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Head Coach - 2019
Coach Kyle returns to the Park Paseo Northstars as the Head Coach for the 7th time. Previously, he served as the Head Coach from 2011-2014 and also in 2016,2019. Before becoming the Head Coach, Kyle served the team as a swimmer, volunteer coach, and assistant coach. In 2014, Coach Kyle was named Irvine Swim League's Todd K. Larsen Coach of the Year.
In addition to coaching the Park Paseo Northstars, Coach Kyle has been the Head Coach for the boys and girls water polo programs at Northwood High School since 2015. You can view his Northwood HS coaching bio here. He is currently a student teacher at Northwood High School and is completing his Masters in Teaching from Chapman University in May.
As a proud Northstar alum, Coach Kyle is passionate about carrying on the traditions and spirit of the Park Paseo Northstars team. He is excited about returning back to the Park Paseo community and is looking forward to a fun, successful summer season.
Assistant Coaches - 2021
Mengshu Zhang - Assistant Coach
Mengshu Zhang is a sophomore at Northwood High School. He has swum with the Northstars since fourth grade and can’t wait to swim another summer! Currently, he swims and plays for the water polo team at his high school.
He is excited to coach this season because it is another opportunity for him to give back to the supportive community of teachers, coaches, and instructors he grew up with, and seeks to provide the youngsters with the same experience he was able to have.
The Park Paseo Northstars is a special team for Mengshu because he was able to forge friends and lifelong memories with this wonderful team of parents, coaches, and swimmers.
Aside from swimming, he enjoys piano and violin. His other hobbies include model rocketry and competing in math and science Olympiads.
He is also interested in giving private lessons, and can be reached at [email protected]
Jake Jacoby - Assistant Coach
This is my second year coaching on the team, but I’ve been on the north stars since I was six. I play Waterpolo and am an Eagle Scout. I enjoy hiking, camping, and video games.
Sydney Lin - Assistant Coach
I became a Northstar at 7 years old. After loving my first season (and being jealous of my brother's age group medal), I decided that swimming was my sport. I have been swimming with the Park Paseo Northstars every year since. I currently swim with Irvine Novaquatics and my high school swim team. One of my goals since I started Northstars was to become a coach. I am excited to be coaching this year, as I have only seen things from a swimmer's perspective.
Rachel Gima - Assistant Coach
I have been swimming for as long as I can remember, and been a part of ISL since I was 5 years old. I swam with Nova for a few years and now swim for Northwood High. I love swimming and am committed to helping every Northstar enjoy this season!
Anshul Gupta - Assistant Coach
If you are interested in joining our team as a paid coach or volunteer coach, please send inquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org and [email protected].
The Northstars Swim Team also has volunteer opportunities for swimmer coaches. We are looking for dedicated, reliable and motivated teen swimmers, ages 15 – 18, to help our coaches at practices. Though these are not paid positions, these young leaders will earn community service hours reported to their high schools. Swimmer coaches will be expected to pay the registration fee as a swimmer on the team and their parents will still be expected to do the volunteer jobs. Working for the team in a volunteer capacity, however, may lead to job opportunities in the summers that follow. To be considered for the Northstars coaching position an individual must have been a Northstars swimmer for at least 1 season prior to becoming a coach.
More information on Volunteer Coaching Requirements:
Volunteer coaches need to complete CPR, Safety Training for Swim Coaches, and Abuse Prevention Training. They would also need to attend a registration session with ISL and complete a volunteer application.
Here’s the link for the CPR training: http://swimoc.com/health-and-safety-services/irvine-swim-league-coaches/irvine-swim-league-arc-cpraed-and-safety-training-combo-cert/
There is more information about the Abuse Prevention Training at the ISL website at http://irvineswimleague.org. The online training is interactive and requires one to complete questions throughout the video. It should take about 40 minutes to complete. The ISL Coaches Coordinator will receive a confirmation once completed.
The dates and times for the new coaches registration are generally sometime in May every year.
Volunteer coaches also need to complete an ISL employment form even though they are considered youth volunteers. ISL is asking that both paid coaches and youth volunteers complete the same application.