Coaches & Directors

We are here to support your needs. If your questions are related to workouts, meets, events, goal setting, and other swimming related needs, please contact one of the coaches. For all questions related to administrative, such as dues, safety, or policy issues, please contact Serge Victor, Head Coach.

Coaching Staff

Serge Victor

Head Coach


Serge Victor has been coaching, teaching, and managing aquatic programs for nearly thirty years.  He has coached swimmers ranging in ability from novice level to Olympians and U.S. National Team members, including Janet Evans and Ugur Taner.  During his coaching tenure with USC, Villanova, and UC Berkeley he has coached NCAA Champions and numerous NCAA All Americans, where Serge's coaching style has been influenced by Mark Schubert and Nort Thornton. Serge has developed numerous Senior and Junior USA National Champions and USA Junior National team members.  Since recently, Serge has been working with recreational teams such as Dana Hills, and East County Stingrays.  Serge is the founder of New Wave Aquatics as well as Team Director.  He is Level Five, highest possible, American Swimming Coaches Association certified. 

Nikki Palmer



Hi, my name is Nikki Palmer and I recently graduated from the University of Tampa where I majored in International Business- Management. I swam collegiately at the University of Tampa where I specialized in sprint freestyle and backstroke, as well as 100 and 200 fly. I started swimming locally with Serge at eight years old and I have been coaching Dana Hills Swim Team for numerous years. I swam for the Oakhurst Orcas and Dana Hills while I grew up in Clayton.   I attended Carondelet High School where I was a four year NCS qualifier and NCS 400 free relay record holder. My junior year of high school I decided I was going to focus more on swim and joined the Walnut Creek Aquabears. I was a scholar athlete at the University of Tampa and got the privilege of participating on two consecutive Sunshine State Swimming Conference champion teams. I have a passion for coaching and watching the improvement and advancement of swimmers of all levels. !  I am looking forward to assisting Serge this fall!