Coaches and Directors

Coaches and Directors
Coaching Staff
Rob Collins CEO/Head Coach

Rob joined Sierra Marlins from Tennessee Aquatics in Knoxville, TN in November of 2017.  While at TNAQ, Rob worked as a senior coach with athletes ranging from local/regional qualifiers to Olympic Trials Qualifiers and national finalists.

Rob grew up in Oregon where he graduated high school in 1999.  He then moved to California to swim for San Francisco State University where he received a BS in Kinesiology (Exercise Science).  He also holds a Master’s degree in Sport Business Management from the University of San Francisco. His coaching career began in 2002 via rec league and high school programs before transitioning to year-round programs as a Head Age Group coach in 2005.  Since then, his career has included stops in the Bay Area, Boston, Tennessee, and Washington State.

Rob has been priviledged with the opportunity to work with and develop numerous nationally ranked age group swimmers, National Championship qualifers and finalists,  Olympic Trials qualifiers, a NISCA high school national champion, and has had several athletes ranked #1 in the country.  In December of 2018,  the Sierra Marlins men won their first ever winter junior nationals team title. Rob has been lucky to work with and learn from some of the best swimming minds in our sport.  He enjoys live music, running, hiking, and spending time with his family and his Jack Russell Terrier named Tripp.

Tim McCormick Head Senior Coach/Director

Tim McCormick has spent the last 15 years coaching locally in Folsom and El Dorado Hills. He Co-founded the Folsom Tigersharks and FAST programs and currently spent 2 years with Lifetime Northern California. Since 2013, Tim has coached National Age Group Champions as well many swimmers in the Top 10 rankings; Sectional through to Junior National qualifiers. Tim has produced numerous Far Western High Point age group Champions and runner-ups. There have been multiple Sierra Nevada swimming age group records broken under the tutelage of Coach McCormick.

Coach Tim is also approaching his 5th season with the Women’s & Men’s Swimming program at Oak Ridge High School.  Under his leadership the Trojan Men’s Team won its first CIF Section Championship in 2016. Since this win, the Trojan Team has produced 2 Section and State titles. Coach Tim has overseen a number of All-American swimmers in his program the past 4 years and was selected as the California Boys Swim & Dive Coach Of The Year for 2017/18.

As an athlete, Coach Tim grew up swimming for a number of clubs within Pacific and Central California Swimming.  He was a CIF Section Champion multiple times (1984-1985) throughout his high school career.  Additionally, he swam for the NCAA II National Champions, Bakersfield State in 1987 under Coach Maglisco. Coach Tim's passion for the sport is to provide each swimmer the best environment to improve their skills and technique while achieving success. With dedication and hard work my athletes will learn to become model citizens in the Community and mentors to the next generation of swimmers.

Coach Tim resides in El Dorado Hills for the past 23 years with his wife Renee and two children, Kylie and Evan. 

Kathleen Kinsey Head Age Group Coach/Director

Kathleen Kinsey is thrilled to be a director for the Sierra Marlins. 

Kathleen founded the Folsom Wahoos Swim Team and was the Head Coach and CEO for all five years the team was in operations.  The team was successful and made the decision to formally join the Sierra Marlins effective September 1, 2019.

Kathleen and her family chose Folsom as their permanent home after many years and many moves as a Navy Family.  Kathleen has lived, coached and swum in many places, including, Sigonella, Sicily, Italy.  In Sigonella, Kathleen was head coach for the Sigonella Swordfish, a base swim team that was run as a private club.  Nearly 30% of the base youth population took up the sport of swimming as it was the only club sport offered for youth in a remote Navy/NATO base.  That meant Kathleen and her assistant coaching staff had to teach every swimmer on the team competitive swimming before each swimmer’s tour of duty ended.  Despite loosing one-half of the team each year as families moved away, the Swordfish were highly successful in their league: The European Forces Swim League. 

Kathleen began swimming in 1979 in Saratoga Springs, NY, swam in college at Hood College (1983-1987) where she earned bachelor’s degrees in English and Pre Law.  Since college, Kathleen has played lacrosse for UC Berkley, participated in triathlons, and road raced in Italy where she was the 2009 Sicilian cycling champion.   Kathleen has three daughters.  One, Hallie, is a swimmer at the University of Southern California studying Biomedical Sciences.  The other two, Greta and Annika are “swammers” and Greta is the Senior Fit coach for the Marlins.

When she is not coaching, Coach KK can be found on one of her favorite Italian road bikes

Doug Reyes Senior Coach

Douglas Reyes was born in Oakland, California and was raised in San Lorenzo, California. He had lived in Northern California, nearly all of his life. He moved to Honolulu in August of 2008.

Doug first started coaching when he was in high school, working with younger swimmers.

He has been blessed with great talent and young people at every stop in his coaching career, having coached Jr. National, National, Olympic Trials Finalists, Top 16 Age Group swimmers and very successful swim teams. During the 2012 Summer Olympics, 2 of his former high school swimmers earned medals.

