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Coaching Staff

Martin Gregoire

Head Coach - Senior Gold

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Martin has been coaching in Canada for the last 20 years. Over this time, Martin has had numerous swimmers on the Canadian National Team and was appointed as a Canadian National Team coach on various occasions. His swimmers have won medals on the Canadian scene including the 2008 Olympic Trials and international events, including the World FISU Games in 2009, the Santa Clara International Invitational, Open Water World Cup's and other Canadian team tours. At the conclusion of his first season with RST, two of his swimmers have qualified for the London 2012 Olympic Games and Martin was appointed on the coaching staff of the Uzbekistan delegation.

Pietro Deriu

RHS Lead Coach - Senior Silver

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Pietro is a native of Sardinia, Italy. He comes to Redlands Swim Team with over six years of professional coaching experience. In which time he held the position as Head Coach of the world renowned Forum Sports Center Swim Team based in Rome. While in Rome he worked with members of the Italian Olympic Team as well as World Championship, European Championship and Italian National Championship qualifiers. Pietro spent his first two seasons in America coaching a USS club team in Warwick, Rhode Island. As an affiliate of New England Swimming he worked with Eastern Zone Conference. Pietro swam professionally for five years, during which time he achieved top place finishes at the European Championships and also won various medals at the Italian National Championships. In 2001 he was ranked top 50 in the world in the 50m and 100m Freestyle events. He is a certified professional Athletic Trainer and brings over six years of  education having obtained levels of expertise in the area’s of stroke development and refinement, energetic system development,functional training ( core, balance, flexibility and mobility ), efficiency improvement and video kinetics analysis. Pietro implements a passionate love for the sport of swimming into his coaching style and he is committed to constantly growing his knowledge of coaching with enthusiasm, discipline and compassion.

Lauri Jones

Senior Silver

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Coach Lauri has been a competitive swimmer since the age of 10.  Originally from Wisconsin she swam varsity 4 years, holding high school records in backstroke and relays.  Upon graduation she attended the University of Wisconsin at Whitewater, where she held school records in the 100 and 200 Breaststroke, as well as in the medley and free relays.  In 1985 she qualified for the NCAA National Championships in the 100 yard breaststroke.

From the ages of 15-25 years she was a swim Instructor/ lifeguard for the Fort Atkinson Department of Recreation.  She was pool manager for 3 years.  Lauri has coached USS/USA swimming for 14 years in Wisconsin, Illinois, and  California, being at RAA for the past 5 years.  She also helped coach in college as a graduate assistant.  For the past 3 years Lauri has been assistant coach for Martin Luther King High School.

In college Lauri majored in Social work and minored in psychology and coaching.  Classes included Coaching Competitive Swimming and Organization and Administration of Interscholastic Athletics.  Lauri has also operated her own Learn to Swim program from home since moving to California in 2003.

Some of Lauri's training includes;  Lifesaving, WSI (Water Safety Instructor), Adapted Aquatics, ASCA Foundations of Coaching, Coaches Safety Training, ASCA Stroke School, ASCA nutrition for swimmers.  She is ASCA 1 and 2 certified.

Lauri is excited to be a part of RST, to be able to help swimmers achieve their goals in swimming as well as learning the many valuable life skills swimming can teach.

Jacob Isaac Benveniste

Senior Bronze

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Kelly Anne McClelland

Age Group Lead Coach -9-12 Gold

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Kelly grew up and swam at Redlands Swim Team.  After Graduating High School she attended and swam at Saddleback College where she was an All American for 2 years in a row and was inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame.  She went on to finish college on a swimming scholarship at California Baptist University.  She graduated from Cal Baptist in 2006 with a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies with an emphasis in Kinesiology.

Kelly has been coaching for over 18 years.  She started her coaching career right here at Redlands Swim Team.  She went on to be the Head Age Group Coach  at NGSV Gators in Laguna Niguel while she attended Saddleback College.  She then continued her coaching here at RST while she attended Cal Baptist.  She went on to working full time at the world famous Mission Viejo Nadadores.  Kelly has also coached the Varsity girls swim team at El Toro High School and the the Varsity Boys and Girls at Redlands East Valley.

Kelly is married to her husband Ryan and have 2 children, Gwendalynn and Laird!  She is more than happy to be back "home" at RST!!!

Michelle Dabu

9-12 Silver

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Bio: Swimming on RST for 14 years, teaching LTS for 5 years, 4 year varsity swimming and 1 year polo at Redlands High School, 5 years polynesian dancing. Currently attending Cal State San Bernardino as a Bio major in the hope of becoming a physical therapist.

