Coaches


We are all are certified USMS Level 2 coaches: Janelle, Sara, and Abby.

Post coach certification class in Boise, ID.

We are all certified USMS Levels 2 coaches. Practices with us are technique-based, full-body workouts that are designed to enhance fitness, core strength, aerobic conditioning, physical endurance, and stroke technique. We are here to help you achieve your swimming goals. Together we have over 45 years of swimming experience. Please contact us if you have questions about workouts, lessons, goals, and other swimming related needs.

For all other queries, contact a member of the board of directors; they handle club policies, dues, and administrative matters.

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Janelle Higashida – Variable workouts on Sunday, Tuesday, and Thursday

Janelle was born and raised in Hawaii, where she competed as an age-group swimmer for the Kamehameha Swim Club. Her swimming experiences range from the collegiate pool, to the open water, and now triathlons. Being a 5’2” woman, she likes to swim smarter and learn to leverage what she’s made of. Coaching the Bozeman Masters team is her “fun” job because she enjoys helping people reach their goals and getting to know their stories. This team’s camaraderie and quirks renewed her passion and love for swimming as a life-long sport. Feel free to contact Janelle at (808) 554-6815 or coach@bozemanmasters.org.

Assistant Coaches

Sara and Abby Thane

Sara and Abby Thane

Sara Thane – Monday Mornings

Sara was born and raised in Missoula and started swimming competitively at eight years old.  She swam for the Missoula Aquatic Club and Hellgate High School and specialized in breaststroke and distance free. Sara taught swimming lessons in Missoula for several years and has done a handful of triathlons. She is excited to continue hosting practices on Mondays and is available to provide stroke feedback during those workouts.

Abby Thane – Wednesday Mornings

Abby began swimming for the Missoula YMCA (MYST) swim team when she was 11 years old and has been in love with the sport ever since. As a freshman in college she began teaching a semester-long intermediate swimming class offered by The University of Montana and continued until she graduated (yes, she is a Griz fan!). Abby has also participated in several triathlons and open water races. She loves helping swimmers build and improve their stroke technique in order to reach their goals. When she’s not in the pool, Abby enjoys camping, hiking, knitting, and volunteering at Heart of the Valley animal shelter. She is excited to get back into coaching and looks forward to hosting Wednesday morning practices at the swim center!