Coaches and Directors

Coaches and Directors
Coaching Staff
Mike Werner Head Coach

Mike grew up in Henefer, Utah and graduated from North Summit HS in 1993. He has a son, Ryan , born March 19, 2003. How he first got into competitive swimming in the fall of 1994 is an interesting story. A community recreation team was being started at the local pool where he taught swim lessons. One of his friends was asked to help coach the new team. Well, Mike decided that if she could coach and run a team, then so could he. After about three weeks of coaching the North Summit Community Recreation Swim Team (eventually NSST), coaching 3 practices per week for one hour a day, he discovered a passion for swimming that would lead him down the wet pool deck of life! In September of 1995, he took a position with the Layton Surfers (SURF), where he stayed until August of 1999. While at Layton, Mike had the opportunity to work with the Surfers as well as Layton, Northridge and Davis high schools. In August of 1999, he took a position with the Cottonwood Heights Aquatics Team (CHAT), working also with Brighton HS. In December of 2000, while at CHAT, Mike graduated from Weber State University, majoring in Geography, with a minor in Physical Education Coaching/Teaching. In May of 2001, Coach Mike was offered a position at the West Valley City Family Fitness Center, and the next month started the West Valley City Poseidons (WVCP). He coached the Poseidons until November of 2005. In November of 2005, Mike was offered the head coach position of the Park City Aquatic Team (PCAT).  PCAT is now known as Park City Swimming (PCS) and has developed into one of the top teams in the state with big aspirations for it's swimmers to succeed at every level of the sport.

During Mike’s coaching career, he has served on the Utah Swimming Board of Directors in the capacities of Coaches Representative, Safety Chairman, Age Group Chairman, Technical Planning, General Chairman, and now is currently the Senior Chairman. He has been involved with the Utah Zone Team as the Team Manager in 1999, 2004 and 2005, Assistant Coach in 2006, and as the Head Coach in 2000, 2002, 2003, 2007. 2010 and 2013.  Also, Mike was the Assistant Manager for USA Swimming Western Regional Select Camp in 2006 and an Assistant Coach in 2015.

Mike's successes include the 2005 Utah Swimming Sportsmanship Award, 2007 Utah Swimming Coach of the Year, 2008 3A HS Female's Coach of the Year, 2008 Utah Swimming's Most Improved Coach of the Year in 2008 and 2012 3A HS Male Coach of the Year.  Mike has worked with multiple swimmers that have achieved national age group top 10 rankings.

Serena Werner Asst. Coach

By now, everyone should know who I am. If not... Hi, my name is Serena.
I was born in Great Falls, Montana. I moved to West Valley in 1994 and have been here ever since. I started swimming for Granger HS my sophomore year. My favorite part of swimming was the meets. I loved being with my friends and getting to push my myself to do better. I graduated from Granger HS in 2002.

After taking a year off form school, I started at Salt Lake Community College. From there, I transfered to the University of Utah to pursue a degree in Biology. In May 0f 2009, I graduated with a BS of Science in the field of Biology.

I have been coaching with Mike for almost six years. My favorite part of coaching is the kids. I enjoy watching them grow into swimmers. Meets are also great because this is where we get to see all of your hard work in action.

I enjoy working with PCAT and feel it's a great program! It has been amazing to watch PCAT grow from the smallest program in the state to one that is one of the best in the state. I'm excited to see where PCAT goes and watch the athletes move up the ladder of competition.

I have been an Assistant Coach for the Utah Zone Team in 2006 and 2007. Also I have been an asst. coach with the Park City HS team since Sep of 2007.

Aimee Kaczmarek Asst. Coach
I was born and raised in New Berlin, Wisconsin and have been living in Park City since 2014. I started competitive swimming when I was 12 years old, but had been swimming long before that. I decided to join club swimming because I wanted to compete and have more of a challenge than just lessons. I also joined because my dad was a member of a masters team and I grew up watching him swim. 
Coming into high school I tried to be a sprinter but I soon realized I excelled at distance events. From then on I swam 200, 500, and 1650 events throughout my career at Ripon College. I also have done a few one and two mile open water swims. 
I started teaching swim lessons at the local YMCA. From there, I started to coach when I was a senior in high school. My senior year of college I became the assistant coach to the Ripon Community Swim Club. After moving back home, I coached for another local team, Wauwatosa Aquatics, and helped with not only the young swimmers, but the high school kids as well. 
I am looking forward to joining the Park City team and getting back into the swimming world! Swimming has always been a huge part of my life and I love to share that with young swimmers!
Maria Stephen Asst. Coach

I was born in Las Vegas, NV, but grew up on Mt. Charleston about an hour north of Vegas. I spent the summers hiking and the winters skiing at the small resort up by where we lived. I went to college at the University of Utah and Southern Utah University. My husband and I moved to Wyoming in 2004 and managed a guest ranch on the southeast side of the Flaming Gorge. My husband swam competitively from a very young age, but I did not get into competitive swimming until my son started swimming in middle school after we had moved to Evanston, WY. When he joined the Red Devil Aquatic Team(RDAT), the head coach suggested I start coaching since I was there every night watching from the bleachers. I took the necessary steps to become a coach-member and haven’t looked back since. I coached the Red Devil Aquatic Team and helped with the Evanston Boy’s Middle School team for 3 years. My son and youngest daughter started swimming with PCS this last summer so when the opportunity came I was very excited to join the Park City team. I love working with all the kids, watching them grow and learn new things, both in swimming and in life.

Lela Hiatt Asst. Coach

I was born in Torrance, California, but my family moved to Utah when I was 9.  We moved to downtown Salt Lake for a year then we moved to West Valley City.   I graduated from Granger High School where I swam my Junior and Senior year.  I taught lessons during the summers where I grew to love teaching.  I lived in West Valley until I was married in 1982. I have 3 children, 2 boys and 1 girl.  My youngest son and daughter are married, and my daughter has 2 boys. To them I am known as Nana.  I love the beach, reading, spending time at Lake Powell with my family.  And we might be Disneyland’s biggest fans!

            I got into coaching when my oldest son was 8. He took swim lessons at Marv Jensen Recreation Center. At that time they had a pre competitive swim team that had 35 kids on it with 1 high school swimmer as the coach.  My son really wanted to swim with them so I started helping out as a volunteer.  The pool manager noticed and offered me a job.  I worked at Marv Jensen for 3 years.  Next, I started a team at Dimple Dell Recreation when it opened on 2000.  The team became known as Devil Ray Aquatic Team. I also coached the Alta High Swim Team from 2002-2007.  I coached the Devil Ray Aquatic Team until 2015.

            I was planning on retiring and was not going to come back to coaching, but the head coach of CHAT talked me into coming back part time.  So, I coached with the CHAT team for 3 years.  I saw that Park City Swimming was looking for a coach and decided this would be a great opportunity for me, so I applied.  And now I’m very excited to be here.

            During my coaching career, I have served on the Utah Swimming Board of Directors in the capacities of Coaches Representative 2004-2006 and Age Group Chairman 2007-2009.  I have been involved as the Utah Zone coach in 2003, 2005 and 2006.  Also, I was the Utah Zone Team Manager from 2007-2009. 

            My successes include multiple swimmers that have achieved national age group top 10 rankings, National level swimmers and multiple state record holders. I am a Level 4 ASCA Coach.

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