Over the course of his
24 years in the coaching profession, John Bitter has had the
opportunity to train, develop, and establish swimmers and programs
throughout the United States. John came to SCSC in September
of 1995 as the Associate Head Coach, under the Dick Jochums.
Working with Jochums, SCSC went on to win two National tiles for
Men and one national title combined. Besides this, SCSC
placed Tom Wilkens on the USA Olympic Team in 2000. Tom went
on to win a bronze medal in the 200 IM.
retirement of Jochums in December of 2006, John was elevated to the
position of Head Coach of Santa Clara Swim Club. In this
position, the club has seen tremendous growth in terms of both
performance and number of swimmers and programs offered to the
swimming community. In September of 2009, John was also given
the title of CEO of the organization and today he heads a swim
program that has diversified itself into Adult Fitness,
Competitive, Developmental, and Learn-to-Swim
As a coach, John
accomplishments have been numerous. He has been a an
Assistant Coach for the USA Swimming Junior Pan-Pac team in 2010, a
two-time USA Swimming Select Camp coach, a USA Swimming Zone
Development Camp Coach. John’s swimmers have produce
multiple National, Junior, and Olympic qualifiers and he has had
many of his former swimmers go on to compete in college at such
schools as University of Georgia, University of Virginia, Rice
University, Indiana University-Bloomington, UC Santa Barbara, UC
San Diego, UC Davis, University of Arizona, University of
Minnesota, University of Hawaii, just to name a few. The
biggest joy John receives as a coach is when one of his swimmers is
given the opportunity to continue his or her swimming at the
college level, while also receiving their degree. Besides his
work on the club level, John has also had success as a college
coach, having worked with the 1989 NCAA Champion in the
Men’s 1650 Free.
As a swimmer,
John swam for Jim Tynan at Sugar Creek Swim Club in St. Louis, then
for Martha Tillman at Washington University in St. Louis.
Transferring after his sophomore year, John went on to swim for
Dick Jochums at the University of Arizona. John was team
captain his senior year. John received his B.A. in History
from the University of Arizona and has done masters work in Sports
Management at the University of San Francisco.
SCSC Presentation of
History and Strategic Goals
Experience/ Past Coaching Experience: Dave has
a long history with SCSC starting as an age group swimmer here in
1982-1992. He represented Santa Clara at 12 National
Championships and 1 Olympic Trials. During this time he was a
CCS +NCAA All American as well as a finalist for SCSC at several
National Championships. In Dave’s final competitive
season with the club, he won the Men’s National
Championship. He also has over 10 years of high school
coaching experience having served as Head Coach at Prospect &
Westmont High Schools.
Goals for your
career: To maintain the excellence of
To coach athletes to become the best swimmers that they can be no
matter the ability level.
of Interest: I am married with 3 beautiful
daughters. I like to still swim in my spare time and travel
to Kauai to relax when ever possible.
that reflects your values as a coach: No
deposit, No return & Swim fast have a blast
High Performance Coach
Allison comes to SCSC after spending nine years with the First
Colony Swim Team, located in Houston, Texas. She was the Head Age
Group coach for two years and the Head Coach for seven years. When
she started at FCST, the team was under 150 swimmers and had one
NCSA Junior National qualifier. Over the nine years at FCST,
Allison coached three National Team Members, six swimmers ranked in
the Top 100 in the world, six National Jr. Team Members, two
National champions, and dozens of nationally ranked age group and
senior swimmers. FCST swimmers broke American (individual),
National Age Group (individual and relay), state, and LSC records.
In 2010, FCST won USA Swimming’s Winter Junior Nationals and
in 2013, FCST won the inaugural NASA Junior National Championship
Cup. While at FCST, 9 of Allison’s swimmers qualified for the
Olympic Trials, with one swimmer being first alternate for the 2008
10K US Olympic Team, and another swimmer winning gold in
the 100 free at the 2016 Olympic Games.
Before moving to First Colony, Allison was the Head Age Group
coach of the City of Mobile Swim Association, which was the team on
which Allison grew up swimming. She was twice voted Southeastern
Age Group coach of the year by her peers, and she had numerous LSC
record breakers and nationally ranked swimmers.
Allison has been on numerous international staffs including the
2012 Junior Pan Pacific staff, 2012 NCSA All Star Competition in
Japan (Head Coach), and the 2013 Duel in the Pool. Allison has also
been selected to serve on several USA Swimming camps including the
2008 Southern Zone Select Camp (assistant coach), 2009 Western Zone
Select Camp (head coach), 2010 National Select Camp (assistant
coach), 2011 National Select Camp (head coach), and 2013 National
Junior Team Camp (assistant coach).
Throughout her coaching career, Allison has had swimmers qualify
for the US Olympic Trials in every event offered. Over 60 of
her swimmers have gone on to compete at the collegiate level. She
was voted Gulf Senior Coach of the Year by her peers in 2010,
2011, 2013, and 2014, and she was voted Southeastern Age Group
Coach of the Year in 2003 and 2004. She is an ASCA Level V coach.
In addition to her time on deck, Allison is Pacific Swimming's
Senior Chair, a member of USA Swimming’s Senior
Committee, and volunteers on numerous USA Swimming Task
Forces. Allison grew up in Mobile, Alabama and attended
Davidson College, a NCAA Division I school where she swam for four
years and earned her BA in History. In her spare time, Allison
likes to read, fish, spend time with her friends, and watch Alabama
Brad Meacham, Lead Coach of Performance Prep, has been involved with USA Swimming for more than 30 years. Coach Brad grew up and swam locally. He was a member of San Jose Aquatics where he trained under legendary Jonty Skinner for about five years. He won the 200 IM at CCS and Short Course Junior Nationals in 1984. He swam at the Senior National level for three years qualifying in the 400 IM, 200 IM and occasionally the 200 fly. In 1986, SJA won the long course National Championships.
