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Coaches

SSCD Coaches 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 staff listed below.

Coaching Staff

Doug Rusk

Head Coach

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Doug Rusk

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 in this.

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.    

Chris Erickson

Program Director

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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 School.

Chris's many 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 & 2008.
  • Selected Regional Coach of the year by the National High School Coaches Association, 2009.
  • Head Swim Coach, Storm Aquatics, 2006-2007.
  • Head Age Group Coach, SSCD, 1998-2004.
  • 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 Instructor
  • Certified Aquatic Facility Operator.

Andrea Studley

Assistant Coach

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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

Assistant Coach

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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

Assistant Coach

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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.

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