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Coaching Staff

Paschalis Ntatsos

CEO

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Paschalis is an ASCA Level 5 Senior Coach. (the highest level representing the top 3% in the nation).
One of his unique strengths is that he has combined his extensive international swimming career and training by top European coaches, together with his Head coaching experience across all age groups up to elite international level swimmers. As a result, he can better understand and approach any individual needs with his swimmers to maximize their highest potential.
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Erik D. Lundeen

Age Group Coach

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Coach Erik Lundeen.
Erik is a collegiate swimmer with years of experience coaching children of all ages. His swimming career started at the age of seven when he joined a competitive swim team. 
Since then, he has acquired vast knowledge of the swimming technique. Erik swam for Dougherty Valley high school and competed on the varsity Water Polo team for four seasons. 
He taught swim lessons for the City of San Ramon for five years and was a part time coach for Ignite Triathlon team. He is certified by the American Red Cross as a Water Safety Instructor and a Lifeguard.

Courtney P. Schram

Age Group Coach

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Courtney has been swimming for as long as she can remember. She started swim lessons around age seven then moved on to competitive swimming for four years. She swam and was a water polo goalie for MVHS in her freshmen year. She has also worked at both of San Ramon's olympic pools for six year, five of those years as a lifeguard. She was also a swim instructor for the last six years. Between her knowledge of water safety and stroke development Courtney makes practice challenging, meaningful, and fun.

Florian Pascal Maenner

Age Group Coach

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Florian was enrolled in swim lessons from a young age, and ever since has loved to be in and around water. Florian has been working with the City of San Ramon as a lifeguard, and has been teaching swim lessons which he has come to love and has gained valuable experience in teaching people to swim. Florian is a certified in Lifeguarding skills/First Aid/Cpr/AED, Administering Emergency Oxygen and Water Safety Instructor all under the American Red Cross.

Athena Aghighi

Age Group Coach

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Athena started off her swimming career on a competitive year round team for 7 years. She continued swimming for her high school team for 2 years. She has taught multiple swim lessons for a variety of skill levels and ages. She enjoys coaching and ensures that her swimmers enjoy working hard at practice. She is passionate about swimming and has gained valuable experience throughout her years as a swimmer and as a coach. She is always motivated to inspire others to swim. Her experience allows her to encourage her swimmers to overcome their obstacles in swimming and in life. Athena is certified in Lifeguard Skills/ First Aid/ CPR/ AED all under the American Red Cross.

 

Apoorva Sharma

Private Lessons

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Apoorva has been swimming for almost 14 years now and has a background in competitive swimming. He has good communication skills and loves interacting with swimmers of all ages. He believes that every aspiring swimmer can achieve high levels of success and strives to bring out the best in each individual. With a bakground in competitive swimming, Apoorva brings a tough regime to every practice, but never skimps on the fun as practice should always be enjoyable and productive. 

Athena Topakas

Age Group Coach

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Athena has been a competitive swimmer for over twelve years, and four years on the Varsity swim team for her High School. Her love and passion for the swimming world inspires her to continue coaching and educating the future champions in swimming and in life.

Karina L. Zalatar

Age Group Coach

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Karina has been swimming for the past 14 years competitively in the Bay Area.

Her love of being in the water started very early on in her life and completed when she played Varsity water polo for three years. As a team captain for water polo and swimming her senior year showed her great leadership skills as a coach and as an individual. Working with children inspires her to help build great swimmers and great people for their future. 
Karina will be majoring in kinesiology to further her passion in sports & medicine.

Elise C. Riley

Age Group Coach

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Elise has swum competitively for the past 14 years. She started as a summer rec swimmer and moved to year-round at a young age. The pool is like a second home to Elise. Elise has been with the city of San Ramon as a lifeguard and swim instructor for the last 4 years, working with all levels of swimmers from babies to advanced. Elise is a certified in Lifeguarding skills/First Aid/Cpr/AED, Administering Emergency Oxygen and Lifeguard Instructor all under the American Red Cross.

