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Pleasant Hill Dolphins/Dolfins History

Revised by Jennifer A. McGarry 7/14/2014

The Pleasant Hill Recreation & Park District was established in 1951.  The first District swim team was the Pleasant Hill Swim Club an A.A.U. (Amateur Athletic Union-now called U.S.S.) affiliated team. It is unclear as to when the recreational Pleasant Hill Dolphin Swim Team began. I believe that it was in the early 60’s.  While the Pleasant Hill Swim Club was a co-sponsored group the Dolphin/Dolfins swim team has always been a District program, with fees being paid directly to the District.  Records show that Ron Quick was the Dolphins’ head coach from 1964 to 1973.  Jennifer McGarry and Steve Cattolica became co-head coaches in 1973.  This was the first year with the Dolphins for Steve but Jennifer had worked as an assistant coach since 1970. Steve left the Dolphin program in 1977.  Jennifer stayed as head coach through 1995.  Rob Kern took over the head coaching position in 1996 and coached through the 2007 season. Rob began as an assistant coach of the Dolfins in 1992. Rob was President of the Dolfins Parents club from 1992-1993. Kevin Taylor became head coach for the 2008 season. Kevin was a Forever A Dolfins swimmer (1991-2003) and became an assistant Dolfins coach in 2003. Alexis Irion became head coach for the 2011 season. Alexis swam for the Dolfins for 9 years being awarded the Forever a Dolfins in 2005.(1995-2005). She was a Dolfins junior coach for 2 years and an age group coach for 6 years. Devon (Flaskerud) Knight was the head coach in 2012-2014. Devon swam for the Dolfins and received the Forever A Dolfins award in 2000 (1988-2000). Devon coached in 2001, 2002, 2004 and was the Dolfins Assistant Head Coach in 2011.  Starting in 2015, Talli Pitcher is the Dolfins head coach. Talli has coached for the Dolfins since 2003.

