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Coaches & Directors

We are here to support your needs.  If your questions are related to workouts, meets, events, goal setting, and other swimming related needs, please contact one of the coaches.

For all questions related to administration, such as dues, safety, or policy issues, please contact one of the board members, or feel free to call us at (925) 247-8110.

Coaching Staff

Eddie Lee

Swim Director/Head Coach

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Eddie Lee has been involved with rec swimming for the last 25 years.  He swam locally at Gehringer Park in Concord as a child.  More recently, he has been the head coach at Club Sport Valley Vista for  seven years and for Forest Hills Swim Team for the last two years. In his years at Valley Vista, he helped improve the team from 49th in the county to 6th place overall.   Eddie has six years experience coaching high school swimming and water polo where he helped improve both programs all the way to 2nd place finishes in the section.  In addition, in 2005, he was named section NCS coach of the year for Varsity Water Polo.  He was also the assistant coach at Cuesta College in San Luis Obispo, CA where he helped lead the team to a second place finish at the state championships.  In high school, Eddie swam for De La Salle and Walnut Creek Aquabears where he was a North Coast finalist in the 100 breast, as well as an All-American in the Medley Relay.  He swam three years in college competitively for Cuesta College and Cal Poly SLO where he was an All-American breast stroker as well.  He holds his teaching credential in math, and he is currently teaching math at Dorris-Eaton in Walnut Creek.  When he is not teaching and coaching, he enjoys spending time with his wife and 2 daughters.  Eddie is very excited to join the MSC Gators.

Quinn Silberman

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Quinn has been teaching and coaching swimming since she was 14.  Growing up in Oakland, she swam for Bighop O’Dowd High School and went on to swim at Oregon State University, a PAC 10 team.  After graduating with a bachelor’s degree in biology and travelling for a bit, she returned to Oregon to coach swimming full time.  She coached Crescent Valley High School swimming for 3 years, leading their boys’ team to a 2nd place finish in the state championships.  Moving on to be age group coach for the Corvallis Aquatic Team she traveled with her swimmers to Junior and Senior Nationals.  After moving back to the Bay Area in 2000 she continued to coach in Oakland and teach private lessons.  Quinn is currently employed by the Moraga School District as a teacher’s aide.  She lives in Moraga with her husband and 2 boys.  She enjoys running on the trails with her dog, laughing with her friends, playing with her kids, and eating peanut butter (with a spoon) by herself.

Jeremy Lien

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Jeremy became a Miramonte Gator at the age of 7 when he had just learned how to swim.  He remembered how he always came in last place in every single meet but he was never discouraged because he aspired to achieve a Gold time in one of his strokes.  Year after year, Jeremy worked hard on improving his techniques by listening to his amazing coaches Daisuke Watanabe and Arya Alami (THANK YOU).  He came to all the practices and slowly but surely, his hard work paid off.  When he was 12 and 14 years old, he received the high point trophy for his age group and made it to the finals or consolations at OMPA every year since then.  His fondest memory as a Gator was fulfilling his dream of getting a Gold time not only in one stroke, but in all three of his strokes (freestyle, breaststroke, and butterfly) when he was 14.

Swimming has been, and still is a very large part of Jeremy’s life.  As a coach, he is determined to help every swimmer get faster times and learn to love swimming.  More importantly, he would LOVE to see the smile on swimmers' faces when they have reached their goal, because memories like these last a lifetime.  Jeremy strongly believes that every swimmer has the potential to be great if they listen, work hard, and follow their goals.  His advice to every Gator: Don’t be discouraged and don’t worry if you aren’t the fastest right now.  By learning the correct technique from the coaches at a young age, you will be one of the fastest swimmers at OMPA as you get older and as your body gets stronger.

Jeremy will be attending Purdue University this coming Fall, BOILER UP!  He loves basketball and is an avid fan of the Golden State Warriors.  This season will be Jeremy’s fourth year coaching at MSC and he’s very excited and can’t wait for another amazing season to start.

