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Coaching Staff

Monique Shelton

Head Coach

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Bachelor of Science in Education, emphasis Phys. Ed./Exercise Physiology

Master of Science in Education, emphasis Phys. Ed./Sports Medicine

American Swim Coaches Association  - Level 4

Crossfit L1 Certified Trainer

Southern California Swimming Coaches Representative

Coach Monique joined Beach Cities Swimming in April 2013. The program had 102 kids on the roster.  From 2013 to present, the team has grown to 350+, the staff has doubled, the facilities have tripled, and the athletic accomplishments are off the charts!  Monique is on the National Junior Team Coaches list and has lifted BCS to the ranks of the 100 clubs in the USA.  Beach Cities Swimming, is recognized as a Silver Medal Club, and  looking to obtain Gold Medal Status while maintaining our mission of “Building World Class Character Through Excellence in Swimming.”

Before BCS, Monique spent seven years at Team Santa Monica, where she was a Head Site Coach, Senior Assistant, and Strength Coach for the National training group, as well as lead Age Group Coach. She has develop swimmers to compete at all levels from Junior Olympics, Sectionals, Jr. Nationals, Sr. Nationals, Open Water, US Open, Olympic Trials and Para-Olympic Trials.  Previously, held the Head Coach position at Streamline Aquatics, Head Age Group Coach for both Phoenix Swim Club and Scottsdale Aquatic Club, and has coached Division II Men’s and Women’s Swimming in Missouri and California. She brings over 35 years of coaching, teaching, and strength training experience to Beach Cities Swimming.

Monique is a firm believer that quality is more important than quantity. She strives to balance skill development with performance development because she sees this as the key to producing fast, healthy and well-rounded athletes. Physical literacy, including kinesthetic awareness, is a foundation in training at Beach Cities Swimming.

Monique has a lifelong love of sports and competition. She began her swimming career at age four with Phillip 66 Swim Club in Huntington Beach, CA, under the tutelage of Flip Darr and Don Gambril, two of America’s “Swimming Greats.”  Monique was a very accomplished multi-sport athlete: National JO’s  (now called Junior’s) All-State athlete in both basketball and track, and a College All-American in Javelin. Monique enjoys staying fit, racing outrigger canoes and always enjoys the fun of a good surf session.  The tapestry of formal educator training, personal athletic accomplishment, and breadth of coaching experience brings a distinct level of knowledge to Beach Cities Swimming. No matter where her path takes her, her heart is in the water and in competition. She will always keep her connection to the water and sharing what it means to be an athlete with others. 

Research/Publications:

Article: Rohrs, D., Shelton, M., Arabas, C., "The Relationship between seven Anaerobic Power Tests and Swim Performance," published Journal of Swimming Research. 1991; 6:4 15-19.

Abstract: "The Effects of Carbohydrate Supplements on Blood Lactate Concentrations and Heart Rates for Incremental Workloads." Clithero, L., Shelton, M., Arabas, C. Presented at the National Strength Coaches Meeting, San Diego, June 90.

Tim Murphy

Senior Assistant Coach

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Coach Tim is an ASCA Level 4 certified coach in his thirteenth season in SoCal Swimming's Pacific Committee.

Coach Tim's goal is to keep things fast and fun, with a healthy dose of inspiration.  He encourages each member of his athletic family to be committed to each other (aka teamwork) and to the fulfillment of their individual athletic and academic potential.  His extensive and diverse coaching history has led him work with every level of athlete, from novice to Olympian.  Beginning way back in his high school days in the Cincinnati Country Club League, his coaching career includes some time as an undergraduate assistant at Kenyon College, one season at the CIF level with Harvard-Westlake School, six seasons with Team Santa Monica, three seasons with Swim Torrance and six seasons with Westside Aquatics.  Coach Tim's athletes have produced multiple SCS records, multiple National Top 10 performances and achieved at the Junior National level.  From 2008-2010, he was the developmental coach of a 2016 & 2020 U.S. Olympian and 2015 World Champion.  Throughout his career, he has been fortunate enough to work with some of the sport's best athletes, which include an American record holder, NCAA champions, U.S. and Australian Olympic Trials qualifiers, International Open Water medalists, National Junior Team members and numerous Junior and Senior National qualifiers.

As an athlete in his hometown of Cincinnati, Ohio, Tim was a U.S. Open qualifier, Junior National qualifier, NAG Top-16 athlete and YMCA National Champion, while representing the Cincinnati Marlins and the M.E. Lyons YMCA.  However, it was his experience as a State Champion and All-American at Cincinnati St. Xavier High School that cemented his passion for the sport.  (Swimming World Magazine recently ranked the St. Xavier High School men's swimming team as the 3rd best high school program in history.)

