Assistant Coach - Dustin Kiska is a homegrown Albuquerque kid. He grew up a summer Sundance swimmer at the Tennis Club of Albuquerque starting only at age 11. He also swam at the Albuquerque Academy where he graduated high school in 2000. After high school he started his coaching career under the guidance and mentorship from the well known and respected, Reed Barnitz, coaching at TCA for two summers. He later helped rebuild the Riverpoint swim team for two summers, head coached the Rio Rancho swim team for three summers, and currently assists the Highpoint Sharks, summer swim team.
Aside from his love of coaching, Dustin went to college for two years in Gunnison Colorado, studying art and design. After too much snowboarding and cold weather, he returned home to Albuquerque to complete his undergrad, and later a Masters degree, both in Architecture. Dustin is always in a positive mood and not afraid to be outlandishly “goofy” at times. “It is important to be, spontaneous and enthusiastic, on the deck. If you are not having fun, the kids will not as well.” Fun fact, his toes are stuck together, ask him and he will be happy to show you.
Head Coach - Quint Seckler was a longtime competitive swimmer and the first swimmer in the state of New Mexico to break 22 seconds in the 50 freestyle going 21.84 as a high school senior in 1983. He swam for the WAC champion UNM Swim Team from 1983 - 1986. He started coaching in the summer of 1983 and has been involved in Sundance Swimming for 29 years having spent the past eight years as the head coach of the Highpoint Sharks. He was the head coach at La Cueva High School from 1991 - 2003. During that time his teams won 7 state championships and 21 city championships. After 17 years of teaching and as the Activities Director at La Cueva, he moved to Eldorado High School in 2008 where he now teaches Honors Geometry and is the head swimming and diving coach. His 2012 boys team won the state championship. His wife Tracy is the Activities Director at EHS and has two daughters, Megan and Madison. Not surprisingly, both daughters swim for ATAC as well as Highpoint!! His greatest love is the beach and he swims open water races whenever he gets a chance. His favorite open water swim was The Maui Channel Swim - 2003 - swimming from Lanai to Maui while dodging native Tiger Sharks.
Assistant Coach - Michelle Watson swam competitively for 10 years, spent too much time in the sun life guarding at beaches in Minnesota, and ran a "swim school" in her parent's backyard pool during high school and college. She is an assistant coach at Highpoint in the summer. She continues to enjoy swimming when training for triathlons. Since her world seems to revolve around water in this desert, her part time job is implementing outreach as a subcontractor for the Water Authority.
Assistant Coach - Paul Einerson has been involved in competitive swimming since he was a member of the Rainbow Swim Club as an 8 and under swimmer. During his high school and college days, he was known to swim a couple of miles across the local lake for fun, much to the dismay of the local fishermen. From that, Paul began doing triathlons in 1984 while living in the Boulder/Ft. Collins, Colorado area and continues to train for and participate in triathlons for fun today along with his family. In addition to his swimming and triathlon pursuits, Paul has also trained into several marathon’s and endurance cycling events.
You will see Paul focusing the kids on technique before speed and endurance with the belief that learning how to do the right components of the stroke and kick followed by practicing the right stroke technique has the long term benefit of maximum speed and performance for each of the kids. He also promotes sportsmanship and leadership before competitiveness believing that this leads to the long term benefit of being an example to others, teamwork and self-discipline. Paul continues to swim for fitness today and continually tries to improve his own skills and stroke techniques.
In addition to Paul’s swimming experiences, he is also heavily involved in youth outdoor leadership programs and youth goal and challenge programs. He enjoys working with kids and teens sharing his life learnings with them with the intent of contributing towards their maturing into strong citizens in our communities. Paul is the one on the left in the photo.
Assistant Coach -Jocie Colella- recently graduated from the University of New Mexico with a double major in Biology and Psychology. She was on the UNM women's swim team for two years and holds the UNM school record in the 200 Backstroke and 400 Medley Relay. She has been swimming for 17 years in Virginia, Georgia, Texas, and New Mexico and specializes in backstroke, breastroke, and IM. She has placed at state, sectional and national level competition and was a top-8 finalist in the Mountain West Conference Championship for UNM two years in a row. She was awarded female athlete of the year as a senior and holds five high school swimming records in Texas at Westwood High School. She is working towards a career with marine mammals and has spent time working with Atlantic Bottlenose Dolphins in Hawaii.