Meet Our Coaches

 

Mackenzie Mackie, Head Coach, Gold Squad

Phone:425-974-9114

Email: [email protected]

Swimming has been a passion of Kenzie's since he was 6 years old. He started out on Overlake Golf and Country Clubs Summer League team in Bellevue and has been involved with the sport ever since. Kenzie then went on to swim for Bellevue Club Swim Team from 2002-2006 and then moved to King Aquatic Club from 2006-2012 where he competed at the Senior Sectional level in the 200 Fly. During his time in Highschool he was named Bellevue Highschools "Rookie of the Year" in 2009 and competed at the State Championship level in the 200 Freestyle, 200 IM, 100 Fly, and multiple relays from 2009-2012.

After his final season swimming with his Highschool team, he then transitioned into coaching. Beginning with the team that he started on, Kenzie was an assistant coach from 2012-2015 and then Head Coach for 2016. During his time as a coach, Overlake's team championship rank went from 18th to 5th. After 2016, Kenzie moved to assistant coaching for King Aquatic Club and then Seattle Metropolitan Swim Club.

In 2020 Kenzie came on as the Head Swim Coach for EAST. Armed with years of experience and a high-quality coaching staff Kenzie's main priority is to focus on developing superior technical skills throughout an athlete's development. In addition, he also strives to set challenging yet reachable goals for each of his swimmers and wants to create an environment of open communication between swimmers, coaches, and parents. He believes that with excellent technique, reachable goals, and the support of both coaches and parents a child has the most flexibility to choose their own path forward with the sport.

When he is not coaching Kenzie enjoys spending time with his wife, his newborn son, and their dog Lila. 

 

   

Sarah Bradley, Pre-Comp and Bronze Squad

Email: [email protected]

Coach Sarah grew up in Gresham, OR as a multi-sport athlete from age 8 (primary sports were swimming, water polo, and softball). She competed at the Jr. National level in water polo, traveling to competitions across the US, Canada, and Brazil. She then swam and played water polo for San Diego State University on a water polo scholarship, winning 3rd at Nationals in 1996 and 1997. Sarah started teaching swimming at age 16 and continued teaching and coaching in various capacities through college. In 2002 she became a certificated elementary school teacher, specializing in early elementary, Reading Specialist, and Special Education.  In 2010, Sarah became a Swim Lesson Coordinator, running a large learn to swim and developmental swim team program for about 10 years. During this time, she became actively involved in American Swim Coaches Association and United States Masters Swimming certification programs and trainings/clinics. Currently, ASCA and USMS coach level 3 certified.

Sarah enjoys spending time with her husband, two dogs, and extended family and friends. Her son, who grew up as a competitive swimmer, is now an adult and has recently joined the US Navy.

 

Andrew Barashkoff, Silver Squad

Email: [email protected]

I am excited to join the Ellensburg Area Swim Team! I grew up swimming and spending my time at the closest available pool, as a swimmer and later becoming a coach. I have participated on club teams, as well as competing in high school. I was proud to represent Newport high school at the state championships in the 100 back, 50 free, 100 free, and relays. As for coaching, I spent four years coaching summer league at Newport Hills. Also, I spent two years at Redmond high school coaching both the boys’ and girls’ seasons. Last year, I coached at Chinook aquatic club working with younger swimmers developing their technique and passion for the sport of swimming. My main goal of coaching is to provide the foundations of swimming by focusing on technique and building confidence in each swimmer regardless of ability.