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Sydney Buckley

Head Coach/Seniors Coach

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Coach Sydney brings 17 years of swimming experience to the Torpedoes: 16 years as a swimmer and 4 years as a coach. Previously, she was a volunteer Assistant Coach for the University of North Texas Swimming and Diving NCAA Division I team. During the 2018-2019 season the Mean Green recorded their highest finish at the Conference USA Championships in program history, broke seven school records, and sent a record number of athletes to the CSCAA National Invite. As an athlete at North Texas, Sydney qualified for the National Invite in 2018 and was a four year Conference USA Championship Qualifier. In 2018 and 2015 Sydney qualified for the "A" finals at C-USA Championships in the 100 Butterfly and "B" finals in the 100 Breaststroke. She was also team captain for the 2017-2018 season and received the Coaches Four Year Award for her constant dedication to the team.  In the classroom, Sydney received her Bachelor’s degree of Business Administration in Accounting and graduated with a 3.5 GPA.

Before competing at the NCAA Division 1 level, Sydney swam for the Colorado Torpedoes (formerly the Country Club of Colorado Stingrays) for 12 years and was the first Torpedo to compete at the D1 level. As a Torpedo, Sydney qualified for Junior Nationals in 2014 and qualified for Western Sectionals every year starting in 2011. Also in 2011, Sydney qualified to represent Team Colorado at Zone Championships in Clovis, CA and was a member of the 200 Medley Relay that took 1st place.  Sydney attended Cheyenne Mountain High School in Colorado Springs during the 2010-2014 high school seasons. In her first year as an Indian, Sydney qualified for the 4A State Championship Meet and placed 8th in the 100 Breaststroke. In her Junior season Sydney was State Champion, State Record holder, and All American as a part of the Indians’ 200 Medley Relay. As a Sophomore, Junior, and Senior Sydney was the 4A State Champion in the 100 Butterfly and held school records in the 200 Medley Relay, 100 Butterfly, 200 Freestyle Relay, and the 400 Freestyle Relay throughout her career as an Indian. Sydney was also a team captain for the 2013-2014 season. In 2014 Cheyenne Mountain Athletics awarded Sydney the Athlete Excellence Award for her performances as a three-time State Champion.

 

Denise Gardiner

Assistant Coach for Juniors, Age Group Developmental Leader

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Samantha Clark

Assistant Coach for Seniors and Juniors

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Coach Samantha joined the CT coaching staff in November, 2020, and brought 12 years of swim instruction experience and a lifetime of personal swimming experience to the team. In those 12 years, Sam was a swim instructor for 10 years teaching basic stroke technique and water safety skills to children and then made the transition to coaching in 2016. As a coach, Sam assisted in the redesign and growth of the Lifetime Lightning in Beachwood, OH, and assisted in coaching several State-level swimmers for Motor City Aquatics in Detroit, MI. As a swimmer, Sam began competing in high school and acted as team captain before switching to diving in college. As a D3 collegiate diver, Sam placed in the top 8 each year at conference finals as a member of the scoring roster. Coach Sam is really looking forward to being Coach Sam again and can't wait to see what the CT team can accomplish. 

 

Scott Cote'

Strength and Performance Coach

Scott Cote' is a lifelong athlete.  Scott competed in several sports growing up culminating his competitive career in college playing soccer and an Elite, competitive gymnast.  Scott still stays active running and in the gym.  He started his coaching career right here in Colorado Springs at Aerial's Gymnastics during his senior year of high school.  During those early coaching years, his coaching mentor was Tom Forster, now the US Women's National Team Coordinator, where he learned to instruct all levels of gymnasts.  Scott continued coaching at his gymnastic club through college until he left the sport.  After a few years off, he again started coaching soccer where he has coached at various levels and age groups; now working directly with the Manitou Springs High School teams for both boys and girls.  Scott is an advocate of the Long Term Athlete Development (LTAD) Model.  He believes in training kids the right ways to use resistance and movement to improve their athletic performance.  Scott is a resident of Manitou along with his wife, three active kids, and an even more active Chocolate Lab (who can be seen dragging Scott across the trails surrounding Manitou).  Scott also works with technology in the insurance industry.