The El Dorado Hills Tasmanian Devils had a big season finish Saturday, defeating he College Green Gators and securing a perfect 7-0 record. This at-home victory follows the July 13 win over the Loomis Basin Dolphins, 495-294, at the El Dorado Hills Community Services District swimming pool.
Head coach Jason Brown has guided the Taz for three years. Coaching alongside Brown are assistant coaches and family members Marc Brown and Marybeth Brown, as well Matt Candau. More than 20 swimmer coaches and junior coaches are also on deck to support the team.
“The thing I enjoy most about coaching is getting to know all of the different personalities,” said head coach Brown. “I like to mold swimmers into athletes that show positive sportsmanship and are, yes, competitive, constantly trying to better themselves and their skills. This season has been particularly awesome! The kids are really working hard. Our common goal all year has been to stay focused on Champs, and I think that message has really gotten through to the swimmers.”
“We have a good chance to win at Champs this year,” added brother and assistant coach Marc Brown. “We’re coming in from a good, long streak; we haven’t yet lost a dual meet.”
As for working alongside family, coach Marc said, “We are on the same page most of the time; we really get along. Away from the pool, well that can be a different story. We definitely have arguments that no one knows about!”
Though not related, assistant coach Matt Candau is like family, Taz family. Candau has been with the Taz coaching staff for eight years. “I like most of all seeing the kids grow from year to year, develop into better swimmers and become super strong,” he said. “I can tell this is a great year. Fortunately our team is strong across the board, in every age group.”
In her fifth year as a swimmer coach is Taylor Wetzel. “I love that everyone on our team is included. Every swimmer is a part and feels important,” she said. “It doesn’t matter if you’re the fastest swimmer in the pool, or if you’re not, everyone has a place and can feel proud of their accomplishments.”
Taz swimmers dive into the SSL Championship Meet July 26-28 at Sierra College in Rocklin, where all SSL teams will come together once again and swim for the SSL Championship title. The Taz last claimed the title in 2008, and fell short in 2012 by 53 points.