Coaches and Board

Aulea has a terrific coaching staff headed by Joe Glenn, our Head Coach since 2014. All of our coaches are certified with the American Swim Coaches Association (ASCA). For any questions about practice or meet scheduling, please contact your child's coach directly. For any information about billing or your membership, please contact our team administrator, Lisa Simon. Contact information for all coaches, staff and the Board of Directors is listed below.

Coaching Staff

Joseph Glenn

Head Coach

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Coach Joe joined Aulea in May 2014. Prior to that he worked as an assistant at Punahou beginning in 2004 and took over as head coach in 2008. Coach Joe is an American Swimming Coaches Assocation (ASCA) level 4 swim coach, which is in the top 10% of all coaches in the nation, and was named ASCA's Hawaiian Swimming Age Group Coach of the year in 2011. In 2016, his second season with Aulea, Joe was one of 100 coaches nationwide named as Nationl Junior Team Coach. He has coached swimmers to all levels including junior and senior nationals and has had many swimmers reach national top 10 rankings.  He has coached swimmers to over 30 new Hawaiian swimming records as well.  During his short time with Aulea he has already helped the team to accomplish the following:

-Aulea acheived Bronze Medeal Status (top 200 club nationwide out of almost 3'000) in 2016 and 2017

-Grew the club from 90 to 200 members

-Jumped from 13th place at age group state championships in December 2013 to 2nd place in July 2015 and sustainted top 3 finishes since then

-Jumped up from 10th place at Hawaiian Swimming Senior championships in November 2013 to 2nd place in November 2014 (SCY) and June 2015 (LCM)

-Top 10 team finish at Senior Sectionals in both 2015 and 2016

-Qualified mulitiple swimmers for the USA Swimming Senior National and Junior National competitions.  One swimmer had a runner up finish at Junior Nationals and qualified for USA swimming's national junior team.

-Had a swimmer who broke 5 Hawaiian Open division men's records

-Over 20 invidual or relay state championships earned

During his time at Punahou, Joe also worked as a social studies teacher at Farrington High School and was also the head swim coach at Farrington High School from 2006-2013.  He revived a program that had been dormant from 1997-2005 to a top-10 finish in the OIA and it’s first state qualifying individual swimmers and relay swimmers in over 40 years. 

Joe grew up in Santa Rosa, Ca and swam club from the ages of 6-18 with the Santa Rosa Neptunes qualifying for and competing at the Junior National level.  After high School, Joe went to Denison University in Ohio where he studied economics and was a four year member of the varsity swim team which twice finished as runner-ups at the Division III swimming and diving national championships.  Joe won multiple All-American honors during his tenure and served as team captain during his senior year.  Immediately after college Joe returned to the bay area and worked in the mortgage finance industry helping mortgage banks with interest rate risk management.  Shorty after moving to Hawaii, Joe received his teaching license in secondary social studies. During his time at Farrington High School, Joe was named an Ola Pono award winner in 2008 (one of ten winners statewide) for his work in promoting safe, healthy and drug-free lifestyles.  In addition, he was featured in a front page article in the Star-Advertiser in 2012 for his work in reviving the Farrington High School swim program.  After taking the Aulea job, Joe decided to make a full plunge in to windward aquatics and as of 2014 he serves as the head Coach of the Le Jardin Academy Bulldogs.

Joe and his wife Melissa live in Kaneohe.  They have a six year old daughter named Maya and a 9 month old son named Aidan.  In addition to serving as head coach of Aulea, Joe is currently working as the Executive Director of the Hawaii Aquatics Foundation, a non-profit who's mission it is to have all 2nd grade students on the Hawaiian Islands learn drowning prevention skills.  He also serves as the Age Group Chair for the Hawaiian Swimming LSC.  In his spare time, Joe can be found doing open water swims, surfing, hiking, biking and enjoying time with his family.

