OUR COACHES

 

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Alex Carapanos

Head Coach

Hello! My name is Alex Carapanos.  I grew up swimming on Valley Vista Swim Team in Walnut Creek, with my mom as director of the board for some years. They were some of the best summers of my life filled with great memories, lots of sun and chlorine, crazy rituals and special friendships. I have a love for County Rec Swimming and what it teaches our kids, both in and out of the water. I swam at Valley Vista until age 12 and then I swam for Walnut Creek Aquabears. While attending Northgate High School, I swam for the Broncos Swim Team where I built many special relationships and memories. I placed and finaled at North Coast swim meet and graduated as an All-American in swimming. I currently teach 6th Grade at Oak Grove Middle School and enjoy working with youth. I have coached for 3 years in summer rec swimming and look forward to bringing a positive energy and mind set to WCSC. I still swim for exercise, and am looking forward to joining the wonderful Walnut Creek Swim Club and community. GO WCSC!!!

Contact:  [email protected]

 

 

 

Emily Andrews

Sr. Coach

 

Emily is very excited to be back working with the incredible swimmers at Walnut Creek Swim Club! She has been coaching Walnut Creek Competitive Swim Clinics since 2018, and became an assistant coach for WCSC in 2021. Emily was the director of the beginning swim team program at Woodlands for 14 years. She has been a swim instructor for the past 24 years, and is a former lifeguard, pool manager, and swim school director. Emily swam on Woodlands Swim team for 15 years and was a swimmer for Northgate High School. Emily has taught in the Mt. Diablo Unified School District for 16 years, and she was awarded Teacher of the Year for MDUSD in 2019. She currently teaches third grade in the two way dual immersion program at Bancroft Elementary School. Emily is looking forward to another memorable swim season with the amazing WCSC families. GO Walnut Creek!

Contact:  C[email protected]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Abby Sanchez

Coach

My name is Abby Sanchez and I am excited to be back coaching for WCSC again this summer! I began swimming for Walnut Creek Swim Club when I was 6 and spent every summer on the pool deck with this team since, so it is safe to say WCSC has been a very big part of my life. During my time on the team, I was a multiple time county qualifier and hold 2 team relay records. This will be my 3rd year coaching, and I have loved it more than I loved swimming myself! I graduated from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo in June of 2021 and am doing my final year of school in SLO as I obtain my teaching credential to teach elementary school starting in the fall. It makes me so happy to be able to combine my passion for teaching and my passion for swimming all in one over the summer. GO WCSC!

 

 

 

 

Taylor Davis

Coach

 

Taylor began swimming when she was 5 years old, and has spent the subsequent 15 summers swimming for WCSC. During her time as a swimmer she qualified for county in all 5 events (but butterfly is her favorite), and spent 5 years as a Nightrider. Her favorite swim team memory is becoming a human ice cream sundae at the Big Buddy Little Buddy picnic as her Nightrider initiation, and her second favorite memory is getting to make her brother into one! This will be her first year on the coaching staff, but she has worked as a junior and assistant coach since she was 13. She currently is attending Auburn University in Alabama and is excited to be home just in time for summer swimming to start!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sydney Martinez

Coach

Hi! My name is Sydney Martinez and I am so excited for the opportunity to coach at WCSC this summer! Swimming has been a huge part of my life ever since the age of 2 and I am beyond grateful to have been able to spend 11 amazing years on Walnut Creek. Throughout my time on the team, I learned how to become a tenacious competitor and spent a lot of time perfecting techniques. I was a conference high point scorer and a finalist at county in multiple events since the age of 12 (backstroke and IM are my favorites though!) I’ve always loved WCSC’s dedication to spirit, tradition, and the development of character past the pool. The team has led me to build many memories and friendships that I will carry with me throughout the course of my life. My favorite memories by far was taking on the role as team captain and doing the lake swim in Lake Tahoe for nightrider initiation. (even though it was freezing) Although my time as a swimmer has ended, I am beyond ecstatic to be a coach! This will be my first year on the coaching staff, but I’ve been junior coaching since the age of 12. I am currently studying international relations at Syracuse University and can’t wait to be back in the sun just in time for swim season to start!