Owner / Head Coach
Joey is the Head Coach & Owner of
Palo Alto Stanford Aquatics - Cardinal site, Head
National Group Coach, and the Volunteer Assistant Coach
for the Stanford University Women's Swimming team. Under his
guidance, the PASA-Cardinal program has been very successful. PASA
is recognized as a USA Swimming Gold Medal Club and ranks as the
top club team in Northern California.
Joey is entering his sixth year with PASA and
second with the Stanford Women's team. In his first year on The
Farm, the Cardinal finished second at the Pac-12 and NCAA
Championships. Stanford boasted six NCAA champions and 10
All-Americans, who combined for 35 All-America honors. In addition,
Sementelli worked closely with four Stanford swimmers who competed
at the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. In his
second season, Sementelli helped Stanford to its first
NCAA team title in 19 years. The Cardinal had 13 different
All-Americans combine for 47 All-America honors, seven individual
national championships and three relay titles en route to the
largest margin of victory at the NCAA Championships in 14
Prior to coaching PASA, Joey coached in
Massachusetts with Shawmut Aquatic Club. Shawmut was recognized as
the #1 club team in the country with under 150 swimmers. He was the
Head Age Group Coach and assisted with the National
Group. In Joey's final year, Shawmut won 2 New England
Championships. Joey Head Coached the Framingham Swim Team, a
developmental 18 & Under program. Under his guidance, the team
grew from 80 to 220 swimmers and posted a dual meet record of
76-3-1. He was also an assistant coach for the Framingham High
School Varsity Team. In 2011, Joey was one of two people to receive
the Salute to Framingham Award for his outstanding service
and work with youth in the community.
Joey was recently recognized by the American
Swimming Coaches Association as the Pacific Swimming Age Group
Coach of the Year. He is actively involved in swimming governance
at the local and LSC levels, and currently serves as the
Pacific Swimming Age Group Chair. He is an American Swimming
Coaches Association Lifetime Member.
Owner / Head Age Group Coach
Laura is the Head Age Group Coach
& Owner of the PASA-Cardinal Site, Lead Coach of
Senior 1 and Age Group 1 and the Aquatics Director at the
Stanford Campus Recreation Association.
Under Laura's guidance, PASA -
Cardinal has improved tremendously in recent years. PASA has won
multiple Zone, Junior Olympic and Far Western Championships. Laura
has been the Head Coach of the SCRA Summer Rec Team since 2010.
During this time, the team has improved significantly and in 2014,
the SCRA summer team won 3 championships and posted their first
undefeated season in 13 years.
In addition to on deck
coaching, Laura is on the steering committee that organizes and
hosts a Women in Coaching Clinic each year. The Women in Coaching
Clinic is a conference and forum for those who think about, talk
about, and are invested in the development of swimming as a sport
and career for women and girls. Additionally, Laura is actively
involved in swimming governance at the local level.
Laura graduated from UC
Davis, where she studied Organizational Sociology and Women &
Gender Studies. Laura especially enjoys coaching with PASA -
Cardinal because of its close knit community and looks forward
to getting to know families through the aquatics program. She is an
American Swimming Coaches Association Lifetime
Owner / Coach
Greg Meehan is the Head Coach of Stanford Women's Swimming and an assistant coach with PASA-Cardinal.
In his time at Stanford, Meehan progressed Stanford from an eighth-place showing at the NCAA meet during his first season to a second-place effort in 2014 and a third-place showing in 2015. Regarded as one of the top assistants in the country during his tenure at Cal, Meehan took over the Stanford program after leading the Golden Bear men's swimming and diving program to back-to-back national titles. Meehan, who spent five seasons with the Golden Bears, was promoted to Associate Head men's swimming and diving coach in 2011. In Meehan's five seasons with Cal, the program produced a pair of NCAA championships (2011, 2012) and a runner-up finish in 2010. Prior to joining Cal's staff in 2008, Meehan was the Head Coach for both the men's and women's programs at the University of the Pacific. Meehan coached at Pacific from 2005-08, leading his women's team to a second-place finish at the Big West Conference Championships in 2006-07 and two fourth-place finishes.
Joe begins his third
year coaching at PASA. He is the assistant coach
for the National Group and is involved in all aspects of the
competitive team programming. Joe is also the volunteer assistant
coach for the Stanford University Men's Swimming & Diving team.
Prior to coaching with PASA, Joe spent three summers as a coach at
the University of Michigan Swim Camps. During his time at the
Michigan Swim Camps, Joe worked with swimmers of all levels ranging
from age group to elite professional athletes. Joe was also the
Head Coach of Tri-to-Swim in Williamsburg, Kentucky where he worked
with adult open water swimmers and
Joe was an NAIA
All-American and school record holder during his collegiate
swimming career at the University of the Cumberlands. He was
nominated as an NAIA Champion of Character twice and Mid-South
Conference Champion of Character. While at UC, Joe studied
Renata is the Lead Coach for Age Group 2 and Senior 2. Prior to coaching with PASA, Renata coached for 2 years in Pasadena, California with Rose Bowl Aquatics. Renata was the Head Coach of the La Cañada High School Swim Team for 2 seasons. Under her leadership, the team moved from last place in the league to second place. Renata trained 14 CIF Division 1 qualifiers and 8 finalists from La Cañada High School.
Before Renata moved to the United States she taught and coached in her home country of the Czech Republic with Prague Sharks International Swim Club. She was the lead developmental group coach, head age group coach and senior group assistant coach. She was awarded the First Class Swimming Coach Certificate from the Czech Swimming Association, which gave her the opportunity to spend time with and assist the Czech National Team.
