The South Bay Swim Team
professional coaching staff is certified by USA Swimming, and
trained in various levels of coaching and instruction. Our skilled
coaches are the best – outstanding leaders who are
well-qualified coaches and swimmers.
Each coach holds
certifications in First Aid and CPR, as well as a variety of other
certifications, such as Water Safety Instructor, Lifeguard, Safety
Training for Swim Coaches, and more. Our coaches have many years of
experience as coaches, instructors and swimmers – our coaches
are athletes, too, who currently swim, and compete in local
Age Group Head Coach / Team Manager
Kathy Gore, head coach and founder of South Bay
Swim Team, also serves as the team manager. Kathy primarily coaches
the A and B1 Groups. She is also our lead coach at swim
What you might not know…
- Kathy founded South Bay Swim
Team in 2000
- She was a summer team swimmer as
- Kathy was on the Junior Varsity
and Varsity Swim Team for Mira Costa High School, and Girls Team
Captain for 2 years
- Kathy has a BA
degree from the University of Arizona (even though she is a
- She is active in the
- Represents South Bay Swim Team
at Southern California Aquatic Association (SCAA); League Treasurer
Board of Trustee on Hawthorne Parks and Recreation Foundation;
- In addition to running the South
Bay Swim Team Age Group and Masters Teams, Kathy owns and operates
‘Three Star Promotions’, an advertising specialties
business, providing custom imprinted promotional products to
businesses, organizations, and municipalities. Kathy is married to
Bill, and they have three elementary school-aged
A competitive athlete
- Kathy has been a Masters swimmer
for 20+ years; sometimes participates in regional Masters swim
- She is an avid ocean swimmer,
participating in 4-5 1-mile or 2-mile ocean races per summer;
has participated in 25+ Pier-to-Pier swims
- Kathy practices yoga (on a break
now due to mom duties!)
- Participated in several 5K and
- Adheres to the ‘why not
try it’ philosophy of fitness: swam leg of a Camp Pendleton
Triathlon relay team; participant in the inaugural Redondo Beach
Triathlon; walker; hiker; tried abseiling (repelling) on her
honeymoon in Africa
“ I enjoy
coaching because I love having an impact on these kids’ lives
– especially when one of those life lessons
‘clicks’; when they reach a goal then challenge
themselves and set another one; when something they learn at swim
team practice gets applied to another part of their life; when they
learn that they CAN do something they never thought they could. I
enjoy seeing that our affect on the swimmer, has an impact on the
whole person.” ~ Kathy Gore
Ruby del Rio
Age Group Coach-C1 Group
Ruby has been a coach for South Bay Swim Team nearly since the
beginning; in fact, Coach Ruby founded the C and C-1 Groups. Prior
to our team, Ruby also coached the former ‘Hawthorne
Hammerheads’ team in the late 90s. She has focused on the
beginner group swimmers for her entire coaching career, and most of
our swimmers started at some point with Coach Ruby. She is our
‘lead’ C1-Group Coach.
What you might not know…
- She learned to swim at the Hawthorne Pool
- Started as swim instructor and lifeguard at Hawthorne Pool when
she was 15 years old
- Ruby has worked as a Lifeguard, swim instructor, and been an
Aquatics program director
- She is a second-grade teacher at Anza Elementary School; there,
she is also a Tech Mentor, and Student Council Advisor. Ruby is
married to Erik, and they often open their home to the team for
parties and social gatherings
A competitive athlete herself:
- Ruby is a regular competitor in Triathlons, including the
Catalina Tri and the Long Beach Tri
- She is a regular swimmer, and has participated in 15+
- Ruby loves running, and participated in lots of 10K races;
and she has completed in several ‘Mud Runs’
“My favorite thing about coaching beginning swimmers
is watching kids who have limited swimming skills blossom into
super swimmers who can challenge themselves into even better
swimmers. Coaching C’s is the best!” ~ Ruby
del Rio Ekblad
Age Group Coach-A/B1 Group
Steve Hyde has been co-coaching the A/B1 Group since 2016, and he has also been coaching our South Bay Swim Team Masters team since 2000.
