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Coaches & Directors

We are here to support your athletes needs. If your questions are related to workouts, meets, events, goal setting, and other swimming related needs, please contact the appropriate group coach. For all administrative questions, such as dues, safety, or policy issues, please contact our Director, Jose De La Jara

Coaching Staff

Jose De La Jara

Club Director

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Coach De La Jara is a long term resident of Costa Mesa and has strong ties to both Costa Mesa HS and Estancia HS.

Coach De La Jara played Waterpolo and Swam for Estancia HS in Costa Mesa after graduation he enrolled at Orange Coast College in which he played Waterpolo and Swam for the Pirates. The Year after he transferred to Golden West College in which he also played Water Polo and Swam for the Rustlers.

After Junior College Coach De La Jara transferred to Cal State Long Beach and played at Long Beach for a short time. Due to Injury he was pushed to coaching. His coaching career began...

1995-1997 Estancia HS Asst Coach

1997-1999 UCI Womens Club Water Polo Head Coach

2000 to 2010 Masters Organizer and Enthusiast

2007 USA WATERPOLO REFERRE

2011 YMCA Splashball COACH YMCA Newport Beach

2011-2014 FINA Referee

2012 Costa Mesa Aquatics Club Director and Splashball Coach

2013 Holiday Camp Referee

2014 Costa Mesa High School Foundation, Director

Coach De La Jara goal for CMAC is to grow a strong Program based>Coach De La Jara is married and has 3 kids that participate in CMACs age group swim and Waterpolo Programs

Coach De La Jara is also a veteran Newport Beach Lifeguard with over 20+ years saving lifes and educating kids and beachgowers about Beach Safety. He enjoys Bodysurfing, surfing, Stand Up Paddling, Swimming, Waterpolo and spending time with Friends and Family.

Keith Ryan

Head Coach: Age Group Elite/Performance

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Coach Keith joined CMAC as the lead 10 & under coach in December, 2017, and has been serving as the team's head coach since August 2018. An ASCA Level 4 Certified coach, Keith has 16 years of coaching experience from the youngest age groupers to successful NCAA college athletes. He feels immense pride in bringing great positive impact and change to the lives of all swimmers he has had the fortune to coach and mentor. He has experience at nearly all levels of the sport, most recently serving as the Assistant Coach for Whittier College, Elite Age Group coach at Lakewood Aquatics, and Head Age Group Coach of the Sonoma Sea Dragons.

Coach Keith swam for local USA swimming clubs in his youth, and swam at Edison High School in Huntington Beach where he would eventually become the program’s head swim coach from 2005-2013. During this time, Edison won the first CIF Div I title in program history in 2009, 10 league championship titles, and held a nearly undefeated dual meet record. 

Keith competed at the NCAA Div I level for two seasons as an IMer at UC Irvine from 2002-2004 before transitioning into triathlon and masters swimming. He is a 5-time Ironman triathlete and 7-time US Masters swimming national champion. 

As a lifelong athlete, coach Keith draws from both past and current athletic and competition experiences, and is a true student of the sport that will “always love swimming”. His coaching philosophy is technique and skill-based, speed oriented, and he values the knowledge he can give to his swimmers more than anything else. His primary goal for his athletes is for them to take their knowledge and skills with them throughout a long and successful swimming career, and to never lose their love for the sport. 

Coach Keith attained his BA from UC Irvine in 2006 and his Masters degree in counseling from Cal State Long Beach in 2010. Keith lives in Fountain Valley with his wife, Aleah, an LCSW. They have a five-year old daughter, Kamilah who is already quite a swimmer, and 2 year-old Cameron. Coach Keith also spends time assisting just across the street as a member of Orange Coast College’s aquatics staff. 

Daniel Vale

Lead Senior Coach: Senior Elite

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Dan grew up swimming in the East San Francisco Bay Area starting at age 7, and ended up swimming for 14 years at all levels: summer league, club, high school, and college. His swimming career concluded in 2018 when he competed in his senior season at Biola University in La Mirada, where he graduated with a degree in Physical Education and a minor in Biblical studies. Dan started coaching in 2014 and decided quickly that coaching was what he wanted to pursue as a career. He has an insatiable passion and fascination with swimming. In his free time, Dan enjoys hiking, surfing, cooking, and music. He loves coaching at CMAC and seeing everyone have fun and improve.

