Coaches and Directors

Coaches and Directors
Coaching Staff
John McGough Head Coach and Program Director

Coach Mac has over 30 years of coaching experience. He is an American Swimming Coaches Association Level 5 coach, the highest attainable level certified by his professional organization. Coach Mac has a Master of Science degree in Exercise Physiology from Auburn University.

Prior to his arrival to Clovis in November of 2006, he spent 6 years at Carroll Independent School District, serving as the aquatics director. Coach Mac’s extensive coaching experience includes coaching stints at Auburn University, Fort Smith Tideriders (AR), Gator Swim Club (FL), and Alamo Area Aquatic Association (TX). During his tenure at Clovis Swim Club, Coach Mac has had 17 Olympic Trial qualifiers and 2 Junior Pan Pacific Champions.  Clovis Swim Club has also  achieved Silver Medal Club status and a top 50 Virtual Club Ranking under his leadership.  

Coach Mac’s coaching philosophy is one of excellence achieved through encouraging athletes to develop a healthy self image, personal accountability, goal setting, and achievement of personal goals. “It is the journey, not necessarily the end result, that is most important. Winning is not everything, but striving for excellence is.”

When he is not coaching, he enjoys spending time with his wife, Julie, and his two sons, Jacob and Caleb.  Jacob swam at Purdue Univeirsity and Caleb swam at Fresno Pacific Univesity.  

David Pickford Senior Coach, Buchanan

Coach Dave has over 47 years of coaching experience. He started as an assistant age-group coach for Huntington Beach Aquatic Club at age 14 and ascended to head coach after nine years. This swim club merged with another club to become Golden West Swim Club where Coach Dave was head age group coach for five years before becoming head coach at GWSC. In 1993, Coach Dave joined Clovis Swim Club as head age group coach and aquatics director for Buchanan High School. Coach Dave was twice honored to be Central California Age Group Coach of the Year. He was CCS Zone head coach from 1997-2000.

Coach Dave graduated with a major in history from California State University Long Beach. Later he got an add-on Health Science and teaching credential. He currently teaches World History at Buchanan High School.

Coach Dave coaches with an emphasis on distance base training with a goal of developing the 400 IM for older swimmers. He tries to vary workouts and make sure that the swimmers know why they are doing what they are doing. He also focuses on helping swimmers enjoy the process of becoming better swimmers so that improvement can occur on a daily basis, not just at the meets.

Coach Dave has minimal free time as he also coaches the boys’ water polo and swim team at BHS. But he does enjoy watching sports on TV, reading, and some intermittent cycling as time permits. He also immensely enjoys the experiences of being the father/coach of two great sons, Brian, and Garrett, who are now faster swimmers than he ever was back in college.

Brian Sharar Senior Coach, Clovis East

Coach Sharar has over 37 years of coaching experience. In his many years of coaching, at the high school, age group and collegiate level, he received Mid-West Conference swimming coach of the year, Mid-Continent swimming coach of the year (twice), and Mid-American Conference swimming coach of the year and Fresno Bee coach of the year honors.

Prior to his arrival to Clovis, he spent 9 years at University of Toledo as head men’s and women’s swimming coach. He’s also coached at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Western Illinois University, Petersburg, Indiana, and Danville, Indiana.

Coach Sharar has a Bachelors of Science degree from Ball State University in Industrial Arts/Physical Education, and a Masters of Arts degree from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in Human Performance.

Coaching philosophy:  "I think it is important to develop a strong coach/athlete relationship with each swimmer.  Most coaches are great with the so called x's and o's of the sport, but the key for me is understanding each individual and how to motivate and get them to understand the principles of training that will lead them to their successes in the pool.  Get the athletes to 'buy into the process.'"

Coach Sharar is married to his wife, Nancy, and enjoys working out, binge watching Netflix, college football, and visiting his 3 grown kids in the far reaches of the country.

Adam Reid Senior and Race Club, West

Coach Reid has been coaching since 1997. His coaching positions have included head coach for the Glendora Country Club age group program, head coach for Kastner Intermediate School, assistant varsity coach at Clovis West High School, as well as coaching the senior group, race club, and silver group for Clovis Swim Club.

