Coaches & Directors

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Coaching Staff

Edwin M Carrera

Program Director

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Ed Carrera began his swimming career as a 7 year old in Irvine swimming for coaches Flip Darr, Dave Salo, Ken Lamont, Mindy Doherty, Ed French,  and Lydia Abshier.  Swimming with the likes of Jason Lezak, John Mykanen, Brian Pajer, Coleman and Chad Hundeby and many other accomplished swimmers.  Carrera was a four-year letterman at Irvine High School (swimming for Scott Hinman, Greg Gray, and Ken Dory), and qualified for CIF by the time he was a sophomore. Carrera also earned his junior national time standards for the 200yd breaststroke. Carrera then focused his attention to water polo.  In 1995 Carrera began his coaching career as the assistant coach at Woodbridge High School for water polo and swimming under Alex Abishier and Tom Norton Sr.  (separate tenors).  After Tom Norton left the program, Ed was named head coach at 19 years old.  After a 2 year coaching stint he decided to get back in the water as an athlete and attended his 2nd year at Saddleback College under his age group coach Flip Darr, Michael Santo, and Larry Larson.  He was then recruited by Dennis Ploessel at Chapman University where he was named captain but because of financials, could not continue and left Chapman shortly after.  In 2006, Carrera took over the Northwood High School Head water polo position (for brother Steve Carrera) and Assistant swim programs along side (age group coach) Ken Lamont.  At the same time he was asked to join the Concordia University Irvine Water Polo Coaching staff by (his High School Coach) Ken Dory, where he finished his under grad.  Carrera left Concordia in 2010 for an opportunity to start a program from scratch.  In 2010-2012, Carrera was the Aquatics Director at Vanguard University, where he was the Head Coach for both Swimming and Water Polo (Men’s and Women’s).    Ed is the current Head Swim Coach and Assistant Boys and Girls Water Polo Coach at Orange Lutheran High School where he was part of the Division 1 CIF Championship Girls and Boys team in 2017.
In addition, Ed Carrera is a 2010, 2012, 2015 Member of the Ecuador SR. Men’s National Water Polo Team and competed in the Pan American Games in Toronto the summer of 2015.  Ed has also been the head coach for the Woodbury Waves (Irvine Swim League Team) for the last 8 years, and guided the Waves to a 2012 Division 4 Championship, 2013 Division 3 Championship, and 2014 Division 2 Championship,  2015, 2016, 2017 Division 1 Championship.  Carrera is a graduate of Concordia University Irvine where he received his Bachelors Degree in Business and Leadership and has a wife Kaylen and 2 children, Kyson and Fiori.  Both kids are starting with Speed Aquatics in the fall of 2017.

Kaylen T Carrera

Little Ripples/Assessment Director

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Kaylen Carrera started her swimming career as a five your old here in Irvine. She was a 4-year letter-man at Rosary high school, and still holds a few school records. Coach Kaylen went on to swim at APU (on a full scholarship) where she achieved six national titles and broke 2 records, also was named a 16 time all American.  In 2010 - 2012 Kaylen assisted Ed with swimming at Vanguard University. She has  over 20 yrs of experience in competitive swimming, and 10 yrs experience with learn to swim.  She is Program Director for the Little Ripples, Speed I&II.  Please email Coach Kaylen for all assessments.

Sebastian Cordoba

Groups Director

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Coach Sebastian was born and raised in Colombia, South America. Sebastian’s love for swimming began at a very young age when his mother taught him to swim. Sebastian began teaching learn to swim classes at 14 years old in Colombia. When he was 10 years old Sebastian earned a place on the State team in three different sports; european hand ball, volleyball, and water polo. When Sebastian was offered a spot on the Colombian National Team for water polo, he decided then to focus solely on aquatics. At age 15 Sebastian had the opportunity to represent Colombia’s master team, and was able to travel to countries such as Mexico and Brazil. He also swam for his high school, specializing in butterfly and freestyle events. He graduated from Salazar Y Herrera High School in 2003. Furthering his water polo career, at 17 Sebastian took the opportunity to play for Botafogo in Brazil for three months on their honor division.  At 19 years old Sebastian moved to the US and enrolled in American River College in Sacramento, CA. Here, he learned English and he continued studying the science behind swimming and attended the State Championships in 2007 and 2008. Sebastian transferred schools and moved to Irvine, CA. He was awarded a dual sports scholarship for water polo and swimming. He was named captain of the water polo team.In 2011 Sebastian competed in the Nationals and was part of the 200 freestyle relay that won 7 th place. In 2012 Sebastian graduated from Vanguard University with a degree in business and administration with an emphasis in marketing.  Sebastian currently works for an aerospace company and is head of marketing and strategic sales for all Southern and Latin America. Coach Sebastian has been a friendly, familiar face around the Woodbury pool for 10 years, since the teams beginning in 2008. He is the groups director and swim enthusiast. His goal is to provide his swimmers with similar opportunities he was able to experience during the 20 plus years of his swimming career. He is engaged to Coach Amanda, and is looking forward to when their daughter, Camila, can join speed 1.

