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Coaching Staff

John Bitter

CEO/Head Coach

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Over the course of his 24 years in the coaching profession, John Bitter has had the opportunity to train, develop, and establish swimmers and programs throughout the United States.  John came to SCSC in September of 1995 as the Associate Head Coach, under the Dick Jochums.  Working with Jochums, SCSC went on to win two National tiles for Men and one national title combined.  Besides this, SCSC placed Tom Wilkens on the USA Olympic Team in 2000.  Tom went on to win a bronze medal in the 200 IM.

Following the retirement of Jochums in December of 2006, John was elevated to the position of Head Coach of Santa Clara Swim Club.  In this position, the club has seen tremendous growth in terms of both performance and number of swimmers and programs offered to the swimming community.  In September of 2009, John was also given the title of CEO of the organization and today he heads a swim program that has diversified itself into Adult Fitness, Competitive, Developmental, and Learn-to-Swim programming. 

As a coach, John accomplishments have been numerous.  He has been a an Assistant Coach for the USA Swimming Junior Pan-Pac team in 2010, a two-time USA Swimming Select Camp coach, a USA Swimming Zone Development Camp Coach.  John also currently serves as the General Chair for Pacific Swimming.  John’s swimmers have produce multiple National, Junior, and Olympic qualifiers and he has had many of his former swimmers go on to compete in college at such schools as University of Georgia, University of Virginia, Rice University, Indiana University-Bloomington, UC Santa Barbara, UC San Diego, UC Davis, University of Arizona, University of Minnesota, University of Hawaii, just to name a few.  The biggest joy John receives as a coach is when one of his swimmers is given the opportunity to continue his or her swimming at the college level, while also receiving their degree.  Besides his work on the club level, John has also had success as a college coach, having trained the 1989 NCAA Champion in the Men’s 1650 Free.

 As a swimmer, John swam for Jim Tynan at Sugar Creek Swim Club in St. Louis, then for Martha Tillman at Washington University in St. Louis. Transferring after his sophomore year, John went on to swim for Dick Jochums at the University of Arizona.  John was team captain his senior year.  John received his B.A. in History from the University of Arizona and has done masters work in Sports Management at the University of San Francisco.

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Dave Meck

Competitive Manager/Coach

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Past Swimming Experience/ Past Coaching Experience:  Dave has a long history with SCSC starting as an age group swimmer here in 1982-1992.  He represented Santa Clara at 12 National Championships and 1 Olympic Trials.  During this time he was a CCS +NCAA All American as well as a finalist for SCSC at several National Championships.  In Dave’s final competitive season with the club, he won the Men’s National Championship.  He also has over 10 years of high school coaching experience having served as Head Coach at Prospect & Westmont High Schools.

Goals for your career:  To maintain the excellence of SCSC.

Coaching  philosophy:  To coach athletes to become the best swimmers that they can be no matter the ability level.

Personal Fact of  Interest: I am married with 3 beautiful daughters.  I like to still swim in my spare time and travel to Kauai to relax when ever possible.

Favorite quote that reflects your values as a coach:  No deposit, No return & Swim fast have a blast

Allison Beebe

High Performance Coach

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Allison comes to SCSC after spending nine years with the First Colony Swim Team, located in Houston, Texas. She was the Head Age Group coach for two years and the Head Coach for seven years. When she started at FCST, the team was under 150 swimmers and had one NCSA Junior National qualifier. Over the nine years at FCST, Allison coached three National Team Members, six swimmers ranked in the Top 100 in the world, six National Jr. Team Members, two National champions, and dozens of nationally ranked age group and senior swimmers. FCST swimmers broke American (individual), National Age Group (individual and relay), state, and LSC records. In 2010, FCST won USA Swimming’s Winter Junior Nationals and in 2013, FCST won the inaugural NASA Junior National Championship Cup. While at FCST, 9 of Allison’s swimmers qualified for the Olympic Trials, with one swimmer being first alternate for the 2008 10K US Olympic Team, and another swimmer winning gold in the 100 free at the 2016 Olympic Games. 

