Taz family extends to coaches

By From page A8 | July 17, 2013

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TAZ HEAD COACH Jason Brown gives instruction to a young swimmer as assistant coach Taylor Wetzel looks on. Courtesy photo

EL DORADO HILLS — The El Dorado Hills Tasmanian Devils swim team defeated the Loomis Basin Dolphins, 495-294, at the El Dorado Hills CSD swimming pool Saturday to give the Taz a 6-0 record, one win away from a perfect season.

The Tasmanian Devils has been under the tutelage of head coach Jason Brown for three years. Alongside Brown are assistant coaches/family members Marc and Marybeth Brown, as well as Matt Candau. In addition, more than 20 swimmer coaches and junior coaches are on deck to support the team.

“The thing I enjoy most about coaching is getting to know all of the different personalities,” Brown said. “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.”

“We have a good chance to win at Champs this year,” stated Jason’s brother, Marc. “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.”

Though not related, Candau is like family — Taz family — and has been with the 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. 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. 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.”

The Taz coaching staff is preparing for a big finish as the Taz welcome the College Green Gators for the last dual meet of the 2013 Suburban Swim League season.

Both share a deep history: involved in the formation of the SSL and the only teams that have continuously been members since its inception in 1967.

Should the Taz win Saturday, they’ll proceed to Champs with a perfect record of 7-0. The SSL Championship Meet takes place July 26-28 at Sierra College in Rocklin. The Taz last claimed the title in 2008, and fell short in 2012 by a mere 53 points.

Patty Pope

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