Coach Reid has a Bachelors of Science degree from Pepperdine University in Business Administration and a Master’s Degree in Special Education from Azusa Pacific University.

Coach Reid’s coaching philosophy is to challenge swimmers to succeed by doing the little things right.

Something we don’t know about Coach Reid—Since Pepperdine University did not have a men’s swimming program, Coach Reid competed for the surfing team and his team was ranked as high as 6th nationally.

When he’s not coaching (when is that?), Coach Reid enjoys surfing, wakeboarding, and working out.

Coach Reid competed at the Master's National Swimming Championships in 2009 held at Clovis North Aquatic Complex.

Peter Fecht Senior Coach, Clovis North
Daveen Macsata Senior Coach
Mark Bennett Head Age Group Coach / West Side Gold

Background:  I grew up swimming with Santa Maria Swim Club, then moved on to swimming at University of Nebraska.  National level swimmer and Division 1 NCAA All-American while at UNL.  Bachelors of Arts in English from University of Nebraska.  Teaching Credential earned at Cal Poly SLO.

Coaching:  I've coached for 5 different teams, including stops on the Central Coast, Virginia, Oregon, and coaching for Clovis Swim Club since 2013.  During that time, I have coached LSC Team and Individual Champions and record holders, National Top 10 swimmers, including a few #1 ranked swimmers and a National Age Group Record Holder.

Personal/Hobbies:  Travelling, hiking, fishing, and spending time with my wife, two kids, and dogs.

Debra Wells East Side Advanced Age Group

Background:   Joined a competitive swim team in the Bay Area at the age of 6. Started lifeguarding and teaching swimming in high school. Coached a competitive swim team while working for the Department of the Air Force as a Network Security Specialist.

Coaching:   Head Coach of the Agawam Piranhas and the Westfield Rapids in MA from 1995 to 2012. Taught swimming for Swim America from 2012-2016.

Personal:   Outside of coaching my interests include baking, crafts, and reading. Love to travel, see new places and experience new things.

Blake Adams West Side Bronze

Background:   I swam competitively since I was 5 years old for Rec, club and school teams. Currently I have an associates degree in history and will be completing my bachelors through ASU.

Coaching: This will be my 5th year with Clovis swim club. Through my time with the club I have coached the junior/advanced prep and senior prep groups as well as served as their track Director. Currently I am the bronze group coach and work in special education for the school district

Personal:   When not coaching I love to read, write, and eat! Specifically eating while traveling to new exciting locations. For work outside of club I work in special education for CUSD, currently at Bud Rank middle school.

Jordan Capper West Side Silver

Background:   I graduated and swam at University of the Pacific. During highschool I swam for Clovis Swim Club and Clovis West High.

Coaching: Im now entering my fourth year of year round coaching and working various jobs throughout the district.

Personal:   Outside of the pool I really enjoy fantasy football, computers and art.

Ashlee Coleman East Side Developmental

Background: I I attended California State University- Long Beach, graduating in 2017 with a Bachelor's in Business Management and playing water polo on their Division 1 team. I recently finished my Master's in Education- Social Emotional Learning and a Multiple Subject Teaching credential in January of 2020.

Coaching: I am entering my third year of coaching for Clovis Swim Club in the 2020-2021 season. I started with our Summer League program in 2018 and have since coached Starfish, Dev Prep, Clovis East Novice and Clovis East Developmental, and Masters.

Personal:   I finished my teaching credential in the winter and started a long term substitute position in January at Quail Lake Environmental Charter School. I am currently working as an Intervention Teacher at Quail Lake.

Shannon Crow West Side Blue and White

Background:   I will be graduating from Fresno State in Spring '21 with my BS in Kinesiology (Go 'Dogs!). I have been swimming since I was 4 years old and have played water polo for 8 years.

Coaching:   This will be my 3rd year coaching at Clovis Swim Club and my 5th year coaching in Aquatics. I have coached almost every age group level at swim club on both the East and West sides! Personal:   In my spare time I love to do spend my time in the great outdoors doing a variety of activities. The rest of my spare time is spent studying, spending time with friends and family, or tutoring at Fresno State.

