All our coaches are members of USA Swimming and the American Swim Coaches Association and are held to the highest standards of integrity and professionalism. All staff are fully certified in CPR/First Aid, Safety Training for Swim Coaches and have completed rigorous international background checks. Our coaches also have the advantage of the most comprehensive education and certification curriculum of any youth sport in the United States. The Seals coaches provide a technique-oriented training program that allows swimmers to grow in character, physical development and skill.
Randy Turner: Head Coach (Even at age 10, I was calculating splits at swim meets)
I have been coaching the Seals since the Spring of 2007. My swimming career began at the age of 10 with the ACES swim team in Colorado. (My coach at the time is still the head coach of the ACES, 34 years later!). I swam four years of high school, and at the University of Oregon, before budget cuts led to the program’s demise, then took up club water polo. However, two bad shoulders were pointed towards a looming retirement from competitive swimming. Prior to joining the Seals, my coaching experience was three seasons with the Holly Pool Summer Team in Colorado.
Coaching age group swimmers is a fun challenge, as there is such a wide variety of skill and ability in the pool. My main focus is the enjoyment of swimming. There are a lot of activities for kids that age, so if they are not having fun it’s not hard to find something new. My coaching philosophy is based on proper technique, core & lower-body endurance, and diversity. I hope to make every swimmer capable of swimming every event. The two life lessons I hope to teach are sportsmanship and the process of goal-setting (using short-term goals to achieve the long-term).
In my spare time, I walk the beach with my dog, work on my fantasy baseball team, cheer for the Mariners, and watch swim videos of new drills to try at practice. My favorite food is lasagna. My favorite ice cream is cookie dough. Not sure quite what car I would be – but it would be quiet and efficient, just like me.
Lisa MacLeod, MA: Aquatic Director (Big 80’s hair!)
I expect swimmers to succeed at their highest level of ability, both in and out of the water. My main objective is to support the head coach in developing progressive, technique-based training plans that form a strong foundation for success. Life-skills such as responsibility and accountability to self and team, personal goal setting, commitment and good sportsmanship are also key components in our strategy for athlete development.
At the heart of all great teams are spirit and cohesion so we create an atmosphere that encourages respect, camaraderie, and support to every member of the team, from the youngest minnow to the most advanced racer. And through establishing and maintaining a high quality program and coaching staff, we foster an environment where champions can grow.
I have coached for ten years, and still work with the blue and white groups. I am also a PNS Official. I run my own Identity Development business and recently completed my masters degree in Organizational Systems: Leadership and Organizational Development. My favorite flavor of ice-cream is Pecan Praline, and if I was a car I would be a bus – making sure everyone was on board before we set off!