Coaches & Directors

A list of PASA coaches, by site, can be found here: Coaching Staff

Please contact a coach from the site that you are interested in joining.

We are here to support your needs. Families with questions should contact their child's primary coach or the Head Coach at their site. If you are interested in joining PASA, please contact a coach from the site that you are interested in joining. 

Coaching Staff

Dave Zapp

Head Coach - Foothills

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Site Directors of PASA - Foothills

Dave Zapp has been the Aquatics Director at Foothills since 2000. He loves teaching kids, teenagers, adults, and anyone else interested in learning how to swim or swim faster. He is the Head coach of our summer swim team, is the coach for the Masters adult swim group, and runs the FTSC site of PASA (Palo Alto Stanford Aquatics).

He began his swimming career at age 5 for the Redwood City Recreational Summer Swim Team. He swam for the Woodside Hills Aquatics year round program throughout high school and at age 16, he received a job teaching swim lessons at Peninsula Covenant Christian Community Center through his coach. He loved swimming so much that after college, he decided to make it his career. Dave worked at Alpine Hills Tennis and Swim club as a swim instructor and coach for 5 years and was Aquatics Director for a year before coming to Foothills.

Dana Kirk

Head Coach - DKS @ Fremont Hills

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Site Directors of PASA - DKS

Head Coach Dana Kirk founded PASA-DKS, an affiliate of Palo Alto Stanford Aquatics in the fall of 2008, since that time the team has grown to over 150 swimmers ages 4-18. Dana began coaching with the Greenmeadow’s summer league team in the summer of 2006, leading them to their first championship (summer 2010) in over 25 years. Finding passion and success in coaching the sport of swimming, Dana then took her team year round, creating PASA-DKS. Over the past 5 years, she has produced many top level age group swimmers in Pacific Swimming as well as Western Zone and North American Challenge Cup qualifiers.

As a swimmer Dana grew up in Bremerton, Washington swimming for Maki Aquatics and then Tacoma Swim Club. At StanfordUniversity (2002-2006), Dana earned 17 All American nods and won 8 PAC-10 Titles swimming under coaching legend Richard Quick and current Stanford Head Coach Lea Maurer. In 2004 she qualified for the Athens Olympic Games by winning the 200 meter butterfly at Olympic Trials and finishing 9th overall at the Athens Games.

Tony Batis

Head Coach - Rinconada

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Site Directors of PASA  - Rinconada

Tony has been Head Coach for the Palo Alto Swim Club since 1992. He is only the third head coach in the club’s history. Prior to joining Palo Alto, Tony was the Head Age Group coach for Salinas Valley Aquatics which was also the club program he grew up in. He was voted Age Group Coach of the Year for Pacific Swimming in 1991 while coaching in Salinas.

As Head Coach for Palo Alto, Tony has had numerous athletes in the Top 16 nationally along with CCS Champions, Junior National Champions, Pacific Record-holders, National Finalist and Olympic Trials Finalist.  He has also placed swimmers on International teams representing USA. The program continues to thrive and will be stronger as a member of PASA.

He is a 1988 graduate of the University of Southern California, with a B.S. degree in Business Administration. He also swam at USC for four years and competed in the 1988 Olympic Trials. Tony also manages the swim department of the Palo Alto Sport Shop in downtown Palo Alto.

Joey Sementelli

Head Coach - Cardinal Site

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Site Director of PASA - Cardinal Site

Joey is the Head Coach & Owner of Palo Alto Stanford Aquatics - Cardinal site, Head National Group Coach, and the Volunteer Assistant Coach for the Stanford University Women's Swimming team. Under his guidance, the PASA-Cardinal program has been very successful. PASA has been recognized as a USA Swimming Gold Medal Club and ranks as the top club team in Northern California. 

