Coaches and Directors

Tim McCormick

Head Coach/CEO

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. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Coaching Staff
Kathleen Kinsey Head Age Group-Imagination/Integrity

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 Annikan swam in Italy and California growing up. Greta is the lead coach for the Marlins Imagination program and the assistant coach for the Integrity group under Coach KK.  Annika is an active duty Marine (Air Traffic Controller) stationed in Hawaii.

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

Kyle Owens Senior Coach
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!

Kim Standal Senior Coach - Senior Prep

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.

Kent Johnson Senior Coach - PreSenior
Jeff Nicolaysen Age Group - Varsity

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.

John Branson Age Group Coach - Junior Varsity
Doug Smith Age Group - Imagination

Coach Doug returns to the Marlins and his humble USAS beginnings a more seasoned age group coach committed to helping each athlete meet and exceed their personal goals. He is a USAS ASCA Level 3 certified coach, and his swimmers have achieved Junior Olympics, Far Westerns and SW Regional [SWAGR] finals (including JO’s high point) as well as Western Zone qualifying standards most notably in 2018 assisting Coach Tim McCormick (Life Time Northern California) at the presenior level. His experience includes 16 years as both head (9 years) and assistant (7years) in CIF/NFHS again most notably assisting Coach Tim at Oak Ridge HS to back-to-back California State high school varsity boys championships (2016-2017) and Sac-Joaquin CIF Section varsity boys champions 2017 & 2019 with multiple High School All-Americans, state finalists, state champions and state records. Other experiences include being a USMS Level 2 assistant, NCAA D2 assistant at CSUS, and 15 years at the recreational level (12 years head coach) achieving League Championship titles, a League Allstar head coach title, and a Meet of Champions division winner title. Swimmers he has worked with have broken countless team, league, meet, sectional and state records.

Club swimming has been a family value - part of his fabric of life. He grew up a second-generation competitive swimmer and began AAU competitive swimming as a 9-10 in Santa Rosa, CA. His family moved to Sacramento, and he began competing at Arden Hills Swim and Tennis Club where he learned the importance of hard work, dedication and persistence in pursuing and accomplishing personal goals. He was part of the Sac Joaquin CIF Sections championship swim teams at Jesuit Prep HS finaling individually in the Varsity 100 Freestyle and went on to swim at UC San Diego earning a BA in Communications and competing mostly in the 200 Fly and 400 IM. He participated at NCAA D3 nationals in the 50 yard Freestyle, then continued competing in USMS ranking top 10 nationally as well as #1 in Pacific in age groups 25-29 and 30-34 setting team records and competing at USMS Nationals. He also set a team record more recently competing at USMS nationals in the 55-59 age group.

As a former Language Arts/English teacher (4 years in public schools), he brings well-designed lesson plans to structure his practices after. He currently resides in Sacramento owning the home he grew up in, and when he’s not coaching or designing practices, he can be found walking his  four-legged “fur baby” or tending to the yard with Carla, his partner of 23 years. With gratitude he feels honored and privileged to be part of this tremendous organization.

Savannah Sellers Age Group - Discovery
Paige Newman Age Group - Explorer
Board of Directors
Tim McCormick Head Coach/CEO
Mark Jaffe President
Justin Jones Treasurer
Laura Chavez Secretary
Kathy Myers Meet Director/Operations
Sharon Johnson Promotions / SafeSport Coordinator
Robert Gray Community Member