Sierra Marlins Swim Team Names Tim McCormick Head Coach

Sierra Marlins Swim Team, a Folsom, California-based club team, named Tim McCormick its new head coach.

McCormick served as the team’s director of development for the last three years. According to the team, McCormick was “instrumental” in developing its senior program and helping the club to achieve USA Swimming Gold Medal status. Among the team’s former members are 2020 Olympians Haley Anderson, Bryce Mefford and Jake Mitchell (early in his career).

McCormick succeeds Rob Collins, who left to become an assistant coach at the University of Tennessee after four seasons as the Marlins’ head coach and CEO.

Prior to joining the Marlins, McCormick started the Foothill Aquasharks Swim Team and worked with the year-round program at Lifetime Northern California. He was also the aquatics director and head swim coach at Oak Ridge High School, where his teams won multiple CIF and state titles.

McCormick grew up swimming in the Bay Area for Concord Pleasant Hill Swim Team (now the Terrapins Swim Team) and competed collegiately for Bakersfield State in 1986-87. He wrapped up his college career at Chico State.

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Phil K’s best friend
3 months ago

Wait, where did Jake Mitchell swim in high school?

Admin
Reply to  Phil K’s best friend
3 months ago

Carmel. Family moved when he was starting middle school.

Swimmomof3
Reply to  Phil K’s best friend
3 months ago

He swam at SMST when he was 11.

swim4funNdistance
3 months ago

Great hire! Love when teams look internally and from everything I have heard he is a great coach!

SkeptiCAL
3 months ago

We’re allowed to claim 11yr olds who swam for one year now as a product of ‘our’ system?! Anything to pad a resume I guess

SCCOACH
Reply to  SkeptiCAL
3 months ago

Oh c’mon the author of the article mentioned it, not the team.

The Sierra Marlins are ranked as a gold medal club, I don’t think they need to pad their resume.

Admin
Reply to  SCCOACH
3 months ago

The team also mentioned it in a press release.

SCCOACH
Reply to  Braden Keith
3 months ago

Oh I didn’t see that, that is kind of weird

Admin
Reply to  SCCOACH
3 months ago

Meh. I think it’s kind of cool. It’s all part of the development process, right?

SurfnCoach
Reply to  SkeptiCAL
3 months ago

That’s the Marlin way. Merge with other programs with high level kids, blatantly recruit high level kids off of other teams (which Rob, Tim and Doug have done for years) then walk around like your you know what don’t stink

Ridiculous
Reply to  SurfnCoach
3 months ago

This is ridiculous.Tim created a lot of the top level talent that the Marlins were after. Tim didn’t recruit kids. Parents came to Tim. Tim was a dad and a coach and he actually got it!
Doug can’t recruit anybody. No one went to the Marlins because of Doug. The Marlins will be in the healthiest place since Jeff Pearson with Rob out and Tim in charge!
Three teams came together. But it wasn’t just Rob, and I don’t think he should get the credit, it was more of the parent board and a few parents mending relationships that got destroyed long ago. There never should have been three teams in Folsom on the first place!

Anonymous
Reply to  Ridiculous
3 months ago

The team will not even come close to the Jeff Pearson era…let’s not get crazy here

FlipTurnWizard
3 months ago

Congrats Tim! Your deserve it.

About Torrey Hart

Torrey Hart

Torrey is from Oakland, CA, and majored in media studies and American studies at Claremont McKenna College, where she swam distance freestyle for the Claremont-Mudd-Scripps team. Outside of SwimSwam, she has bylines at Sports Illustrated, Yahoo Sports, SB Nation, and The Student Life newspaper.

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