Joey is entering his seventh year with PASA and third with the Stanford Women's team. In his first year on The Farm, the Cardinal finished second at the Pac-12 and NCAA Championships. Stanford boasted six NCAA champions and 10 All-Americans, who combined for 35 All-America honors. Sementelli worked closely with four Stanford swimmers who competed at the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. In his second year, the Cardinal finished 1st at the Pac-12 and NCAA Championships. 

Prior to coaching PASA, Joey was Head Age Group Coach and assistant National Group Coach at Shawmut Aquatic Club (now Crimson Aquatics). Shawmut was recognized as the #1 club team in the country with under 150 swimmers. In Joey's final year, Shawmut won 2 New England Championships. Joey Head Coached the Framingham Swim Team, a developmental 18 & Under program. Under his guidance, the team grew from 80 to 220 swimmers and posted a dual meet record of 76-3-1. He was also an assistant coach for the Framingham High School Varsity Team. In 2011, Joey won the Salute to Framingham Award for his outstanding service and work with youth in the community. 

Joey was recognized by the American Swimming Coaches Association as the Pacific Swimming Age Group Coach of the Year. He is actively involved in swimming governance at the local and LSC levels, and currently serves as the Pacific Swimming Age Group Chair. He is an American Swimming Coaches Association Lifetime Member.

Bruce Smith

DKS - Assistant Coach

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Bruce started his coaching career in 1983 as a sailing coach in New York.  He began his swim-coaching career in 1993 as a Stanford Masters coach.  Bruce came to Alpine Hills in May of 1994 to run the Masters Swim Team.  During his 17 years at Alpine, Bruce has worn many different hats – from Triathlon Head Coach to Summer League Head Swim Coach; from Fitness Director to Aquatics Director.  But his passion has always been coaching swimmers.  In 2006, Bruce resigned as Alpine’s Aquatics Director so he could focus all his time on coaching Alpine’s USA Swim Team.  During Bruce’s coaching career, he has helped thousands of swimmers enjoy the sport of swimming.  Former Alpine swimmers coached by Bruce have swam for or played water polo for Duke, Princeton, Brown, Tufts, Stanford, Berkeley, USC, LMU, Michigan, UCLA and Santa Barbara.  Additionally, Bruce has been the volunteer assistant coach to the Stanford Women’s Swim Team, assistant coach to the Brown University Men’s and Women’s Swim Team, and worked with Erik Vendt – 2000 & 2004 Olympic silver medallist in the 400 IM and 2008 gold medallist in the 800 Free Relay.  Bruce is an avid triathlete, having competed in the Ultraman and 8 Ironmans including the World Championships in Hawaii, but his current passion is just riding his bicycle.

Jason Martin

Head Coach - LAGCC

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Tisha Steimle

Rinconada - Age Group Coach

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Tisha was born and raised in San Jose and swam for San Jose Aquatics. She began coaching in high school as an 8 and under assistant for her summer league team.  She took her first paid coaching job in 1980 and has been active in coaching swimming ever since. After graduating from Lewis and Clark College in Oregon, she stayed in Oregon for three years coaching Oregon City Swim Club.  Desiring a return to the Bay Area, she took the Head Age Group position at Palo Alto Swim Club in 1988.  With exception of a rewarding year spent coaching at Bradford-on-Avon Swimming in England, she has been at Rinconada ever since.  Returning from England, she took over the 9-10 year old age groups in 2004.

"Teaching kids to improve their strokes, watching their confidence grow and their ability to handle new situations that get thrown at them, is what I love most about coaching.  Watching a child "get it" is what keeps me coming to the pool day after day."

During her PASC/PASA years she has coached numerous (too many to count) Nationally ranked Age group swimmers in 9-10, 11-12, and 13-14 age groups.  She has had Pacific Swimming Swimmers of the Year, Pacific Swimming Record Holders and many athletes who have made Western Zone and Pacific Swimming All Stars.  She has served on the Pacific Swimming Board of Directors and the Age Group Committee. Tisha was twice nominated as Age group Coach of the year for Pacific Swimming.