After graduating from St. X in 1998, he competed for NCAA Division III powerhouse Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio, where he was awarded All-Conference honors.  In 2002, he achieved a B.A. in History from Kenyon.

He has given back to the sport as the Pacific Committee's representative to the Southern California Swimming Board of Review from 2011-2016.
 
Coach Tim is grateful to have an amazing support system in his wife, Sarah, and daughter, Rae.  They look forward to seeing Rae in a Beach Cities Swimming cap in the future!

Jack A Alderson

Assistant Coach

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Jack started out his competitive swimming career and love of the sport of swimming in England at the age of six. While in England, he competed in the County Championships and Junior Nationals two years in a row.
At the age of 13, Jacks family made the choice to move all the way to Perth, Australia. While in Australia, Jack attended Tranby High School where he became a high school swimming champion and qualified for high school states two years in a row. His athleticism didn’t only consist of swimming, but at Tranby he was also the captain of their cross-country team.
After graduating high school, his family made the choice to move to Jacksonville, Florida in 2010. Once in Jacksonville, he began swimming competitively for the Bolles sharks, and just a year later, Jack left Bolles to join Planet Swim Aquatics following his coach Gus Calado.
While at Planet Swim, Jack competed in Florida’s Senior Champs and the Speedo Sectional Series three years in a row. At age 18, he was given the opportunity to teach swim lessons at the Planet Swim School and this is where his passion for teaching and coaching began.
After undergoing surgery on his knee, Jack stopped swimming competitively and started coaching for Planet Swim’s year-round swim team. Jack then became their head swim instructor and head age group coach. His teaching and coaching was instrumental in making Planet Swim become one of the best swim schools and swim teams in North Florida.
Now Jack has come to California to continue his coaching career and help to pass along his passion and love for the sport of swimming to as many people as he can.

Stefanie Capizzi

Assistant Coach

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American Swim Coaches Association - Level 2
 
Coach Stefanie Capizzi joins Beach Cities Swimming after spending the past four years with Swim Torrance.  While at Swim Torrance, Stefanie coached all different age groups, producing age-group and JO championship qualifiers and a Sectionals qualifier.  Prior to Swim Torrance, she spent two years as the Assistant Swimming and Diving coach for Occidental College.  While at Oxy, Stefanie helped coach numerous all-conference team members, including several conference champions, and culminating with a NCAA Division 3 national champion in 2013.

Prior to Occidental College, Stefanie served as the Assistant Director for the Trinity Prep Aquatics pre-team in Orlando, FL. She was responsible for the development and training of new competitive swimmers.  She also served as a swim instructor and lifeguard for the city of Oviedo FL.

Stefanie was a four-year letter winner for the Hamilton College Continentals Swim Team, Clinton, NY from 2005-2009.  As a senior, Stefanie was a captain for the Hamilton College women’s swim team. She was named to the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) All-Sportsmanship team in 2009.

Stefanie continued to swim after graduating from Hamilton.  She swam with the UCF club team, winning three events (400 IM, 200 & 100 Breaststroke) at the 2011 East Coast Championships.  She is a YMCA Masters national champion and record-holder and US Masters Swimming National Champion, Top Ten and All-American swimmer.  Stefanie still currently swims for the Rose Bowl Masters team.

She graduated from Hamilton College in 2009 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology with a minor in Mathematics.  Stefanie also earned a Master’s degree in Sports and Fitness with a certificate in Sports Leadership and Coaching from the University of Central Florida in 2011.

Tim Hamlet

Assistant Coach

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Tim Hamlet joins Beach Cities Swimming for the 2019 season. Prior to joining CITI, he coached at Whittier College, the University of Maryland Aquatic Club, Pacific University, and the Forest Grove Swim Club. He has had the pleasure to coach LSC champions, National Top 10 athletes, Junior and Senior National qualifiers, NCAA qualifiers and All- Americans, Olympic Trials qualifiers, and World Championships participants. Tim has also placed athletes on national teams and had an athlete compete at Deaf World Championships.

A native Oregonian, Tim lives in Long Beach with his fiance, Janiece, and enjoys cycling, live music, and exploring Southern California.