Winner Pakawat Sa-Nguansap

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An athlete in many sports, but found his niche in the water. A competitive swimmer for 20 years, who swam at The Claremont Club for 15 years and made his mark as an elite swimmer under Head Coach, John Ries. During his age group years, he qualified and was selected for numerous competitions, such as Junior Nationals, North American Challenge Cup, Pacific Coast All Stars, Western Zones and All Star Festivals. He won events at Western Zones in the 200 Fly and 400 IM (his favorite events), and make it his mission to train his swimmers to be experts in all 4 disciplines.

He then decided to give back to the swim community, and so his coaching career began in 2009. After 3 years, he later moved over to Irvine and joined the Irvine Aquazot Swim Club, where he made his mark in Southern California Swimming in coaching. During his 4.5 years at Aquazots, he coached his swimmers to break over 63 team records, and an SCS record. After becoming Head Age Group Coach in September 2015, his swimmers starting dominating the 8-10 age group in 2016, and his 11 year olds also made their mark on the top of the podium as the new youngsters of the age group.

Shortly after, he coached at Gators Swim Club, in which he tested his skills with older kids in the 11-13 age group. He brought the 11-12 girls to be fastest medley relay across all 3 JAG sites in 2017. He continued to help the kids break over 20 team records in his short time at Gators Swim Club.

Coach Winner has now moved back closer to home in Irvine, the "Mecca" of Southern California Swimming. He plans to bring the same fervor, enthusiasm, passion, and strategic planning that made his swimmers the champions they are. 

Nothing is more exciting to him than seeing his swimmers learn that hard work ethic is the key to the success. Coupled with talent, passion, mental toughness and technique, he plans to make his swimmers the rising stars of USA Swimming. 

Samantha M Eckroth

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Samantha Eckroth has loved the water since the age of two and a half when her mother watched in amazement as she chewed through her floaties. After deflating the water wings she was free to swim on her own. From that moment on it was apparent that swimming would be her sport of choice. Sam’s parents enrolled her in an Irvine Summer League swim team, the Courtside Stingrays, when she turned five. Then at the age of nine she joined NOVA, a year round club team. She started coaching for her old ISL swim team her sophomore year of high school and was later head coach for the Courtside Stingrays. Sam swam on the varsity swim team all four years of attendance at Northwood High School and was part of the girls 2nd place division II CIF team her freshman year. She has taught for the city of Irvine, Water Works, and Blue Ray aquatics over the past nine years. Sam has a tremendous passion for the water and teaching others. Coach Sam heads our Portola location.

Amanda E.M. Doran

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Coach Amanda starting taking swim lessons at a young age and was water safe at 4 years old. It wasn’t until she was 11 when she joined a local Southern California swim team and was able to learn her technique for all strokes and get a taste for competing.

Coach Amanda swam for the Swim Team of Placentia for one season before moving to Aurora, IL at 12 years old. Amanda continued swimming and competed with the Naperville Mavericks and the Aurora Sharks until she entered high school. In 2007 Amanda was the only freshman to join the varsity team, where she swam all four years and was team captain her senior year.

At 15 years old in 2008 Amanda began teaching learn to swim classes and adult swim classes at the Vaughan Athletic Center until she moved in December 2012. At 20, Amanda moved back to Orange County and started working at St Johns Lutheran Church in the child development nursery. In May 2013 Amanda was hired to teach group swim lessons that summer at Santiago Canyon College.  Amanda was offered a position to begin coaching for Speed Aquatics. She began coaching alongside Coach Ed, Coach Sebastian and Coach Kaylen at Woodbury in August of 2013. In 2014 and 2015 Amanda coached the Woodbury Waves ISL champion team.

In August of 2015 Coach Amanda and Coach Sebastian welcomed a daughter, Camila. Amanda is currently pursuing a degree in Geography at California State University Fullerton. Amanda loves teaching the fundaments of swimming and having fun while competing

Katherine M Nguyen

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Katherine Nguyen graduated from Irvine High School in 2014 where she swam and played water polo all 4 years. She received her varsity letter in both swimming and water polo and was named team captain her senior year. Katherine currently attends Irvine Valley College and plans to transfer to a UC school and major in Bio Chemistry  In addition, Katherine has also been part of the coaching staff for the Irvine Swim League, Colony Red Hots for the last 6 years.

Josh C Roe

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Josh started swimming at age 10 and swam competitively for 10 years. In high school he swam at the varsity level all four years, placing  2nd at CIF in both of his individual events Junior year and placed 1st and 2nd in his senior year. Swimming for Vanguard University he made it to NAIA Nationals both years and graduated with a degree in Business Administration in 2014. Josh has been around water his whole life teaching swim lessons for 4 years, high school swim for 2 years, and Lifeguarding at Newport Beach for 5 years. Josh is a nationally certified personal trainer bringing his strength and fitness knowledge to the pool.

Audrey Katherine

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