Coaching Staff

The SJE Parish Swim Team practices are under the direction of Guardian Angel Aquatics, a USA Swimming Seasonal Club. We have a dedicated group of head coaches, volunteer parent coaches, assistants and junior coaches.

All coaches have completed Safety Training for Swim Coaches; all parent volunteers have attended VIRTUS training.

Coach Ellen Abbene (Guardian Angel Aquatics) designs, manages the group placement, practice sessions and coaching schedules.  All coaches are here to support the swimmers.

ARE YOU INTERESTED IN BECOMING A VOUNTEER COACH??  We only require that you have a child swimming on the team . . . and a desire to be a positive influence for all of our swimmers.  You also need to be available with consistency in accordance with the practices (minimum 3 hrs/week).  You do not need swimming experience to begin helping and coaching is a great way to learn more about the sport.  If you would like further information, or are ready to sign up, please email the team manager: manager@sjeswimteam.net

 

 

 

Coaching Staff

Patricia Fernandez

Volunteer Coach

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Jeff Vergel de Dios

Volunteer Coach

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Jeff has been a volunteer parent coach for more than 10 years, assisting at all levels. He occasionally steps in as lead coach - and has valuable experience as a parent of two USA Swimming daughters.

Shawn Burke

Volunteer Coach

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I am the father of 2 Eagle Swimmers. I began coaching swimming while attending college and jumped at the opportunity to volunteer coach the SJE team. Go Eagles!

Belinda Jarrett

Volunteer Assistant Coach

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I am a mom of two.  I am a Physical Therapist with an Orthopedic Clinical Specialty. This is my second season volunteering for the swim team at SJE.  I love helping people of all ages get better at the activities they like doing.  

 

Ellen Abbene

GAA/Head Coach

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Ellen has been involved in aquatics for more than 50 years, as a swimmer, synchronized swimmer, lifeguard, Red Cross instructor and coach.  Member of ASCA, co-founder of Guardian Angel Aquatics (seasonal USA Swimming Club).  2019 marks 20 years (non-consecutive) of coaching Saint John Eudes swimmers.

Bryce Kroetz

GAA Coach

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Bryce joined the St. John Eudes swim team in 1999, swimming with SJE through age 14. He began volunteering as a junior coach for the team through high school. With the exception of 2 seasons, he continued coaching for SJE while pursuing higher education and ultimately receiving a bachelor's degree in Political Science and Juris Doctor. 

Bryce specialized in the 200 & 400 yards/meters Individual Medley and the 100 & 200 yards/meters Breaststroke. 

  • Assistant Swim Coach at Porter Valley Country Club
  • Assistant Swim Coach at Chatsworth High School
  • Head Swim Coach at St. Charles Borromeo
  • Assistant Swim Coach at Special Olympics Southern California

Nick Akins

GAA Coach

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Briggitte Kroetz

GAA Coach

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I’ve been coaching competitive swim teams for eight years-Guardian Angel Aquatics/SJE  for six years-and swimming competitively for the past twenty!  I continue to compete when time allows. My favorite strokes (to swim and coach) are backstroke and freestyle.  Currently I am a lifeguard at Pierce College and for private events.  I also teach and coach swimming at Viewpoint School. My inspirations for coaching are my father, Sean, plus my passion for swimming, and being a role model in teaching.

Board of Directors

Miguel Fernandez

Lead Manager

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Mary Bello

Apparel Leader. Board Member

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Rachelle Tenggardjaja

Manager - Treasurer

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Mayra Avila

Food Events - Leader

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Patricia Fernandez

Manager Assistant / Backup

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Jean Bornhauser

Awards, Raffle Lead

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