Alexandra Isham

Assistant Coach

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Bachelor of Arts - Psychology

MFA Cinema Production

American Swim Coaches Association  - Level 3

CrossFit L1 Trainer

Ali grew up in Milwaukee, WI, where she always had a love of the water. She started swimming competitively in 4th grade and competed for the local club team SWAT, which is where she got her first experience in teaching swimming with their Swim America program. She swam  on the Franklin High School varsity team all four years, and was MVP for the last two. Ali also competed internationally in Sydney, Australia, with the People to People ambassador group where she was a member of the USA gold medal winning 200 Free relay team, and also took silver in the 50 Free. Ali spent her first two years of college at Wisconsin - La Crosse where she swam for a year and a half before a shoulder injury forced her retirement from swimming.
 
In 2006 Ali graduated with a BA in Psychology from the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee. She then moved to Los Angeles to attend grad school at USC where she earned an MFA in Cinema Production in 2009. Ali started coaching club in 2010 with ZAP, and spent 3 years with La Mirada Armada at their site in Palos Verdes.  She also coached at Peninsula High School where she led the Girl's Varsity team to Bay League championships from 2012-2015, 11 school records, an 11th place finish at CIF.  From 2016-2019 she was  Head Coach at Mira Costa High School where the girl's team won Bay League in 2017, finished 9th at CIF, and the teams combined broke 11 school records and had 4 All American Swims in the first year.  In 2018 the boys finished 4th at CIF and the team had 6 All American swims, 2 CIF champions and 2 CIF records. In 2019 the boy's finished 3rd at CIF with multiple All American times and CIF Champions.   The Daily Breeze named Ali All Area Girl’s Varsity Coach of the Year in 2012, 2015 & 2017 and Boy's Coach of the Year in 2019 .  She currently lives in Redondo Beach where she participates in CrossFit, open water swimming, and Spartan Races... most recently competing in Lake Tahoe at the Spartan Race World Championships.  Days off are generally spent at Disneyland.

Dzenan Kapetanovic

Assistant Coach

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Born in Tuzla, Bosnia, Coach Latte (real name is Dzenan) moved to the United States at the age of three. He grew up in Culver City where he graduated from Culver City High School in 2011. Latte currently attends Santa Monica College where he is working on his second degree in Chemistry.

 

Coach Latte’s swimming career began swimming for Coach Monique at the Culver Plunge on a small competitive team called “Competitve Edge.” He also swam in high school and made CIF Finals all four years in the 500 Freestyle and 100 Butterfly. He continued on to swim at Santa Monica College and was a part of the State record holding 4x200 Freestyle Relay.

 

 

 

Prior to joining Beach Cities Swimming, Latte had coaching stints at Team Santa Monica and Westside Aquatics. 

 

 

Melissa Krauth-Villegas

Assistant Coach

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Melissa has developed a great passion for swimming over the past 16 years. She was a competitive swimmer from elementary school through high school. In college, Melissa was an Assistant Swim Coach for Robinson High school in Fairfax, VA, from 2007-2008. She also helped as a special needs private swim instructors.

One of my passions is to work with children who have Down syndrome, Autism, Asperger’s, ADHD, ADD, and with children who have other multiple disorders or handicaps. I have a great deal of experience with teaching water safety to these swim students and was the person my boss would send these pupils to at my former swim instruction job. 

This past High School season Melissa was an Assistant Swim Coach for the JV team at Mira Costa High School.  Before joining Beach Cities she was a Lead Senior 2 Coach at Swim Torrance and assisted with the rest of the groups from Sharks to Age Groups from Oct 2018 to April 2019.

I graduated with my B.A. in Sociology from George Mason University in 2009. After college I was a substitute teacher, predominately with special needs children for K through 12th Grade. I have taught all levels of American Red Cross classes: Baby and Me, Toddler and Me, Levels 1 to 6, Stroke Mechanics 1 to 5, and Adults Classes. Melissa strives on being patient with her athletes and also adapting to their needs. She looks forward to helping BCS continue to grow in the South Bay. 

Jerico R Mesina

Assistant Coach

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Coach Jerico started coaching with Beach Cities Swimming in 2018. Born in Cavite City, Philippines, Coach Jerico moved to the U.S. when he was seven years old. Growing up in Southern California, Coach Jerico always loved sports; whether it was basketball, football or soccer, he enjoyed it all. It wasn’t until the age of 13 that he fell in love with the sport of swimming and dedicated his life to it. Coach Jerico swam at Zenith Aquatic Program (ZAP) where he also fell in love with coaching at the age of 17. Coach Jerico also swam for El Camino College under Head Coach Corey Stanbury.  During his sophomore season, he underwent shoulder surgery that ended his swimming career. Though he was out of the water, he always found himself on the pool deck.  After a few coaching stints at ZAP, and assistant coaching at El Camino, he finally found his home here at BCS.

