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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

   

Sean M Niccolucci

Senior Squad Coach

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Education:  

BS, Finance,  Arizona State University 2013
 
Swimming experience:
 
Missoula Aquatic Club - age 5-18 
College swimming at ASU
 
Coaching:
 
2013-present MAC Coach
 
Coaching Philosophy:
 
Quality over quantity, getting kids to understand the process of becoming a fast swimmer, attention to detail is key to success
 
Hobbies/Passions:
 
Fitness, fishing, mountain biking, hunting, financial markets

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!

 

Kelcey Crocker

Gold Squad Coach

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Education:
 
Fine Arts, University of Montana

Swim Experience:
 
Club swimming from age 8-18. High school swimming for Flathead High School and one of the team captains for the girls team.  Zones qualifier: 100 butterfly 200 IM.  Triathlons through The Summit. 
 
Coaching Experience:
 
First coaching position
 
Taught swim lessons for ages 8-10. Mentor for younger club swimmers teaching them technique and flip turns.
 
Coaching Philosophy:
 
First and foremost swimming should be fun and enjoyable! I believe technique has a large part in making a swimmer more efficient and successful.  Endurance should be built steadily and consistently.  Goals should help a swimmer keep motivation and focus.
 
Hobbies:
 
swimming, biking, hiking, camping, music (I sing locally in Missoula), art, travel.

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!

Kyle Hopkins

Bronze/Pre-Bronze Squad Coach

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Education:

In second year of Wildlife Biology, UM

Swimming Experience:

5 years of competitive swimming, 4 years high school swimming

Coaching Experience:

2011-present MAC Coach

Coaching Philosophy:

I think it is important to encourage a positive environment for swimmers. Teach kids to have a positive outlook on swimming and set personal goals, teach them to race themselves first.

Hobbies/Passions:

Outdoors (hunting, fishing, hiking, etc.), passionate about swimming and still enjoy racing and being part of a team.

Katie Hearl

Bronze/Pre-Bronze Squad Coach

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Education:  

Senior, studying elementary education and Spanish at the University of Montana

Swimming Experience:

Swam competitively for Maui Dolphins Swim Club during elementary and high school.  Also swam on varsity high school swim team for all four years of high school.

Coaching Experience:

2012-present MAC Coach

Taught swim lessons at the Grizzly Pool and at the YMCA in Hawaii

Coaching Philosophy:

I've had some great coaches throughout my life and I've learned much of my coaching philosophy from them.  I believe kids should be able to develop their swimming abilities and receive corrective feedback in a way that is positive and helps them develop a love and passion for swimming.

Hobbies/Passions:

Being outdoors, hiking, camping and swimming.  Enjoy spending time with family and friends and anything and everything to do with music!

Board of Directors

Denise Zimmer

President

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Robbie Baldry

Vice President

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Lisa Keyes

Past President

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Kim Fee

Treasurer

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Renee Isono

Secretary

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Suzy Archibald-Wilson

Board Member

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Nan Darham

Board Member

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Beth Fagg

Board Member

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Leann Herzog

Board Member

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Curt Jacobson

Board Member

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Shanta Layton

Board Member

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Eric Smart

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Erica Stroh

Board Member

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