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Holly Diemer Head Coach

Meet the Marlin's New Head Coach!

Coach Holly Diemer was born in California into a swimming and coaching family. Growing up, she participated on and off in a summer recreational program and at 16, she started giving learn-to-swim lessons. It was at this time that Holly found her passion for teaching swimming. After aging out of participating on the swim team, she took on the role of assistant coach for Bishop Estates. In 2003, she accepted an assistant position with the Walnut Heights Otters and eventually became the head coach. Holly continued to learn from her own experiences and from other coaches. One of those coaches at the time was Mike Bottom, who was the coach of the men's team at UC Berkeley. During the off season, she immersed herself in various swim activities such as teaching clinics, giving lessons, attending coaches’ clinics, and swimming events including the Tiburon Mile and Golden Gate bay swims. Holly brought new growth and success to the Walnut Heights Otters through 2008. She then got married and moved to New England before returning to California and coaching with her original team, Bishop Estates. She remained there until moving to Austin at the end of the 2014 summer season.

Since moving to Austin, Holly has trained at Austin Aquatics and Sports Academy. She also completed The Alcatraz swim. Currently, she coaches both the Masters and Youth Swim Team at The Springs Family YMCA. Holly is very excited to be a part of her own community by coaching the Belterra Marlins!

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Ali Devany Assistant Coach

I grew up in Circle C for thirteen years and began swimming for their summer league swim team at age seven. Swimming soon became my one and only sport, and I loved spending all my summers and eventually all the seasons in the water. I swam for Circle C Select and WFLY club teams for six years, then attended the Liberal Arts and Science Academy in Austin for high school and swam varsity for four years. I volunteered as an assistant swim coach for the past four years in Circle C, trying to be on the pool deck as much as I could with my busy school schedule. I am currently a freshman at Texas A&M as a Forensics and Investigative Sciences major. This past year, my parents moved, allowing me to be closer to Belterra. That means that now I am lucky enough to be a part of the Belterra swim team family! I love working with kids of all ages. I have experience being a nanny, personal swim coach for kids, and have taught science summer camps during the last two summers. I am so excited to be an assistant coach for the Marlins and I know we'll have a great season.  

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Jenn Abramson Assistant Coach

Howdy, my name is Jenn and I grew up in northern California and began swimming when my family moved to a house with a beautiful pool when I was 5 years old. I did not compete in swimming officially until I was a freshman in high school, but thought that since I could beat all the boys in the neighborhood I might do ok on the school team. I realized quickly that I’d have to put in the hard work swimming twice as much as all the other swimmers to make up for the many years everyone else had been competing. I was extremely successful throughout my high school years and was made captain of the team both my junior and senior years. I swam for the Sunrise Sharks a rec team each summer of high school and swam on 2 year round teams starting my junior year allowing me to swim with Olympians and olympic coaches (CCA and Sierra Marlins). When I was 16 years old I tried out and made the staff as a California State lifeguard. The next year I became an instructor for the states Junior lifeguard program, while also coaching for the rec team I had swam on. During my junior and senior year of high school I played on the boy’s water polo team, being one of the first girls in northern California to play with the boys. When I graduated high school I attended Sierra College and again swam and played water polo for the school. I even made the men’s team in college allowing me to travel with the team and then start a women’s rec team at the college. After 2 years at Sierra college I transferred to Multnomah Bible college in Portland Oregon to study Theology and Communication. There I met my husband, Andy and helped him start a youth group at our local church. I found myself pool side quickly working as an assistant coach for the Skyview girls team and the Evergreen school district boys team. In the mornings I coached the McLoughlin Middle school girl’s swim team during the winter months. During the time we lived in Vancouver Washington I also started a rec program for kids interested in completing once they got into middle school. After living in the Portland/ Vancouver area for 7 years we moved back to California for 4 years and I took a position as the head coach for the boys and girls team at Ponderosa high school in Cameron Park, CA and was given my first opportunity to coach Master’s swimmers and triathletes in the Placerville area. I’ve spent the last 10 years in the middle of Minnesota raising our family and working along side my husband with a Christian organization we started 8 years ago called elementum. We made a big move with our family this last summer to Belterra and have loved digging in to the community here the past few months. There has been a lot of changes for our family, but we are loving this new season for our each of us. I am looking forward to being pool side once again! Our family is passionate about young adults and hosting people around our dinner table and in our home. I love to travel, eat, dress up in costumes, spend time with family and friends and play by the pool. I can wait to dive in and get to know the many families involved with the Belterra swim team!!

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MARLIN COACHING OPPORTUNITIES

Thank you for your interest in becoming a 2017 Marlins Coach!!  Please contact us and provide a brief description of your swimming experience (years swimming, teams, awards), coaching experience (years coached, age of swimmers), and reasons why you would like to be a swim coach for Belterra Marlins.

Our expectations for Head, Assistant and Junior Coaches:

On Deck:

  • Treat all swimmers equally
  • Build Self-esteem in each swimmer using encouragement and praise
  • Maintain a high level of sportsmanship at all times to promote team spirit
  • Active participant in every practice, meet, and team event you attend
  • Maintain open communication with other coaches, board members, and parents.

Teaching Skills:

  • Be sensitive to the needs of all swimmers
  • Emphasize fundamentals of proper stroke and turn techniques
  • Demonstrate drills and/or proper stroke techniques with in-water presentation
  • Provide constructive feedback to all swimmers

Leadership:

  • Arrive early and prepared to begin practice on time
  • Assist with setup of pool area, for practice
  • Attend all practices, meets, and team events
  • Coordinate with fellow coaches to provide consistent coaching philosophy
  • Be familiar with, and prepared to implement, workouts, and drills
  • Assist fellow coaches in keeping swimmers actively in productive activity
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