Dana Ryan

Lead Age Group Coach: Pre-Comp/CMAC 3

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Coach Dana joined CMAC as our assistant Silver Group coach in August of 2018. She brings with her around 30 years of competitive experience in the sports of swimming, running, and triathlon, as well as the fortune of being a mom to two high-level athletes and swim coaches.

Dana spent 2 years teaching lessons at WaterSafe swim school in Seal Beach, and assisted with their Swordfish swim team. Her ability to use the knowledge she has acquired as both a coach and athlete is evident in her work with young swimmers. She is a first-rate teacher, and also super fun! 

Coach Dana grew up primarily in Southern California, and attended OCC and UC Irvine. She has competed at the national level in triathlon, is a cancer survivor, has two successful children (Kyle, 31 – MD and Keith, 35 - CMAC Head Coach), and has been married for 37 years to her husband, John. She lives in Huntington Beach and enjoys cycling, swimming, cooking, and their 2-year old Labrador, Olive.

Mikayla Winkler

Assistant Coach: AG/SR Development

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Coach Mikayla comes to CMAC with first-rate athletic and collegiate experience. As an age-group swimmer, Mikayla swam for the Sierra Marlins, one of the top club programs in the state. She then went on to compete at the NCAA Division I level for TCU (Texas Christian Univ) as a distance specialist. Not afraid of hard work, Coach Mikayla has high expectations from her athletes, but does so with a smile and tons of charisma.

Mikayla studied child development and psychology at TCU, graduating after 4 successful years of swimming for the Horned Frogs, and then decided to pursue a Master's degree in Occupational Therapy. She is a graduate student nearby in Costa Mesa, and CMAC is very fortunate to have this distance ace and great coach on staff!

Coach Mikayla enjoys running in her spare time, recently completing her first marathon event in 2018!

AJ Silva

Assistant Coach: SR Performance

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Coach AJ comes to CMAC with collegiate and recreational swimming/coaching experience. From 2012-2015, AJ served as an assitant coach for the Springbrook Hogs swim team in Lafayette, CA. From 2014-2018, AJ swam for Chapman University and competed with other top-tier Division 3 programs in Southern California. Last year, he was an assistant coach of Chapman’s Swim team, leading the Women's side to a Top 3 finish in the SCIAC Conference.  
 
AJ is a graduate of the Master’s in Food Science program at Chapman University. Currently, he is working on research in the Food Science field. He also teaches two general Biology labs at Chapman University along with an Introduction to Food Science Course at Orange Coast College.
 
Coach AJ looks forward to a great season ahead here at CMAC! 

Marissa Lucia Gallegos

Assistant Coach: Pre-Comp/CMAC 1

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Coach Marissa joins CMAC by way of multiple powerhouse aquatic programs in Orange County. Marissa prepped at Mater Dei High School where she competed 4 years for the Monarchs, swam club for CMAC, and continued on to the next step as she joined Orange Coast College for the 2018-2019 season where the women were state champions. She also taught lessons and pre-comp groups at NOVA swim school.

Marissa is currently finishing her 2nd year at OCC, and CMAC is thrilled to have someone with her passion for swimming on staff! She has great attention to detail and stresses the fundamentals at all times with her swimmers as she wants them to be the balanced and confident in the water, and prepared for the next step in their swimming. Marissa will lead the pre-competitive squad as well as assist with CMAC1 and Senior Development.

Diggy Riley

Assistant Coach: CMAC 2, AG Performance

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Coach Diggy Riley comes to CMAC swim team with a wealth of experience and success. From 2000-2014 Coach Riley served as the head swim coach for the boys and girls programs at Edison High School in Huntington Beach. He is currently (2016-‘19) an assistant girls swim coach for Newport Harbor High. Coach Riley has twice been named Orange County Register Swim Coach of the Year (’09 Girls and ’14 Boys).

From 2014-2017, Coach Riley was also the head water polo coach for the nationally ranked 12/14 & Under Girls Water Polo program at Newport Water Polo. In addition, has been actively involved with Junior Guard Prep Classes over the past 2 years that includes private and group lessons.

Coach Riley attended Edison and Newport Harbor High Schools from 1978-1981 and was an All American in both swim and water polo. In addition, He was a 2-Time College Water Polo All American at UC Irvine and USC. In 1982, Coach Riley was a starter on the National Champion Water Polo Team at UCI that went 30-0. He also played for the USA Junior and Senior National Teams from from 1972-83. He graduated from USC with a degree in Communications.

Coach Diggy, lives in Huntington Beach along with his wife Shallee and her son Brendyn. He also has a son Tanner, 31 and a daughter Lindsay 29.