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Coaches

Coaching Staff

All LAMVAC coaches are member coaches with USA Swimming.  They have Lifeguard, CPR, First Aid and Safety Training for Swim Coaches certification.  The have completed USA Swimming Athlete Protection Training and Fundamentals of Coaching and have had a background check. The Head Coach and Senior Coach also have ASCA membership.

LAMVAC coaches are happy to meet with swimmers and parents, as long as it does not interrupt practice. Check the coaches' schedule to find out where and when to meet with a specific coach.

Coaching Staff

Jose Bonpua

Head Coach

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Jose Bonpua joined LAMVAC in 1998 to coach the Advanced Age Group and Senior swimmers at Foothill College pool. He was promoted to Head Coach in 2000. Jose began swimming competitively in 1978 for the YMCA in Cebu, Philippines. Wanting to share his love of swimming, Jose became an instructor for the Northeast YMCA in 1985.  From 1986 through 1989, he coached age-group swimmers for Tiger Aquatics and served as head coach for the Blue Dolphin Swim Club, a summer league team.  Jose continued to work for Tiger Aquatics, serving as their assistant head coach for two years, working with the senior swimmers and assuming primary responsibility for the 13- to 16-year-old age group. Jose has introduced a Masters swim program at Foothill College pool and is, himself, active as a Masters swimmer.

Laura Lee

Age Group Coach

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Laura Lee is a year-round Piranha and Tadpole coach. She graduated from Knox College, where she swam, competing in the 500-, 1000- and 1650-yard categories. She began swimming as a Tadpole at age 9 and swam with LAMVAC throughout high school.

Jonathan Ho

Age Group Coach

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Jonathan Ho has been part of the LAMVAC family since 2010.  Jon started as a beginner Tadpole and continued to progress all the way to the Junior training group.  Jon prefers to swim the long-distance events over short sprints.  Having a strong endurance base allowed Jon to excel in open-water competitions, which are now his favorite type of competition.  After three years as a Junior level swimmer, Jon decided to be a swimming coach. But he continues his swim training in the mornings with the Masters group.  He coaches the Tadpoles and Piranhas and provides assistance in the Tiger Shark group.   Outside of the pool, Jon has a particular interest in food and plans to study Food Science at the University of California, Davis.  He takes classes at Foothill College  when he is not swimming or coaching. 

Natalie Thiel

Age Group Coach

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Natalie Thiel joined LAMVAC in 2016 to coach the Beginning Tadpoles, Advanced Tadpoles and Beginning Piranhas. Natalie swam for DACA and Quicksilver at an early age and throughout high school. She now swims competitively for Foothill College, where she studies engineering. She is a seven-time CCCAA All-American. Her favorite events are the 50-yard freestyle and the 100-meter backstroke.

 

Maksim Kosminskii

Age Group Coach

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Maksim Kosminskii joined LAMVAC in 2018 to coach the Beginning and Advanced Tadpoles. Max begn swimming as a 6-year-old in Vladivostok, Russia. He stopped at the age of 12 and then resumed swimming for Foothill College in Los Altos Hills. He now swims with LAMVAC's Masters. Max graduated from Foothill College with an associate degree in business administration and plans to attend San Jose State University. His favorite events are 100 and 200 breaststroke. In his downtime, he enjoys rock climbing, inline skating and driving cars and motorcycles. He hopes to break a minute on his 100 breaststroke time soon.