Swimming Staff

Paul Birich
Head Coach

Paul has been involved in swimming since the age of six. Growing up in San Anselmo, he was an All-American Swimmer in High School for the Sir Francis Drake Pirates. Continuing his swimming career in college at the University of Hawaii, he swam Butterfly and Backstroke. During his swimming career he swam for coaches Mark Anderson, Warren Lager, Ken DeMont, Don Schwartz and Victor Wales. Paul has been teaching lessons and coaching swimming for the past 16 years. He spent the last 9 years coaching the Sleepy Hollow Sea Lions, assisting coach Mark Anderson. In his free time you find him riding mountain bikes and hiking around Mt. Tam. Paul looks forward to sharing his swimming knowledge and passion with the Scott Valley community.


Greg Myers
Assistant Coach

Swimming has always been a part of Greg’s life. He started swimming in his youth at the Tiburon Peninsula Club and swam locally through his first two years of college. His first coaching experience was at TPC and coached summer league for over 12 years, both in Lucas Valley and Scott Valley. Over the years he also coached with Don Schwartz at the Marin Aquatic Club and high school swimming at both Terra Linda and Redwood. Most recently he coached at North Bay Aquatics. It was his love of swimming and kids that got him involved in coaching and teaching. He taught and headed up the middle school at Ross School for many years. After retiring as an educator, Ken DeMont and Don Schwartz lured him back to coaching for North Bay Aquatics and a couple of his former Scott Valley swimmers encouraged him to consider being the assistant at Scott Valley. He is thrilled to be back to have the opportunity to coach in such a positive and healthy environment. Greg got himself back in the water about 20 years ago after not being able to run the trails on the mountain. He has been doing open water swims since, with the most notable to date being an English Channel crossing in 2011 with four buddies from the Olympic Club. His favorite open water swims are the Maui Channel Relay and Trans Tahoe Relay (which include former Scott Valley Swimmers Greg coached). Greg thinks it is fantastic to have the opportunity to come back and coach a second generation of Scott Valley swimmers.  

Sarah Johnson
Assistant Coach / Swim Instructor / Aquatics Admin

Sarah Johnson recently relocated to Mill Valley from her home town of Vacaville, Ca. Swimming has always been a huge part of her life with it starting at the age of 5 until she left the sport at 15. As an adult she got back into the swimming world when she starting coaching for SASO swim team in 2016. As a coach there she coached the 12 & under competitive swimmers as well as the 13 & under novice swimmers. Under her coaching her swimmers achieved high point winnings at the Championship meets as well as earning National top 10 ranking for the 11-12 age group and 9 & 10 age group. As well as coaching on SASO she helped with a local swim school teaching kids as young as 6 months all the way to the senior grandparents how to swim. During that time she was the Head Coach for the local high school swim team that she started herself. She is very exited to be apart of the Scott Valley Swimming and Tennis Club and share her knowledge and passion of the water with this great community!  

Kayla Burton
Assistant Coach/Swim Instructor

My love for swimming began at a very young age. I can still remember my first swim lesson and how much I loved being in the water and learning how to be more efficient. Every summer involved either going to the pool or swimming in a river or lake. I joined the swim team in high school and fell in love with racing! When I was 16 I took my first lifeguard job and did that every summer until I was 23. I got my WSI in 2011 and have been teaching private and group swim lessons ever since then! Outside of the pool, I work as a personal trainer at Body Kinetics in San Rafael. Fitness and aquatics are two things that I am most passionate about, and I am lucky to incorporate both into my work. I love coaching; whether it’s learning how to squat or learning how to back stroke, I love helping people learn new skills and gain confidence!

Kelsey Louderback
Masters Coach & Senior Swim Instructor

Kelsey grew up in Lucas Valley and enjoyed her time as a youth competitive swimmer and water polo player. She swam and played water polo for four years at Marin Catholic and earned All-American status Freshman to Senior year. Kelsey is currently a Masters swimmer and has earned National Top 10 times in this league. Kelsey has 8 years of experience coaching in the MSL, as well as experience coaching Masters in San Rafael and private lesson instruction throughout Marin. Kelsey also coached US Swimming for Sequoia Aquatics in Lucas Valley and is joining the Marin Pirates as a head age group coach in the Fall. Kelsey is an ASCA certified coach. She believes in the power of swimming to enhance the mind and body. She seeks to share her knowledge and passion for the sport of swimming to people of all ages 


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