Paul L Smith
Director of Coaching-CEO
Since assuming the "helm" of MAC in April of
2009 Paul and his wife Laura have lead a top to bottom
transformation of the club. The process has involved reorganizing
the training groups, adding dry land training as a component for
all age groups, adding "family" that includes coaches, a team
manager and a volunteer corps that all together have taken the club
from a little over 100 to 495 USA Swimming athletes (and over 200
masters registered in 2012)I The past year also
60 new team
records, USA Swimming Level 2 Club Recognition achieved, a final
ranking of #223 in the USA Club Excellence program (6th best in
Arizona) and a VCC score of 67,446 ranking us at #510 of the close
to 3000 year around swim programs in the country! In addition, with
arguably two of the finest outdoor pools in the country MAC has
become one of the top meet hosts in the state with events that have
included Age Group, Senior and 8 and Under Championships, USA
Swimming IMX Championships a USMS Masters Nationals and co-host of
the annual Memorial Day Arizona Invitational.
Paul has a B.A. in Clinical
Psychology with a Coaching Minor from the University of California,
Santa Barbara and went on to obtain his Masters Degree in the same
field from Antioch University. He was a World University
Games Gold Medalist and Record Holder in 1981 and is a
two time Olympic Swimming Trials Qualifier. Paul was an
NCAA Swimming All-American in 1980 and 1981 for UC Santa Barbara
where he was recruited by and played for their Division l Water
Polo Team as well. Recently, Paul has been a two time USMS
Master Swimmer of the Year recipient; is a multiple USMS World and
National Record Holder; has been a USMS All Star 5 times and
is a 10 time USMS All American. He has acquired 174 Age Group
Top Tens in USMS to date.
Paul is a USA Certified Coach and an
ASCA Certified Coach who has been a team assistant to clubs
participating in both the 1988 & 1992 Olympic Trials, has
hosted two National Team training camps while residing in Colorado
and in addition to directing the clubs operations also who oversees
the post-grad training group and coaches several masters workouts
each week. Paul and his wife are Co-Directors of Mesa Aquatics Club
which also encompasses Mesa Masters, MAC Swim Shop and Mesa Water
Don Cook was born and raised in Ogden, Utah. His first swim meet
was at the age of 6 and continued through college. He held
multiple school and state records, and achieved recognition in
"Coach & Athlete High School Athletics Yearbook 1976-1977". His
specialties were butterfly backstroke and I.M. At 10 years
old he started playing water polo which continued along with
swimming into college.
After honorably serving in the U.S. Air Force, He went to work
for Boeing where he has now started his 28th year with them in the
Don is also a Certified Flight Instructor, which he has been
doing for the last 18 years.
Coach Don married his wife Mary 29 years ago which he credits to
his continued efforts to succeed.
In 2010 Don return to the water, swimming with MAC and enjoying
the torment from head coach Paul. While swimming Paul
approached him about playing water polo and starting up a team, to
which Don readily agreed.
Don's coaching and training goes back to when he was a still in
high school, teaching swim lessons and coaching age group teams,
and continues to this day.
It has been said that Don is in his element when he is coaching
or training others whether it's water polo, swimming,
flying or anything other projects he does.
Hi, my name is Jessica Rudd. I started swimming when I was six
and continued, swimming on the high school team for four years, my
senior year becoming a captain of the team. I got into playing
water polo when I was 14. I played first at the city rec level for
two years and then joined the Mesa club team. I played with them
for two years and then moved to ASU's club team where I played
until I graduated high school. My last year with them, we won the
state tournament. Through this time I traveled to California,
Texas, New Mexico, and Colorado to play in various tournaments with
different teams. Two summers in a row I went to the Junior Olympics
with a team from Houston, Texas. I have coached the rec team at
Kino for three years and have been with our Mesa Water Polo Club
since we started a year ago. This past May I graduated from Everest
College, as a Medical Assistant.
Nolan Ruane was born and raised in Mesa. He swam at Dobson
High School, and excelled in the 100, 200 and 500 Freestyle.
He earned multiple State Championships and All American
Awards for individual and relay events. He also played club
water polo, where he competed in many Nationals
and International ompetitions. Nolan then went on to
swim for the Arizona State Sun Devils from 2007 – 2011,
where he became a Pac 10 Semi-Finalist in the 50, 100 and 200
Freestyle. Nolan is an excells at coaching the Senior Group, the
Strength and Conditioning Program, and Water Polo. He is
currently in the process of earning his Bachelors in
Kinesiology and Sociology.
Nolan is new to Mesa Aquatics and is also working at Lifetime
Fitness hoping to one day become a Personal Trainer.
Having grown up in Arizona, he has family from
Pittsburgh and is a huge Steelers and Penguins fan.