Kirby D Schaufler
Kirby has been involved with swimming in Marysville since moving
here to take a teaching job at Cedarcrest School in
His involvement with swimming started long before that as a swimmer for the Thurston Olympia Swim Club as a youth.
He competed in the High School State Meet for North Thurston High School in 1978 with a top 6 finish. He went on to swim at NCAA Division 3 Grinnell College in Iowa and was an All-Conference swimmer each of his 4 years. He also earned the Doug Johnson Memorial Leadership Award, and was team captain, his final 2 years at Grinnell. He formed and coached the Grinnell College Water Polo Team for 4 years. After Grinnell College Kirby went on to earn a Masters Degree of Science in Physical Education at the University of Florida.
Kirby began his swim coaching at Shoreline High School and later Garfield High School in Seattle. He then became the Inaugural Head Coach of the Queen Anne Swim Club, also in Seattle, from 1986-1991. He was a Zone All Star Coach for the PNS from 1988-1990.
After moving to Marysville Kirby became an assistant coach at Marysville-Pilchuck High School and became involved in USA Swimming with several programs for Junior High swimmers. He became involved with the Marysville Marlins Swim Team from 1997-2002 and became the first Head Coach of the Mighty Marlins Swim Club, which formed from the school district sponsored team in 2002. After many years of effort to start a Junior High Team one was formed in 2000 and Kirby became the first head coach, and coached until 2010, of the team affectionately known as the Hatchetfish. Kirby is very proud of the Mighty Marlins Swim Clubs success at providing opportunities for young individuals to learn the valuable skills of commitment, and dedication, to achieve goals, and of the positive effect the club has in the Marysville community. Kirby has had the honor of coaching 4 age group swimmers ranked in the top 5 nationally, 4 Western Zone Champions, 5 Junior National qualifiers, 5 National qualifiers, and 2 Olympic Trials athletes! One of Kirby’s greatest joys is following the growing number of swimmers that are competing at the collegiate level.
Kirby continues to remain active in sports. He has completed many Triathlons, including 2 Ironman Triathlons, and over 10 Marathons. He also stays in good enough swimming shape to compete in relays when the team needs him. Kirby looks forward to the Mighty Marlins Swim Club being a positive part of Marysville, and surrounding communities, for many years to come!