Steve Hyde began swimming at around three years of age and hasn’t stopped since. He swam as an age grouper with Frank Sullivan at the Victoria Park Pool in Carson and swam and played Water Polo at Aviation High School, El Camino College, Cal State Long Beach and Phillips 66. He was profoundly influenced by the great coaches at these schools: Mike Maurry, Rudy Croon and Don Gambril.
He also got an early start in coaching. While still a student at Aviation High School, he started teaching Swim Lessons at Marianne Thompson and Akai Swim Schools. Mrs. Thompson allowed him to start a swim team and before long, the Manhattan Beach Swim Team was born! Many of these athletes went on to form the beginnings of Surfside Swim Team.
While in the service, Steve coached U. S. Army swim and water polo teams. Upon discharge he began coaching at both Culver High School and the Westchester YMCA. The birth of his son Jason, prompted him to look for a program closer to home and he soon took over the El Segundo Swim Team. Athletes from these programs became national record holders, aspired to the Olympics, became County Life Guards, taught swimming, and many have become swim coaches and local aquatic professionals.
About this time Steve realized that swimming changed lives! In the eighties Steve took over the Hawthorne Swim Team and started a Masters swim program, the South Bay Waves. Several athletes in our current SOBA Masters program can trace their participation in swimming back to this time.
Steve has sharing his “Just DO It philosophies” with the SOBA Masters program since 2000. And, outside of swimming, he previously worked professionally in Designs Engineering at Chevron.
A Competitive Athlete Himself:
Steve has participated in hundreds of swim meets, open water swims, water polo games paddleboard races, body surfing contests, bike races and running and sailing events. In the early eighties Steve became involved in triathlons and has finished over 50 triathlon events covering all distances (yes, even Ironman).
Age Group Coach-C1 Group
Bronson McFarlin joined the SOBA Coaching Staff in 2016,
coaching the C1 Group. He has been involved with South Bay Swim
Team's Pre-Competitive Clinics for two years.
What you might not know…
- Bronson has been a lifeguard and swim instructor at the
Hawthorne Pool since 2012
- He has taught various levels of swimming skills to people of
all ages, and he is WSI certified (Water Safety Instructor/American
Red Cross Certification)
- Previously coached with the Alondra Park Swim Team
- Completed the Los Angeles County Parks and Recreation Lifeguard
- Bronson is a full-time College student
A competitive athlete himself:
- Currently in the Lifeguard Training Academy for Los Angeles
City Open Water Lifeguard, headquartered at Cabrillo Beach in San
- Bronson is participted on the El Camino College Swimming and
Water Polo Teams for two years
- Participated in the Los Angeles County Beach Junior Lifeguard
Program during High School (Torrance Beach)
Age Group Coach-B Group
Coach Rachel Pinto joined SOBA's coaching staff in early 2018.
She coaches our B Group. Rachel is a competitive masters swimmer,
and competes in local, regional and national swim meets (she even
has a nation-wide Top Ten time in the 400IM!). She is also an
experienced masters and age group swim coach. Rachel earned Masters
coach levels 1 and 2 certifications in 2016, and she has also
participated in many stroke development clinics hosted by United
States Masters Swimming. Previously, Rachel coached the 10 and
under age group at Swim Torrance, and often coaches the Bay
Club-South Bay Masters group.
Rachel began swimming as an adult, and immediately fell in love
with the sport. She currently swims with the masters swim team at
LMU. Coach Rachel is a firm believer that good form and technique,
with emphasis on drill workouts, are the foundation of every great
Outside of swimming, Rachel enjoys doing CrossFit, spending time
with her husband and caring for her 2 kids (and 2 dogs). She is
fluent in three languages, English, French and Spanish. She has a
BA degree from CSU Sacramento. Rachel Pinto is no stranger to SOBA
– in fact she and her family have been part of South Bay Swim
Team since her daughter joined in mid-2014; her son started on the
team in early 2015.
