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Coaching Staff

Ryan Pachciarz

Head Coach

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Ryan is originally from Portland, Oregon and has been involved with swimming both as a competitor and coach since age 10. Ryan competed for the University of South Dakota while earning his Bachelors degree in Psychology and Math. He went on to earn his Masters in Exercise Science while coaching for the Vermillion vipers and the USD Coyotes. Ryan joined IST in the Summer of 2006. Ryan and his wife Kristy live in Maple Valley with their son Dylan and daughter Kamryn.

Since joining the Sockeye Program, Coach Ryan has been a staff member for the PNS All Stars, the PNS NACC team as well as serving on the PNS Techinical Planning Committee, Age Group Committee and actively serves the PNS LSC in multiple facets. Coach Ryan has developed and coached numerous swimmers to top 16/10 times, Junior National-National-US Open-Olympic Trial qualifiers as well as placing a swimmer on the USA National Junior Team.

 

John Skroch

Head Age Group Coach

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Teresa Winterstein

Head Development Coach

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Teresa grew up in Issaquah, Washington. She has spent much of her life at the pool: swimming, teaching, and coaching. At age 10 Teresa began swimming for IST, then later swam for Issaquah High School. Her first job was teaching swim lessons and she still enjoys teaching lessons today. Teresa has worked with a number of pools to develop new and more effective swim lesson curriculumfrom preschool to pre-compdrawing from her years of lesson and competitive swim experience. Following high school, she attended Washington State University, where she graduated in 2012 with a degree in Communication. Teresa has been coaching for IST since 2014 with both the Senior and Age Group programs. In her spare time she enjoys reading, solving puzzles, and watching sports.

 

Tim Kearney

Age Group Coach

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Tim's age group coaching experience includes three seasons with the Clinton Cudas based in Clinton, NY, where he worked with the developmental and beginning competitive swimmers, and the 2013-2014 short course season at Issaquah Swim Team, where he worked primarily with the Steelhead, Blue, and Sockeye A groups. Tim is excited to rejoin IST after completing seven season as Athletics Director and Head Coach at Overlake Golf & Country Club in Medina, WA. In addition to his age group coaching background, Tim served for two season as the Assistant Coach of Men's and Women's Swimming at Kalamazoo College in Kalamazoo, MI, and one season as the Assistant Coach of Men's and Women's Swimming & Diving at his alma mater, Hamilton College, in Clinton, NY. Tim graduated from Hamilton with a degree in Philosophy. He also competed for the Continentals, earning 4 varsity letters and serving as Captain. Before college, Tim swam for various club teams around the country as well as his high school program.

Paola Arenas

Age Group Coach

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Paola is originally from Bogota, Colombia.  She attended The INCCA University graduating with a degree in Physical Education and Sport Culture and swam on the team for four years. Paola has coached in Colombia for 15 years with athletes at all levels. She lives in Issaquah and enjoys reading, swimming, playing soccer and of course spending time with her husband and daughter.

 

Connor Guhlke

Age Group Coach

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Connor grew up in Renton, Washington where he started swimming at the age of eleven for Rolling Hills. After discovering his love for the sport, Connor joined the Bellevue Club Swim Team and competed at Lindbergh High School, where he was voted team MVP his sophomore year and voted a team captain his senior year. After the conclusion of his swimming career, Connor wanted to share his love and passion for the sport of swimming with others and has been coaching ever since. Connor's coaching experiences include being the assistant coach for his alma mater, and an assistant coach for The Plateau Club. Connor is currently attending Bellevue College and aims to transfer to a 4-year university to study Exercise Science upon completion of his Associate's Degree.

Matt Zietzke

Age Group Coach

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Matt grew up in Kent, Washington where he learned to swim at a young age. His first experience with competitive swimming was for Kentwood High School, where he went on to compete at the State Championships in his senior year. In 2006, he joined the staff at the Kent Meridian Pool where he continues to lifeguard and instruct swimmers of all skill levels and ages today.

 

He started coaching in 2012 with the Kentlake and Tahoma High School swim teams, coaching swimmers to compete at the State Championships and to break multiple school records. Matt is excited to bring his experience to the Issaquah Swim Team in his first position as a year-round coach.

Kris Daughters

Substitute Coach

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Kris grew up in Bellingham, Washington where she swam for the YMCA team and Sehome High School.  She attended Whitman College, earned a degree in literature, and swam on the team for four years.  She was team captain in her senior year and an All-American and an NAIA national championship competitor for four years.  Kris earned a Masters in Education from Seattle University in 1997 and has been teaching English at Liberty High School ever since.  Previous coaching experiences include being a developmental coach for Bellevue Club, and head coach for both Overlake Country Club and Liberty High School.  When not at the pool, Kris enjoys reading, gardening and traveling.

Michela Crawford

Age Group Coach

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Michela grew up in Renton, Washington where she started swimming at the young age of 5. Michela swam for many swim teams throughout her swimming career including Maple Hills Swim Team, Liberty High School Swim Team, and Issaquah Swim Team. She swam on IST for 8 years and competed at many swim meets with Apple Capital in Wenatchee being her favorite. After graduating high school, Michela went to Western Washington University where she became the WWU Swim Club Coach while earning her degree in Elementary Education. Michela has been teaching in Bellevue for the past 4 years and enjoys working with young, bright students. In her downtime, Michela enjoys spending time with her husband, Jake, baking desserts, and walking through small shops and stores.

Emma Murray

Age Group Coach

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