Team General Information
Team Abbreviation: MMSC
Team Type: Youth Team
This team has nationally-ranked swimmers
Affiliation: USA Swimming
Sub Affiliation: Pacific Northwest Swimming
About the Coaches: Kirby Schaufler
Kirby has been involved with swimming in Marysville since moving here to take a teaching job at Cedarcrest School in 1991.
His involvement with swimming started long before that as a swimmer for the Thurston Olympia Swim Club as a youth. He competed in the High School State Meet for North Thurston High School in 1978 with a top 6 finish. He went on to swim at NCAA Division 3 Grinnell College in Iowa and was an All-Conference swimmer each of his 4 years. He also earned the Doug Johnson Memorial Leadership Award, and was team captain, his final 2 years at Grinnell. He formed and coached the Grinnell College Water Polo Team for 4 years. After Grinnell College Kirby went on to earn a Masters Degree of Science in Physical Education at the University of Florida.
Kirby began his swim coaching at Shoreline High School and later Garfield High School in Seattle. He then became the Inaugural Head Coach of the Queen Anne Swim Club, also in Seattle, from 1986-1991. He was a Zone All Star Coach for the PNS from 1988-1990.
After moving to Marysville Kirby became an assistant coach at Marysville-Pilchuck High School and became involved in USA Swimming with several programs for Junior High swimmers. He became involved with the Marysville Marlins Swim Team from 1997-2002 and became the first Head Coach of the Mighty Marlins Swim Club, which formed from the school district sponsored team in 2002. After many years of effort to start a junior high team, one was formed in 2000. Kirby became the first head coach, and coached until 2010, the team affectionately known as the Hatchetfish.
Eligibility (Who can join?): provide swimmers of all ages, through training and guidance, the opportunity to develop skills necessary to formulate and achieve their goals.
Dates/Schedule: 5-7 pm Mon-Thurs and 5-6:30 Fri
Cost/Rates: $50 Marlins Registration Fee per family and $64 USA Registration Fee per swimmer.