Adriano P Santos
Age Group Coach-B Group
Adriano joined SOBA's coaching staff in early 2018. He coaches
our B Group. Adriano is a true waterman - Adriano started
swimming at age 7. Later, he started swimming competitively for the
Natacenter Team in Porto Alegre/Brazil. And his favorite stroke was
butterfly. He has worked at South Bay Aquatics/Redondo for 7+ years
as Swim Instructor, primarily for Intermediate, Advanced and
Pre-Comp students. He also has experience training kids for Junior
Lifeguard try-outs, and has also trained swimmers privately for 1:1
instruction, and to prepare for special events, like Junior
Olympics. Adriano also worked with students to teach surfing,
and for ocean water safety.
Outside of swimming, Adriano is a photographer, and had his first
exhibition “Photographs” last October. He studied
photography at Otis College Art and Design. And he studied
Accounting at PUC-RS, in Brazil. He speaks three languages:
English, Portuguese and Spanish. He also loves surfing, and has
travelled to many locations all over the world. He also practices
and teaches yoga.
Age Group Coach-C Group
Sue Stohrer has been the Lead C-Group Coach since 2015, and she has also been coaching our South Bay Swim Team Masters team since 2000.
What you might not know…
- Sue grew up in the pool and began her swimming career as an age group swimmer in New York and Florida
- She was top 10 in the country as a 9 & 10 year old and was an All-American 4 years at Pine Crest High School and Furman University
- She has been teaching swim lessons to children for 37 years and adults for 20+
- Sue has her Master’s Degree in Exercise Physiology from Ithaca College
- In her professional life, Sue has been the Fitness Director at Marina City Club since 2004, and prior to that served as the Fitness Manager at Daniel Freeman Hospital’s Fitness Center for 15 years
A Competitive Athlete Herself:
- Masters swim meets and ocean races on and off since 1990
- First Olympic Distance Triathlon in 1989 – this was a big accomplishments since swimmers do not usually like to run
- Completed the Florida Ironman in 2002
- First marathon was the Los Angeles Marathon in 1997
- Qualified for the Boston Marathon in 2008, that same year won her age-group at the LA Triathlon and place 2nd in the Maui Channel Swim Relay
Sue was the screaming, crying 4 & 5 year old when learning to swim. Her mom always told her she would one day teach children who were just like she was at age 4 & 5. She was right, and because of these children Sue is more patient, compassionate and determined to have them enjoy their swimming experience as it has opened up many wonderful opportunities for her which never would have happened if she didn’t keep on trying with encouragement from her parents.
If you are a swimmer in the South Bay area, you probably know Coach Steve Hyde. In fact, you’ve probably swum in one of his workouts. Steve has likely brought a smile to your face, with his ‘trademark’ greetings of “are you feeling ferocious today?” or “are you feeling frisky?”.
Competitive pool and ocean swimmers, triathletes, and people who just want to stay in shape, benefit from Steve’s coaching and leadership. Steve has an amazing ability to work with swimmers of all ages, levels, and keep an eye on all lanes of the pool. His enthusiasm for the sport is contagious!
Steve Hyde has been coaching our masters team since 2001. Prior to coaching our team, Steve coached various masters teams throughout the South Bay area, including his own team, the “South Bay Waves”. Steve also spent some time as an age group and high school swim coach.
Steve is not only a coach, but also an athlete. He is a swimmer, runner, and triathlete. Our team members benefit from his coaching perspective – from the athlete point of view. He knows if it isn’t fun, why do it? And, why not have a goal, while you are at it?
Sue Stohrer has been coaching our masters team since 2000. Sue also teaches swimming outside of our team to swimmers of various ages. Sue grew up in the pool, and began her swimming career as an age group swimmer in New York and Florida.
Competitive pool and ocean swimmers, triathletes, and people who just want to stay in shape, benefit from Sue’s creative and varied workouts. Sue works well with swimmers of skill levels and all ages. Sue is the fitness center director at Marina City Club in Marina Del Rey.
Sue is not only a coach, but also an athlete. She is a swimmer, runner, and triathlete. Our team members benefit from her coaching perspective – from the athlete point of view.