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Kevin Zacher








Kevin Zacher

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Tell us about you (family, education, how you got to this area):

Coach Kevin was born and grew up in Southern Oregon. He swam competitively growing up and continued swimming at Iowa State University, setting the school record in the 400 IM and being voted team captain his senior year. After graduating from ISU with a degree in Finance, he started coaching at King Aquatic Club in Washington. He also served as the Head Coach of Thomas Jefferson High School for several years.


After coaching at King Aquatic Club for five years, Kevin moved to Scottsdale, AZ and began coaching with Scottsdale Aquatic Club, becoming the Head Coach in 2007. During Kevin’s time at SAC, he built a nationally competitive program built around teamwork and a positive environment. 


In 2021, Kevin accepted the position of Head Coach at Santa Clara swim Club. He is excited to rebuild a tradition of excellence at SCSC and create a culture that swimmers of all ages and abilities want to experience. 


Coach Kevin is married to Tere, a renowned Sports Psychologist and Life Coach. They have a daughter, Kori, who currently attends Archbishop Mitty High School and works with the SCSC Learn-To-Swim program. They love to travel and spend time together when Kevin is not at the pool.


Swimming Background:

Coach Kevin grew up swimming in southern Oregon at Roseburg Swim Team. He qualified for and competed at Junior Nationals in high school.

Kevin went on to swim at Iowa State University. ISU won the Big-12 Championship in 1995. Kevin is the school record holder in the 400 IM and was team captain during his senior year.

Kevin’s best event was the 400 IM, ranked 74th in the world in 1996.


Personal Coaching Philosophy or “Why I Coach”: 

Coach Kevin enjoys coaching and helping athletes reach their potential. Through swimming, Kevin learned a faced obstacles and challenges, learning a lot about himself and learning skills to be successful in life. Kevin got into coaching to provide that same opportunity to others. He truly enjoys helping swimmers achieve their goals, whatever those goals are.


Coach Kevin believes that to get the most out of the sport, the swimmers need to “want” to come to practice every day. Providing a positive and encouraging environment at the club is important in making that happen. If you come on deck during a practice at SCSC, you will see the swimmers training hard, but, more importantly, you will see them smiling and interacting with their friends and teammates in a positive manner.



Coach Kevin has helped swimmers achieve success at the highest levels. Below are some of those accomplishments:

--Coached Taylor Ruck to 2 Bronze Medals at the 2016 Rio Olympics and a Gold Medal at the 2016 FINA World Championships

   --Coached three swimmers to the FINA Junior World Championships (7 Gold Medals)

   --Named USA Swimming National Team/Junior Team Coaching 2012-Present

   --Served on coaching staff for FINA Junior World Champs and Junior Pan Pacific Champs

   --Head Coach of National Junior Team Camps and National Select Camps

   --Coached numerous National Junior Team athletes over the last 12 years

   --Won several Junior National Team Championships

   --ASCA/Arizona Coach of the year three times

   --Helped over 200 swimmers to NCAA Division 1 swimming programs


Interesting Fact:

Kevin’s favorite band is Pearl Jam.



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