A Silver Peak Story
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Charles McPeak – Head Coach
Charles McPeak was born in Southern California in the amazing Los Angeles sun and he has been swimming forever. As an age group swimmer, Charles competed with YMCA youth competition swim league and The Glendale Seals. Additionally, he was nationally ranked in both leagues. As a high school swimmers Charles participated in CIF and has several Glendale High School records. One of these records is currently standing for the 500 Freestyle.
After high school, he received scholarship offers for several division one universities and competed on the national level in 1990 and 1991. After a long hiatus, Coach Charles returned to swimming in 2013 and became a triathlete. He continues to compete on the Master’s Level. In 2017, he was ranked in the top 20; in 2018 he is ranked in the top 20 for USMS in several events. For the 2018 short course yards season, he qualified for six events on the national level, with a Top Ten finish in the men’s 1000 yards. In fact, for the 2018 Short Course Yards season, SPP has three swimmers who have qualified for the national competition in Indianapolis.
Coach Charles is a USMS Certified Coach and holds Red Cross certifications in CPR and First Aid. Charles McPeak founded SilverPeak Performance in 2016. It is a US Masters Swim Team and Triathlon team, recognized by the IRS as a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. Utilizing the Total Immersion Stroke (USA Triathlon- [USAT] sanctioned), SPP’s dynamic coaching with an emphasis on High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) will maximize the quality of workouts for its swimmers – whether you are a fitness swimmer, a competitive swimmer, or a triathlete.
Julia Browne – Coach
Julia was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay area, where she began swimming competitively at age nine at Alpine Hills Swim & Tennis Club. She began her coaching career with Alpine Hills in 1999, coaching the age group team while also life-guarding and swimming. During high school, she fell in love with water polo, competing year-round with her high school team (Sacred Heart Prep) for top spots in CCS and Junior/Senior Nationals.
After high school, Julia headed to Davidson College (NC) where she continued her aquatic career as a coach, founding Davidson’s club water polo team and leading community outreach efforts, teaching ESL students how to swim. Additionally, Julia played with the Charlotte Sharks, a men’s master’s water polo team, competing against teams from UNC Chapel Hill, Auburn University, and beyond. After graduation, Julia spent three years in Washington, DC, coaching at the Arlington YMCA and swimming with the Arlington Master’s Swim Team, before returning to California in 2010.
Julia is an active USMS competitor, and for those of you who haven’t swam with Sparkle Fish yet, she will always bring a smile to your face in the early morning hours – whether in the pool or the ocean, this fish is always up for an adventure!
I recently returned to swimming two and half years ago just for fitness. I have since obtained my USMS Coaching Certification and have participated in several Triathlons and Swim meets. My favorite drill is Pulling, because it forces you to have proper hand position through, catch, pull/power, exit and even the recovery part of the stroke.
Kris McPeak – Executive Director
Kris McPeak has 20 years of management in higher education and five years experience working in non-profits. She holds a Master’s Degree in Counselor Education from the University of Arkansas. Kris learned to swim as a child, but became a swimmer in 2013 with the coaching and teaching from her husband, Charles McPeak. Her favorite stroke is Breaststroke, and she loves to knit.
Duke – Team Motivator
Duke is a 9-year old shepherd mix who has been with Kris and Charles his entire life. He enjoys cuddling, sleeping, eating, sleeping some more, playing with rawhide bones, and sleeping even more.