Coaches & Directors

PDST’s coaching staff brings unparalleled knowledge, experience, and dedication to our swimmers, and parents. We are here to support your needs. If you have questions related to our training, administrative, such as fees, safety, or policy issues, please email @ PDST Admin ([email protected]).


Coaching Staff

PeiYong Li

Head Coach, Founder


Coach Li  is a founder & an owner of Pacific Dragons Swim Team.

Coach PeiYong Li swam with the Sichuan Men’s Swimming Team & China National Youth Swimming Team during the 1970’s. Over the course of his competitive swimming career, he won gold and silver medals in China’s National Swimming Championship meets (200 meter and 400 meter individual medley (IM) in 1976, and 1974). After retiring from competitive swimming, he graduated from Beijing Physical Education University (top ranked university for Chinese athletes to attend and trained for future coaches). He became a coach of the Sichuan Women’s Swimming Team after the graduation. He was a coaching member of the China National Swimming Team for the 20th European Swimming Championship in 1998 and the National team coaching member for China during the 12th Asian & Pacific Swimming & Diving Championship in 1998. Coach PeiYong Li received China’s National Level 1 Swimming Coach certificate (highest level in China) and was awarded the National Outstanding Swimming Coach Award by China National Sport Bureau. He has more than 26 years of professional swimming coaching experience in China. Coach Li has mentored and coached many outstanding Chinese swimmers, such as women swimmer Zhao Jing etc, he personally identified, and coached Zhao Jing for many years. Zhao Jing won gold medals in 20th European Swimming Championship in 100m free style, 100m back stroke, 200m individual medley, and 100m butterfly representing China Junior National Swimming Team in 1998. She was also a gold medalist in 200m & 400m individual medley, and 200m backstroke of the 13 & 14 age group in 12th Asian and Pacific Swimming and Diving Championship in 1998.

As a coach, he has published many articles discussing his views on modern swimming training methods, and advanced training techniques used by other countries. His publications and presentations emphasize the importance of more individualized training and discuss how to achieve it. He was a member of China National Swimming Association Amateur Coach Advisory Committee providing swimming training guidance and supervision from 1996 to 2004. Coach Li immigrated to USA in the fall of 2008 as a “National Talented Swimming Coach” under US immigration law, and is looking forward to contributing his excellent swimming coaching skills to this team and will take on head coaching position in the team.

Coach PeiYong Li is an US Swimming certified head coach (level 3 or equivalent).

Leon Li

Senior Assistant Coach & Team Manager


Coach Leon loves swimming and grown up in a swimming coach’s family.  

Trained by Coach Xu and Coach Li at Chengdu Amateur Swimming Sport School, Leon represented Sichuan Youth Swim Team winning a bronze medal in the 10-and-Under group at China Age Group Champ meet in August 1995. In Sichuan Province Age group Champ Meet of July 1996, Leon won both gold medals in 50M Backstroke and 200IM for his Age Group and represented Sichuan Province Team attended China Age Group Champ meet August 1996 at the city of Jiangmen, Guangdong Province winning 3rd in 50M Fly and Backstroke in the boy’s 11-year age group. In July 1997, Leon won a bronze medal in the 400M Free in the 12-year group at China Age Group Champ meet at city of Kunming. While attending the University of Electronic Science and Technology of China studying Communication major, Leon coached youth swimmers at Chengdu Olympic Wind Swimming Team (OWST) for 4 years, teaching them strokes, turns, kicks and turns. After earning a master's degree majoring in journalism, Leon came to US  and started his US swim coaching career at PDST in Sept 2015. Working closely with Coach Xu, and Coach Li, Leon has coached every group at PDST, he works with swimmers,  parents and other coaches closely to ensure the training quality and constant smooth communication. He has also managed PDST for last 3 years and PDST has grown in size each year with Leon’s leadership. Going forward, Leon will continue to work all PDST swimmers and parents to ensure PDST continue to have its high quality of training and provide a vibrant team environment.

John Michael Yasutake

Assistant Coach


John Michael is a Marine(DesertStorm) Veteran, who's a USLA Lifeguard, MMA Fighter, Level 1 swimmer in the United States. He has more than 30 years of swim Teaching and Coaching experience. After joining PDST coaching group in 2012, he has coached various level of group training programs, private lessons, and dry-land programs. John Michael pays detailed attention to cultivate the mental side as well as training side to the young to seasoned swimmers.       

Jack Curtis Kelly

Assistant Coach


As a young swimmer, Jack swan for Chinook, another PNS affiliated team at Renton as well as for Kentridge High School Team. Jack has been a swimming instructor teaching various age group swimming beginners and competitive swimmers in the last 8 years. During past 8 years, he has worked in the states of WA, ND and NM with multiple swimming teams. He also worked as a head of the life guard during this times. At PDST, Jack will be responsible for coaching swimmers at Novice, Dev, Pre-Comp, and Flying Fish groups and also supervising at certain swim meets with these swimmers. Concuurrently, Jack is the lead life guard and a swimming instructor at Jewish Community Center at Mercer Island. Besides working with young swimmers, Jack had studied mathematics at New Mexico Tech, NM and Minot State University, ND before moved back to his home state here. Jack has a passion for teaching kids and introducing the wonderful sport of swimming with them. Outside of swimming, Jack enjoys camping and hiking.

XiaoWei Xu

Senior Coach


Coach Xu  was a founder & an owner (Sept 2009-March 2019) of Pacific Dragons Swim Team.

As a swimmer at Chengdu Women’s Swimming Team, Coach XiaoWei Xu won five Gold medals at Sichuan Provincial Swimming Championship in 1974 (200m and 400m IM, 800m free style, and anchored in two 4 x 100m relays). After graduating from Chengdu Physical Education University, she began coaching in 1978. Since then, she has coached at Chengdu Women’s Swimming Team and was the Age Group Head coach of Chengdu Swimming Sporting School in Sichuan, China before moving to the US. With her outstanding coaching work, she was awarded China’s National Level 1 Swimming Coach, the highest-level swimming coach certificate in China. She was also granted the National Outstanding Amateur Swimming Coach Award by the Swimming Management Center of China National Sport Bureau. She has 30 years of amateur, youth, and competitive swimming coaching experience. She has recruited and personally coached many leading Chinese swimmers in China including Huang Xin: National Champion in 100m Butterfly in 1998 and 200m Bronze medal winner in the World Short-Course Swimming Champ in Paris in 1996. Huang Xin was a member of Chinese National Swimming Team & currently a coach of Sichuan Swimming Team in China. Other swimmers brought up by Coach XiaoWei Xu included Xu Jie (male), 1500m free style gold medalist at age of 16 in the 1st National City Swimming Championship in 1988. Song Dong (male), 400m free style silver medalist at age of 16 and Guan Xuemin (male), gold medalist at age of 12 at the National Age Group Swimming Championship in 2000 etc. She had an outstanding swimming coaching career and demonstrated excellent skills to work with young age kids in early swimming learning and training stage in China. Her immigration to USA was also granted in the fall of 2008 under US “National Talented Swimming Coach” immigration category. Coach Xu has applied her outstanding swimming teaching and coaching skills with her new swimmers. Coach Xu passed away on March 5th, 2019. Coach Xu will always be remembered for her outstanding coaching, caring and her passion to all PDST swimmers.and our swimming community.