Head Coach / Owner
Adam’s coaching career has included
stops at UC Riverside, St. Monica’s High, Crespi High, Chabot
Community College, Santa Monica College and the Palisades-Malibu
YMCA. Adam has coached numerous Senior, Junior and YMCA National
swimming qualifiers. Coach Adam was named the 2012 LA City Water
Polo Coach of the Year while leading Palisades High School to the
LA City CIF tiltle. Adam swam and played water polo at Santa
Monica High and then later at UC Riverside where he graduated with
a BA in History.
Head Coach Swimming
Mike is a ASCA level 4 coach in his first year at Westside
Westside, Coach Mike had been at Canyons Aquatic Club in Santa
Clarita since 2001 working with the senior level swimmers. During
that time, he also had a 5 year stint as the Head Coach of Valencia
High School which culminated in the team's 25th (boys) and and 31st
(girls) places nationally. Prior to joining Canyons Mike coached at
Riverton Aquatic Team and was the Head Coach at Riverton High
School in Wyoming where he was selected as the North 4A Coach Of
The Year. Before coaching, Mike was also a collegiate swimmer at
the University of Wyoming 1988-1991, and swam in high school at
Throughout his career,
Mike has an unparalleled record in advancing swimmer to their next
level of competition.. Swimmers under Mike's guidance have achieved
Junior National, National, and Olympic Trial qualifing time
standards. Mike has also been part of the North American Challenge
Cup coaching staff for the 2008 and 2007 seasons as well as Pacific
Coast All Star Coaching Staff and Southern California Zone Coaching
Staff. Mike has been invited to travel as a "host" coach to the
Olympic training center with his athletes for both the Diversity
Select Camp and the Junior National Select Camp.
Mohammad Amin Khadembashi
Salaam( Farsi for Hello.. =D)!!
Originally from Tehran, Iran. Moved to LA almost 11 years ago on
July 4th! I learned to swim on the shores of the Caspian
Sea, and fell in love with it ever since. As swimming was not a
huge sport in Iran, I did not grow up swimming competitively but
fell in love with the sport in 2005 at the Santa Monica YMCA. I
have been coaching for 6 years now and have coached swimmers from
Novice level to JO qualifiers, College swimmers, and Masters
swimmers within my program at the Y. I have also had the pleasure
of woking with USA and YMCA National qualifiers.
I am currently an ASCA Level 2 coach, and would love to take
some of my swimmers to the Olympics one day. The joy that I have
found in coaching, cannot be found anywhere else for me and I do my
best to transfer this joy to swimmers at every single
practice. I believe that every athlete can reach their
potential through hard work and goal setting, and have pushed and
challenged all my swimmers to do so in their personal lives and in
My favorite sport of all time is soccer and swimming is a
very close second. =D
Water Polo Coach
Head Age Group Coach - Swimming
Originally from Phoenix,
Arizona, my passion for swimming began at age 9 when I joined my
local club team, Desert Aquatics, to stay cool during the
summertime. I continued to swim year-round for Desert Aquatics
through high school, where I was an All-American and State Champion
team member. It was during high school that I began coaching the 8
and Under group for my club team and really found coaching and
helping others personally rewarding.
After high school
graduation, I moved to Los Angeles in search of a milder climate,
attending Loyola Marymount University. I competed all four years at
LMU under Bonnie Adair and Clay Evans, and was captain my last two
years. During college, I worked for a novice swim lesson program,
Aqua Pro Aquatics, run by my coaches Bonnie and Clay. After
graduating with a degree in English, I stayed in Los Angeles and
began coaching for Team Santa Monica in 2005 (in addition to
running the Aqua Pro program). As Head Age Group Coach for Team
Santa Monica from 2006-2010, I coached numerous nationally ranked
12 and under swimmers (including a number one ranking). I also
represented Southern California Swimming as the 11-12 girl’s
coach at the North American Challenge Cup (NACC) meet for 3 years
(06-09). In addition, I coached master’s swimming at UCLA and
Southern California Aquatics during my time in Los Angeles. I enjoy
swimming masters, yoga, and cooking in my free time.
Coach - Swimming
Born and raised in Los Angeles, Lani Fu joined Westside Aquatics
as a teenager to compliment her tennis skills. Soon she fell in
love with the sport of swimming and her caring, fun-loving nature
emerged, which led her to begin teaching swim lessons with Westside
Aquatics in 2009. Lani's ability to get along well with children
combined with her high level of expectations for her swimmers has
made her transition into both a swim team coach and a director of
swim lessons for Westside Aquatics an easy one. She is currently a
Political Science major at UCLA.
Coach - Swimming
Coach Eric hails from La Crescenta, CA. He attended
Crescenta Valley High School, where he lettered in three sports
(swimming, water polo, baseball) and was a member of the 1993 CIF
Division II Swimming championship team.
Eric has been coaching swimmers for 12 years at various levels,
including Masters, High School, Middle School and Age Group.
