Meet the Coaches

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Coach Mary

Mary started her swimming career at age 10 swimming for several club teams in the Los Angeles area.  She went onto swim and play water polo at the varsity level in high school.  She graduated from UC Davis with a B.A. in English and a B.S. in Animal Science while continuing swimming with a masters club in Davis.  She returned to UC Davis to pursue her Master’s in Education and has been teaching in the Agriculture Dept at Pioneer High School since 2006.  She also has been working as an emergency medical technician (EMT) since 2002.  Mary has been coaching and teaching swimming off and on since 2005.  Some of her coaching experiences include Assistant Swim Coach at Pleasant Grove High School in Elk Grove, Head Swim Coach at Woodland High School and the current Head Swim Coach at Pioneer High School here in Woodland.  Mary has been the Head Coach of the Woodland Wreckers since 2010.

 

Coach Michelle

Coach Michelle

Michelle’s first introduction to competitive swimming was at the age of 9 when she started swimming with various club teams in the Los Angeles area including Culver City Swim Team and Team Santa Monica.  In addition to swimming, Michelle competitively dived and played water polo at the collegiate level.  She continued her swimming through the masters swim program at UC San Diego. Michelle started teaching and coaching swimming as a lifeguard in 1998 before transferring to UCSD to earn her degree in Economics and a minor in Psychology. She was the Head Swim Coach at Woodland High until being accepted into Nursing School where she graduated December 2013.  She earned her RN license February 2014.  Michelle has been coaching with the Woodland Wreckers since 2010.

Coach Graham

Coach Graham

Dick was a high school student when he began coaching a summer swim team in Stockton. Dick swam at Stagg High School and then Modesto Junior College where he achieved All American recognition. Dick transferred to Sacramento State College where he played water polo and swam. He earned a Masters Degree in Physical Education and also teaching and administrative credentials from Sac State. He began teaching Mathematics and Science in both junior and senior high schools.

While living in Sacramento, Dick was head coach of the South Hills Swim and Racquet Club, Rancho Cordova Marlins, and the Sacramento YMCA swim teams. He moved to Woodland where he worked as an assistant coach with the Woodland Swim Team.  When Dick became paralyzed from the chest down in a motorcycle racing accident he continued to participate in sports. He competed nationally and internationally as a member of the USA Wheelchair Team in swimming and archery.

Dick and his wife Barbara have a son Joshua who joined the Woodland Wreckers as a 6 year old and enjoyed the workouts and competitions. Dick became re-involved in coaching in 2010 when he volunteered to assist the Wreckers as a stroke coach.  He currently coaches the 11-12 year old swimmers.  Dick feels that it is personally rewarding to participate in the positive growth and development of the swimmers and to watch them enjoy their own successes. 

Coach Shannan

Coach Shannan

Shannan began swimming at the age of 7 for the Country Oaks Racquet Club and became captain at the age of 11. She continued to swim for Woodland High School’s varsity team and was captain her senior year. Shannan even swam for the Woodland Wreckers and juggled swimming and coaching her final year of competitive swimming. While attending UC Davis, she was an Assistant Swim Coach for Woodland High School and the Woodland Wreckers for two years. After graduating UC Davis with a B.S. in Psychology and a minor in Human Development, she began coaching for the Woodland Wreckers once again. In 2013, she began coaching Winters High School as the Varsity Head Swim Coach. Shannan has been working for the City of Woodland at the pool since 2007 and is currently a Pool Manager.

Coach Shane

Coach Shane

Shane started her swimming career at the age of 5, swimming for a recreational team in Placerville.  She swam competitively for various clubs throughout the years.  Shane attended American River College where she swam for 2 years and was an All American Swimmer.  After competing for two years Shane became an assistant coach for the American River College Women’s Swim Team.  She went on to be the Head Coach of the Highlander Dolphins Swim Team for two years.  Shane moved to Santa Barbara and attended UC Santa Barbara where she received her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology. Swimming has always been a part of Shane’s life and she came to realize that once a swimmer always a swimmer.  Shane joined the Wreckers in 2013, coaching the 6 and under age group.  She has two children (Logan and Whitney) who also swim on the team.  She is thrilled to be a part of such a wonderful organization and loves the excitement of watching a swimmer grow and accomplish so much.