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 directors.

Coaching Staff

Gabriel Flores

Head Coach

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Hello Penguins!  My name is Gabriel Flores (Coach Gab). I just wanted to say that I am privileged and honored to be a part of this fantastic team. I was born and raised in Alameda and started swimming competitively when I was 4 years old. As a coach, I have 26 years of experience. My main focus is to help swimmers develop proper stroke mechanics, understand the importance of setting realistic goals, and establishing good sportsmanship.

My experience as a swim coach includes head coaching positions at Forest Hills, Rudgear Estates, Round Hill Country Club, and Northgate HS. In addition, I served as an assistant coach for Club Sport Valley Vista and the Walnut Creek Aquabears. I have also spent countless hours on the pool deck coaching water polo at every level. As a water polo coach, I was head coach of the DVC Men’s water polo team, Northgate HS girls and boys varsity water polo team, and was the girls program director at Lamorinda and Academy.

As a swimmer and water polo player, I competed for the Alameda Alligators, Pleasanton Seahawks, Walnut Creek Aquabears, and was team captain (swimming & water polo) at Encinal HS. I was an NCS finalist in swimming, and an All-NCS water polo player. I also qualified for Junior Nationals in the 200 back. After high school, I attended DVC and was an All-Nor Cal water polo player, an All-American swimmer, and state champion in the 200 back.  After DVC, I transferred to Cal Poly State University, in San Luis Obispo. During my time in SLO, I competed in D1 swimming and was a member of our club water polo team that went on to win the CWPA National Championship.

When I am not coaching, I enjoy snow skiing, following Bay Area sports, playing water polo, and spending time with my wife Caroline, daughter Genevieve (3.5), and son Lucas (2). I am currently a full time teacher in the Mount Diablo Unified School District and have been teaching for 18 years. I have been a physical education teacher at Sequoia Middle School in Pleasant Hill for the past 9 years.

Jessica Moreno

Head Coach

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Coach Jessica is back for her second summer as a penguin! This is her 17th summer coaching, and she grew up swimming for Forest Hills. She's also a CPHS alum, where she swam all four years and was a team captain her senior year. She stuck to the water at Sonoma State University, joining the crew team for three years. Jessica is in her sixth year as a sixth grade Core teacher in Danville. She's looking forward to a PHUN summer with the penguins!

Joanna Marie Sachs

Emperor Lead Coach/Assistant Coach

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My name is Joanna Sachs and I am so excited to be coming back to coach this summer!  I have helped coach 8 and unders for the last two summers and have been the Emperor Penguin head coach for the last 3 summers.  I swam all four years of high school and all four of those summers as a Penguin.  I am currently finishing my sophomore year of college at San Diego State University … Go Aztecs… and am majoring in Child and Family Development in hopes of becoming an elementary school teacher.  Some things I enjoy doing in my free time are shopping, going to the gym, and cooking.  I can’t wait to be back on the pool deck and spend another great summer with the Penguin families.

Jordan Fetterman

Assistant Coach

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Jordan is currently in his 14th year of competitive swimming and is looking forward to being on the PHA deck this summer. He first started at PHA in 2005 as an emperor and continued to swim at the club and high school level. While at College Park, Jordan was an NCS finalist in the IM and Butterfly. This past year, he has been swimming on the varsity Villanova University Swimming and Diving Team while pursuing a degree in chemical engineering. As a coach, Jordan looks to bring different aspects of technique he has accumulated over the years while promoting the PHA culture he loved when he was younger. He is very excited to spend his summer back in the Bay where his swim journey first started.

Chloe Pelster

Assistant Coach

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Emily Pelster

Assistant Coach

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Hello Everyone! My name is Emily Pelster! I am 19 years old and currently attending Saint Mary's College of California. My love for the water stayed strong and I am now currently on The Saint Mary's Crew Team and doing very well. I am currently majoring in Archaeology and pursuing my passion for history. I have swum on Pleasant Hill Aquatics since my own Emperor Penguin years! I have coached the Emperor Penguins for 3 years, but I am excited to be back here as an assistant coach this time! In my spare time I like to go for runs, watch basketball, watch movies and hang out with my friends!