Tom is the Head Coach of Gold’s Gym Aquatics Club. Tom began his swimming career at the age of 5, in Arizona; and then in South Carolina before moving to Washington. He swam for Marysville Sharks, as well as the Marysville High School team (87-90). Tom held both individual and relay records. He then went back east on a swimming scholarship to Old Dominion University.
After getting married to Kayla, he returned to Washington where Tom began his coaching career. Tom coached beginner swimmers through seniors, for Snohomish Valley Swim Club (98-03). During this time he coached five High School All American Swimmers, several State Record holders, as well as numerous collegiate swimmers.
Tom then ran McCollum Park Pool for four years, restructuring the swim lesson program and starting the McCollum Park Frogs summer swim team (03-06). During this time Tom also coached for West Coast Aquatics (05-07). In 2007 with the help of Kayla, Tom started Gold’s Aquatics; where his kids Autumn and Camden have found many years of swimming success.
Tom is excited to bring his expertise and share his passion about swimming with every athlete and family at Gold’s Aquatics Club!
Joel grew up swimming
in Northern California and Southern Oregon in the 1960’s
& 70’s. He began his coaching career with the
Cypress Fairbanks Swim Club in Houston TX in 1979. From there
he moved to the Woodlands TX (1981-93). During his tenure
there, The Woodlands Swim Team won 23 State Age-Group championships
& several Junior National championships.
In 1993, Joel
moved to Santa Clara, where he coached for the Santa Clara Swim
Club under Olympic Coaches Dick Joachims and Jay Fitzgerald
(1993-97). During this time, he finished his Bachelors Degree
in Kinesiology (San Jose State University) and, more importantly,
met (and married) his wife, Sharon Wong.
In 1998, Joel
& Sharon moved to Woodinville WA. Joel began attending
the University of Washington and completed his Masters Degree in
Education (Policy Studies). During this time he worked as
Assistant Coach for the UW Men’s & Women’s program
for two seasons.
Joel joined Gold's in
the fall of 2009. Joels knowledge of the sport and years of
experience have made a huge impact on our Age Group
Camden D Wunderlich
Camden began swimming
competitively when he was 5 years old, with the Snohomish Valley
Swim Club. After that he swam with West Coast Aquatics before
finishing his club swimming with Gold’s Aquatics Club in
Camden attended Glacier
Peak High School. His freshman and junior years, he focused
his time and energy on attending national level meets within
USA Swimming. He swam for GP his sophomore and senior
years. Camden completed and finaled in his individual
events both years he participated, at the WIAA high school state
meet. His senior year he placed first in his 500
Freestyle, and second in my 200 Individual Medley.
After graduation he
received a swim scholarship at Wingate University, in North
Carolina. He attended NCAA Nationals in 2017 swimming the 500,
1000, and 1650 Freestyle, along with the 400 Individual Medley. He
then returned to Washington and is currently enrolled at
Everett Community College.
Camden has taught swim
lessons since 2012, both in private and group settings. He
has been coaching both age group and senior swimmers at
Gold’s Aquatics Club since 2016. He believes building
strong foundational skills, with solid conditioning allows swimmers
to recognize their strengths, and reach their goals.
Ian R Carpenter
Ian started swimming competitively at the age of 9 years old, with
West Coast Aquatics in Mill Creek, WA. He swam there for six
years before he left for Gold’s Aquatic club and swam there
for the remainder of his time in club swimming. During high
school he swam varsity for Lynnwood High School where he lettered
and placed at Districts all four years.
Ian started teaching lessons in 2012. Starting with group and
private lessons, he soon started to also work with pre-competitive
swim team and summer swim team in Mill Creek before his switch to
After graduating he attended South Western Oregon Community College
where he swam his freshman year. He qualified for Nationals
in the 400 IM before needing to quit due to an injury prior to
college that affected his swimming. He returned to Washington
in December of 2016 where he attended Lake Washington Tech.
Soon after in the same year he began coaching at Golds where he
helped coach all groups from age group to seniors.
Ian likes to focus heavily on technique and believes it is key to
becoming excellent. Learning how to swim correctly will allow
swimmers to swim faster, qualify for meets and achieve
Spencer G Hirata
Spencer started his swimming career with
Gold’s at the age of 11. He continued to swim and
compete for Gold’s through his senior year of high
school. During high school Spencer also competed for
Woodinville HS Swim and Dive and was the captain for his high
school team his junior and senior year. Also during his high school
career, Spencer taught swim lessons for Gold’s Gym for three
years before he left for college.
After high school, Spencer stopped swimming
to focus on his academics at Arizona State University as an honors
student in Software Engineering. Upon his return to
Woodinville his love for swimming was refueled and he joined the
coaching staff at Gold’s. Spencer joined the coaching
staff in the winter of 2017 and has brought enthusiasm and love of
the sport to our Novice swimmers.
Lori began her swimming career as an age grouper with the Bend Swim Club (76-82). She moved from Bend to the Seattle area and soon was accepted to the University of Washington where she studied Communications. While attending UW she met Chris Baldwin who she married not long after. Chris and Lori have three daughters Mackenzie, Paige and Tessa, all three swim for Gold’s.
After a couple of years coaching youth soccer for Snoqualmie Valley Soccer and youth basketball for Cedarcrest, Lori returned to the pool deck, put down the whistle and picked up a stopwatch. Her energy, enthusiasm and passion for developing young swimmers are evident every time she steps on deck.
Lori joined the Gold’s in the fall of 2010 to work with our Novice and Intro swimmers. Lori excels at making our Intro swimmers feel supported & encouraged while challenging them to grow & advance their technical & competitive skill sets.
Autumn began swimming competitively when she was 5 years old,
with the Snohomish Valley Swim Club. After that she swam with West
Coast Aquatics before finishing her club swimming with Gold’s
Aquatics Club in Woodinville, WA.
Autumn attended Glacier Peak High School. She swam for GP all
four years, and her senior year was the team captain. She swam and
finaled all four years at the WIAA high school state meet.
After graduation she received a swim scholarship at Davis and
Elkins College, in West Virginia. Autumn swam there for three years
while getting her Associates Degree in Nursing. Her swimming career
while in college was very successful; she placed at conference
every year she swam. Autumn has multiple school records, a few
which still have not been broken. She graduated in 2016 with an
Associates Degree in Nursing.
Autumn started teaching swim lessons as a teachers aid when she
was 10, as she got older she started teaching on her own both in
private and group settings. She has coached both age group and
senior swimmers at Gold’s Aquatics Club since 2016. After a
short break to get settled in her job at Seattle Children’s
Hospital and finishing getting her Bachelors Degree in Nursing, she
has joined us again.