Dolfins Coaches

1964-1973 Ron Quick- Head coach

1970   Ron Quick, Neil Winters, Jennifer  McGarry, Niki (Clark) Donaldson

1971   Ron Quick, Jennifer McGarry, Niki (Clark) Donaldson

1972   Ron Quick, Neil Winters, Jennifer McGarry, Niki (Clark) Donaldson, Kathy (Corlette) MacLennan

1973   Jennifer McGarry, Steve Cattolica, Niki (Clark) Donaldson, Joan Elmer (Cattolica)

1974   Jennifer  McGarry, Steve Cattolica, Joan Elmer (Cattolica)

1975   Jennifer  McGarry, Steve Cattolica, Joan Elmer (Cattolica)

1976   Jennifer  McGarry, Steve Cattolica, Joan Elmer (Cattolica)

1977   Jennifer  McGarry, Steve Cattolica, Joan Elmer (Cattolica), Maryann (Courtois) Horsley

1978   Jennifer  McGarry, Bob Blattner, Maryann (Courtois) Horsley

1979   Jennifer  McGarry, Bob Blattner, Mike Hayhurst, Dave Keeling

1980   Jennifer  McGarry, Bob Blattner, Mike Hayhurst

1981   Jennifer  McGarry, Bob Blattner, Mike Hayhurst, Bill Fox

1982   Jennifer  McGarry, Bob Blattner, Mike Hayhurst, Terri (Taylor) Ringelstein, Bill Fox

1983   Jennifer  McGarry, Bob Blattner, Mike Hayhurst, Terri (Taylor) Ringelstein,

1984   Jennifer McGarry, Terri (Taylor) Ringelstein, Jim Middleton

1985   Jennifer  McGarry, Terri (Taylor) Ringelstein, Joel, Tom Derfler,

1986   Jennifer  McGarry, Mike Heaney, Jenny (Padget) Swift

1987   Jennifer  McGarry, Mike Heaney, Karen Maloney (Goodshaw)

1988   Jennifer  McGarry, Mike Heaney, Karen Maloney (Goodshaw)

1989   Jennifer  McGarry, Mike Heaney, Karen Maloney (Goodshaw)

1990   Jennifer  McGarry, Mike Heaney, Karen Maloney (Goodshaw), Gary Ulrich

1991   Jennifer  McGarry, Mike Heaney, Karen Maloney (Goodshaw), Cree Millington

1992   Jennifer  McGarry, Mike Heaney, Karen Maloney (Goodshaw), Koko Lahanas, Rob Kern

1993   Jennifer  McGarry, Mike Heaney, Karen Maloney (Goodshaw), KoKo Lahanas, Rob Kern, Doug Reed

1994   Jennifer McGarry, Mike Heaney, Karen Goodshaw, KoKo Lahanas, Rob Kern, Shannon Carroll

1995   Jennifer McGarry, Karen Goodshaw, KoKo Lahanas, Rob Kern, Shannon Carroll, Suzie Colyar

1996   Rob Kern, Brett Wettersten, Tom Hellmann, Allison Chee, Tricia Sund

1997   Rob Kern, Tom Hellmann, Miles Henritze, Tricia Sund, Shannon Carroll

1998   Rob Kern, Tom Hellmann, Miles Henritze, Tricia Sund, Shannon Carroll, Sally Hellmann

1999   Rob Kern, Tom Hellmann, Doug Reed, Sally Hellmann, Jeff Barnett, Nancy Nakano

2000   Rob Kern, Doug Reed, Megan Brain, Sally Hellmann, Jeff Barnett, Dan Song, Tom Hellmann

2001   Rob Kern, Doug Reed, Megan Brain, Dan Song, Mike Dare, Whitney Peterson, Devon Flaskerud, Katy Turner

2002   Rob Kern, Doug Reed, Mike Dare, Devon Flaskerud, Katy Turner, Megan Brain

2003   Rob Kern, Doug Reed, Mike Dare, Talli Pitcher, Katy Turner, Nay Albertson, Kevin Taylor. Junior coaches: Alexis Irion, Courtney Hansen, Brittanie Miller, Erik Flaskerud, Katie Freeman, Bailey Langner.

2004   Rob Kern, Doug Reed, Talli Pitcher, Nay Albertson Devon Flaskerud, Kevin Taylor. Apprentice & Junior Coaches: Brittanie Miller, Stephanie Hadsell, Kaley Hayhurst, Rachel Bowman, Corey Pitcher, Tommy Alden.

2005   Rob Kern, Talli Pitcher, Nay Albertson, Kevin Taylor, Alexis Irion, Alex Bursch, Nicole Lynn Flud

2006   Rob Kern, Kevin Taylor, Talli Pitcher, Nay Albertson, Alexis Irion, Alex Bursch, Nicole Lynn Flud. Junior Coaches: Bailey Langner, Brittanie Miller, Kaley Hayhurst, Corey Pitcher, Caitlin Montcrieffe, Erin Ranahan..

2007   Rob Kern, Kevin Taylor, Talli Pitcher, Alexis Irion, Alex Bursch, Carol Madsen, Beth Heinen. Junior Coaches, Kaley Hayhurst, Jenn Diggs, Corey Pitcher, Adam Taylor, Katie Alden, Erin Ranahan.

2008   Kevin Taylor, Talli Pitcher, Alex Bursch, Carol Madsen, Beth Heinen, Lauren Brown, Darcy Waite. Junior coach: Kaley Hayhurst. Apprentice Coaches: Katie Alden, Adam Taylor, Colleen Nakanishi.

2009   Kevin Taylor, Talli Pitcher, Alex Bursch, Alexis Irion, Lauren Brown, Carol Madsen, Beth Heinen. Junior Coaches: Lindsay Brown, Brittanie Miller, Kristina Soliva, Jenny Wood.

2010   Kevin Taylor, Talli Pitcher, Alex Bursch, Alexis Irion, Carol Madsen, Beth Heinen. Assistant coaches: Brandon Brown and Sofia Nappo

2011  Alexis Irion, Devon Flaskerud, Talli Pitcher, Brandon Brown, Beth Heinen, Kaley Hayhurst, Carol Madsen

2012 Devon Flaskerud, Talli Pitcher, Brandon Brown, Beth Heinen, Carol Madsen, Melissa Ridings.  Apprentice coaches: Lily Barnard, Savannah Carnes, Brittany Chamberlin, Steven Gordon, Helene Hollidge, Colleen Nakanishi, Drew Pitcher, Diego Tambazidis,

2013  Devon (Flaskerud) Knight, Vicky Dewey, Sofia Nappo, Talli Pitcher, Beth Heinen, Lily Barnard, Carol Madsen, Apprentice Coaches: Clare Alden, Steven Gordon, Drew Pitcher, Diego Tambazidis

