Coaches & Directors

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 one of the coaches.

Coaching Staff

Janine Simioni

Director, Age group Coach


Chris Robinson

Senior Coach


Coach Chris has coached since 1995, coaching at different levels from YMCA, USA Age Group, high school and USA Masters. He has been able to start 2 successful aquatics programs, a women’s water polo team in California and Higley High School’s Swim and Dive Team, in Gilbert, AZ, where he is currently the head coach. He has coached in California, Arizona and Minnesota and has enjoyed every experience he was given to build on his own coaching philosophy (technique, technique, & fun). Coach Chris’s swimmers have broken over 200 school records; have been state finalist; regional champions and All-Americans.

Coach Chris has been with Mesa Seadogs since 2014 when his daughter joined the team.  The thing that drew him to the Seadogs for his daughter’s swim career and his coaching career was the small team (coach to swimmer ratio), the focus on technique and Coach Janine’s background as an USA Olympic Team Member/Swimmer, coaching of Olympic and National athletes, and her drive to do what is right for her swimmers. When Coach Chris was asked why he continues to coach for the Seadogs he stated, “Everybody is about large teams, thinking bigger is better. I know as a coach, too many kids get over looked on a large team. I wanted that special connection with my swimmers and provide opportunities for technique instruction that we provide as a small team and parents are looking for.”

Coach Chris has been a High School Teacher since 1998 working with students that have learning disabilities. Coach Chris has two kids, William in the NAVY and Megan attending Gilbert/Chandler Community College. Chris has lived in Arizona for over 11 years.

Kristine Huffman

Age Group Coach


Reed A Newell

Age Group Coach


Jennifer R Simioni

Age Group Coach


Coach Jennifer started swimming when she was 12 years old. She first trained with Coach Traci Hering at Red Mountain Country Club. She continued onto High School swimming where she swam for Red Mountain High School and excelled in the 50 and 100 free. After High school she then joined her Mom's team RMLS seadogs where she made State, sectionals and was close to having times fast enough for the national team. Jennifer was at that time introduced to open water swimming and has enjoyed competing. Jennifer is always in the top 5 finishers no matter how far the distance. In her age group she is always first. 

Jennifer still swims on MESA Swim Club Seadogs master team and competes in open water swims all over Arizona and California. She also enjoys mountain biking and is hoping some day to become a tri athlete. Jennifer has her associates degree in Interior Design.

Jennifer enjoys working with the 8 and under swimmers teaching them to swim and have fun. She swims in the water with swimmers to teach proper technique to the swimmers.

Coach Jennifer currently has her Asca Level 2 certification and is working on her Level 3..

Megan R Robinson

Age Group Coach


Coach Megan started swimming at age 10. She excelled at her events: 200, 500,100 freestyle. She made the state team for her high school "Higley High" in her Junior and Senior year. She was elected team captain her senior year of High School. She became a pre. competitive Coach under Coach Janine's wing. She helps with group lessons, and loves helping our 4 and 5 year olds swim. She enjoys helping all the groups with technique. Coach Megan loves being in the water and watching the progress of all the swimmers she works with. 

Candace m Newell

Age Group, Mermaids


Coach Candace began swimming at age 6 for Red Mountain Country Club recreational team. She loved to swim so much she then joined the RMLS Seadogs with Head Coach Janine Simioni.

She excelled greatly in the events 50,100, 200 yard breaststroke as well as freestyle. She set many team records and made the State team her first year of competitive swimming. In 2009 Coach Candace placed in the top 5 and made Far Western time cuts. She made sectional cuts as a 13-14 year old and placed within the top 10 in each of her events. 

Coach Candace continued to swim throughout high school as well as assisting for Coach Janine to demonstrate for the age group team. At age 17 became a Certified Lifeguard, and was starting to learn how to teach children to swim under the supervision of Coach Janine. 

Candace became a USA Certified Swim Coach in 2014 and continues to coach under Coach Janine’s wing. She helps with private lessons, group lessons and now is working with with the Greyhounds and Summer camps that the Seadogs run throughout the year. 

Now with 2 years of experience coaching swim lessons and age group swimmers  is really enjoying working with all the swimmers in the club and camps. She absolutely loves being in the water and seeing each of the swimmers have smiles>