Tisha and Tony love to travel the world and have done so with many swimming connections, and Tisha loves to take photos of her travels to make it seem like majoring in Art in college was worth all the money!  Tisha loves reading, Pittsburgh Steelers, San Jose Sharks and the Olympics.  She loves Presidents' and Ryder Cup golf and Professional Cycling.

Laura Mitchell

Head Age Group Coach - Cardinal Site

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Laura begins her sixth year with Palo Alto Stanford Aquatics. She is the Head Age Group Coach & Owner of the PASA-Cardinal Site, Lead Coach of the Junior Group and the Aquatics Director at the Stanford Campus Recreation Association. Under her guidance, the age group team has improved tremendously in recent years. PASA has won multiple Zone, Junior Olympic and Far Western Championships. Laura has been the Head Coach of the SCRA Summer Rec Team since 2010. During this time, the team has improved significantly and in 2014, the SCRA summer team won 3 championships and posted their first undefeated season in 13 years.

In addition to on deck coaching, Laura is on the steering committee that organizes and hosts a Women in Coaching Clinic each year. The Women in Coaching Clinic is a conference and forum for those who think about, talk about, and are invested in the development of swimming as a sport and career for women and girls. Additionally, Laura is actively involved in swimming governance at the local level. Laura graduated from UC Davis, where she studied Organizational Sociology and Women & Gender Studies. Laura especially enjoys working at SCRA because of its close knit community and looks forward to getting to know families through the aquatics program. She is an American Swimming Coaches Association Lifetime Member.

Caleb Fenner

Head Coach - Alpine

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Coach Caleb is excited to start his second year with the Alpine site, and his first year as Head Coach! In August of 2016 I made the move to PASA from Santa Clara Swim Club where I was Club Manager and High Performance Coach from 2012-2016.

In 2012, I moved from Tucson Arizona to Santa Clara Swim Club to take over a lead coaching position. After one year, I was promoted to Club Manager and Co-High Performance Coach at SCSC. I oversaw SCSC’s 2,000 members and 130 employees made up of coaches, administrative staff, lifeguards, and facility managers. I worked with JO, Far Western, Sectional, Future, Junior National, Olympic Trial Finalists, CCS Champions, and Masters World Record Holders.

As Head Age Group Coach from 2010-2012 with Tucson Ford Aquatics, I handled many of the day to day administrative tasks needed to effectively run a large club including scheduling, communicating with parents, coordinating practice schedules and working with the coaches’board to coordinate the overall operations of the team. I spent two years as a volunteer assistant coach at the University of Arizona. I was immersed and contributed to the success of the 2010-2011 teams. I was part designing and implementing the dry land and weight training for the team as well as creating and implementing sprint workouts with highly respected sprint coach Rick Demont. Rick trained Matt Grevers, Amanda Beard, Christine Magnuson, Darian Townsend, and 15 other National Team Members and International Swimmers during my time in Tucson.

From 2008-2010, I worked with USA Swimming Master Coach Bob Gillett as an Assistant Swim/Head Age Group Coach with Golden West Swim Club in Huntington Beach California. While with GWSC I coached swimmers in the Age Group Beginner, Age Group Older and Age Group Elite training groups, and assisted Senior Elite group, which included Senior National/Olympic Trial finalist caliber athletes. I helped develop and start a new introduction to swim team program, Pathways which expand the club from 10 to 220 members. I also developed expertise in Race Analysis, Video Analysis, Remote Site Coaching, and Heart Rate Monitoring to improve athlete performance while working with Bob and GWSC.

Board of Directors

Tony Batis

PASA Site Director- Rinconada

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Dana Kirk

PASA Site Director- Fremont Hills

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Dave Zapp

PASA Site Director- Foothills

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Bruce Smith

Board of Directors

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Joey Sementelli

PASA Site Director - Cardinal

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