Tom Paradowski is the Head Coach of South Bay Aquatics. Tom began his swimming career at the age of seven with the National City Swim Club. As a nationally ranked age group swimmer, he broke many records. He was a CIF Champion swimmer for Sweetwater High School and attended the University of Tennessee on a swimming scholarship. He graduated from San Diego State University in 1979.
Tom began his coaching career with the Coronado Navy Swim Association as an assistant coach in 1976. In 1980, he became the Head Coach of the Southwestern College Men’s Swim Team. In 1982 he took over as Head Coach of the National City Swim Club, the oldest continually chartered USA Swimming team in San Diego. In addition to his club responsibilities, he was the Head Coach of the Sweetwater High School Swim team from 1984 to 1993. In 2000, he was selected as San Diego – Imperial’s “Age Group Coach of the Year”. Tom's dream of a united South Bay became a reality in 2001 when three teams, National City, Eastlake and Chula Vista, merged to form South Bay Aquatics. Tom has acted as both a San Diego-Imperial Swimming, All-Star and Western Zone Coach. As an active member of the San Diego-Imperial Swimming (LSC) Board of Directors, his dedication to the promotion of swimming is apparent.
Senior Gold Coach
Doug Russell was a competitive
swimmer, Olympic champion, and former world record-holder in three
Russell was born in New York City, but
raised in Midland, Texas. He began swimming in high school for
Midland High School, swimming in the new 50-meter
“Alamo” pool built by the city in 1962. It was later
renamed in his honor: the “Douglas Russell Swimming
Pool.” He was an all-around swimmer in high
school—swimming competitively in butterfly, backstroke, and
individual medley events. Other school swimmers of the era remember
him as a tough competitor who was hard to beat but who brought out
the best in swimmers around him.
He attended the University of Texas at
Arlington (UTA), where he swam for coach Don Easterling’s
Arlington Mavericks swimming and diving team in National Collegiate
Athletic Association (NCAA) competition.
Doug Russell Park, on the southern
border of the UTA campus, was later named in his honor. At the 1967
Pan American Games, he won a gold medal in the 200-meter individual
medley. He also won an NCAA national championship in the 100-yard
butterfly in 1968, and Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) national
outdoor title in the 100-meter butterfly.
At the 1968 Summer Olympics, Russell
won the first-ever gold medal awarded in the men’s 100-meter
butterfly—an event which made its debut at the 1968
Olympics–in an upset over teammate and favorite Mark Spitz.
He won another gold medal swimming the butterfly leg for the
winning U.S. team in the 4×100-meter medley relay. Russell,
together with relay teammates Charlie Hickcox (backstroke), Don
McKenzie (breaststroke), and Ken Walsh (freestyle), set a new world
record of 3:54.9 in the event final.
Russell was inducted into the
International Swimming Hall of Fame as an “Honor
Swimmer” in 1985.
Eastlake - Age Group Coach
Ned played water polo and was an All-American for the Diablo Valley Junior College in 1974 and 1975. He continued his education at Pepperdine University, where he swam and played water polo. At the University, he was an All-American water polo player in 1976. Ned has participated on several AAU water polo national championship teams. Even though Ned claims that he is not as fit as he used to be, he continues to swim with the San Diego Swim Masters. He loves to swim in the Rough Water competitions and has won his age group numerous times.
Ned Maggiora has been a swimming coach in San Diego since 1978. He has taught swimmers from Novice to the Senior National level with the El Centro Sundivers, Chula Vista Aquatic Association, and the Eastlake Swim Team. Some of his swimmers have held or continue to hold San Diego-Imperial records. Ned's life-long love of swimming has been passed on to the thousands of athletes that he has touched.