Yan Chen

Junior Group Coach

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Coach Yan  joined Aulea in September of 2017 and she will be serving as our Gold group coach.  Coach Yan is a retired Chinese National team swimmer. She won a Gold medal at 4×200m freestyle at 1997 FINA Short Course World Championships. Later that year at Chinese National Games, she broke world record at 400m individual medley. [1]  She then won 400m individual medley and 400m freestyle at 1998 Perth World Aquatics Championships. She participated in 1996 and 2000 two Olympic Games.

She started college in China and transferred to UH Manoa in 2002 as a sophomore. She earned her BS in 3 years, and swam on an Full Scholarship.  After her undergrad, she completed a master's degree at UH and has been working in recreation management with the Sheraton hotel ever since. She was both the head age group coach and head coach for Punahou Aquatics in Honolulu, HI from 2008-2016.  Her time at Punahou was extremely productive.  She coached swimmers to over 50 state age group records and coached state, regional and zone champions as well as multiple national top 10 swimmers.

Coach Yan believes in a very technical approach with fundamental skills such as kicking and streamline at the core of her belief.  She is very goal driven and teaches her swimmers to be that way as well.  She shares not only swimming expertise with her swimmers but also her own life experiences both in and out of the pool.  We are very fortunate to have coach Yan leading the gold group.  When she isn't coaching or working at the hotel, she enjoys swimming herself and loves surfing!

Tom Lileikis

Gold/Chief Technical Officer

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COACH TOM LILEIKIS JOINED AULEA AS IT'S SILVER GROUP COACH IN NOVEMBER 2015 AFTER COACHING AT SUN-SHINE AQUATICS SINCE 2007 AND THE OAHU CLUB MASTERS TEAM SINCE 2011. COACH TOM BRINGS WITH HIM 40+ YEARS OF COMPETITIVE SWIMMING EXPERIENCE-INCLUDING 27 YEARS AS A COACH.-AT THE AGE GROUP, NATIONAL, COLLEGIATE, OLYMPIC TRIAL, OPEN WATER, MATERS AND TRI-ATHLETE LEVELS. PRIOR TO SUN-SHINE AND OAHU CLUB MASTERS, COACH TOM SERVED AS ASSISTANT COACH AT THE UNIVERSITY OF HAWAII MASTERS' PROGRAM FROM 1989 THROUGH 1999. TOM SERVES AS OUR CLUBS SENIOR GROUP COACH BUT IS ALSO ASKED TO WORK WITH OTHER GROUPS IN HIS ROLE AS THE CLUBS CTO (CHIEF TECHNICAL OFFICER).

THROUGHOUT HIS CAREER HE HAS COACHED ALL LEVELS OF AGE GROUP SWIMMERS UP TO THE NATIONAL CALIBER, INCLUDING A SWIMMER ACHIEVING STATUS OF HAWAIIAN AGE GROUP RECORD HOLDER, USA SWIMMING NATIONAL DIVERSITY CAMP SELECTION, AND USA SWIMMING NATIONAL TOP 20 RANKINGS. COACH TOM SPECIALIZES IN STROKE TECHNIQUE, RACE STRATEGIES, MENTAL PREPARATION AND PATIENCE. COACH TOM BEGAN SWIMMING COMPETITIVELY AT THE AGE OF 7 IN CALABASAS, CALIFORNIA, FOR CLASS AQUATICS UNDER COACH BRAIN BRIO. SURING HIS AGE GROUP YEARS HE WAS RANKED TOP TEN NATIONALLY SEVERAL TIMES MAINLY IN FREESTYLE AND BUTTERFLY EVENTS. AFTER ATTAINING ALL-AMERICAN STATUS IN HIGH SCHOOL, TOM ATTENDED AND SWAM FOR THE UNIVERSITY OF HAWAII WHERE HE HELD SCHOOL AND WESTERN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE RECORDS, QUALIFIED AND WAS A FINALIST AT THE NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS FROM 1985-1988. HE WAS ALSO TEAM CAPTAIN AND VOTED MOST IMPIRATIONAL TWICE AS HE STUDIED GEOGRAPHY AND ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES. AFTER PARTICIPATING IN THE 1988 OLYMPIC TRIALS, TOM TOOK HIS LOVE FOR SWIMMING TO THE OCEAN WHERE HE WAS A SILVER MEDALIST IN THE 1991 US NATIONAL 10K OPEN WATER SWIMMING CHAMPIONSHIPS, HAWAII OPEN WATER NORTH SHORE SHERIES CHAMPION (1991 AND 2009) AS WELL AS PLACING 1ST, MASTERS DIVISION, AT THE WORLD PADDLEBOARD CHAMPIONSHIPS IN 1999.

