I started coaching with my father-in-law in his backyard pool in
1961. When the swim team grew and became too large, I moved
to a facility in Claremont and formed the Claremont
Crocodiles. Once again, the team outgrew the facility, and in
1972, we moved to Chaffey High School and became Chaffey
Aquatics. In 1990, I took my current position as Head
Coach at The Claremont Club. As Head Coach, I have
developed national level swimmers including Olympic Trials
athletes, SCS record holders, National record holders, and
numerous D1 scholarship recipients. I enjoy coaching all
levels of swimmers and seeing the progress each athlete makes
throughout their swimming career. I look forward to the
continued growth and success of The Claremont Club Swim for many
years to come.
Courtney Eads is a native of Upland, California and a TCC
Alumni. She began her coaching career off of a decorated collegiate
career at the University of Nevada at Reno. As a swimmer at Nevada,
Eads earned the Western Athletic Conference "Swimmer of the Year"
award as well as MVP for the 2009 season. She performed at the
PAC-10 Conference meet her freshman year (with Oregon State
University before transferring to Nevada as a Junior). She is a
multi-time qualifier for Division 1 NCAA's in the 200 Butterfly and
500 Freestyle. In addition to her collegiate career, Coach Courtney
represented The Claremont Club at many National level competitions
including the US Olympic Team Trials in 2004 and 2008. In 2004,
Eads qualified in the 200 Butterfly and the 400 Individual Medley.
In 2008, she had a full schedule qualifying in the 200 Butterfly,
100 Butterfly, 400 Individual Medley, 200 Freestyle and 400
She got her coaching start at Claremont High School and as the
Assistant Coach for the Claremont McKenna-Harvey Mudd-Scripps
College (CMS) swim team. In six years at the helm of the Claremont
High School, Coach Courtney established Claremont High School
Swimming as a solid competitive program. During her tenure at
Claremont High School, the swim team saw 20 repeat CIF qualifiers
in high scoring individual and relay performances. In the 6 years
as assistant coach for CMS Swimming and Diving, Eads helped bring
the Stags/Athenas to an impressive dual meet record seeing many
undefeated seasons, 5 SCIAC Championships, many NCAA Division 3 top
ten finishes, and a NCAA Division 3 Champion in the 100
She is the head coach at Crafton Hills College where she started
the intercollegiate Men’s and Women’s swim program from
scratch in 2016 and assisted with the Men’s and Women’s
Water Polo Teams in 2019.
Coach Courtney is an ASCA level 3 coach and has her master's degree
in Coaching and Athletics Administration from Concordia
Hi everyone! I am a Claremont native. I attended Sycamore
Elementary, El Roble, Claremont High, and then traveled all the way
to UC Riverside for college. There, I earned a bachelor’s
degree in business administration.
In 2010, I joined the TCC coaching staff. Having never been a
swimmer myself, I gained a great deal of wisdom from the legendary
coach, John Ries. Fortunately, I was surrounded by other incredible
coaches, such as Tressa Ries, Jennifer Altree, Winner Sa-Nguansap,
and Rita Kalmikova, to help me gain a deeper understanding of
As the years progress, I continue to learn. I had the
opportunity to volunteer at the USC summer swim camp. At that
venue, I was involved in a round table discussion with Dave Salo
and other amazing coaches from all over the country. I also had
hands on experience teaching the students who attended the camp.
Recently, I traveled to Sacramento to participate in an
Adult-Learn-To-Swim Certification Program. With my experience
teaching age groupers, senior swimmers, and masters swimmers, my
goal is to share the wonderful sport of swimming with whomever
wants to learn.
Over the last ten years, I have enjoyed helping swimmers fall in
love with swimming, make new friends, overcome failures, and
accomplish new goals. Seeing the confidence build within each
swimmer as they reach new highs is a true delight for me.
I feel extremely grateful to be a part of this amazing team.
Coach Courtney and Coach Damon have been exceptional additions to
TCC and have provided me with a fresh perspective on the sport of
swimming. I am also thankful for the addition of Lynette Struve,
who helps keep our team operating smoothly. I couldn’t ask
for better teammates!!
“The only limit to our realization of tomorrow will be our
doubts of today.” – Franklin D. Roosevelt
I began my coaching career at Damien High School in 2012 as an
assistant and in 2014 took over as Head Coach. During those years I
managed to keep a league championship win streak going which now
stands at 23 years in a row. I’ve coached a handful of CIF
event winners, High School All Americans and CIF State Championship
Qualifiers. I’ve also coached four top 5 team finishes at the
CIF-SS Div II Swimming Finals including two runner up teams and a
1st place team. I started coaching at TCC in the Fall of 2018 and
have enjoyed the new challenge coaching club swimming offers me. My
passion in coaching has always been taking swimmers to the next
level and helping them achieve their goals and their fastest times!