Coach Scott Thompson is a lifelong swimmer. He began swimming at the age of six and swam competitively all the way through college. In High School Coach Scott was a multiple time Michigan State Champion, All-State, All-American, and was also a Sectional Champion. In college, Coach Scott swam at the University of Florida under coach Gregg Troy who is a U.S. National Team Coach and 2008 Head Olympic Coach for the United States. At UF, Scott was the Team Captain and achieved a United States Olympic Trials qualifying standard in the 400 meter IM.
Scott has been on the coaching staff of the Gator Swim Camp-FL, Scarlet Aquatic Cub-NJ, Oakland Undercurrents-CA, Temescal Aquatic Masters-CA, Birmingham Athletic Club-MI, and the Arete Swim Camp-NJ. Combined with seven years of elementary, middle, and high school Physical Education teaching experience here in Oakland, Scott blends his educational expertise with a tremendous amount of experience in the swimming world.
Coach Shalea Semana was born in Sacramento, and raised in Central California. She’s been in the water since birth. Coach Shalea swam club for South County Aquatic Waves in Arroyo Grande, California from age 8-14. She swam varsity for the Girls Swim Team at Mountlake Terrace High School, and was Team Captain her Junior and Senior year. She went to the University of Washington Seattle, where the Women’s Swim Team was cut a month into her Freshman year. So she focused on getting a double major in Communications & American Ethnic Studies, and traveling the world. Even though the competition stopped for her, her passion for swimming stayed with her.
After graduating UW Seattle, she came straight to Oakland to teach elementary school. Coach Shalea has taught grades 2-4 since 2013. Her first three years were with Oakland Unified School District at REACH Academy, and she is currently a 4th grade teacher at Aspire College Academy. Coaching is a new thing for Shalea. She recently got hired to coach Temescal Aquatics Masters Team in Oakland, alongside coaching for Oaklantis. She is so excited to combine her love for swimming, education, and Oakland youth to provide swimmers with an incredibly unique, and valuable swim club experience.