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, 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 Barracudas. 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 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, when she has the time, Holly has trained at Austin Aquatics and Sports Academy. She also completed The Escape from Alcatraz swim as well as the Big Swell swim in Lake Michigan. During the TAAF season, she enjoys competing alongside her swimmers. For a few years, she had the pleasure of coaching the Springs Family Y youth team as well as the Masters. For the 2018-2019 swim season, she coached both the middle school and high school swim programs at Regents School of Austin. At this time, she is dedicating herself to teaching swim lessons (both as the Belterra Swim Instructor and at her own pool) and coaching the Marlins. Holly loves being involved in her own community by being a part of the Belterra Marlins!
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 a couple of summers ago to Belterra and have loved digging in to the community. 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 into another season with the Belterra Marlins Swim Team!!
Coach Debbie Johnson has been coaching since the 1970s as an assistant and head swim coach, swim teacher and swim academy creator and director, coaching in CA. for Vallejo Aquatic Club Sharks, Lake County Channel Cats, Gehringer Park Gators, Bishop Estates Beavers, Antioch Delta Skimmers and Rudgear Meadows Seals, as well as creating and running Aquatic Times Swim Academy, and assistant coaching in TX. for Belterra Marlins.
Debbie also assisted the world-renowned USS Terrapins (Natalie Coughlin's final USS team before going to UC Berkeley) with their Age Group Development, Age Group Elite, Senior Development and Pre-National groups, as well as coaching their spring and fall clinics.
She has worked with swimmers of all age groups and ability levels. Her specialty is developing new swimmers into very fast, experienced competitive swimmers.
Besides being a swim coach, Debbie is a professional vocalist, an educational tutor, Spanish teacher, writer and editor, and events planner. Debbie loves being a wife and mom (she's coach Holly's mom!) and everything that goes with it! She also enjoys ministering in song at church and many other functions, and speaking to and encouraging families at special events (homeschooling, Christian and other events).
Coach Debbie is excited to return with Coach Gordon for a full season with the Belterra Marlins!
Gordon started teaching lessons in 1968 and started coaching in 1973. He has been coaching off and on since in various capacities, from assistant to head coach. He graduated from California State University, Sacramento with a degree in "Aquatics" - a degree specially designed to coach aquatic sports and run aquatic complexes and programs. Gordon has coached year ‘round, high school and summer rec teams including Hueneme Swim Association, Vallejo Aquatic Club, Hogan High School, Ukiah Dolphins, Ukiah High School, Lake County Channel Cats, Bishop Estates, Antioch Delta Skimmers, Belterra Marlins and assisted with the "Age Group Elite" squad for the world-class Terrapins Fall Program. His Vallejo team won many summer and winter league championships, while his Hogan High School boys' team won the league championships twice. He has developed and trained various levels of swimmers from novice to "National Recordable Time" swimmers. Gordon's focus is on stroke technique (not laps) tailored drills and dry-land exercises which has proven itself successful over and over.
Gordon grew up swimming in Vallejo and for Vallejo High School. While serving as a corpsman in the Navy, he swam in West Pac meets where he dominated his events (mostly distance).
Gordon and Debbie retired from their primary jobs Nov. 2016 and have been touring the United States via tent camping and now in their new RV. Both Gordon and Debbie are looking forward to staying with Coach Holly for the summer season as the Marlins have made a special place in their hearts!
Hi, my name is Brady England and I am 18 years old. I am just finishing my senior year at Dripping Springs High School. I have been swimming at the Belterra pool, since I was 6, starting out with swim lessons, and then participating with the Belterra Marlins for the last 10 years! When I was 9 and 10 years old, I qualified for the TAAF Nationals with the Marlins and went to San Diego to swim against the best in the country for breaststroke. That is one of many memories, I will forever treasure. My summers have always been filled with great Marlins memories, from practices to swim meets they are what made and make summers so fun. During the school year and throughout summer, I also love to play soccer. I train and do open play throughout summer, and I am on the varsity team for Dripping Springs High School and play club soccer for Lonestar FC. I also enjoy playing video games and hanging out with friends. I am very excited for this season to start and can’t wait to see the kids I have coached in the past, and meet the new members to the Belterra Marlins team. My goal is to help each swimmer have an awesome experience this summer, and to help instill the love of swimming for sport and life skill.
Hey there! My name is Sean Kelly and I’ve been a Marlin since I was 6 years old. Once I got into middle school I decided that I wanted to take swimming more seriously and joined Nitro Swimming to improve. Here I vastly improved and got much better at the sport throughout middle school and into high school. I swam for Dripping Springs High School all four years of my high school swimming career and was voted captain my senior year. I qualified for the Regional meet all four years there and for the State meet my senior year. Since my freshman year, I have junior coached for the Marlins and plan to continue coaching for years to come! I am now attending Texas A&M University to study Economics, and I plan to switch into Mays Business School in my time there. This year, I can’t wait to get into the season and start coaching!
Hello! I'm Cassandra McCallum, but y'all can call me Cassie! I've been swimming since I was 5 years old (or since 2006). I joined the Marlins team in 2015 after moving back to Texas from Florida, and later that year I joined Nitro Swimming. I have been swimming for the high school team for three years and will be going into my fourth in the fall. I have always enjoyed being in the water, which I blame on all my time in the Atlantic and my old summer league back from when I lived on the East coast, and I find coaching to be a great outlet for my passion and energy. I have been junior coaching since I was in ninth grade and have done so ever since! Outside of the water I also like to draw and (attempt to) make animations, even though I may not be particularly great at it. I am in my senior at Dripping Springs High School and I have an immense interest in the medical field, as I hope to study medicine and dentistry in college after graduating. Y'all may spot me at Heather Bobb's dentistry office, as I am shadowing/interning there now and over the summer. I have so much excitement for the upcoming season and coaching all of the returning swimmers I've come to know and all of the new swimmers I have yet to meet!
MARLIN COACHING OPPORTUNITIES
Thank you for your interest in becoming a 2020 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:
- 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.
- 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
- 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