Head Coach and General Manager
Mike Ashmore came to the Santa Maria Swim Club in September
1999. Since that time, the club has witnessed an explosion in
growth, not only in our numbers, but also competitively. Coach Mike
took the team from very few AA qualifiers to several Junior
National, U.S. Open, and Senior National qualifiers. Since 1999,
Mike has coached Junior National qualifiers, U.S. Open qualifiers,
Senior National qualifiers, and a Junior National Champion in the
200 Individual Medley. In 2010-11, Mike helped Josh Prenot make the
Jr Pan Pacific Games and Junior World Championships teams.
Since Coach Mike arrived in Santa Maria, SMSC has had an athlete
at Olympic Trials in 2004, 2008 and 2012. In 2012, Josh Prenot
finaled at Olympic Trials in the 200 Breast and 200 IM, breaking
the National Age Group record for the 200 Breaststroke.
Before coming to Santa Maria, Mike was the Graduate Assistant
Coach at Western Illinois University. While at Western, Mike was
responsible for the Distance and 400 IM group. Mike also assisted
in guiding the Leathernecks to two Men's Mid-Continent Conference
titles and one Southern States Conference title. On the women's
side, Mike assisted Head Coach Jerry Champer in bringing home the
first ever, Mid-Continent Conference title.
Mike also coached with the Fremont Area Swim
Team, assisting in building the club from scratch to over 300
members, while also coaching the San Ramon Royal Vista Summer Team.
Prior to this, Mike was the Head Coach of Moreau Catholic High
School where he led the Mariners, his alma mater, to three H.A.A.L
Varsity Boy's titles, two H.A.A.L Varsity Girl's titles, and two
Junior Varsity titles.
Mike swam competitively at Chabot College
(Associate degree 1991) and Whitworth College (Bachelor Arts 1995,
Sports medicine) where he was a 5-time All-American. Mike also
received a Master of Science in Exercise Physiology from Western
Illinois University (1999). Mike is a Level 4 certified member of
the American Swimming Coaches Association. Level 4 certification
places him among the top 10% of coaches in the United States.
Mike resides in Santa Maria and teaches in the Department of
Physical Education at Allan Hancock College.
Presenior Coach and Senior Assistant
Matt Brown began coaching with SMSC in 2004 and in August of
2008 he became the pre-senior group coach. Matt has been
assisting with the senior group since his arrival at SMSC
and from 2006 to 2008 he also coached the gold
group. The gold group performance was elevated to a
whole new level in the two years that Matt coached it. Prior
to his arrival at SMSC Matt was the Head Coach and CEO of North
County Aquatics in Paso Robles. While at North County
Aquatics Matt led the team to its highest ever team finish at
Junior Olympics. Matt has also been a coach at the University
of Kentucky (1998), Wilderness Trace YMCA (1998-1999), McDowell
Marlins (1999-2000), Centre College (1998-2000), and Fresno
State University (2000-2002). Matt is a three year varsity
letter winner at the University of Kentucky where he graduated in
1998 with a Bachelors Degree in Exercise Science. Matt
is a member of the American Swimming Coaches Association,
American College of Sports Medicine, and the National Strength and
Conditioning Association. Matt is an ASCA certified
Level 2 coach with education through Level 4.
Patty M Ray
Assistant Coach - Junior Group
Patty Ray coaches the Junior group and assists with the Senior
and High Performance groups at SMSC. Patty swam competitively at
both the club and high school levels (Arroyo Grande Swim Club &
AGHS.) Patty also currently swims with our Masters group.
Patty resides in Santa Maria with her husband and two
Assistant Coach - Gold Group
Steve Lougee has been with the Santa Maria Swim Club as a
parent, volunteer or coach for over 20 years. Steve currently
coaches SMSC's Gold group, helping to develop our 9-10 year olds to
the Junior Olymypic level; and beyond.
Head Novice Coach - Bronze/Silver Group
Sara currently coaches our Silver group! Sara started Varsity
Tennis at Ventura College and later became the Head Tennis
Instructor for Fresno State Bulldog Camp for kids from 1983 to
1986. Sara graduated from Fresno State with a degree in
Environmental Biology in 1985. Sara’s family started swimming
for the Santa Maria Swim Club in 1993. Later Sara joined the
Coaching Staff, taking the Bronze Group from three months per year
to a group that participates year-round. Sara has been instrumental
in developing the Novice and 8-under parts of the Santa Maria Swim
Club. Sara is a certified Water Safety Instructor with the American
Red Cross and is also certified to teach Coaches Safety Training.
Sara is also a member of the American Swimming Coaches Association
and certified Level 2. Sara has also been competing in the Master
Swim program for the last six years.
Bronze Lead Coach
Brittany is the Lead Coach for Bronze I, II and III. She works
for the Orcutt School District and has 2 children on SMSC.
Deanna M Ayers
Deanna's been coaching for Santa Maria Swim Club since 2003.
Abby M Winters
Assistant Coach - Bronze I, II, III
Coach Abby joined our Santa Maria Swim Club in 2013,
moving here from Clovis, CA. She worked at Clovis Swim Club for
over 7 years. Coaching a wide range of levels from Swim
Lessons to High School Swimming and working as an administrative
assistant in the program.
Coach Abby has graduated with a Bachelor’s
degree in Liberal Studies and received her Multiple Subject
Credential from Fresno State University. She has been teaching
within CUSD for the past two years, and recently recieved a job in
the Santa Maria Bonita School district teaching Kindergarten over
at Fairlawn Elementary. She loves her job and aspires to make a
positive impact on students lives.
Coach Abby has a love of coaching the younger swimmers and
watching them succeed at their goals. She believes in the power of
high expectations and challenging swimmers to be and do their best.
Her goal is to make a fun, safe and challenging learning
environment for swimmers of all ages. She loves to encourage
the kids to swim with proper stroke technique while having fun and
working hard. Learning to swim comes easily when you are with Coach