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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 29 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 to swim in college.  He is an innovator and a great motivator.  Brian is the founder and has been the Head Coach of the Osprey since it's inception in 1996.

Shannon L Mackin

Head Age Group Coach/President

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Shannon will be coaching the Gold group this year.  As the team’s longest tenured coach after Brian, she begins her 18th 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 from SOAR to the Senior 2.

Oliver M Mackin

Assistant Sr. Coach

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Oliver coaches the Pre Senior and Varsity Groups.  This will be his 11th 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 is one of our home grown coaches.  Ian started swimming with the Osprey in 2003 and swam for 6 years.  As a swimmer he was a Far Western finalist and swam on the Western Zone team in 2007He began his coaching with us in 2009.  Ian now coaches the Bronze and AGE (Age Group Elite), however he has coached most all levels leading up to his current position.  Ian has a swimmers knowledge of the sport and is becoming a good motivator.

Julie Watkins

Age Group Coach

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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.  

Alisabeth T Bacon

Age Group Coach

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Alisabeth started swimming for the Osprey in  2005.   She continued her swimming career in college at Concordia University.  She also continued with us by coaching on our summer team for 6 years.  After completing her bachelors degree she returned to us as and joined our staff as a year round coach.  Alisabeth is working on a credential to teach in California.  She is a welcome asset to our staff.