, went to Walnut Acres starting in Second Grade, then Foothill (it was Foothill Intermediate back then) and then Northgate. I moved to Madrid with my parents for my Sr. year of high school (my dad worked for Chevron). It was an amazing year. I learned to speak Spanish, met my future wife (yes, high school sweethearts), and traveled to some amazing places.

For undergrad, I went to Cal, swam for three years and majored in Architecture and Spanish. I returned to Cal for my masters in education and my teaching credential. I’m presently teaching my twenty second year. I teach second grade bilingual at Ygnacio Valley Elementary in Concord. Yvonne, my wife, Carly 15, Zoey 13, our little dog Lola, and I live here in Walnut Creek, over by RSM. We have moved back and forth from the Bay Area to Huntington Beach a few times, but are here to stay for good. 

For fun I like to mt bike, SUP, surf (when I can, which is NOT enough) and hang out with my family. Oh yeah… I coached Northgate High School Swim Team for the last 3 years. We did really well and it was fun, but I want to spend more time with my family during the school year. I also coached at Valley Vista for the last 5 summers. That was amazing too. Strange to see a 40 year institution (family) like VVST just disappear. So now I’m happy to a part of the WCSC family. Everyone I know from WCSC has been great and the City Meet is stellar. I looking forward to meeting more of this community of families, swimmers and coaches.

Mandy Sheehan

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Mandy Sheehan is a certified math teacher with 4 years of experience teaching all age levels. She received her teaching certification by joining Teach for America in 2013 and teaching in a low income community in Southeast Arkansas.  After 4 years of living outside of California she is so excited to move back to the state she calls home.  Mandy joined WCSC when she was 5 years old and swam her whole career for the club.  In college, she swam and played water polo and coached for WCSC in 2011 and 2012.  Mandy is excited to join the WCSC coaching staff once again and is looking forward to a great season! 

Devon Knight

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I grew up in Plesant Hill swimming for Pleasant Hill Dolfins, Walnut Creek Aquabears, and College Park High School. My personal swimming career continued in Santa Barbara where I raced for the UCSB Triathlon Team. Go Gauchos! I majored in Physical Anthropology, because it seemed pretty cool I loved swim coaching and that wasn't a major ;-) I then continued my M.A. in Education at Sierra Nevada College in Lake Take 6 months after graduating from UCSB which launched my short lived career as a teacher and then on to motherhood and career coaching.

 

I love love love coaching. My love affair began at age 13 as a swim instructor paid under the table at the YMCA. At age 18 I then began coaching for PHD as a 8&under coach leading my age group to County Champions between 2001-2005. I then transitioned to USS year round swim coacohing with Santa Barbara Swim Club, Incline Tahoe Aquatics, Walnut Creek, Aquabears, North Sydney Olympic Pool Badger Swim Team in Australia. In 2010 I found my way back to summer recreational coaching with Orinda Park Pool, on to Pleasant Hill Dolfins as head coach for 3 seasons and then I had a major health crisis creating a 2 year pause bringing me to WCSC today for 2017 season. 

 

I am so excited to be a part of the WCSC family. While I grew up on a rival team, my best friends were Nightriders for WCSC and I can't wait to be a part of this great teams legacy. My daughter is 4 and I am proud to know she will grow up a part of this great team and community!  Go WCSC!!!!

 

Likes: the beach, skateboarding in tutus at swim meets, lattes, my family, the outdoors, travel, and team cheers!

Dislikes: drip coffee, swim meet food, exhaustion, and grumpiness! No grumpies allowed on the pool deck!