Coach Shipherd has been active as a leader in
USA Swimming and Southern California Swimming for over thirty
years. Coach Shipherd is currently on the board of the American
Swim Coaches Association and the board of Southern California
Swimming. Coach Shipherd has been the past chairman of USA
Swimming's Club Development Committee and is currently serving on
USA Swimming's Senior Development committee.
Coach Shipherd has coached two Olympians, Kirk
Stackle and Tami Bruce, and has placed several other swimmers on US
National Teams: Kevin Clements, Morgan Hentzen, Whitney Hentzen,
Kirstie Chen and Samantha Shellem. Coach Shipherd's teams have won
two Junior National Team titles with Swim San Diego, 1985 and 1986,
and three Sectional Team Titles with the La Mirada Armada.
Coach Shipherd has been on the staff of three
US National Teams, including the Head Men's Coach of the 2009
National Junior Team and the Head Coach of the 2003 US National
Born and raised in Southern California coach
Shipherd attended Temple City High School, Cal State LA and the
University of Southern California where he pursued a degree in
Business Administration. Coach Shipherd is married to Karen
Shipherd and is the proud father of three daughters: Chelsea,
Hadleigh and Madison.
Don G Garman
Head Age Group Coach
Don is in his 50th year of coaching and has
been a leader in southern California swimming throughout that time.
Don has been with the Armada since its inception in 2006 when the
team moved from Industry Hills. Over the years Don has had the
opportunity to work with some of the finest young swimmers in the
country. To date, several of Don's swimmers have set Southern
California Swimming records and even national records and have
continually excelled at the local level. Over the period of
his career, Don has coached more top 16 nationally ranked
swimmers than any other active coach in Southern California.
Don was formerly the Head Age Group Coach of Industry Hills
Aquatics and the El Monte Aquatics Club. Prior to that Don was the
Head Coach of the Hacienda Heights Aquatics Club. Olympic Gold
medalist, Jill Sterkel got her start in the sport under the
guidance of Don Garman as her coach. Throughout the eighties
and nineties, Don's teams at El Monte and Industry Hills were
annually in the hunt for the SCS JO Championship. Don was
recently named as an ASCA (American Swim Coaches Association)
"Coach of the Year" for 2010 & 2013.
Don grew up in southern California, attending
Los Altos High School, and now resides in Irvine, California. Don
has recently retired from teaching after
a 39-year career. He has a special passion for aviation,
photography and computer science. Don has been and continues
to be an extraordinary teacher and role model for kids everywhere.
Don's wife and partner, Bev has been at
his side throughout his career and today is actively involved in
the success of the Armada as our office manager. Her business savvy
has complimented Don's passion for the sport throughout our first
years at the La Mirada Armada and is largely responsible for the
success of our program.
Kathy S Hall
Kathy Hall has
been instrumental in the development of the beginning level Armada
swimmers over the past few years. As a coach on the Armada staff
since the team’s creation, Kathy has worked with the team's
younger age group swimmers. Kathy previously coached at the
Industry Hills Aquatic Club and the Whittier Wahoos. Kathy has been
instrumental in the success of our introductory programs and our
summer, recreational swim team. Many of the Industry Hills swimmers
that went on to college scholarships can trace their beginnings to
Kathy was an Olympic
Trial finalist as a swimmer, a professional tri-athlete and a
masters swimmer. Kathy attended San Diego State University and then
Arizona State University as a scholarship athlete. Kathy was born
and raised in Whittier, California and attended Whittier High
School where she was a CIF Champion and CIF record holder in the
100 free. Kathy was also the US Junior National Champion and record
holder in the 100 m free.
Kathy is an educator by
profession and is currently the department head for the St Marks
Lutheran School's Physical Education department. Kathy is also a
full time mother with three daughters.