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Coaches & Directors

We are here to support your needs. If your questions are related to workouts, meets, events, goal setting, and other swimming related needs, please contact one of the coaches. For all questions related to administrative, such as dues, safety, or policy issues, please contact one of the board members.

Staff

Chris E Dahowski

Head Coach - Senior II- ASCA 4

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Coach Chris is an ASCA Level 4 Swim Coach, less then 20% of USA Swim Coaches ever achieve this level. He has developed a technical approach to the sport of swimming that puts emphasis on accountability, educating and motivating swimmers towards their full potential. He is grounded in the Science & Art of coaching and believes that when both are driven home the athletes in the program will fully develop. He is a high energy coach who works well with young athletes, while educating and coordinating with their parents to put the swimmer in the best possible situation to maximize their potential. He has a proven track record in Southern California Swimming.

In a relatively short span of time since the founding of Paseo Aquatics, Coach Chris has coached several swimmers into USA Swimming's Top Ten rankings in the Nation, USA ALL Time top 100 swims, as well as producing multiple top 3 finishers at Sectionals, Multiple Future level athletes, 6 Junior National athletes, National athletes and World Trial Cut and Olympic Trial Cut. He has gone on an placed swimmers in D1-D3 programs where the will continue their endeavor to be the very best they can be.

 

 

 

Daiki W Sato

Head Age Group - Silver & SR1 - ASCA 3

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Head Age Group Coach

Coach Daiki has been involved in the sport of swimming since the age of 8, when he competed as an age group swimmer for the East Valley YMCA Hurricanes, CCAT and COLA Shark swim teams. His greatest racing achievement was qualifying for the WSC Finals in the 400 IM while swimming collegiately.

 

Daiki spent 6 years coaching the novice league for the City of Los Angeles capturing multiple LA84 titles. Also, spent 6 seasons coaching high school with his most recent stint at Burbank High School.

 

Wanting more, Coach Daiki rose to club swimming-- becoming the assistant swim coach at Golden Rebels Swim Team in Burbank. Daiki was awarded the entire age group program, with his primary role as lead coach for 11-12 JO Group. His duties included season planning, writing daily workouts, taper, meet travel, team goals, team bonding, new swimmer evaluations and injury prevention. While educating swim families on nutrition, maintaining a healthy athletic environment and understanding the inner workings of competitive swimming.

 

 “I am looking forward to bringing my expertise to Paseo Aquatics in a more intimate group with common goals and values. Being able to focus on a smaller group is something the really excites me. I feel the training profoundly grows when you have a solid coach-athlete relationship and smaller groups are the seeds to such success. I feel honored that Paseo Aquatics was open to hiring me to a long-term contract. I live by the rule that John Wooden once said”--. “Things turn out best for the people who make the best of the way things turn out.”
 

 

Coach Daiki is a ASCA Level 3 and fully Certified USA-Swimming Coach. We are honored and fortunate to add Daiki to our staff—and eager to watch his love and energy for the sport translate to enormous success for our Silver and SR1 swimmers in the many years that follow.

Asia Antoniuk

Coach- Bronze

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Asia Antoniuk has a long history with swimming, having over 16 years of competitive swimming under her belt. For 12 years Asia swam with Canyons Aquatic Club under Coach Jeff Conwell and her senior year under Coach Coley Stickles. While swimming for Canyons, Asia concurrently swam for her community swim team, the Valencia Hills Waves, as well as for her high school, William S. Hart High. After high school, Asia continued on to obtain an education, swim, and serve at the United States Air Force Academy under Coach “KC” Converse. Throughout her swimming career she has set multiple records and attended multiple Championship meets, ultimately making it to USA Swimming National Championships.

 

In May 2018 , Asia decided to spread her knowledge even more by joining the coaching staff at Paseo Aquatics where she started working with Coach Christy Burton in the Discovery and Juniors groups (formerly Beginners and Pre-Comp). During her short time with the club, Asia has emphasized  technique work and the use of technology to help each swimmer recognize where they need to improve and how to do it while having fun with the sport.

Garrett James McQueen

Advanced Lead Coach

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Coach Garrett began his swimming career at the age of 8, as a member of the Old Orchard II Sharks HOA swim team. His love and talent for the sport extended into high school, where he raced all 4 years as a varsity swimmer for Hart High School, while helping the Indians to a Championship season. 

“ I am excited to be involved with Paseo Aquatics where I can put my experience to work setting goals with the kids and having fun doing so.”

Garrett's interest and dedication to swimming evolved into a Coach's role with Old Orchard ll  swim team as an Assistant Coach for 2 years.  Going into his third season with Old Orchard II he was named Head Coach where he has served now for 5 years. Garret has worked technique and conditioning with all ages of swimmers as they climb up the ranks. He as well spent his time managing Assistant Coaches during every season.

Garrett also served as the Assistant Head Coach to Steve Neale at Hart High School for 5 years. Garret has worked with the Hart Varsity and Junior Varsity teams which have gone on and won several league titles. Garrett is pursuing his degree in Mathematics, which he hopes to apply to a lifelong career as a swim coach.  

