Taz builds on “family-oriented” coaching style
Taz head coach Jason Brown recently introduced two new coaching staff members for the 2011 season. Brown’s brother Mark and sister Marybeth will join the staff as assistant coaches.
“We’re very excited to have Mark and Marybeth join the team,” said Brett Jones, Taz president. “The family ties were important in the hiring process. We’re a family-oriented club. The family coaching model has worked very well for us with the Boyd family, and most recently with coaches Mike and Molly Smith.”
The Taz won three league championships in the last decade under prior head coach Carl Boyd. The Smiths coached the Taz the past two seasons, leading the club to runner up finishes each year.
Mark Brown swam for the Bakersfield Aqua Aces and Garces Memorial High School over his 14-year career. He started his coaching career at age 12, working and mentoring under his father, Mark Sr., who has coached the Aces for more than 25 years. While at Garces, Mark was a three-sport letterman, including varsity letters in swimming all four years. Brown specializes in working with younger swimmers. He is currently a student at CSUS, where he is studying kinesiology.
“My dad got all of us involved with coaching at an early age,” said Mark. “All three of us loved swimming, and it was natural fit for us to move into coaching. My dad taught us so much about working with young athletes. I can’t wait to meet the kids and get going in the water.”
Like her brothers, Marybeth began her swimming career at age 4, and swam 14 seasons with the Aqua Aces. Marybeth earned four varsity letters on the Garces Memorial High women’s swimming team. She graduated from Fresno State University, where she competed for four years on the Bulldogs’ NCAA Division I equestrian team and was named team captain during her senior year. During summers she returned to Bakersfield to help coach the Aqua Aces, give swimming and equestrian lessons and teach summer courses at Garces Memorial High. She moved to the Sacramento area in 2009.
“I’ve loved swimming my entire life,” said Marybeth. “I love to teach swimming, and I love working with kids. Coaching the Taz is a perfect opportunity for me.”
The Tasmanian Devils begin practice on Monday, May 2.