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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 items, such as dues, safety, or policy issues, please contact Shannon Mackin.

 

Coaching Staff

Brian A Bolster

Head Coach/Aquatics Director

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With 25 years of coaching experience, Brian will continue to coach the Sr. group.  Brian has coached at Olympic Trials, World Championship Trials, Sr. and Jr Nationals while with the Osprey.  Many of his swimmers have gone on to swim in college, including those who have received scholarships to Division 1 programs.  Brian is the inventor of the Bolster Swim paddle, used by the team and sold by Finis around the world.  As the founder of our team in the fall of 1996, he leads the staff into the team’s 21st year, overseeing the  program’s coaching content and ethos, mentoring and working closely with all the coaches, while also receiving helpful feedback and tips from them.  Brian seeks to leverage the knowledge gleaned and lessons learned along his journey to benefit the entire team.  All this is accomplished through a growth mindset, a never ending quest for learning, personal growth and improvement.  This is at the heart of the team’s philosophy and something all our coaches seek to pursue, model and instill within our swimmers.  As Abraham Lincoln said, “The man who graduates today and stops learning tomorrow is uneducated the next day.”  

Shannon L Mackin

Head Age Group Coach/President

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Shannon will be coaching the Age Group Elite.  As the team’s longest tenured coach after Brian, she begins her 17th year this year. In addition to being an administrative  and organizational whiz running the day to day operation of the team, Shannon is an expert coach, understanding all facets of our sport.
She has coached nearly every level on the team, SOAR to Sr. swimmers and along the way has produced CCS finalists, nationally ranked swimmers and Far Western Finalists,  Shannon’s ability to assess a swimmer’s needs and make adjustments in training that will benefit them is a hallmark of her abilities.  Her keen sense of human nature gives her the ability to understand her swimmers in an exceptional way and lends itself to her impressive ability to communicate and help them bring out their best.  

Oliver M Mackin

Assistant Sr. Coach

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Oliver coaches the Pre Senior and Varsity Groups.  This will be his 10th full year of coaching after 5 additional summers spent coaching during his college years.  Oliver has developed into an exceptional coach who understands the stroke mechanics, energy systems, dryland, and sports psychology in a manner that sets him apart from most other coaches.  He is also capable of insightful observations and suggestions that not only benefit him, but our entire staff as well.  Oliver has trained a CCS finalist, nationally ranked swimmers and many Far Western Finalists over the years.  Oliver also manages our swim lesson program and has been a big part of it’s success.  

Ian J McAlister

Age Group Coach

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Ian swam on the Osprey for 6 years, eventually moving into the Sr. group where he set and still owns the team backstroke records for 17-18 boys. He has long been known for his talent, swimming intelligence and innovative approach to the sport. The backstroke start that we currently teach was influenced by an innovation of Ian’s that lead to success with his starts. Ian brings to his coaching an understanding of the Osprey Way, a fondness for children and a passion for swimming. He knows the team well and has been an important factor in our success the past several years.  In has been a part of our coaching staff since 2009, coaching swimers from 5 - 15.  Ian will coach the Gold, the Bronze and the Copper groups and will leverage his infectious enthusiasm, his ability to train fitness, his keen eye for technique and his exceptional motivational skills to great effect for the team.

  

Julie Watkins

Age Group Coach

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Julie will be coaching the White and both Soar groups.  This is her 3rd year coaching with OAQ.  Her intelligence, innovation, ability to understand stroke mechanics and make corrections at a high level, as well as her impressive organizational, communicative and teaching skills are a great asset and blessing to the team.  Julie began swimming on a  USS team when she was 9 years old. She swam in High school and made it to regionals and states, with a focus on distance freestyle events. After high school Julie attended Florida State making the decision to swim Inter Murals so she could keep up with the demands of her education.  She earned her degree in elementary education and has taught Kindergarten and 1st grade. Julie has been a lesson instructor for over 20 years as well as coaching summer teams in high school and college.  Julie still trains as a Masters Swimmer, which enables her to explore different stroke mechanics in the pool and translate them into her coaching.  She has two children currently swimming on the Osprey team. 

Samuel A Esbenshade

Age Group Coach

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OAQ is pleased to announce the addition of Sam Esbenshade to our staff.  Sam currently attends West Valley College.  He swam for the Osprey for 11 years, the last 4 were with Brian in the Sr. group, where he had success and made finals in the 200 breast at short course Far Westerns.   Sam knows our system very well, has a good eye for stroke mechanics and has demonstrated exceptional ability while teaching young people in our swim lesson program the past 3 years.  He has been a life guard for several years, and is coaching Masters swimming on the side.  Sam’s intelligence, growth mindset, integrity, work ethic and understanding of the sport will serve him and the team well.  Sam will coach the JV, and the Silver groups.  Sam will receive the same support, guidance and mentoring from Brian, Shannon and Oliver that has benefited all our assistants coaches in the past and helped us be successful.