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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 Swim Coach

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Coach Keith joined CMAC as the lead 10 & under coach in December, 2017, and is now serving as the team's head coach. An ASCA Level 4 Certified coach, Keith has 15 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 most recently spent 15 months with Lakewood Aquatics, where he was fortunate to coach the team’s elite age groupers, which included a number of Junior Olympic champions, sectional qualifiers, and team record breakers. From 2013-2016 he held the position of head age group coach of the Sonoma Sea Dragons, helping to mold the team into what is now an impressive and thriving team in the wine country region of Northern California. 

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 5-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, a social worker at UC Irvine Medical Center. They have a four-year old daughter, Kamilah who is already quite a swimmer, and 11-month old Cameron. Coach Keith also spends time assisting just across the street as a member of Orange Coast College’s swimming and water polo staff. 

Daniel Vale

Lead Senior & Dryland Coach

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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.

Kylie McCormick

Lead 10 & under coach

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Dana Ryan

Silver Group Coach

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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, 29 – MD and Keith, 34 – CMAC Head Coach), and has been married for 36 years to her husband, John. She lives in Huntington Beach and enjoys cycling, swimming, cooking, and their 1-year old Labrador, Olive.