Jill Friesen Advanced Prep / Senior Prep

Background:   I swam for TAC and then for my high school’s varsity swim team. I also am a lifeguard and CPR instructor for the American Red Cross.

Coaching:  I have been a coach for 4 years and helped kickstart a recreational league in my hometown.

Personl/Hobbies:  I am a student at Fresno State studying Animal Science and love to do anything involving animals and agriculture. I also love reading, biking, hiking, and going to the lake in my free time!

Torie Donis West Side Stingray

Background:  I swam and played water polo at Clovis North HS.  I continued in college at Cuesta Community College in San Luis Obispo.

Coaching:  I coached at PUMA Aqutics, while attending Cuesta.  I have also coached CUSD Summer League and taught swim lessons for Seahorse Swim School.

Personal/Hobbies:  I enjoy reading and spending time with my family.  I also like travelling.

Gina Hergenroeder East Side Novice / Dev Prep

Background:  Graduated from Fresno State with a Bachelor's in Child Development.  10 years of competitive swimming experience.

Coaching:  I’ve been a substitute teacher for year, I’ve been coaching here for a year, I’ve had many different jobs teaching young children.

Personal/Hobbies:  Travelling, swimming, video games, and playing with my dogs.

Katie Amendt West Side Red

Background:  I graduated from Buchanan High School and am currently in my 3rd year at Clovis Community College and I’ve been swimming since 8th grade.

Coaching:  I’ve coached for Summer League the past 4 summers and have been a year round coach for 1 year.

Personal/Hobbies:  I love spending time with my family, playing with my cat, and watching my favorite movies.

Cienna Mayfield West Side Seahorse

Background:  I graduated from Clovis West High School in 2019 and I am currently attending Fresno Pacific University majoring in kinesiology! I swam and played water polo for six years and still continue to enjoy swimming in my free time!

Coaching: I have coached elementary water polo for the past two summers as well as coaching summer league for the past two summers. I have worked with all ages and levels of swim over the last year.

Personal: I am currently in a college and career internship at The Well Community Church, and I also am on staff as an admin there. I enjoy spending time with my family and going to the beach!

Nadia Dwidar-Margison West Side Starfish

Background:   I graduated from Clovis West where I also swam for Clovis Swim Club, then received a swim scholarship to UC Santa Barbara where I graduated with a degree in Sociology. I obtained my graduate degree in Higher Education from University of Redlands where I was the assistant swim coach.

Coaching:   I coached special Olympic swimmers during my time at UCSB until I graduated and coached the Clovis Swim Club stingray, seahorse, and master’s groups before attending grad school. During grad school I was the assistant coach for the university’s swim team. In 2016 I coached a novice group in Madera.

Personal:   I’m currently an academic counselor at Fresno State and in my spare time enjoy spending time with my son and exercising. You may see me running around town (literally) while pushing him in his stroller!

Tanner Davis Advanced Prep / Senior Prep

Background:   I am a current student athlete at South Dakota State University who has 17 years of aquatic experience including division one college swimming. I graduated from Clovis East HS.

Coaching:   I’ve coached/taught lessons for the past 3 1/2 years from ages 4-17.

Personal:  I enjoy p laying guitar and listening to podcasts

Jillian Hatch West Side Dev Prep

Background:   I grew up in Clovis and swam for Clovis swim club in high school. I went on to swim on the University of Florida Division I Women’s Swimming and Diving Team.

Coaching:   I first started coaching a few years ago for Clovis’ Summer League. While away in Florida, I coached for Swim America

Personal:   I like to go hiking and to travel

Celeste Madrigal East Side Novice / Dev Prep

Background:   I attended San Joaquin Memorial High School, and now I am at Fresno State studying Kinesiology. I have been swimming since I was 7 years old and I am currently on the Fresno State Swim team.

Coaching:   I have been coaching for 3 years. I coached at Sanger seals for ages 9-10.

Personal:   My hobbies include spending time with family, thrift shopping, and watching movies. I also love cooking!

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