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We are here to support your needs. If your questions are related to workouts, meets, events, goal setting, and other swimming related needs, please contact one of the coaches. For all questions related to administrative issues, such as dues, safety, or policy issues, please contact one of the board members.

Coaching Staff

Dave Berkoff

MAC Head Coach Senior/National Squad

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Education:

BA Harvard 1989, MS University of MT 1995, JD University of MT 1998

Swimming  Experience  :

An accomplished competitive swimmer for the United States, winning four (4) Olympic medals (2 Gold, 1 Silver, and 1 Bronze). He also set numerous Ivy League, NCAA, United States and World Records during his career.

Berkoff revolutionized the world of swimming by refining a technique whose origins date back to the 1920s – the dolphin kick. In the late 1980s, he began consistently winning races by dolphin-kicking underwater at the start of each race and after each flip turn, for as much as 35 meters at a time. He quickly went on to be a world-class champion, winning two Olympic medals in 1988, and two more in 1992. Not surprisingly, given the media’s love of alliteration, his technique was termed the “Berkoff Blastoff.”

Coaching Experience:

1992-present MAC Coach

Harvard Men’s Swim Team volunteer assistant coach

Bernal’s Gator Swim Club assistant senior coach

Coaching Philosophy:

Hard work leads to success in life.  One needs to balance hard work with sharing knowledge, teaching the “why’s” and “how’s” to athletes, and fun!

Hobbies/Passions:

Fly fishing, Mountain Biking, Gardening

   

Jay Friend

Senior & Silver Squad Coach

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Education: B.A. Communications, Fresno Pacific University 2012

Swimming experience: Club swimming 5 to 18. College Swimming at Fresno Pacific University 2008 to 2012, NAIA National Champions 2010 and 2011.

Coaching Experience: Palm Springs Aquatics 2005 to 2008, Five Cities Swim Club 2012 to 2014, Present MAC Coach.

Coaching Philosophy: Focus on a commitment to consistency, develop skills to be applied inside and outside of swimming, and have fun!

Hobbies/Passions: Running, swimming, hiking, eating, sleeping, friends, family.

Michael Turner

Gold Squad Coach

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Swimming experience:

I swam competitively for Helena Lions Swim Team for 10 years, beginning in 1998. During that time I specialized in backstroke and distance freestyle events. I attended several AG sectional and Zones meets in my career, highlighted by a second place finish in the 1650 free at AG sectionals (2006 or 2007). I also represented Capital High School Bruins Swimming, earning a silver medal in the 200 freestyle relay at MHSA state meets in 2007.

Coaching experience:

2006-2008 8&U and developmental squads for Helena Lions.

2010-2013 Helena Lions (Cubs, Developmental, Advanced, Jr/Sr).

2013-present MAC Coach 

Coaching Philosophy:

I believe that anyone who wants to should be able to enjoy the sport of competitive swimming to their fullest potential.  Every member of a team is very important, and should be treated as such.  My goal is to impress all of my love and knowledge of this activity on young athletes so they may come to enjoy it for the entirety of their lives.  I particularly focus my energies on teaching safety skills, proper technique, strong work ethic, and mental preparedness to my students.

Hobbies/Passions:

Being outdoors, hiking, disc golf, birdwatching, floating, and riding my bike.  I enjoy many types of music and try to get to a concert or so each year. I also enjoy bowling, but above all I love fast swimming and MAC does not disappoint!

 

Stephanie Reinwald

Silver Squad Coach

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Education:

Edinboro University of Pennsylvania-BFA 2003-2007;  Carlow University-Teacher Certification 2008-2009

Swimming Experience:

Mt. Lebanon Aqua Club 1995-2003, Mt. Lebanon High School 1999-2003, Edinboro University 2003-2007
 

Coaching Experience:

2007-2012 South Fayette Aqua Club

2012-present MAC Coach 
 

Coaching Philosophy:

It is important to focus on the little things in swimming.  A focus on technique will enable swimmers to train better and race faster.  I also believe that team work and team support are vital to ensure success.  Lastly, I want all swimmers to love racing and have fun!

Hobbies/ Passions:

Ceramics, photography, printmaking and teaching as well as fishing and hiking.  Also, watching the Pittsburgh Steelers and Penguins.   I am excited to be coaching for my third year with MAC!

Riley Egger

Pre-Bronze/Bronze Squad Coach

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Education:

Bachelor of Arts, University Green Bay Wisconsin

Swimming experience:

I started swimming at age nine through the YMCA, I continued through high school and eventually swam for the University of Green Bay Wisconsin.

Coaching experience:

I have coached several clinics was well as numerous private lessons for athletes looking to improve technique and conditioning.

Coaching philosophy:

A coach needs to provide guidance to an athlete, however I also believe that the transaction between coach and athlete is more balanced than most people think. It is believed that, “A coach says and a swimmer does.” I see this explanation as oversimplified. I believe a swimmer should be able to give the coach feedback as much as the coach directs the practice.

Hobbies, interests, passions, etc.:

My passions include  reading, cinema and mountain biking.

Shayna Ashley Albright

Pre-Bronze/Bronze Squad Coach

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Education: Diploma from Hellgate High School, graduated 2016

 

Swimming Experience: I started swimming for the Bozeman Barracudas in 2006. In 2008 my family and I moved to Missoula and I began swimming for MAC. After a few years off, I started swimming for the senior squad on MAC in 2012. Then I swim competitively with MAC and my high school for all four years.

 

Coaching Experience: No prior coaching experience. Has taught swim lessons since the summer of 2015.

 

Coaching Philosophy: Swimming shouldn’t be a boring sport. It should be fun to do while still being able to learn new techniques and constantly improve.

 

Hobbies/Passions:  I enjoy playing my guitar, swimming, reading, and napping.

Board of Directors

Robbie Baldry

President

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Tyler Etzel

Vice President

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Renee Isono

Secretary

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Eric Smart

Treasurer

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Kristin Airhart

Board Member

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Suzy Archibald-Wilson

Board Member

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Clayton & Dawn Christian

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Bill Craig

Board Member

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Beth Fagg

Board Member

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Kristi Faust

Board Member

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Jamie Gyde

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Leann Herzog

Board Member

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Lisa Keyes

Board Member

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Amber Sherrill

Board Member

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