PHOENIX SWIM CLUB

COACHING STAFF

 

 

DARIAN TOWNSEND - HEAD COACH & CEO

Email: [email protected]

Groups: Gold & Pro Team

Darian joined Phoenix Swim Club as the Head Coach and CEO in October 2022.

Darian started his coaching career at Tucson Ford Aquatics where he was Associate Head Coach. After finishing up his professional swimming career Darian went on the be the Head Coach and Club President of the YMCA Westside Silver Fins (YWSF) in Goodyear, AZ from 2017-2022. Under his leadership YWSF saw a 30% membership growth as well as multiple State and Sectional individual and relay champions. YWSF was promoted from a Bronze Medal Club to a Silver Medal Club under the USA Swimming Club excellence Program.

Coaching Achievements:

  • 2018 Arizona Swimming Senior Coach of the Year
  • 2019 Arizona Swimming Senior Coach of the Year
  • 2021 Olympic Trials Qualifier
  • 2022 & 2023 World Championships Qualifier
  • 5 Junior National Champions 
  • 12 Sectional Champions
  • 21 State Champions
  • 7 Division 1 Scholarship recipiants 
  • Current Arizona  SwimmingTechnical Chair member

Swimming Achievements:

  • Olympic Gold Medalist (2004)
  • Former 200 IM world record holder (2009)
  • 2-time NCAA Individual Champion (2007, 2008)
  • 5-time NCAA Relay Champion (2005-2008)
  • 1-time NCAA Team Championship (2008)
  • Team captain for the Team USA in 2015
  • Currently holds over 15 masters swimming world records

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MIKE MACZUGA - Group Coach 

Email: [email protected]

Groups: Gold, Tigersharks & Marlins

Mike has been coaching 45+ years, including Head Coach of the Imperial Valley Swim Association, the Yuma Sidewinders, and the Village Vikings, before starting the Arizona Marlins in 1982, originally in a 5 lane 25-yard pool (Melrose Rec pool). By 1987 he had developed his first Junior National Qualifier and placed swimmers in the Top 5 at Arizona Age Group Championships.

At Senior State Championships the team was consistently in the Top 4 teams for the next 25 years, and won the Arizona Senior Championships in 1989, 1990 & 1999.

At Age Group State Championships, the team won 16 out of 18 State Championships from 1991-1999., then remained in the Top 3 teams for the next 12 years, never dropping out of the Top 5.

These accomplishments were done in an 8 lane 25-yard pool and a 5-lane teaching pool at PCDS that limited their size, until the new PCDS pool was built in the fall of 2014 and the merger with PSC.

They broke over 50 Arizona State Records, had three Top 10 team finishes at the Junior Nationals West Championships, had multiple Junior National Champions, and had swimmers qualify for Senior Nationals every year since 1986. They also had swimmers qualify for every Olympic Trials since 1992: 1992 (1), 1996 (1), 2000 (5), 2004 (1), 2008 (1), 20012 (2), 2016 (2) and 2021 (1).

Coaching Highlights:

  • ASCA Level Five Certified Coach
  • U.S. National Jr. Team Qualifiers in 2001 & 2016
  • 1999 Pan American Championships Qualifier
  • 1998 World University Games Qualifier
  • 1990 & 1995 U.S. Olympic Festival Championships
  • 37 High School All Americans
  • 43 Arizona State Records
  • 4 Junior National Championships
  • 70+ Junior National Qualifiers
  • 2017 Arizona Senior Coach of the Year
  • Served AZ Swimming as Technical Chair & Vice President of Coaches Association

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KEN MACZUGA – Head Age Group Coach

Email: [email protected]

Groups: Black & White

Ken started his coaching career with the Arizona Marlins by coaching the 8 & under swimmers in 1986. He became the Head Age Group Coach by 1988 with great success winning 16 out of 18 State Championships from 1991-1999, then remaining in the Top 3 teams for the next 12 years and never falling out of the Top 5. As Age Group Head Coach, he rarely coached a swimmer past age 14.

Many of the accomplishments that swimmers achieved after moving up from Ken’s groups to Mike’s groups were due in part to the foundational skills they learned as a developmental swimmer. Ken has been coaching for 35+ years, and together with Mike, they have helped swimmers achieve the goals they have set for themselves and so many beyond that.  