Renata received her Master’s degree from Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic, where she studied Physical Education and Sport Science. She is also an experienced athlete of over 12 years. She is an ASCA-certified Level 2 USA Swimming and High School coach.
begins her second season coaching with PASA. Daiane is the
Lead Coach of Age Group 3 and Age Group 1.
Before moving to the United States,
was the Head Coach for IronXtrme Triathlon Team in Brazil and
was a coach at Parana Club, working with multiple competitive age
has been swimming competitively for the 16 years. As a
won a Short Course World Championship in 2014, was a Pan
American medalist, and a South American Record Holder and Brazilian
received her degree from Federal University of Paraná,
in Physical Education with a Masters extension in Exercise
Coach Kati begins her first season with Palo Alto Stanford
Aquatics. She comes to PASA with experience coaching at every
level. Kati will be the Lead Coach for the Imagination &
Discovery Groups, and will assist with the Age Group team as well.
She has coached at the recreational, high school, and club levels
and has worked with athletes ranging from beginner swimmers to high
level age groupers. Kati developed a swim school and clinic for
competitive swimmers while coaching in San Ramon. Prior to PASA,
Kati coached for Peak Swimming.
G. John Mullen
Dr. G. John Mullen recently graduated from University of Southern California with a doctorate of physical therapy and is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist. At USC, he was a primary investigator at the clinical exercise research center studying lung adaptations in swimmers and the effects of tri-axial vibration for adolescents at risk for type II diabetes. He has treated and trained numerous athletes including NBA, NHL, professional triathletes, Master's and adolescents. John is a columnist for Swimming World Magazine, Swimmer Magazine, http://www.myhousecallmd.com/ and the creator of http://www.swimmingscience.net. Prior to USC, John was the assistant National team and strength coach of Chapel Hill YMCA in North Carolina.
As a swimmer, John received a scholarship and swam collegiately at Purdue University where he was a national qualifier. At Purdue he obtained a B.S. in health sciences and certificate in entrepreneurship. He is a native of Dayton, Ohio and attended Centerville High school where he obtained numerous All-American accolades.
Sorina is a Yoga Alliance-certified instructor with a personal yoga practice that spans two decades. She has been teaching yoga to young swimmers within the Palo Alto Stanford Aquatics program since 2013. Her work with PASA athletes focuses on promoting a balanced physique, equally flexible and strong. Through yoga postures, language and play, she encourages young swimmers to develop body and breath awareness and explore mindfulness techniques.
Sorina currently studies under the guidance of Indian-born master yoga teacher Anirudh Shastri, and has trained with such Western yoga luminaries as Tim Miller, Chuck Miller, David Swenson, Maty Ezraty, Seane Corn and Shiva Rea.
Off campus, Sorina works with clients of all ages and abilities both privately and at yoga studios within the Bay Area. A journalist in her previous career, Sorina received a B.A. in European Studies from UCLA and an M.A. in journalism from University of Southern California.
Becky Bull is a fully certified STOTT Pilates Trainer and also is certified to teach group fitness by the American Council on Exercise. She began teaching Pilates in the spring of 2007, and she trains clients at all fitness levels. Some of her clients are in top shape and choose Pilates to complement their existing workouts. Some are recovering from injuries or are living with medical conditions. A former marathon runner, Becky believes Pilates can benefit everyone – making them healthier and stronger for the rest of their lives. She tailors a training regimen to each client and focuses on helping each client perform those exercises safely and most effectively. Becky graduated from Southern Methodist University.
Nicolas is an on-deck
assistant coach for all levels of the PASA - Cardinal program.
Prior to PASA, Nicolas coached for Dolphins of Desert in Tucson,
AZ. Nicolas has also volunteered for the Olympic Development Club,
Minas Tenis, in his home country Brazil. Nicolas has been swimming
competitively for the 15 years. While competing for the University
of Arizona, he collected 4 NCAA titles and 11 All
American mentions. As a professional swimmer, Nicolas has
participated in 3 Olympics and placed 5th in the
Rio 2016 games. He is a 6 x Pan American champion, Brazilian
National champion, South American Record Holder, and has been in
the top 15 in the world rankings of the 100 freestyle for the past
8 years. At Arizona, Nicolas studied Economics and International
Emily Schickli has been regularly practicing yoga since 2011 and
completed her 200hr yoga teacher training with Peacebank Yoga
Studio in Redwood City in 2017. In her Hatha Vinyasa style
training, she learned how to read anatomy, offer skillful assists,
teach and practice yogic philosophy and Ayurveda, and develop
original sequences. Emily hopes to share the gift of yoga because
it’s allowed her to overcome injury and become more
mindful in her everyday life. Emily has a swimming
background with 7 years of experience teaching and coaching
kids and young adults ages 3-18 in swimming and water confidence.
Emily has also taught English literature, writing, study
skills, social studies, and art.
Strength & Conditioning Coach
Mitch is the Athletic Performance and Strength coach. Mitch
has an extensive swimming and fitness background, and brings with
him more than 10 years of experience in the sport. He focuses
on the importance of technique and biomechanics with
concern to optimum performance. Prior to joining the staff at
PASA-Cardinal, Mitch spent the last three years working as a
personal trainer, swim and triathlon coach at Equinox in Palo Alto.
Throughout Mitch’s coaching career he has helped develop
swimmers of all ages, ranging from young age groups to adult
swimmers. He has also worked with triathletes and has
completed two 70.3 half ironman races himself.
Mitch graduated from the University of Iowa with a degree in
Biology. During his time at Iowa Mitch competed on the Men’s
Varsity Swim Team for two seasons before dealing with career ending
injuries. His primary strokes were backstroke and butterfly. After
swimming competitively, Mitch spent the next two years as an age
group coach for the Iowa Flyers swim club. Many of his swimmers now
hold Iowa state records.