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All of our coaches, are members of USA Swimming and the American Swim Coaches Association, have access to the most comprehensive training and certification program for youth coaches of any sport in the United States. They provide assurances that the time children spend in swimming will be quality time.

Coaching Staff

Jason Schwarz

Executive Director

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Jason Schwarz is an experienced USA Swimming coach producing multiple Junior National and YMCA National qualifiers at multiple programs throughout his coaching career.  Schwarz has vast experience in building swim programs from the ground level to prominent organizations.  Previous to taking the helm at LASC in 2008 Schwarz most recently was Co-Head Coach at Westside Aquatics and prior to that Head Coach at CCY (Crescenta-Canada YMCA).  At Westside Aquatics and CCY Schwarz coached many college recruited swimmers, national qualifiers and Junior Olympic athletes.  In addition to club coaching Schwarz has collegiate experience as the Head Coach at Los Angeles Trade Tech College from 2006-2008. Coach Schwarz swam for the national high school powerhouse The Bolles School and the USA swim team Bolles School Sharks. Following his All American high school career Schwarz went on to compete for the University of Florida. Some of Schwarz's swimming accomplishments include qualifying for the NCAA's Division I swimming championships, USA Swimming National Championships, leading the Florida Gators to the Southeastern Conference team and relay championships, qualifying for the 1996 Olympic Trials and representing the US internationally.  He has trained and been mentored by some of the world’s best swim coaches and swimmers: Olympic and National Team coaches Gregg Troy, Skip Foster, Chris Martin, Sean Schimmel and Eric Hanson, among others. He graduated from University of Florida as an All-American with Bachelor of Arts degree.  He is a member of American Swim Coaches Association, College Swim Coaches Association and US Swim School Association and is an accredited Swim Coach with USA Swimming.

David Henry Wilson

Head Coach

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David Wilson is an accomplished USA Swimming coach with over 12 years experience.  He has produced multiple Junior National qualifiers and finalists, including the 2019 Division 1 CIF champion in the 500 freestyle. He has worked with many high school athletes over the years that have gone on to swim for Great colleges such as Princeton, Brown, USC, UCSD, Emory and Washington University in St. Louis, to name a few. David has helped build club programs and keep swimmers excited and engaged in the sport for years. In addition to the Los Angeles Swim Club, David has coached for the Blast Sharks, Hancock Park Swim Club, Immaculate Heart High School, and Brentwood Middle School.  David came from a "Swimming family" and started the sport competitively at the age of 5.  By 10, he had captured over 20 Michigan USS and YMCA state championships, mainly in the breaststroke, freestyle, and individual medley events.  David still holds a Michigan State Record in the 10 and under 50 meter breaststroke, a record he has held since August, 1992.  He continued swimming through high school in Michigan, where he was an All- American and qualified for Junior Nationals in 5 events.  David finished his career as a competitive swimmer at USC where he was recruited, and swam with Olympian Erik Vendt, under command of Olympic coach Mark Schubert.  While discipline and success in the sport is very important, David also strives to be a good role model and positive influence to all of the young athletes he works with. 

Another interesting fact about David:

David is also multi instrumentalist, a published songwriter, and music producer who owns his own music studio and has worked with, and produced, many musical artists.  

Jessica L Chen

Head Age Group Coach

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Jessica Chen is a Los Angeles born and raised native that has been swimming since she was eight years old. Growing up, she continually excelled in the sport by attending time-qualifying swim meets multiple times a year since the age of ten: Junior Olympics, Senior Q, Sectionals, and more - all with the Canyons Aquatics Club. During her high school years, Jessica was captain for her team, set multiple school records, won eight city titles in individual and relay events, and was named MVP all four years. She has been on the "Southern California Zones" team twice, helping lead the Southern California team to victory, and has been on multiple relay teams that competed in Nationals. Jessica continued her swimming with Pierce College, where she continued to lead the swim team by being named team captain, and continued to break multiple records in individual and relay events. She graduated from the University of Georgia in 2011 with a B.A. in Chinese Language & Literature, and a B.A. in Comparative Literature. Jessica has been educating young and old swimmers since she graduated high school, and has been coaching competitive swimming since 2012. 