GO GATORS

Alicia Glidden

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Alicia started swimming with Miramonte Swim Club in 2000 at the age of 6. Miramonte has been a part of her summers ever since. Alicia remembers her first year on the team and doing the team cheer. At the end of the cheer, the coaches would lead the team in spelling out Go Gators. They would scream out each letter so loudly to the point that Alicia couldn't even understand them. Unable to spell yet, but still wanting to participate in the cheer, Alicia would scream out random letters.

Alicia is entering her second year at UC Davis. She is excited to come back to coach again this summer.

Go Gators!

Kelly Noah

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Kelly swam with the gators from age 7 to 13, and she has been coaching at Miramonte for 5 years now.  She swam with the Orinda Aquatics year-round team for 5 years and the Miramonte High School varsity swim team for 4 years.  During her senior year, she was a co-captain for Miramonte.  Kelly will be a sophomore at UC Santa Barbara in the fall studying biology in UCSB's College of Creative Studies.  At school, Kelly plays intramural innertube water polo and ultimate frisbee, dances, practices yoga, surfs, and hikes. The recreation center's pool is her favorite place to go after a long week of studying.

Kelly always looks forward to coaching the gators during the summer and is excited for another fantastic season.

Go Gators!

Steven Zhou

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Steven, although having not been a part of Miramonte for very long (4-5 years), has grown in the short time to love the family spirit of the Gators.  Each summer has provided a different set of memories, from the ever fluctuating team cheer one year, to the well anticipated coaches video, the surprise end of year coaches gifts, the continued spirit despite many losses... As a junior coach, Steven hopes to spread and strengthen the team bond that the Gators have, in addition to training and installing the swim spirit in new swimmers.  Steven is currently entering his junior year at Miramonte High School.

Brian Lien

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Brian joined the Miramonte gators in 2000 at the age of 5. At the time he was only able to swim a few feet. With the help and encouragement of then junior coach Arya Alami and other great coaches Brian worked hard and was able to swim across the entire pool for the very first time at Orinda Park Pool. He has been a proud gator ever since.
           
Brain’s favorite stroke is breaststroke. His favorite gator memories were when he placed 5th in the fifty breaststroke as a 14 year old at the OMPA and last year when he received the perpetual workhorse award.
           
Brian came off of a successful swim season this past spring with the Campolindo Cougars and will be entering his junior year this coming fall.
           
Beginning his second year of coaching, Brian looks forward to helping every swimmer achieve their goals and improve their times, all while learning to love the sport. He can’t wait for his 12th fun filled season with MSC.
 
Go Gators!

Kelly Kortright

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Kelly started swimming at the age of 4. She joined the Miramonte Swim Club 9 years ago and says this is the best team she has ever been part of.  Kelly is looking forward to her 4th summer of coaching.  Kelly swam on the Miramonte high school team as a freshman and sophomore.  Her favorite strokes are freestyle and backstroke.  She is currently finishing her senior year at Miramonte, and is looking forward to studying psychology at San Diego State University next fall.  Kelly can’t wait for another fun summer at MSC!  Go Gators!

Megan K Liang

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Megan has been with the team since she was 7 years old.ý She left to swim with Orinda Aquatics at age 13, currently in her third year.ý Megan has wanted to come back to MSC as a coach and loves being a part of MSC.ý She is looking forward to an exciting summer of coaching.ý Meganýs favorite stroke is freestyle.ý Her favorite memory of being a Gator was at the age of 10 when she got on the 9-10 medley relay as the backstroke leg for the first time at OMPA.

Megan will be starting her junior year at Campolindo High School in the fall.ý She had just finished her second season of junior varsity swimming and will continue to swim with the Cougars next season.ý Megan enjoys eating a lot of different foods, especially chocolate ice-cream.

GO GATORS!!!

