Our Coaches

Head Coach Mikhail (Misha) Grigoriev

After immigrating to The United States in 1995, I immediately emerged into the New Mexico culture of Swimming and Water Polo. With three competitive years of swimming for Duke city under my belt, I spent the High School years winning 4 State Championships for Albuquerque Academy. During that time I participated in national tryouts for the Youth and Junior National Teams in Water Polo.   I attended Occidental College where I played as a starting goalie for four years of NCAA III water polo, three of which I was selected to be captain of, as well as one year of swimming. I was also a member of the 2005 USA Maccabia Water Polo Team that competed and won Silver in Israel.

Most of my coaching experience comes from swimming, playing, and attending numerous sports clinics around the US and using the knowledge gained first hand.  I have coached all ages, multiple sports, and at every part of day and night.  I am quite excited to be back in New Mexico, the place where competitive sports began for me, to pass on the knowledge that I have gathered to the young athletes.


Assistant Coach Nicole Esquibel

Assistant Coach Jeff Ganley

Jeff Ganley has been a coach with KAC for just over a year.  Jeff has a strong focus on stroke technique, but also loves to have fun with the kids.  He started swimming competitively at age 9. in his home town of Minneapolis, MN. 

During his career, Jeff was an IM and and backstroke specialist.  He was ranked in the top-16 in the world in backstroke in 1987 and 1988, and participated in the 1988 Olympic Trials.  Jeff coached for a Minneapolis USS club for 3 1/2 years during college, then went on to pursue his engineering career.  He and his wife Sally work in the aerospace field in Albuquerque.  Their two daughters, Emily and Jessica, are currently swimming with KAC.