MAX Coaching Team

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Coaching Staff

Michael Kauveh Jafari

Executive Director

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This is Coach Michael's tenth year at MAX Aquatics. Before joining the MAX Coaching staff in 2009, Coach Michael competed for UC Berkeley's Men's Swim Team and Team USA’s Olympic Development Triathlon Team, giving him a wide variety of training backgrounds.

Coach Michael grew up in Glendora and trained at Industry Hills Aquatics Club, before being recruited to UC Berkeley’s Swim Team (#1 NCAA) as the second fastest distance recruit in the country. (From 2004-2008) At CAL, his senior year he captained the team that went 11-1 to finish second in the Pac-10 and helped recruit the team that later became back-to-back National Champions.

His swim experience consists of many USA Swimming Nationals, a NCAA Championship, and Olympic Trials; Coach Michael brings knowledge in the sport from the highest level. At the highest level of his success he was ranked 55th in the world for his 1500m Free in 2006.

After 2008 Olympic Trials he retired from the sport of swimming to become a part of Team USA’s Olympic Development team for triathlon. While training, he coached directly under CAL Head Coach Dave Durden as the Grad Assistant Coach during the 2008-2009 season. Competing for tri's brought him back down to Southern California to start coaching with Jan Lopez and MAX.

Metro Committee’s Age Group Coaches Chair 2012 - 2014

Metro Committee's Diversity Chair 2015-2016

Metro Committee's Vice Chair 2015-2016

Southern California Swimming’s Diversity Chair 2014 - 2016

Southern California Swimming's Vice Chair 2015-2017

Southern Caliornia Swimming's Chairman 2017-2020

2014 Assistant Manager for CA/NV vs. Itoman Japan Team

2014 Southern California Swimming's METRO committee's Coach of the Year

2015 Southern California Swimming's METRO committee's Coach of the Year

He is very enthusiastic to bring his knowledge of the sport and continue to grow the MAX Aquatics family!

 

Coach Michael can always be found body surfing some waves at the beach. 

Tyrone Brown

Head Age Group Coach and Silver 2 Coach

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Coach Brown brings over 38 years of coaching experience, coaching College, High School, Club teams, and Masters. As a four year scholarship Varsity athlete at Cal State Northridge, he received a Bachelors of Science in Kinesiology, and was an accomplished Swimmer competing in Backstroke and Butterfly for the Matadors were CSUN won the NCAA Division 2 national title three out of four years.

Coach Brown enjoys giving back and helping his swimmers reach their full potential as an athlete and a person. He feels that the journey is what all swimmers will remember and take with them for a life time.

John Zoll

Bronze 2 Coach

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After more than 25 years in the sports of swimming, I know what it takes to swim at the highest level. I stand by MAX Aquatics because it is committed to developing the next generation of swimmers.
Under the influence of my father who was an open water swimmer, I learned swimming at early age and started swimming competitively at age 5 for Shanghai Sports Club at YMCA Headquarters.  In the 1980s, after capturing titles at the China Junior National Championships, I was recruited to the state team and competed professionally at national and international levels as part of the rising power of Chinese swimming in 90s. After the 1996 Olympic Trials I retired from competitive swimming, and moved on to a government executive role for Shanghai Administration of Sports in preparing the 2008 Olympic Game. I was fortunate enough to have the opportunities involved various sports events and projects and started the first swimming team for the City of Pudong, Shanghai. As the Executive Director and head coach, I recruited and trained both coaches and swimmers. While pursuing career opportunities at financial industry in Wall Street, I taught swimming at local YMCA helping kids with special needs. I have been volunteering at Southern California Swimming as official, and started training for US Masters Swimming when my kids followed my steps and became swimmers. My next personal goal is to qualify for and compete at 2021 FINA World Masters Championship in Japan.

For me, its more about participation and giving back. Swimming is a mental sport, I aim to develop strong, disciplined swimmers who have a passion for the sport. As an educator, I believe in developing creative training methods that complement each individual swimmer and encourages them to pursue their personal goals. For all of us who love this sports, it is important that we develop the next generation. My swim philosophy is always do your best and have fun!