 

Off the pool deck, Jerico is a Personal Trainer at the YMCA, enjoys power-lifting, watching SportsCenter, and is currently pursuing his degree in Kinesiology with a minor in Sports Psychology.

Christina Paganelli

Assistant Coach

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American Swim Coach Association ASCA Level II

Certified Yoga Instruction, 200 hours Yoga Alliance

Bachelor’s in Science, B.Sc. Chemistry

Bachelor’s in Arts, B.A.

Christina grew up in Canada with big aspirations of being a swimmer. Christina began swimming competitively at age 11, and by age 12 was recognized for a number of excellence awards in swimming, and was introduced to national level competitions in both short and long course. Christina swam 19 hours per week until she was forced to take a break because she became ill. For many years the reasons weren’t evident, but in 2003 Christina was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis, and 6 months later she was overwhelmed with the news that she had stage 4 Thyroid Cancer, which had been growing for 10 years-undetected.     

After available medical procedures were exhausted, Christina had to find a way to survive with the tumors aggressively spreading into her lungs. Christina’s chemistry background led her to think outside the box. She changed her diet, and created an “Elixir” beverage for herself, that not only assisted her health, but earned her numerous Canadian research grants in technology, prestigious recognition for “Innovation in Business”, and an approval to retail her Super Premium Kale Smoothie products at Whole Foods Markets in the USA. In 2012, Christina introduced her fruit and vegetable beverages to over 200 Whole Foods Markets across the USA, and moved to Redondo Beach, to oversee the manufacturing of her products in Carson, CA.

Christina became certified as a lifeguard at age 16, and continued to stay near water working at swimming pools, camps, and beaches for approximately 10 years. She has over 10 years of experience working with children at crisis intervention centers and Level 5 group homes. Christina has been a School Art Docent for 5 years.

Christina has been on the coaching staff of Beach Cities Swimming for 3.5 years, and enjoys coaching all ages and levels. She also has 3 years experience as an assistant coach at Mira Costa High School.

In 2003 Christina earned a Bachelor of Science degree (Chemistry), and a Bachelor of Arts degree (Art History). She is certified in ASCA Level II, and a certified yoga instructor, 200Hours.

She is highly self motivated, enjoys business, yoga, ocean swimming, meditating, and dogs. Her history of recovery from 2 life threatening illnesses, incorporating proactive health and wellness, provides inspiration to many people of all ages.  

Christina has a husband (Rob) and two children (Antonio, 14) and (Giulia, 12) who love swimming, soccer, and spending time at the beach surfing and swimming under the California sun.

Tyler Storie

Assistant Coach

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Tyler grew up in Oregon, where he began swimming at a very young age. He joined a competitive swim team at the age of six, started setting team records by the age of ten, and was setting State and Nationals records by the age of twelve. His first berth on an All-Star team took him to Maui at the age of ten, and has traveled as far as Rome as a member of the US National Junior Team. In college, Tyler swam for the USC Trojans while he studied Kinesiology and has called Southern California home ever since.
 
Born into a family of swimmers, his parents have both been high school swim coaches for over 30 years each, and both continue to coach to this day. Each of his three younger siblings swam competitively for NCAA Division I schools (Oregon State, Florida, and West Virginia). Tyler has been providing swim instruction for 20 years to various levels of swimmers ranging in age from 1 to 80 years, and ranging in ability from beginner to Olympian. Most recently Tyler has focussed his efforts on preparing young swimmers for Junior Guards. And Over the last seven years, the Overall winner of the Dwight Crum Pier-to-Pier has been coached by Tyler.
 
While he still considered himself a swimmer, Tyler has competed in many endurance events including Sprint and Olympic distance triathlons, Road and Trail marathons, and of course the Dwight Crum Pier-to-Pier Swim. When he’s not on the pool deck, he loves spending time with his wife - Heather, his son - Wesley (1), and his dog - Frida (4).
Board of Directors

Kathy Nielsen

President

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Marcie Cullen

Secretary

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Monique Shelton

BCS Head Coach

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Kimberly Crisera

Meet and Volunteer Coordinator

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Alec Campbell

Treasurer

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Marie Beetner

Member at Large

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Nancy Hashimoto

Member at Large

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