Outstanding Coaching Award

The Pacific Masters Coach of the Year award is given to a coach who has demonstrated outstanding coaching qualities.

The criteria for the Coach of the Year award are measured by the following competitive and non-competitive factors:

• Club and individual performance at sanctioned events that reflect the coach's skill and inspiration
• Club vigor, size, and growth, club participation and volunteering, and hosting well-run events
• Outstanding service to Pacific Masters, to USMS, and to other community organizations
• Outstanding professional contributions, such as participation in clinics and published works

Nominations may be made by any Pacific Masters club. A nominating letter and a maximum of four supporting letters from registered swimmers must be submitted to the selection committee by the February meeting of Pacific Masters Swimming. More details can be found in Section 101.8.7 of the Administrative Handbook.

Andy Brenan

Pacific Masters Swimming Coach of the Year 2023
Sacramento Masters Swimming

Congratulations to our 2023 Coach of the Year Andy Brenan, Head Coach of Sacramento Masters Swimming!

Over the past year, Andy has shown unwavering commitment to ensuring that Sacramento Masters continues to swim and thrive, even in the face of adversity. His tireless efforts have created a foundation for the club to grow and increase its presence in the competitive swimming world.

The COVID pandemic presented major challenges to Sacramento Masters, when their practice facility was permanently closed. Working with his assistant coaches and swimmers Andy was able to keep Sacramento Masters afloat by forming a nonprofit corporation and securing lane space at the newly built North Natomas Aquatics Complex.

In his 23+ years of coaching, Andy has touched the lives of hundreds of swimmers, fostering a positive and supportive environment for them to grow both as athletes and individuals.

Andy Brenan, Pacific Masters Swimming Coach of the Year

Dana Kirk

Pacific Masters Swimming Coach of the Year 2022
Fremont Hills Masters

As well as coaching Fremont Hills Masters and the USA swimming team, Dana Kirk is the Aquatics Director for the Country Club. Dana’s swimming resume is stellar. As an athlete, Dana was NCAA a national champion in the 100-yard and 200-yard fly. She was an Olympian at the 2004 Athens games, qualifying along with her sister Tara. They became the first sisters to swim together on a U.S. Olympic team. She graduated from Stanford in 2006.

Dana, is an ambassador for all levels of swimming. Her greatest strengths are her enthusiasm, joy, positive energy and her ability to connect with swimmers. She takes fierce pride in encouraging women as coaches. For years, her leadership with Women in Coaching for USA swim has had a profound impact.

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Dana selflessly supports every level of swimmer – from beginners to world champions. By engaging returning college swimmers as Masters assistant coaches, Dana connects the age groups. She’s an exceptional technician, knows how to make stroke corrections and explain them so swimmers easily understand how to make adjustments. Older swimmers have improved immeasurably through Dana’s support, encouragement and motivation, with many performing beyond their expectations.

Dana is a committed organizer and advocate for charity events. Fremont Hills Masters has participated in fundraisers for Puerto Rico after the hurricane, Paradise victims, Swim Across America, Kick for Kids and have supported Stanford in their multiple myeloma fundraiser.

As Head Coach, Dana founded PASA-DKS in 2008, an affiliate of Palo Alto Stanford Aquatics. The team has grown to over 200 swimmers. Her coaching career began with the Green Meadow’s summer league team in 2007, leading her team to their first championship (summer 2010) in over 25 years.

Dana has the ability to make people believe in themselves, while retaining her excellence, joy and energy. Fremont Hills Masters is a relatively small team but is huge in its strong sense of community, friendship among teammates and a desire to be better swimmers – all thanks to Dana.

Year Recipient Club USMS Link
2023 Andy Brenan Sacramento Masters Swimming
2022 Dana Kirk Fremont Hills Masters https://www.usms.org/people/06CJG
2021 Donita Flecker Sebastopol Master Aquatic Club
2020 Mary Kahn Davis Aquatics Masters
2019 Tim Edmonds Stanford Masters
2018 Mike Lynch Peninsula Community Center Masters
2017 Carol Nip Alameda Armada Aquatic Masters
2016 Mike Kazek CAL Maritime Academy Masters
2015 Mary Ann Nygren TriValley Masters
2014 Marcia Benjamin Marcia's Enthusiastic Masters of Oakland (MEMO)
2013 Tom Reudy San Mateo Masters
2012 Stu Kahn Davis Aquatic Masters
2011 Cokie Lepinski SwymNuts
2010 Chris Campbell Mountain View Masters
2009 Linda Gilchrist
2008 Laureen Welting
2007 Hermine Terhorst
2006 Valerie Boreyko
2005 Patty Scott-Bair
2004 Alan Liu
2003 Scott Williams
2002 Joel Wilson
2001 Sharlene Van Boer
2000 Marie McSweeny
1999 Tina Talbot
1998 Tim Sheeper
1997 Brian Stack
1996 Doug Huestis
1995 Mo Chambers
1994 Polly Kraemer-Upshaw
1993 Mike Collins
1992 Kerry O'Brien https://www.usms.org/people/03FX6