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Brian Clark Head Coach

Brian Clark is returning for his fifth season coaching the Durham Dolphins. Brian is married to Haley Clark, and they have four children who all swim for the Dolphins. Brian started in the swimming world competing for the Corning Swim Team. He then coached Corning for four years and continued on coaching the Chico Aquajets at various levels for approx. 25 years before taking a hiatus after the birth of his first child. He was twice voted Senior Coach of the Year for Sierra Nevada Swimming and has spoken at several coaches' clinics and served on the board of directors for both Sierra Nevada Swimming and the North Valley Aquatic League. In his spare time, Brian likes to hurl verbal broadsides at children and pets. 

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Zinnia Balken Assistant Coach

I swam competitively for 14 years on year round swim teams. I was a Chico Aquajet from ages 4 to 12, coached by Betsy Aird. After moving to Dairyville at age 12, I swam for Sun Oaks Aquatic Racing (SOAR) under Coach Randy Teeters. In high school, I was Mercy high’s swim team captain for both men’s and women’s swimming for three years. Although I have swam under two main head coaches, I have been taught by over 20 great coaches including Brian Clark, Barry Henderson, and Eric Balken (my father).

I started coaching at age 17. I first coached Chico Aquajet swimmers before becoming a Durham Dolphin. Along with coaching I have taught at WaterSprites Swim School, run by the swimming genius Haley Clark.

Coaching and teaching children how to swim has inspired me to become an elementary school teacher. That is why I am currently going to school to earn my K-6th teaching credential.

I am proud to be a Durham Dolphin. I enjoy the community that surrounds Durham Dolphins because they are very welcoming, supportive, and caring. I can not wait for the 2019 swim season! It will be filled with laughter, learning, and friendly competition. 

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