Stefani M Henderson

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Stefani swam for many teams since she started swimming at age 6, and joined Miramonte at age 13. She enjoys every minute she spends with the Gators, and falls more in love with the team every day. She has had many amazing and inspiring coaches over the years, and hopes to become just like them and help lead Miramonte to the top! Stefani started Campolindo swim team and water polo Freshman year, and plans to excel in both until Senior year, and become the top 15-18 butterflyer. A few of her favorite MSC memories were her butterfly race in OMPA 2010, when she dropped 3 or 4 seconds, Date Night 2010, and the numerous after-swim meet parties with the Gators! Outside of her life with the Gators, Stefani enjoys hanging out with her friends and family, watching geeky movies like Lord of the Rings, and volunteering at the Lindsay Wildlife Museum. You might also find her climbing trees, doing some animal activism, or eating her yummy vegan food! I’m ready, MSC, let’s do this! GO GATORS!!

Dylan Fara

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Maggie Clifford

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Maggie has been swimming with the Miramonte Gators since she was nine years old.  She has enjoyed being a part of the team and looks forward to swimming each and every summer.  Maggie has always looked up to her coaches and her goal has always been to follow in their footsteps.  She loves working with kids and is looking forward to her first year of junior coach this summer.  Maggie sees herself coaching the Gators throughout high school and during the summer when she’s is home from college.  Her love for the water has lead her down a path that includes Miramonte High School swimming and water polo along with club polo.  Maggie is a very dedicated swimmer and her favorite stroke is freestyle.  Her best memory as a Gator was at one of the shave downs Coach Natalie baked a birthday cake for Maggie and smashed it in her face, a moment she’ll never forget.  She knew that the Gators were her summer family from then on.  CHOMP! CHOMP!

Catrina Kolm

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Cat started swimming with Miramonte Swim Club when she was 11, in the summer transitioning into sixth grade.  She was the new kid, having just moved to California, and was hesitant to join a team where she knew no one.  She soon, however, was overwhelmed by the family spirit and has been a loyal Gator ever since. She loves MSC and looks forward to the summer each month of the year so she can swim with such a great team.  Her favorite event is IM, but her favorite stroke is either butterfly or backstroke.  Out of all the memories from MSC, her favorite would have to be when, last year, she swam IM weeks into the season after only swimming it once in time trials, and ended up dropping seven seconds.

Other than swimming, Cat plays water polo in the fall and is considering doing crew in her sophomore year of high school.  Her favorite school subject is science and English, and she spends her free time drawing, reading and writing stories.  She is excited to be surrounded by other loyal Gators and knows that this season is going to be amazing.

 

GO MSC!!!

Laura Hurd

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Laura has been swimming in the OMPA for fourteen years.  She joined Miramonte Swim Club at the age of 11 and has many wonderful memories.  Her favorite moments have been socials, especially bowling with Dice and the 13 and up sleepover, winning high point at Sleepy Hollow B, and getting the workhorse and most improved awards last summer.  Laura swam for Campolindo High School for four years.  Her favorite strokes are backstroke and butterfly.  This is Laura's third year coaching and she is looking forward to a great season!

Kevin Peng

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Kevin first joined MSC in 2004, when he was eight years old.  Since then he's looked forward to every summer with the gators.  As a coach, he strives to help each swimmer improve to their best.  Kevin swam for Campolindo High School for four years.  His favorite swimming memory was when he first achieved a gold time in 2008. When out of the pool, Kevin can be found programming his computer or doing other stuff.

Natalie Kolm

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Colette Melissa Wright

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Amanda Josephine Ratcliff

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Nick D Tran

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Ania Kossakowski

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Sara Motamenzadeh

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Sara started swimming on MSC as an 8 year old, and it has been her favorite sport since!  She comes to almost every practice determined to get better!  She has won most improved more than three times and Sara always looks forward to the summer because of Miramonte Swim Club!  Sara's top two favorite strokes are butterfly and freestyle and she loves the joy of dropping her times that seemed nearly impossible to drop.  Sara always has a smile on her face and lightens the mood in any situation!  She also does Campolindo Swimming and will be a sophomore next year.  Outside of the pool she enjoys riding her bike, and art!  Go Gators!  Chomp chomp!