Boise Swim Club was established by Brad Bolicek and Deb Hill in 2013. BSC was a seasonal USA Swimming Club team its first year. It started as a year round team in 2014 and has grown to 80 swimmers. Deb Hill became sole owner of the team January 2016.
Head Coach Deb Hill
Deb Hill was raised in Boise, graduated from Boise High School and attended college in Seattle. She graduated from the University of Washington with a Finance degree and received an MBA from Seattle University.
Deb swam for the Boise YMCA Swim Team for eight years while growing up and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. Her passion for coaching came from the coaches she had during her competitive experiences in sports growing up. Jim Everett, her YMCA Swim Coach as a young swimmer, was the "one coach" who made the biggest impact on her life. He gave her the drive to be a positive role model and mentor in her coaching.
Jim Everett encouraged Deb to be a volunteer coach for the Capital High School Swim Team, her first season of coaching in 1991. In 1992 she was offered the Head Swim Coach position at Bishop Kelly High School. This gave her the opportunity to give back to a sport that made such a positive impact on her life, while allowing her the flexibility to raise her 3 children.
After 27 years as Head Coach at Bishop Kelly, Deb stepped down to focus on Boise Swim Club. Two of the highlights of her career were seeing high school swimming get officially sanctioned in 2017 along with the BK boys and girls 4A State Titles!
In 2004, Deb was named Idaho High School Swimming Coach of the Year. Deb was the Treasurer for Treasure Valley High School Swimming for 20 years and served on the Board for the Association of Idaho High School Swimming. Deb is currently the District 3 Swim Commissioner for Idaho High School Swimming. Deb is also the Awards Chair for Snake River Swimming. Deb continues to educate herself and is an ASCA Level 3 coach.
Her philosophy on coaching has always been to support each swimmer and help them reach their goals. She believes that part of being a good coach is to think about what is best for the swimmer. Mentoring over the character and growth of each swimmer is her passion. She truly wants to make an impact on each of their lives.
Coach & Manager -Stephanie O'Malley
Coach Stephanie grew up swimming in California following in both her Mother and Grandfather's foot steps. Her family owned a competitive athletic camp in the summers, with her grandfather running the football side, as he was a professional coach and scout for the NFL. Her mother ran the swimming side as a competitive swimmer and coach herself. Stephanie caught the swimming bug at a very young age. She credits her mother and grandfather with inspiring her to be a coach.
Stephanie moved to Boise in junior high and swam for the Boise Y through her high school career at Timberline. Her plan was to join the Coast Guard and become a rescue swimmer, but a diagnosis her senior year with a tether spinal cord forced her to put her swimming aside to pursue other avenues.
Stephanie returned to the pool to coach Timberline High School under the direction of her high school coach Brad Bolicek. Brad took Stephanie under his wing and brought her to Boise Swim Club November 2013 as an Assistant Coach. With Brad's departure from BSC in January of 2016, Stephanie stepped into the role lead coach for our Senior Groups as well as taking on a managerial role.
If Stephanie had to summarize her personal coaching philosophy, she would say "I always do my best to put the human being first, and the athlete second. The rest is up to them. I will always do my best to help each and every swimmer meet their personal goals by providing them with the tools necessary to get there. Their success ultimately comes from inside them and what they decide to do in the pool. It is my job to guide them."
Outside Coaching, Stephanie works at Boise State as a counselor in the Business School. She also serves as Diversity and Inclusion Chair and Age Group Zones Chair for Snake River Swimming.
Coach Dakota Isaak - Silver
I am from Juneau, Alaska and been swimming competitively for 15 years. I currently swim for Boise State and will be a senior this fall with a degree in Health Science and Gerontology. I am the only competitive swimmer in my family of 4 siblings. My Mom put me in swim lessons when I was 5 years old and I instantly fell in love with the water. I joined the Glacier Swim Club when I was 6.