Hanna D Miller

LASC White & Racers 1 Lead Coach

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Hanna Miller was born in Los Angeles, CA and raised in "The Valley."  She has been swimming competitively since the age of 10 years old at Canyons Aquatic Club in Santa Clarita, CA under Bruce Patmos and Jeff Conwell.  During her years at Canyons Aquatic Club, she attended Junior Olympics, All-Stars, Sectionals, Swim Meet of Champions, qualified for three Southern California Zones, broke multiple team records, was named Most Improved Swimmer and Most Dedicated Swimmer, was ranked top 16 nationally in multiple relays, and even qualified for the 2004 Conoco Phillips Spring National Championships.  In her high school years, she was team captain two years in a row, broke multiple school records, placed top 3 in all of her events at City CIF four years in a row, and was named MVP four years in a row.  In 2005, she attended the University of California, Santa Cruz and graduated with a BA in Anthropology with a focus on Physical Anthroplogy.  During the four years at UCSC, she was a 4-Time All-Conference Swimmer, named "Most Valuable Rookie," awarded the "Hardest Working Athlete," and currently holds multiple team records.  

After graduating from UCSC in 2009, Hanna moved back to her native home in Los Angeles to become a swim instructor at Canyons Aquatic Swim School teaching lessons to 3-11 year olds from 2009-2010.  In addition, she was an assistant to the head coach, Jeff Conwell, for Senior Blue and Senior Gold levels at Canyons Aquatic Club.  In 2012, she joined LASC and continued to help young children become better in the sport of swimming.

Corey G Taylor

Racers 3 & Senior 3 Lead Coach

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Corey is a life-long swimmer who started when he was 5 with his local summer league team, The Huntington Hills Froggers, and progressed to become an accomplished swimmer for his club team, Greater Columbus Swim Team of Ohio, as well as his high school team, Saint Charles Preparatory School, including earning All American Honors both his Junior and Senior years of high school. After swimming through the end of high school, Corey moved on to play water polo for the University of Michigan and was a member of the National Club Championships team in 2011. He graduated from the University of Michigan with an Honors Degree in Mathematics and German Language in 2014, and he earned his Masters Degree in Teaching from The USC Rossier School of Education in 2015. Corey began coaching as a volunteer assistant with Huntington Hills in the summer of 2007 and continued on to become the head coach of the team for 2011 and 2012. He has coached for many teams at a variety of levels, and he has been coaching with The Los Angeles Swim Club since August of 2014. Corey is also currently an 8th grade math teacher at Luther Burbank Middle School in Highland Park and also a 2014 Teaching Fellow for the Math for America Los Angeles organization.

Grant S Johnson

LASC Blue, Senior 1, Asst. Senior 4

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Born and raised in Clearwater, Florida, Grant shared focused on competitive swimming & The Boy Scouts of America.  After winning 2 state titles, competing nationally and internationally, and earning his Eagle Scout badge, Grant graduated high school and accepted an athletic scholarship to swim for the University of Florida, where he was awarded All-American, as well as the team Leadership award, earned gold at the Southeastern Conference Championships, final'ed in 3 NCAA Championships, & competed in the 2008 Olympic Trials, all under the coaching guidance of Gregg Troy, Anthony Nesty, & Martyn Wilby.  After lettering as a varsity and earning his degree, Grant went on to champion the 2010 Masters Swimming Nationals, in San Juan, Puerto Rico, before hanging up the competition goggles.

Kenan R Tugcu

LASC Navy & Racers 4 Lead Coach

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Kenan Tugcu was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area and has been coaching swimming and water polo for the past 6 years. He started swimming at age 9 for his local neighborhood team, the Vista Diablo Dolphins. He swam for Ygnacio Valley High School where he led his team for his junior and senior year, specializing in sprint freestyle and butterfly. In high school he was a part of the Walnut Creek Aquabears for the fall and winter seasons, while still swimming for VDD in the summer. After graduating high school in 2012 he took 2 years off and returned to swimming at Diablo Valley College for the 2015 and 2016 seasons. 

Tyler H Clark

Senior 2 Lead Coach

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Tyler began competitive swimming at the age of 7 in the San Fernando Valley.  For the majority of his age group swimming career, Tyler swam with Canyons Aquatics Club before accepting a scholarship to swim at Rutgers University. He holds a school record in the 200 yard butterfly and a degree in Landscape Architecture from his time back east.