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COACHES

We are here to support your needs. If you have questions about workouts, competitions, events, goal setting, and other team related needs, please contact one of the coaches. At Paso Robles Aquatics, we encourage individual and team ethics, sportsmanship and being an example for all other teams to follow.

Coaching Staff

Jen Brown

Program Director

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Coach Jen has spent most of her life at the pool, learning to swim at the age of three and beginning her competitive swim career at age seven. During her tenure as a swimmer, she set multiple club and school records, earned several All-American Honors, two state titles, one national title, and was awarded Cuesta College's Female Athlete of the Year in 1988. She began her coaching career in 1989, first as the JV girls coach for SLO High and then working her way up to Head Age Group Coach for the SLO Swim Club. From there she went on to become the Head Coach for North County Aquatics as well as the Varsity girls coach for Paso Robles High School. Her professional aquatic experience also includes a stint as Aquatics Director for Kennedy Club Fitness in Atascadero, Swim America Director at multiple locations, and she owns a successful swim school in Templeton. At this time, Coach Jen is the Head Coach and Program Director for Paso Robles Aquatics and Swim America at Kennedy Club Fitness in Paso Robles. As a member of the American Swim Coaches Association (ASCA), she continues her education in order to stay at the forefront of coaching techniques and philosophies. Her current certifications include Coaches Safety Training, Lifeguarding, FIrst Aid, and CPR for the Professional Rescuer.  Coach Jen is also an ASCA Certified Level 3 coach and is working toward Level 4. Throughout her career, she has guided swimmers to team titles at Coastal Section Championships and Los Padres League Finals, she has coached nationally ranked individual and relay swimmers-including a national age group champion, she has taken swimmers to Junior Nationals, placed swimmers on the Western Zone All-Star teams, coached CIF champion swimmers and a Southern California record setting relay. Coach Jen has received recognition from her coaching peers by being selected as a staff member for USA Swimming select camps, Southern California all star teams, and was honored to receive the Southern California Age Group Coach of the Year Award in 1995. Coach Jen continues to share her passion for swimming by instilling desire, commitment, and integrity into the athletes she works with both today and in the future.

Gordy Smith

Swim Coach-Senior 2

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Amanda Hughes

Swim Coach-Junior 2

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Coach Amanda’s love of coaching began with a passion for teaching.  She earned her B.A and M.A in Education from the University of California at Santa Cruz.  After earning her California Multiple Subject Teaching Credential at UCSC, she went on to earn her Early Childhood Education certificate at Cuesta.  In addition, Amanda has earned ASCA Level 2 Coach Recognition. Her  background in educating toddlers through middle school age children has given her valuable insight into age group swim coaching. Amanda has over 10 consecutive years of experience coaching lessons, summer league, and year round club swimmers. She has worked with children from the very beginning stages of lessons, and coached competitive age group swimmers to Junior Olympic, JAG, and Far Western times.  She believes that teaching children the lifelong skills of being comfortable and confident in the water, and loving swimming, are vital aspects of her job as a swim coach. A Central Coast native, Amanda grew up taking lessons and lap swimming at Cuesta College, and swam for Morro Bay High School. In her spare time, Amanda loves to run cross country, lap swim, and engage in water sports with her surfer husband and three children, who are all competitive swimmers. 

Samantha Burk

Swim Coach-Junior 1

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Stacy Lakeman

Swim Coach-Academy

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Grant East

Water Polo Coach

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Grant East has been coaching water polo for six years now and has coached swimming for ten. He first started his coaching career at North County Aquatics, then went to Paso Robles Swim Team, then Paso Aquatic Club, and now is the Head Water Polo Coach for Paso Robles Aquatics. He has coached at Paso Robles High School for three years and has run a summer water polo program at Kennedy Club Fitness for six years. Grant was also a Bearcat and graduated in 2008. He was a member of the PRHS water polo, swim, and dive teams between 2004 and 2008, where he earned the role of captain of the swim team his senior year. Grant participated at the CIF championships in all three of his aquatic sports achieving multiple top ten finishes at CIF finals during his high school career. He went on to swim for California Lutheran University where at one point he held seven school records, breaking records ten times overall as captain of the CLU swim team. He received a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from CLU in addition to being part of student government and other extra curricular activities. When he isn’t at the pool, Grant is surfing and hiking around the central coast and sometimes foreign countries! You can also find him occasionally in the classroom as a substitute for the Paso Robles School District.

Collin Moore

Swim & Water Polo Coach

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Morgan Moore

Swim & Water Polo Coach

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Morgan Moore has been coaching swim since 2018.  He coached his first two highschool seasons at Arroyo Grande as the Boys JV Coach.  The second year under Coach Moore the AG JV boys won the Mountain League.  He has coached at Paso Robles Aquatics since 2019 working with the Junior Polo program.  Morgan graduated from Paso Robles Highscool in 2013 where he swam and played polo at the Varsity level for his last 3 years.  He participated in Southern Section CIF for both Swimming and Water Polo.  Morgan went on to compete at Cal Poly from 2015-2018.  There he trained with the distance program and scored in the 1650 and 500 at MPSF conference. Morgan received a BS in Forestry and Natural Resources from Cal Poly.

Board of Directors

Alyx Truax

Team Administrator

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