Coaches & Directors
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Coaching Staff

Terry Stoddard

Head Coach


In his 8th season of coaching Swim Pasadena, Coach Terry W. Stoddard oversees the training of the Senior Groups for Swim Pasadena. He is the original senior coach of the Swim Pasadena team. After a heartfelt beginning with 23 charter members, Swim Pasadena came into existence on January 22, 1998. With much hard work, perseverance and some faith his training groups as well as the team have grown. The senior groups are primarily focused on the overall long term goal of the team which is embodied in the mantra that every athlete is given the opportunity to reach their full potential in senior swimming (timed based swimming) Although Coach Stoddard can and does coach at every level the senior groups are his fortes. Coach Stoddard brings 29 years of experience coaching athletes at each and every level of senior swimming. These athletes strive for achievement in both senior swimming at the regional, national and international level as well as learning how to transition from age based swimming (JO?s and High School swimming are examples) to the afore mentioned senior swimming levels. The athletes are provided the opportunity to accomplish these markers by logically progressing through an organized training in stroke technique, endurance training, strength training, speed training, mental training and race preparedness. What separates Swim Pasadena from other teams in the Southern California area and the United States is the coaching knowledge and expertise made available to the Swim Pasadena athletes. Coach Stoddard's experiences enable an athlete and/or a family to enter the competitive sport of swimming at any level with Swim Pasadena and stay with Swim Pasadena as they progress and compete at every level in the sport including wining Olympic Medals and National Championships.

This opportunity is made readily available through the support of the Swim Pasadena Coaching staff without ever having to leave the team. Swim Pasadena athletes are succeeding as champions, medalists and finalists at many levels in local, high school, junior college, college, regional, and national level competitions.

Before coming to Swim Pasadena, Coach Stoddard served as the head coach for AAF Rose Bowl Aquatics in Pasadena from 1992-98. On the national and international level, Coach Stoddard was the Head Coach of the National Junior Team in 1999 and an assistant coach for the National Junior team in 1995. He was an assistant coach for the U.S. Women's team at the Pan American Games in 1991. Coach Stoddard has trained athletes who have competed in the 1996, 1992, 1988 and 1984 Olympic Games. Several of his athletes attained world rankings in his 29 years of coaching. Coach Stoddard served as an adviser for the Polish Olympic swim team, where he coached two Olympic medalists in Rafel Szukala (1992, Olympic Silver Medal, 100-Meter butterfly) and Artur Wojdat (1988, Olympic Bronze Medal, 400-freestyle). Many of his athletes still hold team, school, conference, CIF, Southern California and Junior National records. He has also coached athletes to American, World & Olympic Records in varied disciplines, including Breaststroke, Butterfly, IM & Sprint, Middle Distance and Distance Freestyle.

Before coming to the Pasadena area to work at the AAF Rose Bowl Aquatic Center he was a club coach in Mission Viejo for 14 years from 1978 to 1992, where he was Head Coach from 1985 to 1992. Stoddard directed back-to-back U.S. National Team Championships for men and combined in 1986-87. His Junior National teams won 14 team titles. At the prep level, Stoddard was head coach at Buena High School (1977-78) and later a coach at Capistrano Valley High from 1978-85. The Capistrano girls' team finished as CIF runner-up five times and the '81 team set a then national prep record in the 200-yard medley relay. He directed seven individual CIF champions in his tenure there. He also coached boys water polo at Capistrano Valley from 1978-80.

Sheri A Stoddard

Head Age Group Coach


In her 7th year of coaching with Swim Pasadena, Coach Sheri works primarily with the age group program, yet so many of the National level swimmers on our team "grew their roots in swimming" under her tutelage. Although she has only "coached" for 7 years she has taught every level of learn to swim and stroke technique for over 25 years.

Coach Sheri is both the Head Coach of Swim Pasadena and the Head Age Group Coach. She oversees swimming stroke technique, physical training and personal development for the swimmers in our program who are at the B, A, AA, JO and Sr. Development level of performance. She also works with Shannon Stoddard on the "Dry Side" of both the business and team management of Swim Pasadena, as the team is owned and operated by the Stoddard Family. She generates and manages the primary communication systems of the team.

Before coaching with Swim Pasadena, Coach Sheri divided her time as a Mother, Aquatics Director and Swim Instructor. I f you know Sheri, you know her favorite thing to do is be a Mom! Professionally she has been in charge of two of the top swim lessons programs in the southland. She was one of the first 5 pilot Swim America Directors for the American Swimming Coaches Association. Swim America has since grown to be one of the best swim lesson programs in the country with over 800 programs throughout the US.

Sheri and Terry were married in November, 1976 while attending Eastern Kentucky University where both of them completed their Masters degrees in the 12 months after completing their BS degrees from Eastern Kentucky University in May, 1976. Coach Sheri was a graduate of Northmont High School in Englewood, Ohio in 1972.

Dana M Stoddard

Assistant Coach


Dana Michelle Stoddard

In her 4th year of coaching, all of which have been with Swim Pasadena, Dana Stoddard contributes as an all purpose coach assisting all groups in the Swim Pasadena Program.

Coach Dana splits her coaching time with Coach Sheri covering the Gold Group practices and competitions. While Coach Sheri shares this time coaching the Gold Group Coach Dana then assists with the JO Group training. Coach Dana also assists all three of Coach Stoddard's groups with a primary focus on dryland training, Group Management, Data return on tests sets, etc. and covering the training regime when Coach Stoddard is away from the his groups.

Before becoming a staff member on Swim Pasadena, Dana completed her Bachelor of Arts in Speech and Communication at Oregon State University, graduating in June 2003. While attending OSU she was an athletic scholarshiped athlete on the swim team competing in the prestigious PAC 10 Conference all four years. She was a 1998 graduate from La Canada High School where she received the Senior Athlete of the year award in her last year as the first ever and only female athlete to finish all four years in the top 8 in an individual event at the CIF Championships. She still holds La Canada High School records and was a NISCA All American on both the 200 and 400 Freestyle Relays.

During her years of education she was voted and fulfilled the position of Athlete Representative for the Olympic Section, Southern California Swimming, and the National Governing Body as a member of the House of Delegates for the sport.

A charter member of Swim Pasadena, joining the team from its inception on January 22, 1998, Dana's contributions as swimmer and "Team Player" are among the best we have ever had and stand as great leadership for those to follow. Her enthusiasm, vigor and heart have and always will continue to represent the true meaning of the ?Swim Pasadena Family.