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!
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 - Bronze 1-2-3
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.
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.
Deanna M Ayers
Deanna's been coaching for Santa Maria Swim Club since 2003.
Valerie Nicole Wilson
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