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Coaches & Directors

The Santa Maria Swim Club coaching staff is one of the most experienced ones on the Central Coast. All of our coaches are professional and certified by the American Swimming Coaches Association and USA Swimming. As part of the Santa Maria Swim Club coaching staff, each of our coaches attends two coaching schools per year and participates in staff meetings and in-service training to be the best they can be for your child. All Santa Maria Swim Club coaches hold a genuine love for the sport of swimming and helping the club become the best team on the Central Coast!

Coaching Staff

Mike Ashmore

Head Coach and General Manager

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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.

Matt Brown

Presenior Coach and Senior Assistant

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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

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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 children. 

Steve Lougee

Assistant Coach - Gold Group

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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.

 

Sara Lougee

Head Novice Coach - Bronze/Silver Group

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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.

Brittany Enthoven

Bronze Lead Coach

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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

Assistant Coach - Bronze I, II, III

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Deanna coaches with our Bronze I, II and III groups. Deanna has been around pools since she was 3, coaching synchronized swimming and managing pools. Deanna resides in Santa Maria with her husband and two children and currently swims with the Masters.

Abby M Winters

Assistant Coach - Bronze I, II, III

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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 Abby.

Board of Directors

Mike Ashmore

Head Coach and General Manager

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Dan Clardy

President, Board of Directors

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Heathyr J Knowles

Treasurer

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John Edds

Vice President - Equipment

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