Coaches

Our coaches are professionally trained and work hard to provide the best program for our swimmers. Years of experience bring a wonderful program for the swimmers to grow up in. The efforts to bring the best to the Blue Dolphins has our coaches continuing to learn and bring back new ideas to the kids. In this family-built program, the caring and knowledge go hand-in-hand to develop the swimmers to their potential.
  • Mark Maxwell -- Head Coach
  • Hugh Genualdi -- Assistant Coach
  • Jesse Genualdi -- Assistant Coach

Mark Maxwell - Head Coach
 
Coach Maxwell has been coaching since 1978 when he started with the Blue Dolphins while attending college. He has coached with several clubs and brings those experiences with him as he returned to the Blue Dolphins in 2012.
 
Coach Maxwell has coached many state champions (both high school and club), regional champions, zone champions and numerous junior national and Y national qualifiers. He led the Sherwood High School Bowmen to six state swimming titles. He also has placed two athletes (Jon Arlin and Aaron Paulson) on the U.S. Paralympic team at World and Paralympic champs and currently coaches Alice Luo as a member of the Taiwanese Paralympic team. He also has served as the head coach for the U.S. Paralympic team at the Sydney and Atlanta Paralympic Games along with several other U.S. teams over the past 20 years.
 
Coach Maxwell has served on state and national committees for various things and brings that leadership to the Blue Dolphins.
 
Coach Maxwell believes in having the athletes get to their full potential both in and out of the water. Helping them makes decisions and face the hard decisions will make them the strongest they can be.


Hugh Genualdi - Assistant Coach

I have participated in sports my whole life. I started playing Little League and Pop Warner Football (my Dad was my coach) when I was seven. My Little League Team was City Champs in 1966, I played second base.
 
I started to swim in one of our city swim teams when I was eleven. Like our coach today, my coach then made all of us compete in the IM's, so I did all of the strokes also. I won lots of medals, ribbons and trophies. I also was a diver on the team and was quite successful.
 
When I entered high school I played football, wrestled, participated in track and field and boxed. I was a conference champion wrestler, cleared 14' 9" in the pole vault and was a two-time boxing champion.
 
When my wife, Jannene, had children, I started coaching. I have coached soccer, baseball and now swimming. I love to teach and help kids to reach their highest potential. I believe that sports can build a strong mind and healthy body. It also teaches many life lessons, including self-worth, sacrifice, team work, discipline and goal achieving. Many if not all of these things help make good neighbors and citizens for life.

Jesse Genualdi - Assistant Coach
 

I have had eight-plus years of competitive swimming experience with the Blue Dolphins, also leading the Dallas Dragons in 2014 to two team records in the 200 and 400 freestyle relay. Holding four-plus years of coaching experience at the club and high school level as an ASCA Level 2 coach. I have found success from leading many state championship qualifiers to their respective events (both club and high-school) and also currently serve as a Head Swim Coach for Central High School team based in Independence, Oregon. 


Philosophy of coaching: 

Swimming (like any other sport) can help reveal character and teach many life lessons including self worth, discipline, goal setting, hard work and teamwork. It can also teach one how to live a healthy lifestyle while creating a strong mind set. I believe every decision starts with the decision to try and this starts with a commitment to being committed. Striving to become the best version of yourself day by day.

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