Coaching Staff
Peter Mavro Head Coach - Gold 1 & Jr National

Growing up in Queens, NY, Coach Pete was involved in countless sports and swam competitively from age 11 to 18.  His High School team (The Stuyvesant Pirates) were 3-time New York City Champions and he was elected captain both his Junior and Senior years.  During his Senior season, Pete was a member of two NYC all time record breaking relays.  He graduated with a B.S. in Commerce from the University of Virginia, but after working in Manhattan for a year, Pete knew his real passion was coaching and teaching.  He went to Queens College to study Physical Education and later taught pre-k through 8th grade.  Along his journey to LVSC, Pete has coached an age group swim team in NY, a HS volleyball team, and interned for the Sports Science Division of USA Swimming at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, CO. 

Since Coach Pete took over as Head Coach, LVSC has doubled in size to more than 200 swimmers. The team went from sending a handful of swimmers to NV State Championships to more than 75% of the team qualifying. Whether the swimmer qualified for their first meet, won State Championships in individual events, or won High Point in their age group, Coach Pete is proud to recognize their growth and accomplishments. Each year brings new opportunities for him to take swimmers to gain experience against competitors at Southern California Swimming meets like June Age Group or Junior Olympics and at USA Swimming meets like Wester Zones and Sectionals.

Currently, Coach Pete is also working as a Personal Trainer (ACSM certified) here in Las Vegas. He is also dedicated to ninja training and competition and has qualified for World Finals of the Ultimate Ninja Athlete Association in July. LVSC is (not so patiently) waiting for him to get his call from American Ninja Warrior any day now!

Amber Stewart Asst. Head Coach Senior - National

Amber Stewart was born in Utah but grew up in Texas. At the age of 8, she began her swimming career. In the beginning, she could barely swim the length of the pool. She cried & wanted to quit but her father encouraged her to give it one month. That was all it took. As an age group swimmer she qualified for T.A.G.S. (Texas Age Group Swimming state meet) in Butterfly, Backstroke, Freestyle, and Individual Medley events every year. Over the course of 7 years with STAR swim team she was awarded the prestigious Coaches Award 3 years in a row. A feat that, at the time, had only occurred once prior.

During her high school career, she served as captain 2 out of 3 years. In her spare time she taught swimming lessons and still does, giving her 18 years teaching experience. Her Junior year of high school, she moved to Austin, Texas and trained with the elite Texas Aquatics team under the direction of Whitney Hedgepeth, an Olympic medalist. She was a high point scorer multiple times & competed at the state level.

Upon graduation, Amber furthered her swimming career at Brigham Young University, a Division 1 school. She was appointed to compete on the traveling team and aided in numerous team victories. While there, the women's team won the Mountain West Swimming Championships 3 times.

After graduating, her devotion for swimming continued with various coaching opportunities, founding a summer league swim team in North Carolina, The Gates 4 Gators, & cheering on her three daughters who swims for LVSC. She also loves competing in triathlons and has placed 1st & 3rd in the Amica Irongirl Triathalon in the two times she's competed in it.

Amber is the proud wife to Vaughn and mother to 4 beautiful children, 3 girls and 1 boy. Amber also boasts 8 years of being cancer free!!

Ryan Reeves Asst. Head Coach Age Group - Silver

Coach Ryan was born and raised in the great city of Chicago, IL. At the age of 9 years old, he was forced to swim for the summer to avoid becoming a couch potato. When Coach Ryan was approached by his bearded, combat boot-wearing coach, he ran into the locker room terrified! After speaking with his new coach and developing some confidence, Coach Ryan would find himself swimming for the Hanover Park Sailfish for almost 10 years.

During his high school career, he served as captain of the men’s varsity team for all 4 years. Coach Ryan was the definition of a “pool rat” in that, when he wasn’t practicing, he was life guarding or teaching swim lessons. Coach Ryan excelled at the 200 IM and had full intentions on continuing to swim in college; however, several shoulder injuries would end his swimming career after he finished high school. Instead dwelling on what might have been, Coach Ryan saw this as an opportunity to pass his love and passion for swimming on to others. He accepted his first Head Coaching position with the Schaumburg Barracudas at the age of 18 while he was attending a near-by community college.

After finishing community college, Coach Ryan moved to Bloomington-Normal, IL in order to attend Illinois State University where he graduated with his Bachelor’s Degree in Physical Education and Health Education. During these 4 years, he had the opportunity to work with the Normal West High School and Bartlett High School swim teams to further his knowledge in coaching. After a brief 4 year coaching break due to an intense career in the fitness industry, Coach Ryan found himself right back in the driver’s seat of the Schaumburg Barracuda’s once again. He used this as an opportunity to re-kindle his passion for coaching and run a successful swim program.

Today, Coach Ryan is living here in Las Vegas with his wife, Caitlin, and two dogs, Ducky and Madison. He couldn’t be more excited to be a part of this swim family!!

Roseann Platt Coach - Green, Silver & White

Coach Roseann was born in Rockspring, Wyoming, but lived the majority of her childhood in Anchorage, Alaska.  She began age group swimming when she was 9 years old with the Coho Swim Club and continued swimming in Alaska through high school for the Bartlett Bears H.S. On the High School team Roseann was a Senior Captain and helped lead the girl’s squad to win four regional titles, and was an individual qualifier in the State Competition in the 100 fly. During High School Roseann became a life guard her senior year and began teaching swimming lessons.

