Head Swimming Coach, SSCD
Doug Rusk has been coaching swimming for 27 years. Most
recently, he was the Head Coach of Longhorn Aquatics, at the
University of Texas in Austin. His swimmers have had success at all
levels including National and International, and focus on competing
successfully at the highest level of their abilities, and prepare
for continued success in collegiate swimming and beyond. Coach Rusk
believes in setting high standards for training and competition,
and believes we always need to look for ways to get better. At each
step of a swimmer’s career, he thinks it is important to
develop the tools necessary for future success, and that all the
coaches and training groups in the program must be coordinated
CoachRusk coached Amber McDermott, who at age 16 was the high
point winner at the 2009 U.S. Open, where she won the 400 Free, 800
Free, 1500 Free, and was 2ndin the 400 IM. Her
time of 8:27.62 in the 800 Free was the top time on the 2009-2010
National Team. At that same U.S. Open, he also coached Samantha
Tucker (age 17) to a U.S. Open title in the 200 Free, and Annemarie
Thayer (age 16) to a 4thplace finish in the 200 Back.
Coach Rusk was also a USA National Junior Team Coach for the 2009
World Cup Series. In 2012, he coached Christian Schurr to a spot on
the 2012 Olympic Team for Mexico and a National Record in the 200
Breaststroke (2:12.81). From 1990 to 2008, Coach Rusk was the Head
Coach of Salmon Bay Aquatics (Seattle, Washington). In his 18 years
at SBAY he had unprecedented success for a team of only 95
swimmers, with swimmers competing successfully at the National
level every year since 1993. This included 8 Junior National
Champions and nine top-8 finishes at Nationals and Olympic Trials.
He was named PNS Senior Coach of the Year in 2000.
As a swimmer, Doug Rusk was a National qualifier and trained in
programs under some of the best swimming coaches in history. These
include Doc Counsilman (Indiana), Bill Rose (DeAnza, now at Mission
Viejo), Jim Steen (Kenyon), Jack Ridley (Chinook), and Bob Steele
(Southern Illinois, USA Swimming Master Coach). Doug
graduated from Allegheny College, Meadville, PA, in 1987, with a
B.S. in Economics and Mathematics. Doug and his wife Alice Shelly
have a daughter Maren, 8.
In addition to
being SSCD's longest running team member (since 1974),
Chris Erickson serves as the Head Coach of the Kamiak High
School Boys and Girls swim teams during the school year, a position
he has held since 1998.
Chris holds a BA from
the University of Washington and currently teaches Earth &
Space Science and Aquatics Instruction at Kamiak High
swimming related accomplishments include:
- American Swim Coaching
Association Certified Level 4 Coach.
- Selected Alaska
All-Star Coach by his peers.
- Selected Coach of the
Year by Washington High School Coaches Association 2002 &
- Selected Regional Coach
of the year by the National High School Coaches Association,
- Head Swim Coach, Storm
- Head Age Group Coach,
- Head Swim Coach,
Cascade High School, 1995-1998.
- Head Swim Coach,
Everett Parks Sharks, 1992-1998.
- Assistant Coach,
University of Washington, 1989-1995.
- Head Coach, Viking Swim
Club Petersburg AK, 1983-1989.
- First Aid, CPR, Safety
Training for Swim Coaches Instructor.
- Lifeguard Training
- Certified Aquatic
Andrea Studley ~ Coach Andi
I grew up in St. Louis Missouri but moved to Arizona in grade school. I have been a USA swimmer from 5-19 years old, swimming for Glendale Arizona GASG USA Level 4 Bronze Club under amazing coaches and mentors such as Charles Cunningham & Scott Allen. I swam High School Varsity 5A and State for Westview High School in Arizona. At 15 I started Lifeguarding with the City of Phoenix and coaching my first recreational swim team at age 16. I fell in-love with coaching, teaching and helping kids improve and love this sport and have coached ever sense.
* City of Phoenix - Starlight Stingrays Head Coach 1997-2001
* City of Peoria - Peoria Piranhas 199- 2001
- Age Group Coach
* USA Swim Coach - Flagstaff Snowsharks 2001-2004
- Senior Development
- Age Group Coach
* Northern Arizona University - BS in Parks and Recreation Management 2000-2004
* City of Mountlake Terrace - 2007
- Swim Instructor
* City of Kirkland - Aquatic Coordinator 2007-2010
* City of Everett - Forest Park Pool 2010 - 2011
- Head Lifeguard & Swim Instructor
* City of Kirkland - Kirkland Orcas Head Coach summer of 2009 & 2010
* USA Swim Coach - South Snohomish County Dolphins 2011 ~ Current
- Age Group Coach
Eric A Smith
Coach Eric Smith has been teaching swim lessons and coaching since high school. He has coached a wide range of swimmers, from novices in summer league through senior level swimmers and masters. He teaches math when not on the pool deck, and has been the head coach for Cascade High School's swim teams since 2004. Coach Smith still swims competitively and enjoys both Masters competition and age group meets, as well as racing triathlons in the summer.
Erin K Quinn
Coach Erin Quinn began swimming in Hawaii at age 8 and since
then has swum in pools all over the world, from the Philippines and
Hong Kong to California and Southern Mississippi. She began
coaching in college and has been coaching in Mukilteo for 20
years. Quinn coached both Olympic View and Harbour
Pointe middle school swim teams and is the assistant swim coach for
both Kamiak High School’s girls and boys teams. Away
from the pool, Quinn teaches 8th Grade Science at Harbour
Pointe Middle School.