Coaching Highlights:

  • ASCA Certified Coach
  • 45 National Top 16 Athletes
  • 25 State Records
  • 1997, 1998 and 2017 Age Group Coach of the Year
  • 1 Olympic Trial qualifier while still in his group.
  • 3 Senior National qualifiers while still in his group.
  • Over 30 First Time Sectional qualifiers in hie groups over the last 5 years
  • Prior to that, over 15 First Time Jr. National qualifiers in his groups
  • 9 High School Champions
  • 9 Arizona High School All-Americans
  • Served AZ Swimming as Technical Chair and committee member on Technical or Age Group committee for over 15 years.

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TAKAHISA IDE – Masters Head Coach

Email: [email protected]

Groups: Masters 

Takahisa Ide, also known as Coach Taco, came to Phoenix 14 years ago, and became an assistant coach for the Phoenix Swim Club where he has coached our top senior group and Masters. Originally from Osaka, Japan, Ide attended Tenri University and was the captain of the swim team his senior season.

Ide is an excellent stroke technician and student of the science of the sport. Last summer he was invited to present a paper entitled “The Effect of Leg Straightness on Lactate Production and Performance in Butterfly: A Case Study Using the Men’s Asian Record Holder” at the International Convention on Science, Education, and Medicine in Sport in Glasgow, Scotland. In addition, Ide is working on completing his Ph.D. in Exercise Science.

Ide has coached swimmers from numerous countries to 10 national records and one U.S. Open Championship. Additionally, he has led swimmers under his tutelage to seven Asian records, seven Japanese national records, and one Ecuador national record. 

In addition to his coaching responsibilities with PSC, Takahisa also is beginning his fourth year working with the Grand Canyon University swimming program.

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NORIKO INADA – Assistant Coach

Email: [email protected]

Groups: Starfish, Rising Stars & Masters

Noriko came to PSC in 2008. She is a 3 time Olympian for Japan (1992, 2000, 2004) She made her first Olympic team at the age of 16 in Barcelona in the 100 back, finishing 12th (1:03.42) and 200 back, finishing 15th (2:17.68).  In 2000, she advanced to the championship final in the 100 back, taking 5th in 1:01.14. Most recently in Athens in 2004, she placed 11th in the 100 back (1:01.74) and led off Japan’s 400 medley relay in prelims. Noriko just missed her fourth Olympic team in 2012 when she placed 3rd in the Japan’s Trials with 1:00.57. The second-place swimmer clocked at 1:00.50.    

Noriko has much knowledge to share from her experience as one of the world’s premier swimmers. She has a passion for the sport of swimming and is eager to share her love for the sport with those she coaches.  In addition to coaching here at PSC, she still competes in both USA Swimming meets and US Masters meets, and she is still World ranked. 

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LUKE PHILLIPS – Group Coach

Email: [email protected]

Groups: Starfish & Rising Stars

Luke Phillips began his coaching career in 2007 as a swim instructor as Seaside Aquatics Club (SEA) in Central Coast California. At SEA he not only taught, but managed the swim lesson program. In addition to his responsibilities with SEA, Luke worked for the City of Seaside instructing swim lessons for both children and adults, teaching water aerobics, coaching summer league, and their master’s team.

After graduating from Grand Canyon University with a Bachelors in Exercise Science he became a coach for Phoenix Swim Club (PSC) in 2016. Starting as an assistant coach for multiple groups including master’s afternoon practice, Luke continued his education.

In 2018 he graduated with a Masters in Exercise and Sport Psychology from Argosy University. As he continued coaching at PSC, Luke also worked at Phoenix Country Day School as their Upper School Counselor for several years, in addition to other roles in their athletics department.

With a tremendous amount of enthusiasm for the sport of swimming and athletics as a whole, he went back to school to pursue a Doctorate of Education with a specialization in Sport and Athletic Management at NorthCentral University. As Luke pursues this degree he is currently the Group Coach for Starfish and Rising-Stars, and the point person for scheduling swimming evaluations for new families interested in joining PSC.

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HANNAH KASTIGAR – Assistant Coach

Email: [email protected]

Groups: White & Red

Hannah Kastigar was a competitive swimmer with 21 years of experience. Born in Minnesota & raised in South Dakota where she swam for the Aberdeen Swim Club and qualified for her first Olympic trials at the age of 15.

She completed her first two years of college at Grand Canyon university. This was followed by a year off from school, where Hannah trained at the University of Florida to focus on the 2016 U.S. Olympic trials where she finished 17th in the 400IM. She completed school back in South Dakota at Northern State University, where she swam and ran track & cross country. Hannah finished college with 3 NCAA Dll titles, a degree in human performance & fitness, and a minor in health.

