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Coaching Staff

 
 

 

Coaching Staff

Rob Collins

CEO/Head Coach

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Rob joined Sierra Marlins from Tennessee Aquatics in Knoxville, TN in November of 2017.  While at TNAQ, Rob worked as a senior coach with athletes ranging from local/regional qualifiers to Olympic Trials Qualifiers and national finalists.

Rob grew up in Oregon where he graduated high school in 1999.  He then moved to California to swim for San Francisco State University where he received a BS in Kinesiology (Exercise Science).  He also holds a Master’s degree in Sport Business Management from the University of San Francisco. His coaching career began in 2002 via rec league and high school programs before transitioning to year-round programs as a Head Age Group coach in 2005.  Since then, his career has included stops in the Bay Area, Boston, Tennessee, and Washington State.

Rob has been priviledged with the opportunity to work with and develop numerous nationally ranked age group swimmers, National Championship qualifers and finalists,  Olympic Trials qualifiers, a NISCA high school national champion, and has had several athletes ranked #1 in the country.  In December of 2018,  the Sierra Marlins men won their first ever winter junior nationals team title. Rob has been lucky to work with and learn from some of the best swimming minds in our sport.  He enjoys live music, running, hiking, and spending time with his family and his Jack Russell Terrier named Tripp.

Tim McCormick

Head Senior Coach/Director

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Tim McCormick has spent the last 15 years coaching locally in Folsom and El Dorado Hills. He Co-founded the Folsom Tigersharks and FAST programs and currently spent 2 years with Lifetime Northern California. Since 2013, Tim has coached National Age Group Champions as well many swimmers in the Top 10 rankings; Sectional through to Junior National qualifiers. Tim has produced numerous Far Western High Point age group Champions and runner-ups. There have been multiple Sierra Nevada swimming age group records broken under the tutelage of Coach McCormick.

Coach Tim is also approaching his 5th season with the Women’s & Men’s Swimming program at Oak Ridge High School.  Under his leadership the Trojan Men’s Team won its first CIF Section Championship in 2016. Since this win, the Trojan Team has produced 2 Section and State titles. Coach Tim has overseen a number of All-American swimmers in his program the past 4 years and was selected as the California Boys Swim & Dive Coach Of The Year for 2017/18.

As an athlete, Coach Tim grew up swimming for a number of clubs within Pacific and Central California Swimming.  He was a CIF Section Champion multiple times (1984-1985) throughout his high school career.  Additionally, he swam for the NCAA II National Champions, Bakersfield State in 1987 under Coach Maglisco. Coach Tim's passion for the sport is to provide each swimmer the best environment to improve their skills and technique while achieving success. With dedication and hard work my athletes will learn to become model citizens in the Community and mentors to the next generation of swimmers.

Coach Tim resides in El Dorado Hills for the past 23 years with his wife Renee and two children, Kylie and Evan. 

Kathleen Kinsey

Head Age Group Coach/Director

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Kathleen Kinsey is thrilled to be a director for the Sierra Marlins. 

Kathleen founded the Folsom Wahoos Swim Team and was the Head Coach and CEO for all five years the team was in operations.  The team was successful and made the decision to formally join the Sierra Marlins effective September 1, 2019.

Kathleen and her family chose Folsom as their permanent home after many years and many moves as a Navy Family.  Kathleen has lived, coached and swum in many places, including, Sigonella, Sicily, Italy.  In Sigonella, Kathleen was head coach for the Sigonella Swordfish, a base swim team that was run as a private club.  Nearly 30% of the base youth population took up the sport of swimming as it was the only club sport offered for youth in a remote Navy/NATO base.  That meant Kathleen and her assistant coaching staff had to teach every swimmer on the team competitive swimming before each swimmer’s tour of duty ended.  Despite loosing one-half of the team each year as families moved away, the Swordfish were highly successful in their league: The European Forces Swim League. 

Kathleen began swimming in 1979 in Saratoga Springs, NY, swam in college at Hood College (1983-1987) where she earned bachelor’s degrees in English and Pre Law.  Since college, Kathleen has played lacrosse for UC Berkley, participated in triathlons, and road raced in Italy where she was the 2009 Sicilian cycling champion.   Kathleen has three daughters.  One, Hallie, is a swimmer at the University of South Carolina studying Biomedical Sciences.  The other two, Greta and Annika are “swammers” and Greta is the Senior Fit coach for the Marlins.

When she is not coaching, Coach KK can be found on one of her favorite Italian road bikes

Doug Reyes

Senior Coach

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Douglas Reyes was born in Oakland, California and was raised in San Lorenzo, California. He had lived in Northern California, nearly all of his life. He moved to Honolulu in August of 2008.

