Coaches & Directors

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

Jay Friend

MAC Head Coach


MAC Head Coach beginning August, 2016 - National/Senior/Silver Squad Coach

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: MAC Head Coach 2016-present, MAC Senior/National/Silver Squad Asst. Coach from 2014-2016, Five Cities Swim Club 2012 to 2014, Palm Springs Aquatics 2005 to 2008.

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

Age Group Head Coach


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). I also represented Capital High School Bruins Swimming, earning a silver medal in the 200 freestyle relay at the MHSA state meet 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.


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!


Dave Berkoff

Senior/National/Bronze Squads



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!


Fly fishing, Mountain Biking, Gardening


Shayna Albright

Pre-Bronze/Bronze Squad Coach


Craig Jourdonnais

Silver Squad Coach


Cole Henry

Silver Squad Coach


Board of Directors

Tyler Etzel



Lisa Keyes



Eric Smart



Kristin Airhart

Board Member