Roseann attended New Mexico State University in Las Cruses, New Mexico and swam for the team for two years, where she was the team’s 200 butterfly specialist. With a transfer to Arizona State University, Roseann returned to Alaska Pacific University to graduate with a BS in Business Management with an emphasis in travel and hospitality. During her summers and after graduation she worked for Gray Line of Alaska/Holland America Westours, in customer service. She was with the company for a total of ten years and worked as a driver, guide, technician, dispatched both land tours and cruise ship passengers. The job allowed Roseann to travel across the United States, meet her husband Bob and be promoted to Operations Manager.

Roseann and Bob moved to Los Angeles, California, where she began swimming again for NOVA Aquatics Masters Swim Team and continued to swim masters with Las Vegas Masters after moving to Nevada.  Roseann has lived in Las Vegas for 15 years with a small "international" exchange to Dubai, United Arab Emirates and is a full time mom to Thomas, Stephanie (SPLATT) and Sophia who both swim for LVSC.  When Roseann is not at the pool coaching she likes to travel, swim and play tennis.

Rachel Meadow Coach - Platinum
Cassia Lopez Coach - Green & White

Born and raised in the Vegas valley, Cassia Reed learned to swim for safety when she was a toddler and continued in lessons and stroke development until she was 8. In this time she discovered her love for the water.

Her first swim team was the North Las Vegas Summer Recreational Team, which she joined when she was 8 years old. In 2004, she joined Dessert Storm Swim Team and continued to participate in rec league teams through the City of Las Vegas. At which point she also participated in Dive, Water Polo and Synchronized Swimming. Cassia swam for Palo Verde High school with the exception of her senior year.

In her sophomore year, she became a Water Safety Instructor and has been teaching swimming lessons of all levels and stroke development since. Because of her love for teaching swimming, in 2011 through 2014 she coached for the City of Las Vegas’s rec league Swim, Dive, Water Polo and Synchronized Swimming teams.

In 2013 and 2014 she swam for Swim Las Vegas Masters team. Cassia is currently going to UNLV for a BA in Romance Language and a minor in leadership and civic engagement. She enjoys hiking and camping when she is not in the water.

McKenzie Fitzgerald Coach - Gold 2

 

Coach McKenzie was born and raised in St. George, UT. She is the 2nd oldest of 6 kids in her family. She started swimming at age 8 and fell in love with it right away. She swam for DART swim team where she qualified for the UT zones team,and short and long course JO's and placed high in state meets. She swam for Snow Canyon High school and was a captain and a State Champ her Senior year in 200 IM and 100 Free. She still holds multiple high school records. She swam two years in college at Adams State University, and Dixie State University where she still holds school records. She is a die hard breaststroke fan and has a hard time admitting her love hate relationship with the 200 breaststroke. She spent most of her young teenage years at the pool teaching swim lessons, and life-guarding/head guarding.

 

McKenzie has been Coaching swimming for 5 years starting with her former team DART, then with SUSA, and now LVSC! It's her passion and she loves having the opportunity to work with different coaches and learn new things from them. Coach McKenzie is happily married to her forever best friend Garrett and has been married for 3 1/2 years. She has a puppy named Koda who is her hiking buddy. She is expecting identical twin boys, and she and her husband, though a little overwhelmed, couldn’t be more excited for them to arrive. Other hobbies she enjoys are crafting and baking in her spare time. She is so excited to be apart of the LVSC family and continue learning and growing as a coach and doing what she loves.

Olga Bellah Coach - Bronze


Coach Olga was born in Blagoveshensk Russia. She was handpicked by coaches to start swimming in her elementary years. She was primarily picked because of her physical attributes. She excelled in the program and quickly became one of the best swimmers in her region. She set numerous records along the way and was then accepted into the Russian Masters program.

Coach Olga attended Blagoveshensk Pedagogical University where she continued to swim and received her BS in Sports Physiology with honors. This university is a teaching university where numerous alumni went on to becoming elite coaches throughout the country.

Olga found her way to Las Vegas where she coached for the YMCA and finally landed here with the Las Vegas Swim Club. She is very proud to be a member of this club and hopes that her experience in coaching and teaching will help the LVSC continue in their way to get the most out of their swim team.

Olga is here with her husband Tom and 2 great kids, Alexandra (Sasha) who swims for the LVSC and young son Aleksey. 

Jill Occhiuto Assistant Coach

Jillian (Jill) Occhiuto was born in Chicago, and at the age of 8 was later raised in Las Vegas. She grew up in the city of ice-skating but was forced to change her focus to swimming upon moving to the desert. She joined BCH swim team at the age of 10 and fell in love under the incredible instruction of its coaches

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Some of her greatest swimming memories and lessons were made in high school under the instruction of the Mr. & Mrs. Brayman. Jill was>

When she’s not enjoying every minute of coaching or interacting with kids, Jill is busy traveling for Bubble RUN, finishing her bachelors degree in Biology and Chemistry, hiking at Red Rock with her yorkie, modeling extravagant showgirl outfits, helping her aunt out at the Las Vegas Design Center, or enjoying the words of Jud at Central Christian Church.

Her certifications include: Water Safety Instruction, First-Aid, CPR, AED, Lifeguarding, and Zumba.

Olivia Cardinal Assistant Coach
Board of Directors
Rene Carlsen President
Joan Gallob Vice President
Heather DiFulvio Secretary
Elise Hawkins Treasurer
Jennifer Hendrex Treasurer
Alana Dawidian Director
Deborah Parrales Director
Kyle Yacoben Director