Coaches and Directors

Coaches and Directors
Coaching Staff
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. 

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!

Kim Standal Senior Coach - Senior Prep/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.

Kyle Owens Senior Coach
Greta Kinsey Age Group - Imagination

Greta fell in love with competitive swimming at the age of 7 as a member of the Sigonella Swordfish in Sicily, Italy. She was the European Forces Swim League record holder for the 1500m freestyle. When her family moved to Folsom, Greta swam for the Sierra Marlins and other teams in the greater Sacramento Area. She had the unique opportunity to swim for 5 different coaches over 4 years in senior programs and worked as a coach for the Folsom Wahoos, so teaching and mentoring swimmers is second nature for Greta.

After high school, Greta served a year–1700 volunteer hours–in the City Year AmeriCorps program. As a Corps member, she tutored 8th grade math and mentored students of all ages in an underperforming school where 100% of the student body was on a free meals program. Both her year of service and her work as a Montessori school Teacher’s Assistant last year helped her to understand that she has a love for teaching children.

Greta is pursuing her teaching degree while working with the Marlins. She is grateful to work with this team now because of how much it has taught her in the past. It also allows her the chance to show athletes how much the sport of swimming has to offer.

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.

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