El Dorado Hills SwimLabs Staff
At SwimLabs, we are dedicated professionals who are as passionate about competing and excelling in the sport we love as we are about passing on our knowledge to others. We are innovative and forward-thinking, using the latest in technology to push our sport forward, helping make swimmers of all levels more proficient and speeding up the learning curve.
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Darin Mai: Owner/Competitive Coach
Darin Mai, Owner/Competitive Coach, has experience coaching at both the collegiate and USS level. Coach Darin has worked with swimmers who have gone on to become National level swimmers, as well as Far Western and Junior Olympic champions. Coach Darin currently coaches Aquasol, competitive swim team and Union Mine High School. He also currently sits on the Board of Directors for Sierra Nevada Swimming and chairs the Technical Planning Committee. He is recognized both locally and nationally for his abilities to create great swimmers and great people.
- USA Swimming Coaching:
- Head Coach - AquaSol Swim Team: June, 2013 - present
- Head Coach - Vacaville Swim Team: August, 2011 - June, 2013
- Head Age Group coach/ Masters Coach - Sierra Marlins Swim Team: August, 2004 - July 2011
- College Coaching:
- University of Utah - Men's Assistant Coach: August, 2000 - July, 2003
- University of Texas - volunteer Men's Assistant Coach: August, 1998 - July, 2000
- University of California, Davis - Men's Assistant Coach: August, 1996 - July, 1998
- Leadership Positions:
- Board President - AquaSol Swim Team: June, 2014 - present
- Chair of Technical Planning Committee - Sierra Nevada LSC: June, 2012 - present
- Age Group Vice Chair - Sierra Nevada LSC: June, 2009 - May, 2012
- Masters of Education - University of Texas, Austin: emphasis in Sports Nutrition
- Bachelors of Science - University of California, Davis: major - Dietetics with a minor in Exercise Physiology
- Competitive Swim Career:
- UC Davis - Men's Swimming: 1993 - 1995
- Piedmont Swim Team: 6 years
- Awards & Honors:
- 2015 - Double Goal Coach Award from the Positive Coaching Alliance
- 2014 - Coach of the Year for the Sierra Valley Conference (high school)
- 2009 - Age Group Coach of the Year for Sierra Nevada Swimming by the American Swim Coaches Association
- 2008 - Age group Coach of the Year for Sierra Nevada Swimming
- 1994 - 1995 - UC Davis Men's Swimmer of the Year.
Kristin Mai Owner/Operations Manager
Kristin Mai, MS, OTRL, is an occupational therapist who has worked with children for over a decade in the school and clinic settings. She received her Master’s Degree in Occupational Therapy in 2004 at San Jose State University. She is currently working for School Steps, Inc. located in the Sacramento area. School Steps, Inc. which provides special education services, staff training, and independent educational evaluations to school districts and education entities in the greater Sacramento area. Kristin has had the opportunity to provide occupational therapy services to students, and supervise and mentor other occupational therapists. In addition to providing school based therapy services, Kristin provides trainings in the areas including but not limited to, sensory strategy implementation in the educational setting, fine motor strategies in the classroom, and legally defensible OT assessments and documentation. Kristin also enjoys spending time outdoors with her husband and two daughters, is a marathon runner, and enjoys many other sports throughout the year.
Aimee Lehr: Learn to Swim Instructor/ Competitive Coach
Aimee Lehr has over 20 years of coaching experience at the recreational, high school, and USS level. Referred to as one of the top age group swim coaches in the area for her technical stroke development, she finds tremendous satisfaction in working with swimmers of all ages to help them become proficient swimmers. A former Stanford Varsity swimmer and Masters National Champion, Coach Aimee brings a wealth of both personal experience and professional experience to SwimLabs El Dorado Hills. She is also currently a coach for the Aquasol Swim Team and the Aquasol Developmental Swim Team.
