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!
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.
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
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.
Jeff is a lifetime swimmer starting his
competitive career at the age of 7 in California on the Santa Clara
Swim Club. He somewhat unfortunately reached the pinnacle of his
career at the age of 10 by achieving some national ranking times,
primarily in backstroke. After burning out and taking a 4-year
hiatus, he returned to swimming in High School, Community College
and eventually at Brown University. Immediately after graduating
high school himself, he started coaching high school swimming &
water polo for a few years before concentrating full time on school
and, eventually, masters swimming. With the introduction of
children, swimming took a back seat to his family, until now, where
he happily finds that family and swimming are converging together