Jimmy Charles Owens

Juniors Coach

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Coach Jim was born in 1960, and moved to CA in 1971 from Ohio.
I joined Age Group Swimming in 1974 quickly learning that I excelled in Butterfly and the IM.  In 1977, I started to lifeguard and teach swimming for the Park Districts.  I also joined the High School Swim team at Royal.   Competing USS during the Summer and Fall and HS in Spring.  Swimming at JO's and CIF I managed to become a finalist in the Fly, and the IM along with relays. 
   
I began my coaching career for new swim team in Simi under Head Coach Ingrid Daland.  I soon became the Head Age Group Coach for the program. We always had a top younger team.  In 1982, I accepted the position as the Assistant Coach at Royal HS.   I coached age group Swimming until 1996, and HS Swimming & Water Polo until 1994, & returned in 2000-2003, and finally back in 2014-2017. 
 
I was chosen as a USA section All Star Coach 4 times with one of them being named the Head Coach.  I was also honored twice by the Marmonte HS league as Coach Of The Year.  
 
In 2016, I started work at The Paseo Club in Valencia as the Head Masters Coach,  Swim Coach and Assistant to the Aquatics Director. In Aug of 2018, I began working with Paseo Aquatics as one of the younger developmental coaches. 
 
"I am excited for what the future brings"

Damien Ray Padilla

Discovery and Juniors 1

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Kawika Kalahiki

Performance Strength and Conditioning

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Coach Kawika “K” Kalahiki has been involved and Coaching Strength &

Conditioning within USA Swimming for more than 6 years. With invaluable experience as a High

Level Professional Athlete in 2 different sports. “I am all about Functional Fitness. My goal is to

not just Coach, but to breakdown the movements to engage and guide young athletes so they

have Autonomy through knowledge in their careers no matter the length of the career.”

 

Coach K has extensive knowledge and experience both personally and professionally in Physical

Therapy, Sports Science, Sports Nutrition, Olympic Power Lifting, High Level Speed and Agility

Training for any sport, Sprint Training, Personal Training (Professional Power Lifting, Professional

Body Building, various age groups and abilities), Group Training (various age groups and abilities)

and Rehabilitation for Ages ranging from 13yrs - 69yrs old.

 

“I am truly Honored to be given the opportunity to meet and work with the Coaches and Athletes

at Paseo Aquatics”.

Daniel Neswald

Assistant - ASCA 2

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“I absolutely love coaching and seeing each student have fun in a team setting while improving their individual goals. I look forward to this new opportunity and working hand in hand with the great staff at Paseo Aquatics”

In 2010-2013 Daniel became the Assistant Swim Coach at Golden Valley High School. It wasn’t long after that Canyons Aquatics Club hired him in 2011. From the years of 2011-2016 Daniel coached both their Age Group program and their Varsity Group. Striving to be a bigger part of the community through coaching in 2012 and 2013 he became the Head Coach for the Northbridge Bluefins. At age 21 Coach Daniel became head coach for Canyon High School’s Division I swim team. At Canyon, he was fortunate enough to be able to coach his athletes to make it to CIF Division I two years in a row from 2014-2015. In 2016, Coach Daniel left Canyons Aquatics to move.

Christy Lin Burton

Assistant

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Christy Burton swam for the coveted NOVA Aquatics in Irvine under the tutelage of USA Olympic Head Coach Dave Salo. During her 12 years of competitive swimming Burton won countless titles including finishing first overall in ever so tough Southern California Junior Olympics. After she hung up her goggles. She decided to take her training and passion for swimming to empower and teach kids how to swim. She can teach kids of all levels and abilities but specializes in teaching kids with disabilities and other special needs.

Burton is also the Beginners coach for Paseo Aquatics as she looks to start her new chapter in swimming career.

Kim Brown

Nutritionist

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Kim Brown is a Registered Dietitian. She received her B.S. in Nutritional Science from California State University, Los Angeles in 2002. For the past 14 years she has been working in Long Term Care as a Consultant in the San Fernando Valley. In her spare time she works side by side with Personal Trainers developing diets for their clients to ensure they reach their personal fitness goals.

Kim has been a competitive athlete for most of her life, excelling in team sports such as volleyball, basketball, softball and track and field. Last year she had her first series of swim lessons and completed her first triathlon. She now exclusively trains for triathlons and is diligently increasing her distances to compete in more challenging races.

Kim understands firsthand the importance of good nutrition for athletic competition.  She periodically attends seminars and reads ADA-approved literature focusing on sports nutrition to keep up with the latest evidenced-based research. She is currently working on earning a certificate as a Specialist in Sports Dietetics (CSSD).

Board of Directors

Jay S Wolf

General Manager & Co-Owner

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Chris E Dahowski

Head Coach & Co-Owner

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Mike Leathers

Webmaster

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Charlie Cusumano

Member at Large

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