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

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Coaching Staff

Richard Thornton

Head Coach

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  • SRVA Senior Group Coach
  • Head Coach SRVA since 1984
  • Over 22 years coaching experience
  • BS Physical Education, U.C. Berkeley, MS St. Mary's
  • Member of 1980 US Olympic Team
  • American Swim Coaches Assn Award of Excellence 1988-1994
  • 1997 Pacific Swimming Coach of the Year
  • Nominated Pacific Swimming Coach of Year 1994-2000
  • Asst. Coach USA National Junior Team Paris France 1994
  • Asst. Coach USA National Team Furuoka, Japan 1997
  • Head Coach USA World Championship Team 1995 Rio De Janerio , Brazil
  • Coached: Olympic Finalists, World Championship Finalists, European Championship Finalists, NCAA All-Americans, World Record Holder

 


Paschalis Ntatsos

Age Group Coach

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Coaching Career
  • Certified from the American Swimming Coaches Association (ASCA) as a level 5 senior coach (the highest level representing the top 3% in the nation).
  • Over 12 years coaching experience. Managed teams of 500 plus swimmers from 4 years-old to senior international levels.
  • Age Group Coach SRVA since 2006.
  • Work Out Trainer - Hellenic Police Academy - Athens, Greece. (2002-2005)
  • Partnered with Zoltan Kollar, voted Hungary’s Coach of the Year 1994 through 1998 and developed specialized programs for elite athletes enhancing their technique to achieve international status. (2004-2005)
  • Head Coach of Senior Level Team - Panellinios Athletic Club. Athens, Greece. (2001-2004)
  • As a Head Coach achieved 1st place in the team standings for Panellinios Athletic Club in the National Championship, scoring the highest for all age groups. (2003 & 2004)
  • Professor of Swimming Practice and Theory-Private Institution of Education (TORCH) - Athens, Greece. (2001-2003)
  • Head Age Group Coach Panellinios Athletic Club- Athens, Greece. (1999-2001)
  • Bachelor of Arts in Physical Education and Sport Science. Major in swimming. University of Athens, Greece (1999)
 
Swimming Career
  • Member of the Greek National team, 23-year swimmer, 10 plus times National Gold Medalist.
  • Gold Medalist, National Championships, Athens, Greece (1989 - 2000)
  • 8th place 4 x 100 Medley Relay - World Championship - Athens, Greece (2000)
  • Gold Medalist in Balkan Championship –Individual and relay events (1992, 1994, 1996, 1998)
  • National Record Holder of Greece - 100 Free, 200 Free, Seniors. (1996-1999)
  • Gold Medalist in 200 Free, Silver 100 Free, Military World Championship - St Petersburg, Russia (1995)
  • Silver Medalist 4x200 Free & 8thplace 100m Free, Mediterranean Championship - Bari, Italy (1997)
  • Hellenic National Swimmer of the Year, Greece (1996)

 


 

Larry Baeder

Age Group Coach

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SRVA Pre-Senior and Age Group 1
Coach Larry has 10 years experience as a swim coach.  He Graduated from University of Wisconsin with a BS in Computer Science and Film. 
His coaching experience includes:
  • 2002-2006  Head Coach at McFarland High School (Top 4 team finish each year and many NISCA All Americans).
  • 2006-2009 Asst. Coach at UCSC, in charge of Brst. and IM (NCAA All Americans), as well as Santa Cruz Masters and Pre-Seniors at Cabrillo Threshers.
  • 2009-2010 Senior Asst. at Santa Clara Swim Club
  • 2010-2011  Head Coach at La Crosse YMCA where they finished 4th as a team in the state of Wisconsin.
 

Audra Grundy

Novice Groups' Coach

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  • AA Degree, Cuesta College
  • Southern California Junior College Swimming Champion
  • Coaching experience at High School and Recreation League levels

 


Andy Wedaman

Senior Development/Varsity Coach

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Coach Andy is an ASCA level 4 coach who led the Vacaville Swim Club as Head Coach from 1988 to 2011. He then continued as the Head Age Group Coach through 2014.

Coach Andy grew up in Memphis, Tennessee and swam there as a youth. He was greatly influenced by the coach at the University of Memphis, Dick Fadgent.  After college he coached at the West Seattle YMCA while also working at Boeing Aerospace as an engineer. Coach Andy then went into coaching full time by moving to Texas to work with the world-record-producing coach Jack Simon before coming to Vacaville Swim Club.

Coaching Philosophy

Coach Andy’s coaching philosophy involves getting the swimmers to challenge themselves and to mature from the challenge.  He likes them to learn to be comfortable being uncomfortable.

Coach Andy likes using swimming as the vehicle to learning life’s lessons including, but not limited to, having respect for one another, integrity, discipline, and presentation of self. He wants the swimmers to always set high standards and have high expectations.

Accomplishments

  • Graduate University of Memphis with Engineering Degree?
  • Masters level work in Biomechanics and Physiology?
  • Coach at numerous All-Star and Altitude Camps at the Olympic Training Center?
  • Served on Sierra Nevada Swimming LSC Board for 12 years?
  • Climbed both Mt.Rainier and Mt. Shasta?
  • Eagle Scout