His philosophy starts with the children coming to practice daily because they want to be there, doing the best they can to be the best they can be. He is a strong believer that swimming is a TEAM sport and you teach the young people life skills, as weekly concepts of their learning process and development. Skills such as goal setting and achieving, punctuality, personal responsibility and accountability, teamwork, integrity, self confidence, persistence, attitude, technical excellence and self discipline are part of the successful swimming and life lessons that are to be educated, reinforced and learned and lived.

Living in Hawaii has been a lifetime dream come true, having been a visitor there for over 45 years. And Truth is Stranger than Fiction, 80 months later, we now find him back.

Dream BIG DREAMS, YOU CAN make them happen!

Emily Mosbacher Senior Coach

We are excited to announce the hiring of Emily Mosbacher to our senior program! Emily will be working primarily at our Arden Hills location in an immediate capacity and will be assisting Rob and Tim with various groups of swimmers. In addition, Emily will be on staff with Robert Gray at Victory Sports Performance and will carry that into running much of the day-to-day dryland/strength programs for our senior athletes.

Emily has a long history of swimming both locally and nationally, having started in the rec system with the Folsom Sea Otters before moving on to many club and collegiate positions. Emily's most recent coaching position was as the associate head coach of the University of Denver Hilltoppers, a division 1 NCAA program. You can read more about Emily through her former bio @ Denver by clicking the link below:

https://denverpioneers.com/news/2017/8/14/Denver_Swimming_and_Diving_Announces_2017_18_Staff_Changes

Kim Standal Senior Coach - Senior Fit

Born and raised in Galt, CA, Kim graduated from Galt High School in 2011 and earned her BA in Communication Studies at Azusa Pacific University in 2015. Kim first began competitively swimming at the age of 8. Since then, her love for the sport has continued to grow between all the different teams she has been a part of - be it swimming or coaching. From rec, to high school, to club, to college and masters, she's done it all. Kim's coaching career began in 2013 with Liberty Ranch High School and her home team, the Galt Gators. In this year, Kim brought one of Liberty Ranch's largest number of qualifiers to Sections and helped the Gators win their first Championship title in 10 years.

Since then, she has coached Men's and Women's Swimming at Oak Ridge High School, age group swimmers at Elk Grove Aquatics Club, and Masters Swimming at Life Time Fitness in Folsom. One of the proudest moments of her coaching career was helping the Trojan Men's Team take home a Section title and second place at State Championships.

If she's not out on the pool deck coaching, she's probably finding every way possible to get in the water and compete herself. She hopes that through coaching, she can help other swimmers shine on and off the pool deck, through hard work, their desire to learn, and of course, lots of fun.

Travis Folsom Senior Coach - PreSenior

Travis Folsom was born in Los Gatos, California and raised here in Folsom where he began swimming at the age of 6 with the Folsom Sea Otters. His swimming ventures continued for the next 12 years, at one point even swimming for the Marlins. He ran track and pole vaulted at Chico State, where he graduated with a B.A. in Kinesiology and a minor in Coaching & Administration. He missed swimming so much, he later returned to swim for his local Junior College, ARC. Shortly after, he continued his education and earned an M.A. in Teaching at Point Loma Nazarene University in the great city of San Diego.  

Travis started coaching in 2011 with the Folsom Sea Otters and served as head coach for three years. Additionally, he coached the Sierra Marlin clinics, Casa Roble High, and water polo at Whitney High. Travis is entering his third year with the Marlins, and is just as eager as ever to coach, mentor, and influence athletes. His philosophy goes beyond teaching skills solely in the pool, and includes developing athletes both in and out of the water.

Alec Abrams Age Group Coach
I was born in Sacramento, California and grew up in Folsom where I started swimming for a local recreation team at the age of 4.  As I grew up, I participated in Sierra Marlin clinics and swam for Folsom High School where I graduated in 2013.  I began coaching as a swimmer, and continued to an assistant coach for the Folsom Sea Otters for 4 seasons.  I began coaching with the Sierra Marlins in 2014 through their clinic program and as an assistant to all the groups.

In addition to coaching I am studying at Sacramento State, where I plan on graduating in 2019.  In my free time I enjoying skiing, fishing, hiking, and/or any adventure!  I have a passion for coaching, and I love teaching the sport of swimming.  Over the past 5 years of coaching I have had the opportunity to learn from some great coaches, and I am excited to be apart of this team.  GO MARLINS!
Greta Kinsey Age Group - Imagination
Jeff Nicolaysen Age Group - Age Group Fit
A Marlin from ages 6 to 18, Jeff Nicolaysen fondly remembers the days at Sierra College before the FAC was conceived, and is thrilled to be a member of the team once again! 
 
 A native of Rocklin, he attained athletic hall of fame for the High School before moving on to college.  He was a States finalist for Sierra College for two years, before moving South to Concordia University Irvine where he was a NAIA Nationals competitor.
 