2014 Devon (Flaskerud) Knight, Vicky Dewey, Talli Pitcher, Beth Heinen, Carol Madsen, Apprentice Coaches: Clare Alden, Nora Baron, Andrew Ibarra, Hayley Morrissey

2015 Talli Pitcher, Vicky Dewey, Kenan Tugcu, Beth Heinen, Carol Madsen, Apprentice Coaches: Clare Alden, Andrew Ibarra

2016 Talli Pitcher, Vicky Dewey, Kenan Tugcu, Beth Heinen, Clare Alden, Brittanie Miller, Carol Madsen, Apprentice Coaches: Luk Arechy, Emily Adamson, Joe Alden, Isabelle Ariana, Allyson Villanueva

2017 Talli Pitcher, Mirelle Augst, Luk Arechy, Clare Alden, Jamie Wanket, Ciera Kirby, Carol Madsen, Apprentice Coaches:  Ares Elmore, Emily Adamson, Joe Alden, Isabelle Ariana

Note: No Junior/Assistant/Apprentice Coaches Listed before 2003.

A parent club was loosely formed the year Jennifer took over as head coach in 1973.  It consisted of an active group of parents that wanted the team to succeed.  The Parent Club status and District support changed when Proposition 13 was enacted in June of 1978.  The team took on more financial responsibilities due to the possible lack of program funding.  Before 1978 the District had paid for all equipment, awards, salaries and other needs of the swim team.  The Dolphin Parent Club elected it’s first President and began planning major fundraisers to help cover these additional expenses.  Parents had always been an integral part of the success of the swim team but now they became more organized.  The team continued as a program of the District.  Articles of Incorporation were written for the Pleasant Hill Dolphin Parent Club on January 23, 1981.  In 1985 the team was officially incorporated as the Pleasant Hill Dolfins Parent Club and was granted a state Tax Exempt status but it took until 1986 to receive our Federal Tax Exempt status. The long time period was not due to a lack of effort, just red tape. Thanks to Tom Reed, Kitty Hellmann, Doc Hyatt, Erland Persson for their “Herculean” effort. The incorporation and tax exempt status took 3 Dolphin/Dolfins boards and 5 years.

The first Dolphin Board members were President Arnold Carvajal, Secretary Claudia Evers, Treasurer Donna Goff and board members Hugh Wang, MD, Sally Young, Joan Knapp, and Jennifer McGarry.

Dolphin/Dolfin Parent Club Presidents

Earl Ormsbee 1982-1983,

Sherry Paskey 1984-1985

Tom Reed 1986-1987

Doc Hyatt 1988-1989

Kitty Hellmann 1990-1991

Rob Kern 1992-1993

Patti Fitzgerald 1994-1995

Denise Hanson 1996-1997

Nancy Bursch 1998-2001

Charlie Hadsell 2001-2003

Kerri Brumbaugh 2003-2005

Chip Eskildsen 2005-2007

Owen Linderholm 2007-2009

Mike Brackins 2009-2011

Brad Morris 2011-2013

Robert Allen 2014-2015

Peter Hutcheson 2016-2017

Amy Ross 2017-present

The Pleasant Hill Dolfins Parents Club Federal Tax ID Number is 94-2637130.  The Dolfins Parent Club is exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

The NORSKOG ENDOWMENT FUND was established in 1988 with a donation from Anne Norskog in memory of her husband Jim Norskog. This money is used to pay Dolfin registration fees for a swimmer that might otherwise not be able to participate with the Dolfins because of financial reasons. This is available to all current Dolfin families by a recommendation from a current board member.  This fee may be paid only once per swimmer.

The SUPER PARENT AWARD was established before 1985. Parents were recognized that did more than their required share of hours in various capacities in helping the team. They usually received a special Dolfin Parent Pin. This award ended in 2003. Note: The award ended but not the help from so many wonderful Dolfin Parents.

This Dolphin/Dolfin History is incomplete.  It is my hope that additional information will be found as to the exact beginning of the swim team.  Questions: Are there any Dolfin families that have participated with the team for more than 10 years? Are there any other Dolfin Parents that also participated as a Dolfin swimmer. If anyone finds a discrepancy or has additional information please contact Jennifer McGarry 925 689-3705 or jamphdolfins@yahoo.com.

 

Updated 11-30-2017