Hannah moved to PHX in 2019 after college to train under coach Takahisa who she previously knew from his coaching at GCU. At the start of covid Hannah moved home for 7 months to be able to continue training until things opened back up. From there she moved back to AZ where she finished up her swimming career training in gold group & competing at the 2021 Olympic trials.

Coach Hannah began teaching swim lessons at the age of 11, & since then has worked with all ages and skill levels helping to develop swimming skills. Hannah is excited to take the things she’s learned from swimming to be able to help mold today’s youth not only into quality competitors, but into quality people as well.

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PAOLA GUERRA – Group Coach

Email: [email protected]

Groups: Red, Rising Stars & Starfish

Also known as Pao, was born in Phoenix, and raised in Goodyear. Swam for YMCA Westside Silver Fins since the age of 7. At the age of 13 I moved to Puerto Rico for a year in order to qualify for the Puerto Rican national team. After months of hard work I was able to make it on the team and represent them in Trinidad and Tobago in the 2017 CCCAN (Central American and Caribbean swimming confederation) games. I secured 3 gold medals for Puerto Rico and came back to Arizona to continue high school at Xavier College Prep and swimming at YWSF. I am currently studying justice studies at ASU. I hope to share my passion and enthusiasm for swimming with all athletes at Phoenix Swim Club. 

Career Highlights:

  • 10 YWSF team records between 7-14 years old.
  • Age group state title at 12 years old.
  • 6th place in the 200 breast Long Course Meters at Senior States in 2018.
  • 3rd place in the 100 breast at 2017 Division 1 High School State.
  • 6th place for the 100 breast at 2018 Division 1 High School State.
  • 4th place for the 100 breast at 2019 High School State.
  • 5th place for the 100 breast at 2020 Division 1 High School State.
  • 7th place in the 100 breast at Short Course State in 2020 in a YWSF team record.
  • 5th place in the 100 breast at Short Course State in 2021 in a YWSF team record.
  • 4-time sectionals qualifier.

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ERIC WAANANEN – Group Coach

Email: [email protected]

Groups: Silver, Starfish, Hammerheads & Jellyfish

Coach Eric grew up swimming in Northern Virginia for the Solotar Swim Team under some great coaches who later inspired him to turn into a coach. He competed for Oakton High School, West Virginia University and George Mason University and the Patriots Masters team specializing in 100 & 200 Fly.  He moved to Arizona in 2002 and started working as the head coach at Seton Catholic HS, then as a site head coach with Swim Neptune for 11 years and most recently for JSwim for 2 years as their head age group coach.  Eric spent 6 years in Morenci AZ as an Aquatic Specialist while starting a year-round high school program, taking a team of 13 to 65 with state and sectional qualifiers. Currently he is the head coach at Veritas Prep Academy going into year 3 with a number of PSC swimmers. He has worked with kids as young as 3 up to adults, who are learning to swim for the first time. His love for the sport drives him to keep teaching, hoping that through his coaching others will discover the joy of swimming. 

“I’m excited to be joining the PSC family and look forward to working with the swimmers.”

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MARLIES ROSS – Volunteer Coach

Email: [email protected]

Groups: Hammerheads & Jellyfish

Marlies Ross is an International swimmer who was born and raised in South Africa. She has competed for the South African team since 2013, in numerous international competitions such as World Championships, Youth Olympics, Junior World Championships and Commonwealth Games. 

In 2016 she started college at Arizona State University, where she earned multiple NCAA All-American Honorable mentions and still holds the current school record in the 400IM. She graduated in 2019 with a Bachelors in Kinesiology. 

She has been coaching as a learn-to-swim instructor and age group coach since 2018. She has hosted numerous swim clinics here in the US and in South Africa. Marlies has worked with World Class coaches like Bob Bowman, Misty Hyman etc. and has learned multiple techniques and drills used by the most elite swimmers in the world. She is excited to be able to bring unique skills to PSC and help the younger generation swimmers become the best swimmers they can be. 

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ABBY LOEL - Private Lessons 

Email: [email protected]

I swam competitively for Phoenix Swim Club from age 5 to 18, along with swimming for Acadia High school during high school. I competed in freestyle, butterfly, and distance events. I then went to swim for the University of Mary during my 4 year undergraduate career. 

During my summers from age 15 to present I have had the opportunity to help run the lesson program at Phoenix Swim Club, along with assist in the Adult Learn to Swim program for a couple of years. 

I enjoy working with beginners teaching them the basics all the way to working with competitive athletes working on stroke and speed work. Throughout my career I have had a few injuries thus I particularly focus on injury prevention measures when working with swimmers of all ages and abilities. 

I am currently an assistant coach at Grand Canyon University for the Women's swim team.