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.

PASA has 6 different sites that operate independently. Please contact a coach from the site that you are interested in joining. Links to each site as well as coach email addresses can be found below.

Coaching Staff

Tony Batis

Site Director - Rinconada

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Site Directors of PASA  - Rinconada

Tony has been Head Coach for the Palo Alto Swim Club since 1992. He is only the third head coach in the club’s history. Prior to joining Palo Alto, Tony was the Head Age Group coach for Salinas Valley Aquatics which was also the club program he grew up in. He was voted Age Group Coach of the Year for Pacific Swimming in 1991 while coaching in Salinas.

As Head Coach for Palo Alto, Tony has had numerous athletes in the Top 16 nationally along with CCS Champions, Junior National Champions, Pacific Record-holders, National Finalist and Olympic Trials Finalist.  He has also placed swimmers on International teams representing USA. The program continues to thrive and will be stronger as a member of PASA.

He is a 1988 graduate of the University of Southern California, with a B.S. degree in Business Administration. He also swam at USC for four years and competed in the 1988 Olympic Trials. Tony also manages the swim department of the Palo Alto Sport Shop in downtown Palo Alto.

Dana Kirk

Site Director - DKS

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Site Directors of PASA - DKS

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 150 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 5 years, she has produced many top level age group swimmers in Pacific Swimming as well as 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 StanfordUniversity (2002-2006), Dana earned 17 All American nods and won 8 PAC-10 Titles swimming under coaching legend Richard Quick and current Stanford Head 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.

Jason Martin

Site Director - LAGCC

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Bruce Smith

Site Director - Menlo Park

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Site Directors of PASA

Bruce started his coaching career in 1983 as a sailing coach in New York.  He began his swim-coaching career in 1993 as a Stanford Masters coach.  Bruce came to Alpine Hills in May of 1994 to run the Masters Swim Team.  During his 17 years at Alpine, Bruce has worn many different hats – from Triathlon Head Coach to Summer League Head Swim Coach; from Fitness Director to Aquatics Director.  But his passion has always been coaching swimmers.  In 2006, Bruce resigned as Alpine’s Aquatics Director so he could focus all his time on coaching Alpine’s USA Swim Team.  During Bruce’s coaching career, he has helped thousands of swimmers enjoy the sport of swimming.  Former Alpine swimmers coached by Bruce have swam for or played water polo for Duke, Princeton, Brown, Tufts, Stanford, Berkeley, USC, LMU, Michigan, UCLA and Santa Barbara.  Additionally, Bruce has been the volunteer assistant coach to the Stanford Women’s Swim Team, assistant coach to the Brown University Men’s and Women’s Swim Team, and worked with Erik Vendt – 2000 & 2004 Olympic silver medallist in the 400 IM and 2008 gold medallist in the 800 Free Relay.  Bruce is an avid triathlete, having competed in the Ultraman and 8 Ironmans including the World Championships in Hawaii, but his current passion is just riding his bicycle.

Jane Worden

Site Director - Alpine Hills

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Jane started swimming and competing at the age of six and she still swims today. She made the World Championships team at the age of 14 in 1978 and continued her swimming through college at Stanford. Today she swims for fun and fitness. She looks forward to working with the kids and helping them gain the same appreciation for swimming that she enjoys to this day.

Dave Zapp

Site Director - DZ Swim

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Site Directors of PASA - Foothills

Dave Zapp has been the Aquatics Director at Foothills since 2000. He loves teaching kids, teenagers, adults, and anyone else interested in learning how to swim or swim faster. He is the Head coach of our summer swim team, is the coach for the Masters adult swim group, and runs the FTSC site of PASA (Palo Alto Stanford Aquatics).

He began his swimming career at age 5 for the Redwood City Recreational Summer Swim Team. He swam for the Woodside Hills Aquatics year round program throughout high school and at age 16, he received a job teaching swim lessons at Peninsula Covenant Christian Community Center through his coach. He loved swimming so much that after college, he decided to make it his career. Dave worked at Alpine Hills Tennis and Swim club as a swim instructor and coach for 5 years and was Aquatics Director for a year before coming to Foothills.

Board of Directors

Tony Batis

PASA Site Director- Rinconada

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Dana Kirk

PASA Site Director- Fremont Hills

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Dave Zapp

PASA Site Director- Foothills

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Bruce Smith

Site Director - Menlo Park

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Jane Worden

Site Director- Alpine Hills

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Jason Martin

Site Director- Los Altos G C C

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