He has extensive coaching experience at the club level with the
Palisades/Malibu YMCA, the Santa Monica YMCA, and the
Crescenta-Canada YMCA. His Pacific Palisades roots run deep,
as he coached at Pali High in 2004 and is currently an assistant
coach at St. Matthew's Parish School. He also serves the
community as a lifeguard at the Maggie Gilbert Aquatic
Center. This is Eric's second stint as a member of the
Westside Aquatics coaching staff.
Coach - Swimming
Coach Sofya was born in Moscow, Russia and moved to Los Angeles
as a toddler. After her first swimming lesson at the age of
4, Sofya was hooked. She swam for her local team in West
Hollywood through her freshman year of high school, after which she
swam for the Varsity Girls team at Palisades Charter High School,
going on to help the girls place top 3 at CIF all four years.
She swam for Westside Aquatics under Coach Adam during this time as
well. At the University of California Berkeley, Sofya
continued her love of the sport by swimming with Cal Masters Swim
Team. She has been teaching swimming lessons with Westside
Aquatics and in Berkeley for many years, and is excited to make the
transition to coaching.
Born and raised in Tehran, Iran, I moved to the US in 2003 at
the age of 11. Prior to moving here I was playing soccer at school
and club level and was named the best goalkeeper in the city. At
that time my only involvement with swimming was knowing basic
swimming skills and swimming in the Caspian Sea. After moving to
the States my main focus was to learn the language and do well in
school. I was at the top of my class starting in the first grade
until graduating Santa Monica High School. While attending SAMOHI I
made the Volleyball team but had to stop due to injury.
At the age of 16 I started teaching swim lessons at the Santa
Monica YMCA and soon after started coaching. Not having been a
competitive swimmer, I took various courses and clinics to be the
best in this field. Being a very competitive person, I’ve
always wanted to be the best and make those around me better. That
resulted in me becoming the Aquatics Coordinator, Swim Lessons
Supervisor, and Swim Coach at the SM YMCA. I helped grow the
lessons program from 60 swimmers to over 220 swimmers in one year.
That also helped me grow our swim team from about 35 swimmers to
120 competitive swimmers. I also increased our JO qualifiers from a
handful to over 20 swimmers.
I am currently ASCA Level 2 certified and have been coaching for
nearly 6 years. I have been fortunate to have coached different
level swimmers including novice, Age Group and Junior Olympics
qualifiers, National qualifier, College swimmers, and Masters.
Coaching is my passion and I believe there is no such thing as
“talent”. With dedication, discipline, practice, and
hard work anyone can achieve anything, and I will do my best to
have my swimmers fall in love with the sport and be motivated to do
their best, not only in swimming but in every aspect of their life.
“We are what we repeatedly do.
Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit.”
Coach - Swimming
Founder/Coach - Water Polo
Competitive swimmer from
age 7 to 18
Started playing water polo in 7th grade in Newport
Played for Corona Del Mar High school team from 1973 to 1977
1974 won CIF championship, AAAA division (highest level
at that time)
UCLA water polo 1978 to 1982(three year varsity
Played on various masters teams from 1985 to 2003
Residence: Brentwood Calif
Married for 22 years
Coach - Water Polo
Bart swam and played water polo from a young age in Minnesota.
He represented the midwest for a 14U Nat'l Junior Olympics showing.
Bart attended Dartmouth College where he swam and founded the water
polo club. He stayed to coach for a year after graduating in 1978.
While coaching the Dartmouth Water Polo players, he also coached
the Hanover age group swimmers, finished an extra BE degree, and
earned an Ivy Player honor in spring '79 club water polo. He swam
Masters in the early 80s while also training as a dancer, and
continues to play Masters water polo, having played with coaches
Dean and Kirk on the SM 'n Bay team to win the first Masters
championships in 1988.
Coach - Water Polo
I started out as a competitive swimmer at age 6. My older
brother introduced me to water polo when I was 11, but everything I
know about the fundamentals of water polo I learned from George
Gross - a Yale alumn from the mid 70's who was a 3 time Canadian
Olympic team member and was twice the Head Coach of the Canadian
Men’s National Team. He used to host our college team in
Toronto for our preseason training camp, and this is what really
transformed me into a water polo player.
After college, I
played for a club team in Chicago that used to compete at the
U.S. Winter Nationals - this is so long ago, it was before
U.S. Masters water polo even existed. Over the years, I
played for various club teams here in the U.S. and abroad. In
the mid 90's, I was a founding member, along with Coach Adam
Blakis, of a masters club here in Los Angeles that still
exists called KAOS.
Coach - Water Polo
Coach Kirk has
been playing water polo since age 10. Kirk started out as a
goalie and continued through his years at Santa Monica High School.
During his college years at Santa Monica and UCSB, Kirk was
both a starter in the goal and field earning him all league
honors. Kirk was one of the founding participants of Masters
Water Polo and a multiple All-American. He continues to
compete at this date for the Olympic Club of San Francisco in both
local and national tournaments. Coach Kirk is a two time
Maccabiah Olympian (Silver Medals) and has been fortunate to
play post collegiate international and national water polo since