Coaching Staff


Head Coach, Helen Garcia

A University of California, Berkeley graduate, Helen competed at the National level qualifying for the Olympic Trials. Helen was recruited by Coach Teri  Mckeever and earned a scholarship to swim for the University of California, Berkeley.  Under Coach  Mckeever, the current coach of the NCAA National Champion Women’s Swim Team and head coach of the 2012 U.S. women's Olympic swimming team, Helen competed for four years and was elected team captain as a senior. As her swimming career ended her coaching career began as head coach of the Strawberry Canyon Aquatic Masters Team in Berkeley. Five years later, Helen moved on to age group and high school coaching for the Piedmont Swim Team and Piedmont High School Team. Over ten years as head coach of the Piedmont Swim Team, Helen built a competitive program and increased the membership to over 100 swimmers. In 2008 Helen earned a Master’s Degree from  U.C. Berkeley in Education and in 2011 started a summer swim school in Oakland called Helen’s Happy Swim School. Helen Coaches the Senior I & II level groups.


Head Age Group Coach, Jesus  Salcedo

A Cal State East Bay graduate, Jesus studied human development specializing in children ages 9-14. Jesus  grew up swimming and playing water polo in Southern California and has been coaching and training swimmers for over 12 years. As a coach with the Orinda Country Club Jesus coaches the  10&under swimmers and has helped lead the team to 12  OMPA championship titles. Jesus joined the coaching staff with his sister Helen Garcia at the Piedmont Swim Team and has been instrumental in developing and elevating the competitive nature of the program. Jesus was selected as Head Coach of the developmental All Star Team and has presented at USA Diversity and American Swim Coach Association Clinics. Jesus coaches the Junior I & II level groups.





Strength & Conditioning Coach, Tim Wisniewski  

Timothy Wisniewski has over 20 years of professional experience with a Masters Degree in Health Education and a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Physiology/ Physical Education. Tim is nationally certified by NSCA (National Strength and Conditioning Association) as a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS), by USAWL as a USA weight lifting club coach and by TRX suspension training systems. He has taught lifetime fitness strategies to children/ adolescents in and out of public schools for 18 years. Whether teaching large groups or personal training one-on-one, Tim knows the importance of creating a safe, dynamic and engaging learning environment. In the corporate sector, Tim infuses this approach with companies such as Academy Award winning local Animation Studios, Kaiser Permanente, F’real Foods, and the Albany Armada Aquatic swim club. Set your goals, Tim will tailor an approach to reach them!

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