Before moving to First Colony, Allison was the Head Age Group coach of the City of Mobile Swim Association, which was the team on which Allison grew up swimming. She was twice voted Southeastern Age Group coach of the year by her peers, and she had numerous LSC record breakers and nationally ranked swimmers.

Allison has been on numerous international staffs including the 2012 Junior Pan Pacific staff, 2012 NCSA All Star Competition in Japan (Head Coach), and the 2013 Duel in the Pool. Allison has also been selected to serve on several USA Swimming camps including the 2008 Southern Zone Select Camp (assistant coach), 2009 Western Zone Select Camp (head coach), 2010 National Select Camp (assistant coach), 2011 National Select Camp (head coach), and 2013 National Junior Team Camp (assistant coach).

Throughout her coaching career, Allison has had swimmers qualify for the US Olympic Trials in every event offered.  Over 60 of her swimmers have gone on to compete at the collegiate level. She was voted Gulf Senior Coach of the Year by her peers in 2010, 2011, 2013, and 2014, and she was voted Southeastern Age Group Coach of the Year in 2003 and 2004. She is an ASCA Level V coach.

In addition to her time on deck, Allison is on the International Swim Coaches Association board, a member of USA Swimming’s Senior Committee, and volunteers on numerous USA Swimming Task Forces.  Allison grew up in Mobile, Alabama and attended Davidson College, a NCAA Division I school where she swam for four years and earned her BA in History. In her spare time, Allison likes to read, fish, spend time with her friends, and watch Alabama football. 

Brad Meacham

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Brad Meacham, Lead Coach of Performance Prep, has been involved with USA Swimming for more than 30 years. Coach Brad grew up and swam locally. He was a member of San Jose Aquatics where he trained under legendary Jonty Skinner for about five years.  He won the 200 IM at CCS and Short Course Junior Nationals in 1984.  He swam at the Senior National level for three years qualifying in the 400 IM, 200 IM and occasionally the 200 fly.  In 1986, SJA won the long course National Championships.

In 2005, Coach Brad decided to get back into the water and swim Masters.  He swam five to six times a week and in 2007 he won three national titles at Masters National and broke a Masters Pacswim record in the 100IM.

Before coming to SCSC, Brad was the Head Coach at SUNN Swimming.  During his years as Head Coach USA Swimming reported SUNN’s retention rate at more than 10% above the national average.  This was quite a feat given the large surrounding programs within a very close proximity. Coach Brad has coached swimmers in all levels from JOs through winter and summer juniors as well as Olympic trials with many swimmers achieving pacific swimming records covering all four strokes ranging from the 50 to the 1500.

Coach Brad will always have a passion for the sport of swimming and looks forward to many more years training SCSC swimmers to their fullest potential.

 

 

Lubov Pohilenco

Lead Coach Gold Girls Group

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Past Swimming Experience/ Past Coaching Experience:  Luba was Moldova's National Team Coach. She was awarded the USSR Government Medal "For Outstanding Working Achievements" and the title "Honored Coach of Moldova".  She was also a bronze medalist at 1969 USSR National Swimming Championship. 

Lubov (Luba) Pokhilenko has trained swimmers who successfully competed in the following events:
World University Games 1987 Zagreb (Silver medal, 400IM)
Goodwill Games 1990 Seattle, Washington (Bronze medal, 400IM)
European Championships 1991 Athens, Greece
European Championships 1991 Vienna, Austria
World Swimming Championships 1994 Rome, Italy
World Swimming Championships First Short Course 1994 Palm-ade, Mallorca (Silver medal, 400IM)
World Cup Events 1994 Finland, 1995 France, and 1996 Germany
US Swimming Championships 1993 1st place (200IM) and 1995 1st in 200IM and 1st in 400IM
Olympic Games 1992 Barcelona (7th place), 1996 Atlanta (8th place), and the 2000 Games in Australia

Goals of your career: My goal is to make my swimmers progress not only in swimming and participate at high level competitions , but also prepare them to progress in life.

