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The coaches at Dana Kirk Swimming split their time between coaching our Master's program (Fremont Hills Masters a.k.a. FREM) and our Youth Programs, both year-round (PASA-DKS) and summer league (Fremont Hills Barracudas). We are fortunate to have some of the best and most experienced coaches in the area. 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.

Coaching Staff

Dana J Kirk

Site Director/ Coach


Head Coach Dana Kirk founded PASA-DKS, an affiliate of Palo Alto Stanford Aquatics in the fall of 2008, since that time the team has grown to over 200 swimmers ages 4-18. Dana began coaching with the Greenmeadow’s summer league team in the summer of 2006, leading them to their first championship (summer 2010) in over 25 years. Finding passion and success in coaching the sport of swimming, Dana then took her team year round, creating PASA-DKS. Over the past 7 years, she has produced many top level age group swimmers in Pacific Swimming as well as Junior National Finalists, CCS Champions, Western Zone and North American Challenge Cup qualifiers.

As a swimmer Dana grew up in Bremerton, Washington swimming for Maki Aquatics and then Tacoma Swim Club. At Stanford University (2002-2006), Dana earned 17 All American nods and won 8 PAC-10 Titles swimming under coaching legend Richard Quick and Coach Lea Maurer. In 2004 she qualified for the Athens Olympic Games by winning the 200 meter butterfly at Olympic Trials and finishing 9th overall at the Athens Games.

Bruce Smith

Site Director/ Coach


Bruce has been coaching swimming since 1993.  Bruce started his swim coaching career as a volunteer coach for the Stanford University Women's team and the Hall of Fame coach, Richard Quick. In 1995, Bruce started an USA Swim team at Alpine Hills (Alpine Portola Aquatics), which, under his leadership, grew from a small recreation swim team of 25 swimmers to a top age group program of 150+ swimmers, producing Junior National champions, Senior national and Olympic Trials qualifiers and Pacific and National record holders. In 2003 the Alpine swim team merged with SCRA and PASC to create today's PASA. Bruce ran the Alpine Hills site of PASA through the fall of 2013, when he moved from Alpine to work with PASA's senior swimmers at SCRA.  Bruce continues his path with PASA this season at DKS to continue working with current and future senior level swimmers.  In addition, Bruce spent the 1998-99 season as the assistant coach for Brown University and was able to work with another Hall of Fame coach - Matt Kredich.  Bruce is currently certified by the American Swim Coaches Association as a Level 4 coach (the top 8% of the swim coaches in the nation).


Bruce grew up in New York City, came out to the Bay Area to attend Stanford University where he majored in Economics and Biology.  He enters his sixth season of co-head coaching the Stanford University Triathlon Team. He was an avid triathlete for many years, but his current passions are spending time in Pescadero and riding his bike.

Paul Coleman

Competition Team Coach


Paul hails from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania where he coached all levels of swimming from Rec League
to Country Club to USA Swimming. In 2003 he decided to pass on the family lumber business and start
his own USA Club at the William Penn Charter School. He founded and coached The Penn Charter
Aquatic Club (PCAC) from 2003-2013 and coached the school's High School swimming and water polo
programs as well. In 2013 he joined the Central Bucks Swim Team in Bucks County, Pa and became the
Middle Atlantic Sr Coaches Rep. During his time in Pa. Paul coached numerous Olympic Trials and
Nationals qualifiers as well as National Age Group Record holders and was named the 2012 Middle
Atlantic Age Group Coach of the Year. Paul moved to the Bay Area in 2017 but still loves his Philly
sports teams and is a self-proclaimed huge comic book nerd but he also loves exploring and getting to
know all that the Bay Area has to offer so please feel free to point him in the right directions.

Lesley Reid

Black, Red, JV Group Coach


Coach Lesley Reid grew up in Palo Alto and went to Paly. After graduating from UCSB with a degree in Business, she went back to school to get her teaching credential. She taught 2nd and 4th grades in Los Altos for many years, and has taught swim lessons since she was in high school. She has coached at Foothills Swim and Tennis Club as well. Her family spends many hours in the pool. Daughter Carly swims in college, daughter Shannon plays water polo, and husband Cam swam for the Canadian National team. Lesley loves teaching younger children and is very excited to be coaching at Fremont Hills!