Coaches and Directors

Coaches and Directors
Coaching Staff
Pete Mavro Head Coach - Jr National & Gold 1

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 National Team 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 two years in a row. LVSC is (not so patiently) waiting for him to get his call from American Ninja Warrior any day now!

Amber Stewart Asst. Head Coach - 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!!

Mavi Sampaio Coach - Platinum

A native of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Coach Mavi has a Bachelor’s degree in Physical Education (Brazil), and a Master’s degree in Kinesiology from the University of North Dakota.

As a swimmer (1970-1992), coach Mavi was a South American Champion and record holder, took 5th at a Pan-American Games (1983), and 10th at a World University Games (1983). He was also a World Champion as a Masters swimmer (1989 and 1990). All as a Breaststroker.

As a coach (1986-present), coached in various teams in Brazil (1986-2000), as well as the Senior National Team. His Club teams/swimmers earned numerous National, South American, and Pan American Games titles and records.

In the US (2000-present) Coach Mavi first coached at the University of North Dakota as the Head Swimming and Diving Coach (2000-09), where he was voted the NCAA DII Coach of the Year, earned the status of ASCA Level 5, and his teams and swimmers won 32 individual and relays NCAA National titles, breaking 6 National records, and placed his team twice as the runner-up at a NCAA National Championship.

In 2009 changed to be a USA Club coach. Since then have had a couple of his swimmers going to USA Senior and Junior National Championship, having his swimmers “moving on” to some of the best Swim Team colleges in the US: Louisville, Kentucky, Xavier, Florida Atlantic, Air Force, etc.

Married with Ana, and a PROUD father (as he describes) of Manuela (25) who is a nurse at Duke University, and Mariana (23) who lives in Los Angeles and is a Musical Engineer.

Olga Bellah Coach - Bronze & Gold 2


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. 

Roseann Platt Assistant Coach

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.

Michael Jones Assistant Coach

Michael Jones is a Las Vegas native. He was introduced to swimming when he was twelve years old and swam until he graduated high school. During that time, he developed a love for butterfly and distance freestyle. After graduation from high school, he moved on to teach swim lessons and coach for a local rec team before coming to LVSC. Off of the pool deck, Michael runs obstacle course races with the UNLV Rebellion and writes spoken word poetry. He is also in pursuit of a BA in English.

Alyssa Hawkins Assistant Coach

Coach Alyssa began her swim career at 8 years old with the YMCA swim team. In 2014, she moved to LVSC and describes it as the best decision I have ever made. As a member of the National group, Alyssa went to Sectionals for 2 yearsWestern Zones for four years, and still holds multiple all-time LVSC recordsAs a swimmer, she specialized in freestyle from the 50 free all the way up to the 1000 free, referring to Coach Amber and Coach Pete as the best coaches I've ever had. They pushed me to my limits and never gave up on me. During the high school swim season, Alyssa would help teach and refine the strokes of high school teammates. She is currently studying accounting at UNLV in the Honors College and describes being absolutely thrilled to be able to help the next generation of LVSC swimmers!

 

Defining Moment with Teammates: “One of the most memorable moments I had in my swim career was the 100 free “Get Out Swim” in practice. If I reached the goal time set by Coach Amber, the group could get out of practice early that day. With my team cheering support, I succeeded in the swim and the excitement was unforgettable. That moment was a defining moment in my life.”

Kirk Javillo Assistant Coach

Coach Kirk was born in Bloomfield, New Jersey, and moved to Las Vegas in 2011. He began swimming at his local YMCA learning how to swim at 8; after moving to Las Vegas, he started swimming for the YMCA recreational team. From there, he swam competitively for 5 years. He swam varsity freshman and sophomore year at Rancho High School. He specialized in the 100 Back and the 100 Free. He then took a break from swimming to peruse extra curriculars such as Student Council, National Honor Society, and started studying to be a private pilot.

After starting college, he found his way back to swimming by joining the Master’s group at the Centennial Hills YMCA. With finding his passion for swimming sparked a new passion for coaching and teaching. Kirk has instructed and coached a range of people from infants to adults helping all participants find a joy in swimming. 

Coach Kirk is perusing a B.S. degree in Aeronautical Science at Liberty University to become a professional pilot. When he is not in the sky or at the pool, he’s either studying or on his next adventure to gain new experiences. As Coach Kirk always says, “Go Team.”

Eddie Deedon Dryland Coach

Coach Eddie grew up in Redding, CA.  He joined the Army directly after graduating high school.  During his time in the military, he began to find his passion for strength training.  After completing his contract with the Army, he became a certified personal trainer.  He trained and taught at Equinox in San Francisco for three years before moving to Las Vegas in 2021 and working at UFC Fit.  With a few years of experience working with all kinds of different people and training modalities, he transitioned to specifically coaching athletic strength and conditioning.

Coach Eddie is passionate about spreading the benefits of strength and fitness to everyone he has the privilege to work with and is excited to help LVSC swimmers reach their full potential.  His certifications include: StrongFirst Instructor (kettlebell and barbell); RKC Instructor (Russian Kettlebell); FMS Level 2 (Functional Movement Systems); and TRX Level 3.

Board of Directors
Rene Carlsen President
Kyle Yacoben Vice President
Alana Dawidian Treasurer
Caron Olsen Treasurer
Ryan McCarthy Officer