In 2005, Coach Brad decided to get back into the water and swim Masters. He swam five to six times a week and in 2007 he won three national titles at Masters National and broke a Masters Pacswim record in the 100IM.
Before coming to SCSC, Brad was the Head Coach at SUNN Swimming. During his years as Head Coach USA Swimming reported SUNN’s retention rate at more than 10% above the national average. This was quite a feat given the large surrounding programs within a very close proximity. Coach Brad has coached swimmers in all levels from JOs through winter and summer juniors as well as Olympic trials with many swimmers achieving pacific swimming records covering all four strokes ranging from the 50 to the 1500.
Coach Brad will always have a passion for the sport of swimming and looks forward to many more years training SCSC swimmers to their fullest potential.
Lead Coach Gold Girls Group
Experience/ Past Coaching Experience: Luba was
Moldova's National Team Coach. She was awarded the USSR Government
Medal "For Outstanding Working Achievements" and the title
"Honored Coach of Moldova". She was also a bronze medalist at
1969 USSR National Swimming Championship.
Lubov (Luba) Pokhilenko
has trained swimmers who successfully competed in the following
World University Games 1987 Zagreb (Silver medal, 400IM)
Goodwill Games 1990 Seattle, Washington (Bronze medal, 400IM)
European Championships 1991 Athens, Greece
European Championships 1991 Vienna, Austria
World Swimming Championships 1994 Rome, Italy
World Swimming Championships First Short Course 1994 Palm-ade,
Mallorca (Silver medal, 400IM)
World Cup Events 1994 Finland, 1995 France, and 1996 Germany
US Swimming Championships 1993 1st place (200IM) and 1995 1st in
200IM and 1st in 400IM
Olympic Games 1992 Barcelona (7th place), 1996 Atlanta (8th
place), and the 2000 Games in Australia
Goals of your
career: My goal is to make my swimmers progress not
only in swimming and participate at high level competitions , but
also prepare them to progress in life.
of Interest: Swimming, hiking and
Philosophy: To make my swimmers swim fast and have
fun. Every workout counts.
that reflects your values as a coach: To be
successful you need every time to do a little more than you can
Lead Coach Yellow Bell Group
Coach Mark enters his
second year with SCSC and his 22nd year as an ASCA Level 4 USA
As an athlete, Mark was a Pacific and National Age Group Record
Holder multiple times. He was a high school and collegiate All
American who competed in 7 US national championships and the 1988
Olympic Trials. Additionally, Coach Mark won the 1985 Junior
Nationals in the 200 Freestyle and was a 2 time National Champion
who was selected to both the 1987 Olympic Festival (Silver Medal,
100 Free) and the USA National Team.
As a coach, Mark has produced nearly 150 top 16 national swimmers
since 1995 including 3 National Age Group Individual records and
more than 25 Pacific Records. Proudly, Coach Mark's age group
swimmers have gone on to compete for many college programs
including Stanford, Cal, USC, Virginia, Georgetown, Yale, Duke, and
Since 1998, Coach Mark has been involved in Paralympic swimming.
In that time, he has been fortunate to coach no less than 6
Paralympic athletes that have held 4 world records and more than 20
American records. Most recently, Coach Mark was the age group coach
of SCSC Paralympian Joe Wise.
Coach Mark has been nominated 3 times as Pacific Swimming Age
Group Coach of the Year. Mark has been married for 18 years to
Marianne and they have one son who attends the University of
Arizona as a rugby player and nutritional science
Water Polo Head Coach
Coach Muir swam under
the instruction of Dick Jochums, John Bitter, and Dave Meck.
He continued his swim career at the University of Washington in
Seattle. At UW, he spent the first 3 years swimming in which
he specialized in the 100 & 200 butterfly and the 200
freestyle. Jonathan also earned Honorable Mention for Pac-10
Conference All-Academic Honors for 2 years running. His final
year at UW, Jonathan played water polo in which he contributed to
the team’s success as Northwest Division champions and was
awarded Most Valuable Player, 2009, Men’s Club Water polo for
Jonathan was born and raised in San Jose, California and has been
active in swimming and water polo for most of his life.
Growing up he actually dreamed that he would play one day in the
NBA. Jonathan says he is a perfect example of how important
it is to have a backup plan. Coach Muir has coached numerous young,
aspiring stars. When Coach Muir isn’t on the pool deck
or in the water showing technique or running a drill, he is at
Cisco Systems Inc. working as a Graphic and Web
Swim Club Water Polo brings a fresh athletic venue to the existing
world class swim organization founded in 1951. This water polo
program will provide a competitive environment embraced by the
coaching staff, young athletes, and parents. This new club provides
yet another opportunity to extend team excellence within the
community of Santa Clara.”
Past Coaching Experience: B.A. in Physical Education. Graduated
from the State University of Physical Training and Sport
of Republic of Moldova. 2 year experience of working in
Santa Clara Swim Club. About 15 years experience of working in
Sport Specialized School of Swimming and as a coach in State
Goals for your
maximum effort, knowledge and experience in my work, to achieve the
best results in swimming and to be a full member of the Santa Clara
Coaching philosophy: Faster.
Personal Fact of Interest: I really enjoy
Favorite quote that reflects
your values as a coach: Swimmer is a person who thinks about three
things: practice, practice, practice.
Nicole (Ran) Pang