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Coaching Staff

Allison Beebe

Lead Coach, High Performance

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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 football. 

Dave Meck

Lead Coach, Performance A

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Past Swimming 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 SCSC. Coaching philosophy: To coach athletes to become the best swimmers that they can be no matter the ability level.
  • Personal Fact 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.
  • Favorite quote that reflects your values as a coach: No deposit, No return & Swim fast have a blast

Brad Meacham

Lead Coach, Performance Prep

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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.

 

 

Travis Strangman

Lead Coach Performance B Sr

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Howie Chang

Lead Coach, Performance B Jr

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Past swimming experience/Past Coaching experience: 

Howie started as a swimmer at SCSC in 2010 swimming for John Bitter. He was a Junior Nationals qualifier in the 400 free.

After high school, Howie went on to swim at the University of California at San Diego for four years. During his college career, Howie was a NCAA qualifier in the 1000 freestyle, Conference Champion in the 800 free relay, and an All American Honorable Mention (200 Medley relay).

Other achievements in college
CSCAA Scholar All-America Second Team,Team's Hartsock and Ryan Kloos Spirit awards (2014,2015,2016), and a member of the Triton Athletes' Council (TAC) team representative.

Howie has also coached at North Coast Aquatics (2013) and Pacific Swim Team (2015/2016)

Goals for your career
To coach athletes to be the best they can be in and out of the pool. 

Personal Fact of Interest
Set a World Record in 2015 for the most laps swum in a 24 hour period on a relay team of 12

Favorite quote that reflects your values as a coach
Hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t practice

Svetlana Cocol

Coach, Performance B

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Past Swimming Experience/  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 University.


Goals for your career: Applying 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 Swim Club.

Coaching  philosophy: Faster. Higher. Stronger.

Personal Fact of Interest: I really enjoy travelling.  

Favorite quote that reflects your values as a coach: Swimmer is a person who thinks about three things: practice, practice, practice.

Stephen Shilling

Lead Coach, Gold Boys

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Luba Pohilenco

Lead Coach, Gold Girls

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Past Swimming 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 events:
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.

Personal Fact of Interest: Swimming, hiking and sailing

Coaching Philosophy: To make my swimmers swim fast and have fun. Every workout counts.

Favorite quote that reflects your values as a coach: To be successful you need every time to do a little more than you can ...

Mark Taliaferro

Lead Coach, Yellow Bell

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As a coach, Mark has produced nearly 150 top 16 national swimmers since 1995 including 8 National Age Group Individual and Relay records and more than 120 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 many more. 

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 with SCSC since 2011 and is currently the 12 & under division lead. In his career, Mark has been nominated 8 times as Pacific Swimming Age Group Coach of the Year and won the award in 2014.

Mark has been married for 24 years to Marianne and they have one son, Justin.

Mackenzie Look

Coach, Yellow Bell / Y2A Lead

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Alana Ezrre

Coach, Yellow Bell / Y2D Lead

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Nicole Pang

Coach, Gold Girls

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Shauna Morley

Coach, White Bell 1

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Victory Huynh

Coach, White Bell 2

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Victory Huynh has been teaching and coaching swimming for more than 8 years. He is currently working as a lead white bell coach and has been involved with the Santa Clara Swim Club (SCSC) for more than three years. His accomplishments include helping multiple swimmers develop their skills at a young age to one day go on to compete in the Junior Olympics, Far Western, All-Stars, and Western Zone meets. Moreover, he has taught a swimmer that went on to break their national age group record relay for the category of 10 years old and under.

Before beginning his journey at SCSC, he coached the Evergreen Valley High School cross country team where his team competed at the Central Coast Section and placed third place. Moreover, he has previous experience working as a coach and instructor for three years at Saratoga Star Swim Club. During his time at Saratoga Star, he was able to shadow and work with a former Olympic champion and ex record holder, Lín Lì. At Saratoga Star, he coached and taught swimmers from all different skills and levels.

Victory is passionate about helping swimmers develop their love for their sport and helping them feel accomplished in multiple aspects of life. He hopes to continue to make swimming, not just a competitive sport but, a sport that swimmers will enjoy and go back to the rest of their lives. 

Jerome Aquino Ilagan

Coach, Milpitas Age Group

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Anna Contreras

Coach, Pre-comp

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Past Swimming 
Anna learned how to swim at the swim school here at SCSC at the age of 4.
 
Coaching Experience 
Anna started working in the Learn to Swim program at the age of 16 as a Swim Instructor for all ages and enjoyed working with the special abilities program there and has continued to work for swim school as a Deck Supervisor. In 2018 she began to Coach Pre-Competitive and White Bell 1. 
 
Goals for your career
To help swimmers achieve there goals and be the best that they can be.
 
Personal Fact of Interest
During her free time she enjoys going to the movies and spending time with family and friends.

Laura Peterson

Coach, Pre-comp

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Julia Stephenson

Coach, Pre-comp

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Kiely Phillips

Coach, Bell Fit

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Kyler Van Swol

Lead Coach, Milpitas Competitive Groups

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Veronika Sara Spalekova

Coach, Milpitas Pre-comp

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Jon Muir

Water Polo Head Coach

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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 the region. 

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 Designer.

“Santa Clara 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.”