I had incredible coaches along the way that inspired me to coach and continue my swimming career at the collegiate level. I have enjoyed volunteering and coaching younger swimmers on my club team back home. This experience helped me realize that I wanted to be a coach.
I am currently teaching lessons at the BSU Rec. Center along with being a Coach with Boise Swim Club. I am also working on my personal training certificate so I can train people in the gym. I love working with others to help them reach their goals and share what I know about the sport of swimming. I enjoy watching swimmers grow and experience the incredible life of being a competitive athlete. Coaching is something I plan on doing for a long time!
Coach Anna Kaiser - Orange
Hello All! My name is Anna Kaiser. I grew up in Pocatello, Idaho where I began swimming at age 8. I swam competitively for club teams in Pocatello and Blackfoot through high school. After graduating, I continued my athletic career, swimming four years for Western Colorado University while studying Environmental Studies and Math.
During college, I began coaching for the Gunnison Stingrays, which extended my passion for swimming to the coaching side of the sport. After graduating college, I returned to Pocatello where I coached with the Portenuf Valley Krakens for two months before taking a job with the Department of Water Resources in Boise.
September of 2018, I began coaching for Boise Swim Club. BSC's strong community, passionate coaching staff, dedicated and well-rounded athletes and the character-building values drew me to the program. I am thrilled to continue coaching with the Barracudas!
Coach Taylor Colleran - High School
I was born and raised here in Boise and started swimming when I was 4 years old. I continued to swim competitively for 14 years but decided to focus on school when I began college to pursue my career as a doctor. Although I did not continue swimming throughout college I wanted to stay involved with the sport and started volunteer coaching for Timberline high school and instantly fell in love with coaching this age group. When the opportunity to coach with the Boise Swim Club became available, I couldn’t wait to start. I am now the lead coach for high school as well as provide aquatic therapy to children with disabilities and love doing both.
Coach Jake Turrittin -
Purple & Barracudas
Coach Kelsey Winkler - Sub for all groups
Coach Kelsey developed a love of swimming at a very young age, beginning her competitive swimming career at the age of 4. She continued through high school, where she went to CIF-SS for Mater Dei High School on relays and as a sprint freestyler, as well as competing in water polo. At that time, Coach Kelsey discovered a passion for coaching as well as competing.
Over the past 17 years, Coach Kelsey's worked with several age groups and facilities coaching both swimming and water polo. Some of those programs include BREA Aquatics, Flagstaff Lumberjacks, and Northern Arizona University Women's Water Polo. Currently, Coach Kelsey is the Coordinator of the Aquatics and Safety for Boise State's Campus Recreation and is thrilled to continue her work in recreation and coaching.
Coach Kourtney Armstrong - Lead Coach Dry-land
Hello everyone, my name is Kourtney Armstrong. I grew up here in Boise and graduated from Boise State with a Multidisciplinary Studies degree focusing on Kinesiology, Coaching and Leadership. I fell in love with studying the body 7 years ago starting with the Sports Med program at Timberline High School, followed by my EMT certification. I’m currently studying for my NASM personal training certification with plans to help people understand the importance of weight lifting, nutrition and an overall healthy lifestyle. I have been competing in Body Building for three years now with plans to become pro one day. I grew up playing sports from gymnastics to cross country, which sparked my competitive edge. Through my years of experience I have come to understand the importance of sport specific training by using a multifaceted approach to see greater results. So I am excited to work with the Boise Swim Club to help students understand that they can excel in something they love with dedication and positivity!
Head Coach & Owner - Debra Hill
Manager & Lead Coach for Platinum - Stephanie O'Malley
Lead Coach for Gold - Alex Watt
Lead Coach for Silver - Dakota Isaak
Lead Coaches for Orange -Anna Kaiser
Lead Coach for High School - Taylor Colleran
Lead Coach for Purple & Barracudas - Jake Turrittin
Sub Coach for all groups - Kelsey Winkler
Lead Dry-land Coach - Kourtney Armstrong