A University of California, Berkeley graduate, Helen competed at the National level qualifying for the Olympic Trials. Helen was recruited by Coach Teri Mckeever and earned a scholarship to swim for the University of California, Berkeley. She was the first signed recruit under Coach Mckeever. Under Coach McKeever, who was head coach of the 2012 U.S. women's Olympic swimming team, Helen competed for four years and was elected team captain as a senior.
When her swimming career ended so began her coaching career.
Her first head coaching position was with Cal Aquatic Masters in Berkeley. Five years later, Helen moved on to age group and high school coaching for the Piedmont Swim Team and Piedmont High School Team. Over ten years as head coach of the Piedmont Swim Team, Helen built a competitive program and increased the membership to over 100 swimmers. In 2008 Helen earned a Master’s Degree from UC Berkeley in Education and in 2011 started a summer swim school in Oakland called Helen’s Happy Swim School.
Most recently Coach Helen was featured in a national publication by USA swimming Read article detailing her swimming career and coaching career.
Coach Helen & Coach Jesus founded Albany Armada Aquatics in 2012. Coach Helen works with the Senior level group.
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A Cal State East Bay graduate, Jesus studied human development specializing in children ages 9-14.
Jesus grew up swimming and playing water polo in Southern California and has been coaching and training swimmers for over 17 years. Jesus coached with the Orinda Country Club for 12 years, there he coached the 10&under swimmers and has helped the team to 12 championship titles.
Jesus joined the coaching staff with his sister Helen Garcia at the Piedmont Swim Team and has been instrumental in developing and elevating the competitive nature of the program.
Currently, Jesus is the technical director for Orinda Park and cofounder for the Armada program. Jesus coaches the Mini Blue, Junior Group & Gold Group .
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A Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo graduate, Dan competed for 3 years earning NCAA Div II National times. During college Dan began his coaching career with a Summer league team in the Marin Swim League.
After college, Dan was the head coach of San Mateo Aquatics Club and Aragon High School Men's and Women's coach for 10 years. His swimmers earned 9 High School All American honors, 43 USS National Reportable times and 5 Junior National finalist.
Dan moved on to the business world where he still managed to coach 3 different summer league teams and from 1999 thru 2008 worked with the Berkeley High Swim team as a volunteer coach.
Dan assists with all groups.
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Tim Wisniewski, MSE, CSCS
Timothy Wisniewski has over 20 years of professional experience, with a Masters Degree in Health Education, Bachelor of Science in Exercise Physiology/ Physical Education.
Tim is nationally certified by NSCA (National Strength and Conditioning Association) as a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS), by USAWL as a USA weight lifting club coach, and by TRX suspension training systems. He has taught lifetime fitness strategies to children/ adolescents in and out of public schools for 18 years.
Whether teaching large groups or personal training one-on-one, Tim knows the importance of creating a safe, dynamic and engaging learning environment. In the corporate sector, Tim infuses this approach with companies such as Academy Award winning local Animation Studios, Kaiser Permanente, F’real Foods.
Team works with Albany Armada as our dry land trainer and works with the Junior Group & Gold Group.
Head Masters Coach, Carol Nip
A graduate of San Francisco State University in Social Science with a year in the Public Relations Graduate Program at Golden Gate University, Carol has coached over 10 years. She has developed swimmers in age group, high school, and at the masters level.
Carol swam competitively at Queens High School in Kingston, Jamaica and returned to the pool when her three children began swimming with BEAR, a local USA swim team. Her impact on the community encompassed Team Manager, Meet Director for several long course meets, Junior Group Coach and eventually became BEAR's Interim Head Coach 2009-2011. Carol's passion for swim intensified as she coached her own high school kids and their teams over a 7-year commitment at Contra Costa Christian High School in Walnut Creek.
While coaching high school, Carol swam with Walnut Creek Masters, and flourished under her mentor, Head Coach Kerry O'Brien. Throughout the phases to becoming USA-S Level III and ASCA Level III certified, she finds that "It is not the things you get, but the hearts you touch that will determine your success in your Dash." Her commitments in Walnut Creek came to a close when her kids graduated in 2012, and a new door opened in Albany.
The Albany Armada Aquatic Masters swimmers lavish success on one another with belief, "People become really quite remarkable when they start thinking they can do things" (Norman Vincent Peale). Even visitors sense a welcoming friendship from this team. This has led to amazing achievements for swimmers, far beyond their dreams. This has also led to the honor of Carol's award as 2017 Pacific Masters Coach of the Year.
Carol accepted the invitation to Head Coach the Albany High School in 2017. She will again coach the high school for yet another year.
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