Sammy Taylor- Assistant Coach
Sammy Taylor is a USS registered coach and has been coaching for MASK since college. She started coaching year round with us upon graduating from UMASS Amherst in 2015 as a Communication disorder major and Education Minor. Sammy is also a MASK alumni herself, swimming on MASK since age of 5. Sammy lead as MASK team captain and SEMSL and SSSL record holder. She also lead as Hanover High Varsity Swim team Captain and MVP upon graduating in 2011. Sammy was recruited by UMASS Amherst for swimming and impressed with her 100 fly and freestyle events in the Atlantic 10 conference. Sammy swam all 4 years at UMASS and also lead as Captain her senior year. She is also Thayer Academy's Head Varsity Swim Coach and currently attending Nursing School at Mass Bay College. Coach Taylor is an amazing addition to our MASK coaching staff, and has a special knack for handling our Junior MASK swimmers. With her unwavering patience, sweet nature and positive attitude, we are truly lucky to have her back within our MASK family as a coach!
Katelynne Ahearn-Assistant Coach
Katelynne Ahearn is a USS registered coach and has been coaching for MASK since college. She has recently graduated (early) from the University of Vermont in Dec 2016 with a degree in Psych (strong concentration in developmental psych) with a coaching minor. Kate started swimming with MASK at a young age. She excelled as a young swimmer on MASK being a high point scorer, and eventually leading the team as Captain through High School. She also swam all 4 years Varsity for Marshfield High and made it to both Sectionals and States. Kate graduated with honors from MHS in 2013. Upon a devastating injury, where Katelynne broke her leg her Senior year of high school, she needed to walk away from competing. Katelynne then decided to turn her focus to the coaching side of swimming, and has used that passion for the sport to learn as much as she can during the last 4 years. She completed her internship working with the athletics dept. at UVM and all the D1 collegiate athletes. Katelynne's area of expertise in coaching is to really help equip her swimmers with the mental skills and motivation they need to perform in and out of the pool, and to guide them to learn and mature as athletes as well as individuals. We are excited to have Coach Ahearn back on deck with her MASK family!
Lauren Walsh-McGonagle - Head Coach
The older sister of the dynamic duo of Walsh sisters, Lauren has been coaching and teaching swim lessons for over 15 years. She is a USS certified swim coach as well as WSI and LGT certified. Lauren started competing at a young age on MASK and swam through high school where she lead the team as CPT and holds a record still in SSSL from 1997. She swam briefly for PSC before transferring to UMASS Boston to finish her schooling, upon then taking a job as Asst. Aquatic director at Healthtrax Fitness in Hanover, where she stayed for almost 18 years teaching swim lessons. Lauren is now expanding our MASK brand to include swim lessons and Jr. Swim Team. Please see pages for both on our site for more info. Lauren is also Head Coach of Scituate High School's Swim team. She also directs and founded "All Star Swim" partnered with the CORSE program out of Scituate, in which she teaches swim lessons to children with varying special needs. Lauren received an award on behalf of her work with CORSE in 2012.
Elizabeth "Boopa" Walsh - Head Coach
Boopa Walsh is a USS certified swim coach who has been coaching for over 6 yrs. Boopa also swam for MASK from an early age, following in her big sisters footsteps. She swam for MASK throughout high school, where she was both CPT for MASK and the MHS Lady Rams where she received MVP all 4 years. Boopa then went on to swim for Div I UMASS Amherst where freshman year she was awarded "Rookie of the Year." She went on to lead the team as CPT her senior year and received MVP. During her college swimming career, Boopa broke the 100 yd backstroke record and was part of the record breaking 200, 400 and 800 Free relay. Boopa went on to receive her masters at UMASS Boston and is currently working as a guidance counselor at Duxbury High School, where she also is the Women's head swim coach. Boopa received Boston Globes Div II Coach of the Year 2013.
Mask has been around for over 30 years and is one of the most sought after competitive age group swim programs on the south shore. Sisters Lauren and Elizabeth Walsh are the head coaches who both grew up swimming on MASK from a young age. We believe in hard work, dedication, positive reinforcement and fun. All of which provide a positive atmosphere, team unity and self esteem for all our swimmers. Our mission on MASK is to be an "inclusive" swim team, where ALL kids are welcome!