More recently, he took his years of swim instruction experience and moved into coaching.  His recreational program achieved numerous high point awards during his tenure, though their pride were the years in which every athlete dropped time in every event.  His high school team was a true no-cut sport boasting a motto of, "come out for swim team, and if you can't swim yet, we'll teach you!"  A philosophy the team took to heart with literal gusto.
 
He also brings extensive experience with lifeguarding, having worked for multiple agencies, including the State of California doing open water rescue and jr lifeguard instruction.
Alex Cordova Coach - Explorer

Alex Cordova was born in Arlington Texas but raised in the Bay Area. She joined her first summer recreational team at age 9, where she met Michael Phelps before his legendary performance at the Beijing Olympics. After falling more in love with swimming, she joined her first club swim team at 10 years old. Her family moved to Roseville in 2012 and she swam with California Capital Aquatics. Before the 2015 season, Alex and her sister (who swims for the University of Redlands) moved to the Sierra Marlins. During her time with the Marlins and captaining her high school, she was a successful sprint and mid-distance butterflier and IMer. Alex then packed up her bags and moved to Brookville, New York to swim at Long Island University Post. Although her program was cut after the 2019 swim season, she graduated with the class of 2020- finishing her undergrad degree in 3 years. During her senior year of college, she taught lessons and stroke clinics at Long Island Swim School and assisted the Junior Team at the Long Island Aquatic Club. She started coaching with the Folsom Sea Otters during the 2020 season and helps coach their fall/spring clinics. Alex is ecstatic to be back on deck with the Marlins! She is thankful for the opportunity to coach the new generation of swimmers lessons in the pool and out of the pool. With hardwork, positivity and a smile, you can achieve anything you put your mind to!

Sarah Dunleavy College Recruiting Director

A collegiate swimmer at Purdue, Dunleavy’s coaching career has taken her to Illinois State, Kentucky, Pitt and Cal with all four teams setting numerous school records during her tenure.

A native of Bethel Park, Pa., Sarah served as an assistant coach at Cal for two seasons in 2017-18 and 2018-19 where she helped manage all aspects of the Golden Bear program. During her first year, the Golden Bears captured six titles at the Pac-12 Championships, finished as the national runner-up at the NCAA meet and placed 18 swimmers and divers on the CSCA Scholar All-America team. The following year, Cal swimmers won nine Pac-12 races - including all five relays - captured four NCAA events and finished second in the final standings. Additionally, the Bears set 3 American records and the coaching staff was awarded Coach of the Year honors by the CSCAA.
 
Prior to her time at Cal, Sarah served as director of women’s recruiting and assistant coach at Pitt for the 2016-17 season. During her one campaign, she oversaw workouts for the men’s and women’s breaststrokers. The swimmers broke school records six times and produced an All-American with the highest finish by a Pitt swimmer in a sprint event in 14 years (Lina Rathsack, 100 BR).
 
Dunleavy spent the previous three seasons at Kentucky as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator where she worked with the breaststroke and individual medley group, which produced seven school records, five NCAA qualifiers and five Olympic Trials qualifiers. Overall, the Wildcats finished among the top 20 at the NCAA Championships three times and placed two swimmers on the U.S. National team.
 
At Illinois State from 2012-13, Dunleavy assisted with the sprint and IM groups, and helped the squad set 16 school records and two conference marks.
 
In addition, Dunleavy served as a volunteer assistant at Purdue in the spring of 2012, as a camps counselor at Purdue for three summers and as an athlete representative with Allegheny Mountain Swimming LSC from 2006-08.
 
While at Cal, Pitt and Kentucky, Dunleavy was the liaison with the team’s academic advisor. Kentucky produced the highest GPA among all Division I women’s swimming teams in the spring of 2014 (3.72) and Danielle Galyer received the NCAA Elite 90 Award for having the highest GPA among all participants at the 2016 NCAA Championships.
  
As a competitive swimmer, Dunleavy was a team captain and three-time Academic All-Big Ten selection at Purdue from 2008-12. She received the athletic department’s John Wooden Leadership Award as a senior, as well as the swim team’s Cathy Wright-Eger Educational Excellence Award. In high school, Dunleavy competed at various national-level meets and was a 15-time all-state selection. In 2014 she was named to the Bethel Park High School Hall of Fame. Dunleavy graduated from Purdue in 2012 with her degree in public relations and rhetorical advocacy, minoring in sociology and law & society.

Sarah resides in Folsom with her fiancé Rob. In her free time she enjoys hiking, running and taking care of her dogs Ollie and Tripp.

Board of Directors
Rob Collins Head Coach/CEO
Ernie Dillard President
Scott Yoder Treasurer
Laura Chavez Secretary
Kathy Myers Meet Director/Operations
Sharon Johnson Promotions / SafeSport Coordinator
Robert Gray Community Member