Courtney Mariko Lau

Swim Coach

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Courtney has swum competitively for the past 11 years. She has experience teaching children both in and out of the water and enjoys helping them improve. Courtney has also worked as a lifeguard for the City of San Ramon for the past 2 years.

Alexandra Laralen Zerbe

Swim Coach

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Lexi has loved to be in the water ever since her first swim lessons as a child. Her past experience in lifeguard training and teaching swim lessons as well as her passion for teaching strokes and water safety allows her to be a motivating teacher in the water. She believes that people of all ages have the ability to learn how to swim - it’s just about finding what works for each individual. She has gained valuable experience in teaching lessons and looks forward to watching her students grow.
 

Aaron S Wakashige

Swim Coach

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Aaron started swimming competitively at age 10 and continued for seven years. He swam for California High School's varsity team for three years, and his undying interest in the sport has kept him coming back to the pool even after his competitive life ended. He loves working and seeing the success of young athletes and is excited to watch the next generation of swimmers to grow and take their skills to the next level.

Piper Hensley Stickler

Swim Coach

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Piper has been swimming since she was four years old.  She started out as a summer rec swimmer and made the transition to year-round swimming two years ago. She is looking forward to sharing her love of the sport with children of all abilities.  She hopes the children she coaches will develop a love for swimming the way she did.

Michelle Minh-Thu Pham

Swim Coach

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Michelle has been swimming for as long as she can remember, but she began competitively swimming when she was nine years old. Since then, she has always been at the pool, whether it be swimming, playing water polo, teaching swim lessons, or coaching. She loves to spend her summers with kids and has prior experience working as a swim instructor. Her favorite stroke is butterfly, but she enjoys working with children of all ages and abilities.

Witney Szeto Lam

Swim Coach

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Witney has been swimming competitively since she was 6 and recently started playing water polo competitively for her HS and individually. When she was 10 she became #1 in the 50 fly in all of California and #3 in the country. Also #3 in the 100 fly in all of California. Even through these accomplishments, Including other ones for free and back, she’s had gone through challenges with swim. But recently she discovers that her love for swimming has not been forgotten or changed, it has just grown. So from this she wants to show the passion and enjoyment swimming brings her and do her best to leave that same feeling in the kids.

Michael Sirota Lutzker

Head Coach Summer Teams

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Michael has twelve years of swimming experience, and has competed at the national level.
He is a rising senior at Swarthmore College, where he is a team captain and school record holder in 1000 Free, 1650 Free, and 800 Free Relay. Michael enjoys learning about and working on the technique aspect of his swimming, and believes this is the most effective way to yield improvements and produce best times. He is passionate about communicating the importance of technique and feel for the water to other swimmers, and has coached a summer recreational teams and given private lessons for the past three years.

Sean Kapono Remmert

Swim Coach

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 Sean has been swimming competitively for over fifteen years. He has experience in both Summer league swimmer and year round swimming. Sean swam for Monte Vista High School and was captain of the mens varsity team for three of his four years. He loves to see young athletes with the same passion for the sport he has

Olivia j Adey

Swim Coach

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Olivia has been swimming competitively for 10 years alongside high school varsity swim for 4 years, she plans on continuing her swimming career in college. Olivia has been teaching swim lessons for 2 years for kids of all ages during which she was also a lifeguard. Olivia is very passionate about seeing her students excel not only in performance but in valued life skills. 

Brian Jerzy Buckley

Swim Coach

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Brian has been swimming competitively for over 12 years now in both San Ramon and Santa Cruz. He began swimming for a local summer rec swim team, continued swimming through high school for the Cal High team, and currently swims in college for the UC Santa Cruz swim team. Additionally Brian has coached for the San Ramon Aquacats for the past three years (this year will be his fourth) as a Junior and Assistant coach. Through coaching for the Aquacats he has learned a great amount about how to teach children and teenagers of all ages and abilities how to become comfortable in the water and how to transition into swimming competitively at all levels. His love for chasing his own goals and helping others reach theirs is a major part of why he loves swimming and coaching swimmers. 