Personal Fact of Interest: Swimming, hiking and sailing

Coaching Philosophy: To make my swimmers swim fast and have fun. Every workout counts.

Favorite quote that reflects your values as a coach: To be successful you need every time to do a little more than you can ...

Mark Taliaferro

Lead Coach Yellow Bell Group

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Coach Mark enters his second year with SCSC and his 22nd year as an ASCA Level 4 USA Swimming coach.

As an athlete, Mark was a Pacific and National Age Group Record Holder multiple times. He was a high school and collegiate All American who competed in 7 US national championships and the 1988 Olympic Trials. Additionally, Coach Mark won the 1985 Junior Nationals in the 200 Freestyle and was a 2 time National Champion who was selected to both the 1987 Olympic Festival (Silver Medal, 100 Free) and the USA National Team.

As a coach, Mark has produced nearly 150 top 16 national swimmers since 1995 including 3 National Age Group Individual records and more than 25 Pacific Records. Proudly, Coach Mark's age group swimmers have gone on to compete for many college programs including Stanford, Cal, USC, Virginia, Georgetown, Yale, Duke, and many more.

Since 1998, Coach Mark has been involved in Paralympic swimming. In that time, he has been fortunate to coach no less than 6 Paralympic athletes that have held 4 world records and more than 20 American records. Most recently, Coach Mark was the age group coach of SCSC Paralympian Joe Wise.

Coach Mark has been nominated 3 times as Pacific Swimming Age Group Coach of the Year. Mark has been married for 18 years to Marianne and they have one son who attends the University of Arizona as a rugby player and nutritional science major.

Jon Muir

Water Polo Head Coach

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Coach Muir swam under the instruction of Dick Jochums, John Bitter, and Dave Meck.  He continued his swim career at the University of Washington in Seattle.  At UW, he spent the first 3 years swimming in which he specialized in the 100 & 200 butterfly and the 200 freestyle.  Jonathan also earned Honorable Mention for Pac-10 Conference All-Academic Honors for 2 years running.  His final year at UW, Jonathan played water polo in which he contributed to the team’s success as Northwest Division champions and was awarded Most Valuable Player, 2009, Men’s Club Water polo for the region. 

Jonathan was born and raised in San Jose, California and has been active in swimming and water polo for most of his life.  Growing up he actually dreamed that he would play one day in the NBA.  Jonathan says he is a perfect example of how important it is to have a backup plan. Coach Muir has coached numerous young, aspiring stars.  When Coach Muir isn’t on the pool deck or in the water showing technique or running a drill, he is at Cisco Systems Inc. working as a Graphic and Web Designer.

“Santa Clara Swim Club Water Polo brings a fresh athletic venue to the existing world class swim organization founded in 1951. This water polo program will provide a competitive environment embraced by the coaching staff, young athletes, and parents. This new club provides yet another opportunity to extend team excellence within the community of Santa Clara.”

 

Brett Frazier

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Svetlana Cocol

Coach

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Past Swimming Experience/  Past Coaching Experience: B.A. in Physical Education. Graduated from the State University of Physical Training and Sport of Republic of Moldova. 2 year experience of working in Santa Clara Swim Club. About 15 years experience of working in Sport Specialized School of Swimming and as a coach in State University.


Goals for your career: Applying maximum effort, knowledge and experience in my work, to achieve the best results in swimming and to be a full member of the Santa Clara Swim Club.

Coaching  philosophy: Faster. Higher. Stronger.

Personal Fact of Interest: I really enjoy travelling.  

Favorite quote that reflects your values as a coach: Swimmer is a person who thinks about three things: practice, practice, practice.

Nicole (Ran) Pang

Coach

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