Professional Experience, License, Position Held
Coach                                      MAX Aquatics, Southern California Swimming   Feb 2019 - Present
Life Member Award                  USA Swimming 2019
Official                                      USA Swimming 2018 - Present 
President & Head Coach         Shanghai Pudong Swimming School 1997-
Vice Chair                                Shanghai Pudong Swimming Association 1996-
Sr. Lifeguard Instructor            Shanghai Swimming Association
Registered Swimming Coach  China Swimming Association
Referee/Official                        China Swimming Association

Education
Bachelor of Science Kinesiology,
Summa Cum Laude from Shanghai University of Sports 1996

Swimming Highlights & Achievements :
2019 FINA World Masters Championships - Gwangju Korea 50M Fly 11th; 100M Fly 12th
2018 UANA Pan American Masters Championships - Orlando FL 100 Fly 13 th ; 200 Fly 11th
2018 Rose Bowl Masters Meet 200 Fly 1 st ; 100 Fly 2 nd in; 50Fly 4th
2017 US Masters Southwest Zone Championships: 100 Fly 2nd; 50 Br 4th
2001, 2000 FINA World Cup. Official
1990-1996
China National Championships Top 10
National Southern Region Top 3
China Workers Games Top 3
National University Games Top 3

1986-1990
Junior National Championships Top Qualifier
China National Age Group Titles
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Marco A Flores

Head Coach @ El Monte

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Coach Marco grew up in Arcadia and started competive swimming by the time he was 4 years old. He swam at nearby Rosebowl Aquatics before taking his swim career to New York where he swam in college at NYU.

His primary stroke was butterfly and some of his career highlights include:
1. Winning CIF-SS Division 3 his senior year
2. Qualifying for Winter Junior Nationals
3. Making NCAA Division 3- B Cut his freshman year

He is also the current Metro Committee Safe Sport Chair and the Head Site Coach at the El Monte Aquatic Center.
He loves the Lakers, playing ultimate frisbee and watching movies.

Derek Hong

Utility Coach

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My name is Derek Hong and I grew up in Arcadia, California. I swam from the age of 7 until I was 18 for the club team ARSC, and Arcadia High School. After swimming I pursued a major in athletic training and became the assistant athletic trainer for Arcadia High School. After swimming for so long I thought I would be wasting all that time I spent swimming, so I pursued coaching for club teams like ARSC and now MAX. As a coach I aim to make each athlete more proficient in the water and also help them grow into the person they aspire to be later on in life. I also aim to help athletes prevent injuries before they happen to preserve the longevity of each swimmer through education of their body.

Myo Min Paing

Bronze 1 Coach

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My name is Steven Paing. I live in Arcadia, CA. I’ve been swimming since I was 3 years old. I’ve only swam in 2 different teams in the US, Arcadia Riptides Swim Club and MAX aquatics. Now that highschool swimming is done, my desire to nurture a newer generation of swimmers has led me to search for the job of a coach. My goal as a coach is to improve an individual athlete’s technique. Suffering from burnout in the past, I want to prevent future kids from feeling the same way I did.  I’ve had experience with a variety of coaches that taught me different values in the sport and I want to pass on my knowledge to the younger swimmers.

 

Jocelyn Jo

Gold+ Coach

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Coach Jocelyn grew up in South Pasadena, California and started swimming competitively with the Monterey Park Manta Rays Swim Team in 2007. She then swam with South Pasadena Sea Tigers while attending South Pasadena High School, graduating in 2016. She than swam competitively for Pasadena City College from 2016 to 2018, earning her Associates in Arts degree in Kinesiology. She was then recruited in 2018 by Western Colorado University to swim NCAA Division II Swimming, earning her Bachelors of Science in Exercise and Sport Science and a minor in Sports Psychology with Cum Laude Honors in 2020.

 

Western Colorado University (NCAA DII, 2018 - 2020)

Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference (RMAC) Championship

Top 16 Finishes in the 100 Breaststroke (2019, 2020) and the 200 Breaststroke (2019)

Pasadena City College (2016 - 2018)

South Coast Conference “Athlete of the year” (2017)

South Pasadena High School (2012 - 2016)

CIF- SS Championship Division I Qualifier (2014), Division II Qualifier (2015, 2016)

2x Rio Hondo League Champion in the 100 breaststroke (2014, 2016)

 

Coach Jocelyn's favorite two events are the 100 Breaststroke and the 200 IM. Coach Jocelyn's coaching philosophy is to keep a positive attitude in practice and to always do your best.

 

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