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Coaches & Directors

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. For all questions related to administrative, such as dues, safety, or policy issues, please contact one of the board members.

Coaching Staff

Dane Wolfrom

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Coach Dane (he/him/his) manages the overall direction and day-to-day operations of all twelve Metro Parks Tacoma swim team programs. His development philosophy, curricula, and inclusion efforts are reflected in all Metro Parks swim teams. In over twenty years of coaching, Coach Dane has coached six national top-sixteen swimmers; several national championship qualifiers; three internationally-ranked swimmers; a top-60 Olympic Trials finisher; and a Paralympic Trials champion. More than thirty age group LSC records and eight Senior Zone Championship records have been set by Coach Dane’s swimmers.

Coach Dane currently chairs two USA Swimming Western Zone Task Forces and is an active member of the Western Zone Diversity & Inclusion Committee. As the Pacific Northwest Swimming Chair of Diversity & Inclusion, Coach Dane leads the development and implementation of several groundbreaking initiatives for any US Olympic Committee sport that include an LGBTQ+ Show-Your-Pride Campaign, Inclusion Education Program, and Financial Barrier Removal Policy. He has also worked hard to expand female leadership opportunities and seamless inclusion of athletes with disabilities. In 2017, Coach Dane was one of twelve U.S. Delegates to the World Conference on Drowning Prevention.

Dane is a Washington native who has earned a B.A. of Liberal Arts degree from Hamilton College (Clinton, NY) and an Executive Certificate in Strategic Diversity & Inclusion Management from Georgetown University (Washington, D.C.). As former Chief Operations Officer at B.I.G.—a New York-based media group for professional sports—Coach Dane’s team pioneered the use of real-time professional sports results for the Internet in 1996. In 2014, Coach Dane left the private sector to focus on building a more inclusive aquatics program at Metro Parks, and has since become a steward for increased participation and expansion of underrepresented communities within the sport of swimming.

 

Elena Abbott

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Coach Elena has extensive knowledge about competitive swimming and training. She is a former National Swimmer from Russia. Elena is an outstanding coach with immense patience and kindness. She creates a fast-paced, disciplined yet enjoyable environment to make her swimmers swim fast without burnout. Her love of coaching and of the sport of swimming transfers to the athletes she coaches and that shows itself in their improved times and longevity.  

Abhi Larson

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Coach Abhi is a former state level swimmer who had his start on UPAC. Abhi specializes in working with swimmers newer to the sport by helping them to clean up technique, learn a natural feel for the water, and navigate the competitive scene. He also enjoys finding new ways to teach drills and making swimming fun for everyone he works with. Patience and perseverance, paired with a desire to expand his knowledge of swimming, make Abhi a great coach.