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Patrick Armstrong

Head Coach/Gold and Platinum Coach

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Patrick grew up in Golden, Colorado where his high school accomplishments awarded him First-Team, Second-Team and two Honorable Mention All-Conference in League and State Competition.
 
Following high school, Patrick accepted a swim scholarship from Asbury University in Kentucky, under Head Coach Gary Kempf, where he set an individual record in the 100 yard Backstroke, and was part of setting four school records as well as earning All-American honors. Patrick was part of Asbury’s National Team in St. Louis, Missouri and Oklahoma City, Oklahoma for the 100 Backstroke, 100 Butterfly, and 200 Backstroke; in addition to several relay teams. 
 
Beyond the college stage, Patrick went on to compete in national events with United States Swimming in Mt. Hood, Oregon and qualified for the 2012 International Grand Prix Meet in Santa Clara, California in the 100 Backstroke. Between his 2012 collegiate season, Patrick competed in Omaha, Nebraska for the 2012 Master's National Meet where he became the current CMS long course record holder for the 100 Backstroke in the 18-24 age group; as well as earning All-American Honors.
 
While in pursuit of his Olympic Trials qualification, Patrick’s right shoulder required surgery, interrupting his Olympic Trials bid and bringing his collegiate career to an end.  Patrick sees his surgery as a cornerstone in his life igniting a passion to provide young athletes with technique training to help them swim smarter and more efficiently while preserving the health of their bodies. Patrick also recently worked for SwimLabs Orange County where he worked with athletes from Nova Swim Club, Mission Viejo Nadadores, and AZOT Swim Club. 

 

Mark Barr

Silver Level Coach

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Mark is the Silver group coach.  He has many years of experience in coaching swimming.  Mark is an easy-going, fun-loving coach and yet he is serious in trianing his swimmers.  He has trained novice swimmers to JO level.  Besides coaching Sea Tigers, he is also a San Marino High School Girl's water polo and swim team coach.

Sydney Kanne

Bronze and Bronze+ Level Coach

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Sydney is from Duarte, California and currently lives in Whittier, California. She swam for the club team MAX for nine years during which she also swam for Maranatha High School. She went on to swim at Whittier College as a distance swimmer, where she received the Team All-American Academic Award all four years with her fellow swimmers. Sydney currently participates in Triathlons and swims for a local master’s program for swimming. 

Sydney has coached several different ages and skill levels in the search of providing a sense of enjoyment and passion for the sport. For Sydney, learning and perfecting the technics of each stroke is the first step in getting stronger and faster in the sport. She hopes that she can provide a sense of determination and a love for competing in her swimmers.

Simon Burnett

Consultant and Affiliate

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Simon was born in Oxford, UK and quickly joined a local swimming club. In his late teens, Simon represented Great Britain several times on national junior teams.

At 19, Simon moved to the US to attend the University of Arizona and swim with head coach Frank Busch. While at Arizona Simon won 3 NCAA titles in the 200 freestyle and set an NCAA and US Open record in that event with a time of 1:31.20. Simon captained the Arizona team to a second place finish at the 2006 NCAA championships where he was a member of 3 national championship winning relay teams.
 
Throughout college and beyond, Simon continued to represent Great Britain at the international level competing in 3 Olympic Games, 4 world championships and 3 Commonwealth Games. Simon appeared in 4 Olympic finals including a 7th place finish in the 200 Freestyle and a 4th place finish in the 4x200 freestyle relay at the 2004 Athens Games. In 2006 Simon was ranked number 1 in the world in the long course 100m freestyle after winning that event at the Commonwealth Games that year.

After retiring from international competition Simon moved to Pasadena and started coaching with Maranatha High School. Shortly thereafter Simon and his wife Whitney started a private swim coaching business called L.A. BOSS Club. In 2015 Simon coached for one year as assistant at the University of the Pacific in Stockton, California before returning this summer to Pasadena and resuming coaching with L.A. BOSS Club.

Simon has started working with South Pasadena Sea Tigers on an interim basis, so he can expand on his knowledge and his expertise when working with developing athletes, while using his technical experience.