Cassie Pardee Kyffin

Bronze/Swim School

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Coach Cassie has been a valued member of the Aulea staff since 2013 and is currently coaching the Bronze Group and the Swim School.  Previously she has worked with the Platinum group as well as the Gold group.  She has an excellent rapport with all the swimmers on the club and brings positivity to the pool deck every day!

Coach Cassie swam competitively from the age of five up through college at the University of Redlands. She competed in butterfly, IM, and sprint freestyle.  Now Cassie is excited to continue to be in the swimming world as a coach and help a new generation of swimmers improve their strokes and reach their goals in and out of the pool.

Before moving to Hawai`i Cassie served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in the Philippines.  In December 2014 she graduated with a Masters of Marine Science from Hawaii Pacific University and is currently working in the field doing research for the Hawaii Fisheries Council.  We are excited  to continue having her leading our youngest swimmers!!

Emily Bennewitz Mobley

Platinum/Swim School

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Coach Emily joined the Aulea coaching staff in January of 2018 and immediately made a positive impace on the Platinum group.

Emily is a former competitive swimmer who began her swimming career at Edina swim club in Minneapolis, MN. She swam through High school on both her club and high school teams. When it was time to decide on college, she wanted a change of climate (much warmer) and decided on University of Redlands where she swam all 4 years (two of which were with coach Cassie). Emily swam mostly long distance and competed in the 500 free and the mile. She also swam 100 and 200 backstroke. After undergrad, she received her Masters degree in communication disorders from University of Redlands. 

 

Emily moved to Hawaii from San Diego, CA in December of 2017 with her husband Sam. In San Diego, she had worked as a speech language pathologist in several pediatric settings. She is now working in the Leeward school district. Emily is excited to continue working with Aulea swimmers and help them grow their love of the sport.

Suzette Helen Seolas

Silver/Swim School

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Suzi is originally from Athens Greece.  Suzi grew up swimming and loving the water as her family had a pool and a lake on their 40 acre ranch.

Every summer she loved youth camp and looked forward to swim certifications and training, and took her first swim survival course at age 10.   

In 2002-2004 Suzi was a Sponsored Runner for Fila and loved the challenge and thrill of training with world class athletes.

 Suzi has been a competitive triathlete for 15 years with many age group wins and qualified in the Elite Division 2003 and was offered a Speedo Sponsorship.

 In her early years of Triathlon Suzi had the opportunity to train & improve her swim with Dave Scott, Ironman Champion/ Master Swimmer. 

Cross Country for Bolles Private School,Jacksonville Florida 2007-2008

Head Strength Trainer/ Coach Kids USA Swim Team Jacksonville, Florida 2008-2010

Kamehameha Swim Club Assistant Coach 2016

Suzi has been a Ocean and Safety Lifeguard/ Surf Instructor here in Hawaii for 8 years and is very passionate about the ocean. 

Suzi loves a positive attitude and winning spirit. And knows first hand the power of the mind to succeed and accomplish one's goals. 

Suzi earned her Degree in Sports Therapy & Holistic Health in San Diego, California.  

 

She has a Sports Therapy Practice and has worked with 100’s of athletes from the weekend warrior to professionals with performance, recovery, sports nutrition and sports psychology.  Suzi’s passion for sports and time   as a competitive athlete has given her many insights and working knowledge on how to help others.  Helping you reach your excellence and potential is her goal.