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 administrative, such as dues, safety, or policy issues, please contact one of the board members.

Coaching Staff

Marshall W Dortch

Head Coach


Ala-Gators Senior group coach - 2000-present

Ala-Gators Head Age group coach - 1997-2000

Attended Kansas University - 1994-1997

Member of Kansas University Swim team - 1994-1997

Member of SRVLA  senior group - 1992-1994

Member of Kansas City Blazers swim team - 1986-1992

13 years of coaching experience

14 years of competitve swimming experience

 Top 50 in the nation in 200 fly as a freshman at Kansas

Two time Senior National qualifier

Junior National Champion  '94- 200 IM

High school All-American '94 - 200 IM

NCS Champion '94 - 100 Butterfly

Have coached two sectional swimmers and mutiple Far Western swimmers

Two time Zone 2  All-Star coach

I love the sport of swimming. I Have been involved with club swim teams since I was six years old.  I respect all the parts that make a swim team whole.  I feel like swimming gave me many oppurtunities and opened many doors career wise for me.  Since my last day of competing, I felt it was my obligation to give back to the sport that taught me so much.  I owe all the coaches I was lucky enough to swim for  (Richard Thornton- SRVLA,  Peter D. Malone- Kansas City Blazers,  Gary Kempf- Kansas Swim Team) a big debt of gratitude.  These coaches as well as Steve Morsilli of PLS, all taught me about the art of swimming as well as how it translates into everyday life. I spend my early mornings and late afternoons preaching these same things and more to my swimmers.

In my spare time I enjoy spending as much time as possible with my wife Monica and sons Zachary and Cody. Long walks in the evening and trips to the park are a daily routine.  I also enjoy being around the coaches on my staff, they are my family and such an important part of my life.

Bret Garvine

Head Age Group Coach


     I am entering my seventh year as a coach for the Ala-Gators, and have been loving every second of it.  My coaching philosophy is to have the kids always strive for their best.  This will not only yield good results in the pool but life-long lessons as well.  Knowing you gave it your all is a great feeling, and is more important than any blue ribbon.

     I have recently completed my B.A. In Environmental Studies from Cal State East Bay (Go Pioneers!).  I'm still waiting for the perfect job (one that allows me to keep coaching!).  In my free time I love to do anything outdoors, but especially on the ocean.  On any given day you can find me surfing, stand-up paddleboarding, hiking, or backpacking.  My loving and wonderful girlfriend Tanya accompanies me on many of these trips.

     If there was one thing I wanted my swimmers or parents to know is that I like to be asked questions.  A swimmer should know exactly what they are trying to do in any given pool situation.  If you don't know or understand, ask!

Neal Hamilton

Elite Senior Coach


2011-Present- Alameda Gators Age Group Coach

2010-Present- Bishop O’ Dowd High School Water Polo and Swim Coach

2010- Completed a B.A. in Kinesiology: Health and Human Performance at St. Mary’s College of California

2009-2011- Thunderbolt Aquatics Head Coach

2008- Qualified for Olympic Trials in the 400 Individual Medley

2008- Mountain West Conference Champion in the 400 Individual Medley

2006-2008- Attended Brigham Young University and was a member of the  Swim Team

2004-2006- Attended Chabot College  and was a member of the Swim Team

2004- High School All-American

I am a long time member of the Alameda swimming community. Growing up in Alameda, I swam for both competitive swim teams in my youth from the age of 6 until I graduated from Alameda high school in 2004. I have been coaching since 2009 both as an assistant and head coach. As the head coach of Thunderbolt Aquatics in Hayward, I coached 3 swimmers to the sectional level as well as finalists at NCS Championships. Thunderbolt Aquatics was a small senior team of only 12 swimmers and I had a desire to work with more athletes. This led me to accepting an assistant position with the Alameda Gators, giving me an opportunity to learn from a more experienced coaching staff as well as work with a much larger number of swimmers. As an assistant with the Gators, I work closely with Coach Marshall on teaching swimmers proper stroke mechanics and race strategy. 

I am grateful for everything this sport has taught me. I was privileged to learn from several great coaches as a swimmer (Terry Flock, Greg Kubicki, Tim Powers) and now as a coach I have learned a great deal from Coach Marshall. The Gators have been home to me going on four years now and I am honored to be a part of such a great team.

Jared Thompson

Age Group Coach


I began my experience with swimming when I joined the Gators at age 8, where I spent 10 years working my way through the groups. When I entered high school, I swam for their swim team as well as played on the Water polo team. For those four years I was under the guidance of coach Marshall and absorbed much of what I know from him, and use many of his coaching techniques with the athletes I work with.

I am currently in my fourth year at San Jose State University, focusing on psychology. Even with my daily commute I find time to do what I enjoy. Besides sleeping and eating, I love the game of water polo, and play whenever I get the chance. I am even a coach on the Alameda water polo club team, where I can share my knowledge with the many age group athletes.

I consider this team a family and do what I can to keep my swimmers happy and make sure they have fun at every practice.

Ariel Pun

Age Group Coach


I am a recent graduate of Alameda High School and started coaching with the Gators in 2014. In my four years at AHS I competed as both a swimmer and a water polo player. Coached by both Leslie and Marshall I quickly fell in love with water sports. Over the course of four years not only have I learned what it takes to be a successful athlete but also everything that comes with being on a team. I want my swimmers to both enjoy the time they spend at practice but also create friendships with their teammates that will they take beyond the pool.  

Currently I am a student at Cal State East Bay and majoring in Kinesiology. I balance commuting to school four days a week and going to work on a regular basis. Besides this I enjoy playing water polo in my free time and spending time with friends and family. If there are any other questions please come and talk to me! I am more than happy to answer to the best of my ability and would love to get to know all my swimmers.

Benjamin Ingram


Board of Directors

Marshall W Dortch

Head Coach


Melissa Devereaux



Melanie Martin del Campo

Vice President


Neil Cochrane



Kathryn Boyle

General Director


Sabrina Britton

General Director


Christie Fanton

Membership Co-Director


Fahima Arghandiwal

Events Co-Director


Alba Barber

Commuications Director