Most Memorable Swim Experience: Pranking other teammates

Most Memorable Coaching Experience:

Biggest Influences: My family and Chuck Riggs

Favorite Pre-Race Food: Cheez-itz & Gummy bears

Favorite Pre-Race Song: Rap & Hip hop

Words of wisdom to young swimmers: Always have a positive attitude throughout practices and meets.

Annelise Kathleen Rudolf

9-12 Bronze

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My name is Anna Rudolf. I have lived in Redlands my whole life and graduated from Redlands East Valley High School in 2009. I graduated from the University of California, Riverside in June 2013 with a degree in Liberal Studies. I plan on attending the University of Redlands in 2014 to begin my teaching credential education. 

I have been in the water ever since I was a baby! When I was REALLY young, I used to swim for fun at the Fifth Avenue pool by my house! Love that place!! After a brief time playing Volleyball, I began playing Water Polo with the Redlands Renegades. I started swimming with RST when I wanted to improve my speed and endurance. I swam competitively with RST for a while in-between High School seasons.

I got involved with the Learn to Swim Program in my Junior Year of high school. I have been teaching Learn to Swim for 5 years and now am coaching as well. 

Robert Leckey

9-12 Bronze

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Bio: My name is Bob Leckey and I am 20 years old. I am studying at Crafton Hills College and I plan to transfer to a local 4 year university.

I graduated from Redlands High School class of 2010 and swam all four years. I started swimming in 7th grade for RST in age group which at the time was coached by Matt. I gradually worked my way up to senior group when I got to High School. I swam with the senior group for a good five years and decided to focus more on working and finishing school.
 
Most Memorable Swim Experience: I had a goal to break 1:00 in the 100 fly my senior year and at the REV meet I swam a 58.6! woot!
 
Most Memorable Coaching Experience: Up to this point I have only been coaching Learn to Swim but overall I love seeing my old swimmers progressing in the sport.
 
Biggest Influences: The two people that pushed me the most to better myself in the sport was coach Matt and Audy.
 
Favorite Pre-Race Food: Egg Burrito.
 
Favorite Pre-Race Song: Breath by Breaking Benjamin.
 
Words of Wisdom to young swimmers: Set goals for yourself and work hard to achieve them, leave it all in the pool!

Amanda Liles

8 & Under Gold / Silver

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Bio: I am Amanda Liles and I am 19 years old.  I am currently enrolled at Crafton Hills College.  I went to Redlands East Valley High school and Redlands High school.  I graduated from RHS in 2008.  I started swimming on RST when I was 9 years old with the Learn-to-Swim program and I moved up each month.  When I reached high school I made the varsity swim team at REV and the varsity water polo team. I stopped swimming my junior year of high school because I had a back injury.  That’s what led me on to coaching and teaching swimming.

Most Memorable Swim Experience: My most memorable swim experience would have to be going on river trips with the swim team and having fun at the swim meets.

Most Memorable Coaching Experience: I have only been coaching for about a year now, and so far I really like it.  The Seahorse group is quite a handful but I love all my kids and I love the feeling of helping them improve at their strokes.

Biggest Influences:  My biggest influence in swimming was Coach Matt and Chuck Riggs.

Favorite Pre-Race Food: Cup of Noodles

Favorite Pre-Race Song: I don’t have a favorite, but any song that gets me motivated.

Words of wisdom to young swimmers: How you perform in practice is how you are going to perform in a race. WORK HARD.

 

Ashley Dabu

8 & Under Bronze

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My name is Ashley Dabu. I graduated from Redlands High School in 2010, and attended Crafton Hills College for two years. I am currently at University of California, Riverside as a Math major.

I learnt how to swim through Redlands Swim Team when I was about four, then started swimming for Redlands Swim Team when I was about five years old. I swam competitively until I started high school. In high school, I was in varsity water polo for two years and varsity swimming all four years.

Like most, I started working for RST through Learn To Swim my Sophomore year in high school. After a couple years working through Learn To Swim, I started coaching.

 

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Board of Directors

Cory Longfellow

President

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Brian Walter Pry

Vice President

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Wendall L Corley

Treasurer

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Emily Spencer

Recording Secretary / Water Polo Liason

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Gary Aulis

Member-at-Large

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Geoffrey David Daumeyer

Member-at-Large

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Emad Ibrahim

Member-at-Large

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Chris Doolittle

Past President

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