Casey Y Wakashige

Swim Coach

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Casey was enrolled in a swim school at a young age, and ever since then, she’s had a love for the water. Casey has been on a competitive year-round team for 10 years. She has a great passion for swimming and has obtained a lot of knowledge through her years as a swimmer. She loves working with kids of all ages. She believes that everybody has the potential to become a great swimmer.

Kevin E Buckley

Swim Coach

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Kevin has been swimming competitively for the past 11 years. With all these years of swimming experience, he has become a junior coach for his swim team. Through coaching children of all ages he has learned valuable instructing skills in both group, and private lesson settings. Also, as a Junior Lifeguard for the City of Pleasanton, he gained experience working with swim lessons ranging in age and skill level from preschool to beginner. Seeing and being a part of every swimmers improvement is what always brings him back to pool every summer.

Lindsay M Ly

Swim Coach

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Lindsay has been competitively swimming on a year-round team for 9 years. Her passion for swimming and improving has not died since the day she got in the pool. She is experienced in working with kids through multiple mentoring programs and is very excited to be working with these future swimmers. With her determination and passion combined, she can show the kids what swimming is all about and will work hard to help them enjoy it as much as she does.

Jason T Lau

Swim Coach

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Jason began his experience with swimming at the age of 6. He continued for 9 years, starting from summer rec to competitive year round swimming. Never leaving the pool since then, Jason has worked as a lifeguard and a swim instructor for the City of San Ramon for 3 years. Through the American Red Cross, Jason is certified in Lifeguarding, First Aid, CPR/AED, and Water Safety Instructor. He enjoys teaching people of all ages how to swim and to improve their technique.

 

Kayla Ashley Boydstun

Swim Coach

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Kayla has been swimming for as long as she remembers. Her love for the water started at a young age when she was enrolled in swim lessons. Ever since then, she's had a great passion for swimming. She has prior experience working as a swim instructor for the City of San Ramon. She loves working with children of all ages, as well as seeing them grow into their full potential as a swimmer. 

Martina Barbara Steffkova

Swim Coach

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Martina is a competitive swimmer for a year-round club and for her high school. She is very passionate about swimming and is excited to work with young swimmers and help them build a love for swimming as well. She has worked as a swim coach for special needs athletes and as a lifeguard. She is also certified in lifeguarding skills/First Aid/CPR/AED under the American Red Cross.

 

Saige E Aronson

Swim Coach

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With 10 years of competitive swimming, Saige is very grateful that it has given her the foundation and love for the water. She has certifications in Stress & Rescue plus in multiple advanced specialities in scuba diving passing rigorous training to be able to help people of all ages be comfortable in the water.
Currently as a year-round club swimmer, she is always looking to improve on technique and speed while utilizing the disciplines from the sport to build character and support others around her to make the practices an educational, safe and fun space.  Saige is certified in First Aid, CPR, AED, and Oxygen First Aid.

Christopher P Guidi

Swim Coach

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Christopher has been swimming competitively since the age of 6, and lives for the sport of swimming. Christopher is excited to share is swimming passion with swimmers of all ability levels.  Besides coaching with ElitSwim, Christopher is a lifeguard with the City of San Ramon. He is certified through American Red Cross in Lifeguarding/First Aid/CPR/AED, and Administering Emergency Oxygen.

Kyle Regan Tseng

Swim Coach

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Kyle has been swimming competitively for the past 6 years on year-round teams and swam for SRV High School.  He has lots of experience working with kids of all ages through schools and church youth programs. He is excited to share his passion of swimming with young athletes and hopes to further their interests and pursuits in swimming.  

Cherry Jihyun Park

Swim Coach

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Cherry is a competitive swimmer. She has been swimming for around 10 years now, from a rec team to a competitive year round swim team. She has a great passion for swimming and teaching new swimmers. She loves to help kids of all ages and abilities. She believes that everyone can become a great swimmer.

Jason J Fu

Swim Coach

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Jason began competitive swimming 7 years ago in Beijing and joined Pleasanton Seahawks when he moved to San Ramon. He has also swam for DVHS for three years now and loves to be in the pool. He firmly believes that anyone can become a great swimmer with a strong foundation in technique, a desire to work hard and improve and most importantly, by having fun.

Jordan Dell Louie

Swim Coach

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