Varsity Swim & Dive
Head Swim Coach: Pari Shaghaghi
Born and raised in California, I began swimming at the age of 7 and never looked back. I attended Sacramento City College for two years where I was able to swim and play water polo. After finishing my two years at the Junior College, I transferred to California State University, Monterey Bay where I played Division II water polo and earned my B.S in Social and Behavioral Science. After coaching high school in Salinas for 4 years I moved to Denver where I earned my Masters in Sports and Performance Psychology. I have been coaching at Saint Mary’s Academy since 2014-2015.
Head Dive Coach: Lise Kafka
Lise began coaching the dive team in 2011 and is excited to start her 5th year with SMA. She enjoys working with divers of all levels, from those that have never dove before to those with years of experience. Highlights during her time at SMA include winning 4A Dive Coach of the Year in 2014, coaching the first 4-time 4A state champion and 4-time All-American diver in Colorado, and leading her divers to take 3 of the top 4 spots in league in 2014. In her own 11 year diving career, Lise was a national qualifier in collegiate diving and once held the 6 and 11 dive records at her high school.