Coaches BISC
Carolyn Ackerley (Senior Coach of the Year 2019, ASCA Level 4 Coach)

Head Coach –
Carolyn is our senior coach and has been coaching BISC since 2001. Her professional background includes coaching the Seattle Club master’s program, and the Arizona Marlins Swim Club. Ackerley was an All American collegiate swimmer at Arizona State University, an NCAA Division I university belonging to the PAC 12 Conference. There, she was honored to be team captain of her college team. She graduated from Arizona State with a degree in English, a post baccalaureate degree in Education, and a minor in PE. She has experience coaching meets of all levels from local age-group to national level competitions. In addition to coaching, she volunteers with PNS Swimming planning enrichment camps for swimmers from all teams in the Pacific Northwest. Outside the pool, Carolyn enjoys an active life of rock climbing, biking and paddle boarding with her husband and four children.

Leilani Tonsmann (Age Group Coach of the Year 2019)

Assistant Coach –
Leilani currently assists with our intermediate groups. Teaching children in and out of the pool is her passion. Along with coaching BISC swimmers (2009) she also works as a parks department swim instructor. She holds a BA in Education from Arizona State where she swam competitively from 1984-87. After graduating she taught elementary school for 8 years and concurrently obtained her MA in Education from CWU. She has previously coached summer league swimmers in Arizona and Washington and has obtained her ASCA Level 2 status as a coach. She is available for private lesson instruction through the aquatic center Parks program.

Kate Carr (Development Coach of the Year 2019)

Assistant Coach –
Kate grew up on Bainbridge Island and swam for the Bangor Swim Team starting at age six before joining BISC. She swam for BHS Girls Swim & Dive Team and was one of the first athletes to attend the Washington State Championships all four years of her high school career. Kate has been an assistant coach with BISC since 2010, and currently coaches our novice groups, and running dry land workouts. Additionally, she has been coaching SPLASH, a pre-competitive program under the parks department umbrella. Her love for the water continues today as she enjoys swimming and competing as a Bainbridge Aquatic Masters Swim Team member. She is a certified USA Swimming Coach, ASCA, PNA and USMS member.