Doug first started coaching when he was in high school, working with younger swimmers.

He has been blessed with great talent and young people at every stop in his coaching career, having coached Jr. National, National, Olympic Trials Finalists, Top 16 Age Group swimmers and very successful swim teams. During the 2012 Summer Olympics, 2 of his former high school swimmers earned medals.

His philosophy starts with the children coming to practice daily because they want to be there, doing the best they can to be the best they can be. He is a strong believer that swimming is a TEAM sport and you teach the young people life skills, as weekly concepts of their learning process and development. Skills such as goal setting and achieving, punctuality, personal responsibility and accountability, teamwork, integrity, self confidence, persistence, attitude, technical excellence and self discipline are part of the successful swimming and life lessons that are to be educated, reinforced and learned and lived.

Living in Hawaii has been a lifetime dream come true, having been a visitor there for over 45 years. And Truth is Stranger than Fiction, 80 months later, we now find him back.

Dream BIG DREAMS, YOU CAN make them happen!

Alec Murphy-Abrams

Age Group Coach

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I was born in Sacramento, California and grew up in Folsom where I started swimming for a local recreation team at the age of 4.  As I grew up, I participated in Sierra Marlin clinics and swam for Folsom High School where I graduated in 2013.  I began coaching as a swimmer, and continued to an assistant coach for the Folsom Sea Otters for 4 seasons.  I began coaching with the Sierra Marlins in 2014 through their clinic program and as an assistant to all the groups.

In addition to coaching I am studying at Sacramento State, where I plan on graduating in 2019.  In my free time I enjoying skiing, fishing, hiking, and/or any adventure!  I have a passion for coaching, and I love teaching the sport of swimming.  Over the past 5 years of coaching I have had the opportunity to learn from some great coaches, and I am excited to be apart of this team.  GO MARLINS!

Travis Folsom

Age Group Coach

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Travis Folsom was born in Los Gatos, California and raised here in Folsom where he began swimming at the age of 6 with the Folsom Sea Otters. His swimming ventures continued for the next 12 years, at one point even swimming for the Sierra Marlins. He attended American River College as a track and field athlete, ranked 1st in Northern California for two consecutive years in the pole vault and placed 8th at the CCCAA state meet. He continued and graduated from Chico State with a B.A. in Kinesiology and a minor in Coaching & Administration. Shortly after, he went back to American River College for one semester to swim collegiately. He loved swimming so much, he took a full load of classes just to be eligible. A few years later, he continued his education and earned an M.A. in Teaching at Point Loma Nazarene University in the great city of San Diego.

Travis started coaching in 2011 with the Folsom Sea Otters and served as head coach for three years. Additionally, he coached the Sierra Marlin clinics and coached high school swim and water polo at Whitney High and Casa Roble High.

Travis is thrilled to now be part of this outstanding swim program and eager to coach, mentor, and influence athletes. His philosophy transcends teaching skills solely in the pool and includes developing athletes both in and out of the water.

Greta Kinsey

Senior Fit

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Kelsey Huber

Age Group Coach/Head Masters Coach

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Kelsey has always loved the water and has been swimming since she was very young. She swam for the Vista del Lago Eagles when she attended there and decided to teach swimming at Tricks in Folsom. From there she joined the Folsom Wahoos Swim Team as an Age Group Coach in September of 2018. Currently, she attends American River College where she studies Human Services. She is also training to swim collegiately next semester.
 
Kelsey is very excited to not only be coaching the Explorer Group but the Masters Group as well. She is excited to be apart of the Marlins Family and looks forward to all the fun times we will have on deck!

Tamara Jaber

Age Group Coach

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Tamara has swam with the Folsom Wahoos back when they first opened and continued with that team until she began coaching with them. She started out coaching during the summers until she decided that she loved it so much she wanted to do it year round! Tamara absolutely loves working with the age group swimmers and is eager to learn about how she can make each and every one of them not only advance in the sport of swimming, but enjoy it just as much as she does.

She is currently a highschool senior at Vista del Lago and is planning to go to college (although she is not sure which one). She is also part of an athletic training program in her school, so you can find her at the sidelines of her school sporting event making sure none of the players get hurt.

Matt Haven

Clinics

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Sarah Dunleavy

College Recruiting Director

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Joe Dowd

Masters Coach

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Board of Directors

Ernie Dillard

President

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Karey K Carver

Vice President

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Frank Garcia

Treasurer

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Laura Chavez

Secretary

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Kathy Myers

Meet Director/Operations

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Sharon Johnson

Promotions

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Robert Gray

Community Member

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