Coaching Staff
Shawn Marsing Head Club/Gold Coach

 

Coach Marsing is excited to be in his 3rd season coaching for the Wasatch Wave Warriors and to be a part of this great community! Below is a little about coach Marsing and his coaching background.

Coach Marsing has been around a swimming pool since he was crawling.  With a father (Steve Marsing) as a swimming coach, you spend a lot of time in and around the pool.  Shawn swam for 13 years on the Hunter Aquatic Team (HAT) and for Hunter High School, helping the high school team to a state championship.  After high school, Shawn has continued his swimming career in the form of Triathlons which he loves and sees as a way to keep in shape and continue swimming throughout his life.

Coach Marsing began coaching in 2003 with the Taylorsville Aquatic Club as the head age group coach under Nathan Krueger. He moved to the Hunter Aquatic Team (HAT) in 2004 as an assistant coach under Steve Marsing, until 2005 when he became the head coach.  In 2006 he helped combine HAT and WVCP to form West Valley Aquatics (WVA).  He loves to be around young people and help them develop into great swimmers and great people.  Shawn is an ASCA Level 1 certified coach. His swimmers have achieved state records, Far Western, Zone, Sectional and National qualifying times.  He was also named the 2011 Head coach for the Utah Western Zone team which finished 8th at the meet held in Clovis, Ca.    

Shawn has a Bachelors degree in Social Science Teaching at the University of Utah, and a Masters degree from the University of Florida. Along with teaching at the high school, he is the head coach of the Men’s and Women’s high school swimming teams.  

He has a very supportive and loving wife Jenny and two wonderful little children, Zoey and Maxton.

Email: stmarsing1@gmail.com

Phone: 801-910-4033

Sam Blackburn Silver/Black Team

 

Sam Blackburn is excited to start working full time as the assistant pool manager and as the Silver and Black swim team coach at the Wasatch Swim Club.

 Sam began swimming competitively around the age of 13. He trained and swam for Coach Dee Loose at Hilltop Aquatics Swim Team and during the high school season he swam for Lehi High School under Coach Dennis Myring. In the first year of college, Sam accepted an age-group coach position at Lehi Aquatics and fell in love with coaching and has now been coaching for almost 6 years.

During his time at Lehi Aquatics, Sam worked to improve the team and create a place where swimmers could be successful at any level of swimming. He increased the number of state team qualifiers in his group from two to 20 and at one time had 90% of his team qualified for state.

In 2015 Sam accepted the assistant coach position at Lone Peak High School and helped lead the team to a 3rd place finish at the 2016 UHSAA 5A swimming state championships. Then, in 2016, Lone Peak High School asked Sam to step up and be the head coach for their men and women’s teams. He accepted and went on to lead the men’s team to a dominate 1st place finish at the 2017 UHSAA state championships as well as a 5th place finish from his women’s team. At these state championships Sam’s men’s team did not lose a single relay event and consistently had swimmers place in the top 5 in the individual events. Sam was also awarded with the 2017 UHSAA 5A Men’s Swimming Coach of the Year award.

At the beginning of the 2017-2018 school year, Sam chose to step down as the head coach at Lone Peak to focus on his final year of school and to have enough time to be able to marry the love of his life Mette Covington.

During his spare time Sam enjoys spending time with his wife, hanging out with his brothers and doing all sorts of activities from rock climbing to bowling. He is an ASCA level 2 swim coach and has a Bachelor’s degree in exercise science from Utah Valley University.

 

Dennis Tesch Team Coordinator/Sub Coach

I started competitive swimming when I was five years old. I competed for KYAT and MAC USA Swimming teams and Bingham and West Jordan High Schools. I was the 5A 100 Fly State Champion in 1983. I swam for the University of Utah from 1983 to 1987 and was Western Athletic Conference Champion in the 500 freestyle. During my senior year in college, I qualified for the 1988 USA Olympic Trials in the 400 and 1500 Freestyles and the 400 IM. With a few brief years of coaching age group and high school swimming, I returned to the U of U as an assistant coach and then head coach for 7 years. I am a level 4 ASCA certified coach and have coached numerous collegiate All-Americans and two Olympians.  Early in my coaching career, I started the first “masters” swimming team, in Utah, at the newly built Steiner Aquatic Center. Currently, I am the aquatic director at the new Wasatch Aquatic Center in Heber City. I continue to coach and try to swim 2-3 times a week. I have been married for 26 years and have two daughters who are 17 and 12. Both girls swim for Olympus Aquatics.