“Understanding strokes and what makes swimmers efficiently flow through the water is something that fascinates me. I find a lot of satisfaction communicating that to swimmers and helping them make those stroke changes.”
Brian Heise/ Competitive Coach
Brian has over twenty-five years in the Northern California swimming community, and over fifteen years of experience as a swimming coach. A natural teacher, Brian's philosophy is centered in having balance as a swimmer and as a person. Brian truly loves to coach, and feels very lucky to have worked with the 1,000's of swimmers on his teams over the years.
Brian started his coaching career with the Sierra Marlins ('98-'03). Brian has also coached the Rocklin Wave ('98), the Folsom Sea Otters ('01-'02), Spare Time Aquatics Swimming ('06-'16), and the Broadstone Barracudas ('06-'16). Brian has coached Farwestern finalists, Western Zone (Western Zone coach for Sierra Nevada Swimming in '99) qualifiers, and many other swimmers who have moved on to national-level swimming. Brian is also a Waldorf P.E. (games/movement) teacher, a yoga, and a Crossfit enthusiast. Brian is currently a coach for Aquasol Swim Team and Aquasol Developmental Swim Team.
“My curriculum is not swimming, it's the swimmer. Ultimately, you swim to learn about yourself--nothing matters more than knowing who you are.”
Jordan Zacharia/ Competitive Coach
Jordan comes to us after working for three years as a competitive video analysis expert from SwimLabs in Virginia. Jordan also coached for many years for a Silver Medal USA Swimming Club, Machine Aquatics.
Jordan swam in a D3 program for a Christian college in Michigan where he earned All-American status in 3 events. He has coached swimming for over 20 years and has maintained head coaching positions for many age group programs and teams around the world.
Jordan and his wife were married 8 years ago and recently moved to the Sacramento area. They have three young children. He has been working for 11 years as a middle school teacher and currently is employed as an educator in the area. Jordan is passionate about education and making sure that every swimmer reaches their maximum potential in and out of the water.
Rich Farley started coaching in 1993 with the Sierra Marlins in Rocklin. After graduating from CSUS in 1995, Coach Rich moved to the Bay Area and coached the Otter Swim Club until 2006. From 2006-2014, Coach Rich opened, owned, and operated Koa Aquatics Swim School and Koa Aquatics, a USA Swimming competitive swim team. Coach Rich has developed and trained Pacific Swimming Western Zone All Star team members and a Far Western Champion. From 2006-2015, Coach Rich coached the San Mateo High School Swim Team. While coaching at San Mateo High School, Coach Rich developed and trained Central Coast Section finalists and California State High School Championship finalists. Currently, Coach Rich teaches and trains swimmers at Glen Oaks Sea Lions in Carmichael.
Kasey Jibson/ Marketing Manager
Kasey directs our media presence, and helps run the operations at SwimLabs in El Dorado Hills.
Kasey is a Southern California native, having grown up in Orange County. She attended Los Alamitos High School, and played competitive softball, as well as soccer and horseback riding. Kasey spent her summers as a junior lifeguard in Huntington Beach. She studied kinesiology at Long Beach City College which lead her to becoming a Certified Massage Therapist. Outside work, Kasey enjoys running and fitness. She has competed in numerous triathlons and races. Kasey spends her free time volunteering at her kids’ schools and spending time with her husband, four kids and dog, Ollie.
Tonje Piercy/ Operations Manager
Tonje Piercy helps to run the operations side of SwimLabs in El Dorado Hills. She has a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration and a Master's Degree in Audiovisual Translation. She is originally from Norway, but studied and lived in the UK for many years before moving to Folsom in January of 2015 with her family. After graduating, Tonje worked for Intel Corporation for 9 years in various finance roles, before moving into the area of translation. She has worked as a Freelance translator since 2012. Tonje was active from a young age, first as a handball player and cross country skier in Norway, before taking up long distance running, cycling and duathlon when she lived to the UK. She greatly enjoys an active, outdoor lifestyle with her husband and two young children.