Kaitlin Sandeno Hogan
Kaitlin grew up in Lake Forest and swam at El Toro High School where she still holds many records and CIF record in the 500 fresstyle. She qualified for the 2000 & 2004 Olympics winning 4 medals- gold, silver and 2 bronze. She is a former World & American record holder and 6 time World Champion. She also swam at USC breaking 17 school records. Kaitlin was recently named to the Pac12 All-Century team! She is currently the national spokesperson for NEGU and is looking forward to her second season as the Dolphin's head coach.
Head Age Group Coach: Nikki (Mac) McClelland
Nikki McClelland, often referred to as “Coach Mac” - has been coaching the 8 and under age group since 2012. Her workouts emphasize proper stroke mechanics in a fun and entertaining way; always with the goal of helping our children become well-rounded, confident swimmers.
With over 20 years of swim instruction experience, Nikki has extensive knowledge in stroke development and mechanics – stemming from a love for swimming and roots as a competitive swimmer herself within the Southern California Swim Conference (SCSC).
Nikki is also a parent to two Dolphin swimmers; her son Cade began swimming for the dolphins in 2008 and her daughter Sunny followed soon after in 2010. Prior to joining the LFII Dolphins, Nikki was the founder and President of AquaResource, an aquatic safety and service organization providing experienced Lifeguards and Swim Instructors to a number of South Orange County communities. Nikki earned a Bachelors Degree in English from San Diego State University. While at SDSU she worked as a Lifeguard and Swim Instructor for the United States Naval base (NTC) in Point Loma San Diego – where she taught swimming fundamentals to enlisted trainees in the Broadened Opportunity for Officer Selection and Training (BOOST) Program, a college preparatory program for ethnic minorities. Nikki worked with BUD/S (Basic Underwater Demolition/Seal) candidates prepare for 6 week SEAL training.
Assistant Head Coach: Axel Reed
Axel returns back to the Dolphins for his second season having taken off a year. We are thrilled to have him back. Axel attended Santa Margarita Catholic High School and graduated in 2014. He swam varsity all four years and swam for the Coto Coyotes. Axel swam Division I and Division III while in college and will be graduating from Chapman University this Fall. He will be graduating with a B.S. in Business Administration with an emphasis in Real Estate.
Assistant Coach: Maddy Tran
Coach Maddy Tran grew up loving the water. She was about 7 years old when her dad first taught her and her sister how to swim, and both loved swimming. She joined Mission Viejo Nadadores for 5 years with her siblings. She then transferred to Irvine Novaquatics and swam for another 5 years with them. Maddy attended El Toro High School, graduating from the Class of 2012. She spent all 4 years on the El Toro High School team on both JV and Varsity, winning MVP and Most Improved respectively. During the high school season, she went to both Capo Valley and CIF Relays, and swam at League Championships all 4 years. She is currently at UCI majoring in Public Health Sciences, aiming to study pediatric dentistry afterwards. On her free time, she loves to watch her favorite shows, read, and spend time with her family.
Assistant Coach: Brooke Doalson
Currently attends Capistrano Valley High School. She is on the tennis, water polo and swim team where she is team captain for both tennis and swim allowing her to help her fellow student athletes achieve their individual and team goals. After school she participates in Model United Nations and National Charity League. Brooke swam for the Mission Viejo Nadadores for 7 years and attended the Junior Olympics for 5 of the 7 years.
Assistant Coach: Thomas Cara
Currently attends San Juan Hills High School as a senior. He comes to the Dolphins with 10 years of swimming experience and a love for coaching little ones. He is excited to work with Kaitlin and Mac this season.
Assistant Coach: Shaya Rees
Currently a sophomore in college. Swam for Santa Margarita Catholic High School and the Nadadores. Loves young kids and is excited to teach them new skills.
Assistant Coach: Anna Simko
Currently a senior at Capo Valley High School. Anna is a varsity swimmer and water polo player. She comes to us with lifeguarding experience and is looking forward to her 1st Dolphin season. Anna is the younger sister of Coach Catherine from last season.
Junior Assistant Coach: Dylan Schwartz
Currently attending El Toro High School as a Senior. Dylan has joined the CSF club and looking to major in biology. He has swam for the dolphins for 9 years and has learned a lot about technique from the program. He is swimming and playing water polo for El Toro and is looking forward to teaching his knowledge of swim to the younger Dolphin members.
Junior Assistant Coach: Collin Holmes
Currently attends El Toro High School as a junior. Collin swims and plays water polo for El toro and SET. His love for the water started with the Dolphins. Collin volunteers his time to Life Rolls On, a surf and skate program dedicated to improving the quality of life for young people affected by spinal cord injury. He is looking forward to coaching the Dolphins this season.