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Coaching Staff

Courtney Gregory

Co-Head Coach

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Coach Courtney has been with Los Angeles Synchro for five and a half years starting as a Sub Coach and moving up to become our Head Coach for the last three seasons. Her passion for Synchronized Swimming started at the age of seven when she joined her home club, the San Francisco Merionettes.  Over the next ten years with the Merionettes, Courtney competed in local, zone and national level competitions in multiple solo, duet and team routines.  She has had great success as a synchronized swimmer including one proud moment when her team took third place at Age Group Nationals (known today as Junior Olympics).  After graduating High School, Coach Courtney attended San Jose State University where she earned her B.A. in Creative Arts and Minored in Radio Television and Film.  After graduating, she moved to Los Angeles to continue her passion for acting and film and attended the New York Film Academy, where she earned her Master's in Acting.  After graduating for a second time, Courtney caught the synchro bug again and began her journey to find a team to join and share her knowledge of the sport.  Los Angeles Synchro opened their arms and welcomed Courtney to the club and the rest is history.  She has never lost her love of the sport and continues to pass that enthusiasm to the athletes that she works with!

Patrice Dodd

Co-Head Coach

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Coach Patrice has been involved in synchronized swimming since she was seven years old.  She first started in synchro as a novice participant for the City of Los Angeles at Rancho Cienega park in South Los Angeles.  She later joined the Synchro Swans of Los Angeles United States synchronized swim team in 2000 as a founding member, where she attended Zone competitions and Age Group Nationals.  Patrice also has competitive swimming background, where she was a CIF champion for Palisades Charter High School all four years in high school.  Concurrently, Patrice competed on the City of Los Angeles United States swim team where she attended Junior Olympics as a freestyler and backstoker.  While still attending high school, Patrice began working for the City of Los Angeles where she started her coaching career as a novice synchronized swimming coach at the age of 16. After graduating high school, Patrice attended California State University, Long Beach where she earned her Bachelors of Arts in Liberal Studies to pursue a career as a Special Education teacher.  She also started her own synchronized swimming team, the Los Angeles AquaNymphs in 2011, where she continued her passion for coaching athletes in the Downtown LA area at the John C. Argue Swim Stadium (formerly known as Los Angeles Swim Stadium where the 1932 Olympics took place).  As both the Team Director and Head Coach for the Los Angeles AquaNymphs, Patrice has led her team to many great successes, including attending Junior Olympics as a second year U.S level coach and all other years to follow.  Going into this new season, Patrice is excited to merge the Los Angeles AquaNymphs with Los Angeles Synchro synchro club as a coach and mentor to the athletes on the team. She is enthusiastic to continue to coach as she loves this sport and looks forward to Co-Head coach with Coach Courtney to lead their team to greatness.  Patrice will also be attending California State University, Dominguez Hills this Fall, where she will be working towards earning her Masters in Special Education while she continues to teach as a middle school teacher.

Laurette Longmire

Sub Coach

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Coach Laurette is a longstanding expert in synchronized swimming, serving on the Board of Directors of United States Synchronized Swimming for more than 10 years, and serving as its President from 1996-2000.  She has been Secretary of United States Aquatic Sports for 15 years, and has represented the United States at multiple FINA and UANA events during her tenure.  Laurette began her synchro career with the Riverside Aquettes, and went on to compete with the Ohio State University, where her team won the title of Collegiate Team Champions for 3 years.  We are delighted to have her as part of the LAS team!

 

Joannie Ciociola

Technical Coach

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Los Angeles Synchro is excited to announce that Joannie Ciociola has joined us as a welcome addition to our excellent coaching team.  Joannie’s accomplished synchro career spans more than 15 years, including ten years as a member of the French National Team and placement at multiple world championship events. 

Joannie began swimming at the age of nine and was invited to join the Junior National Team of France in 2004.  She spent the next ten years competing all over the world, in both team and small routines.  After moving to the U.S., Joannie joined the cast of Le Reve in Las Vegas, where she performed for five years.  During her distinguished career Joannie has spent more than 10 years as a coach for competitive synchronized swimmers.

When not at the pool, Joannie works as an event planner in Los Angeles.  Please join us in welcoming Joannie to our team!

 

Jokabeth Vicente

Coach

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Jokabeth coached for the Los Angeles AquaNymphs for four years and this will be her fifth-year coaching synchronized swimming as an intermediate coach. She swam for 10 years and also coached novice for seven years. Jokabeth is currently studying chemistry to work as a pharmaceutical scientist. Having over 7 years of experience competing at a U.S. level, Jokabeth is very passionate about synchronized swimming and still loves doing it till this day which is why she decided to continue coaching at a U.S. level.

Joela Rodriguez

Sub Coach

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Joela Rodriguez has been a synchronized swimmer for 10 years, 7 of those years being on the Los Angeles Aquanymphs. She attended Junior Olympics six times throughout her journey on a LAN.  She was also nominated to be a Junior and Senior Athlete representative for the Southern California Association for Synchronized Swimming to be a voice for all the other swimmers at the USAS Convention. Joela will be attending college this Fall at Santa Monica College, and her goal is to transfer after two years to the University of Santa Barbara. This season Joela will be looking forward to meeting new incoming synchronized swimmers and teaching them to better their skill. Her hopes that for this season, she will continue to learn more about herself, the swimmers and synchronized swimming  overall. 

Isobel Davison

Sub Coach

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Coach Izzie began synchronized swimming with the Orlando Loreleis when she was was 10 years old.  After relocating to Los Angeles at the age of 12, she joined our team.      She competed with LAS for the next four years before making the change to become coach for the Mermaid and Novice teams.  While swimming with LAS, Izzie qualified and competed for three consecutive years at U.S. Age Group Nationals, and also competed at the 2014 U.S. Open.  Izzie has just completed her Freshman year at the University of British Columbia and is back with us for the summer!

Chrislyn Nefas

Stroke Development Coach

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Coach Chrislyn is our stroke development coach.  She has over thirteen years of experience coaching both novice and USS level swim teams.  Her experience stems from her involvement with aquatics at a young age and her personal achievements throughout college in both swim and water polo.  

Chrislyn graduated with a B.A. in Psychology, holds her Master’s Degree in Behavioral Science, and has specialized in program evaluation with an emphasis on exercise and eating behaviors.  She holds several certifications as a trainer and instructor and received several awards which include the Robert Dear Quantitative Research Award.

Board of Directors

Angela Bryant

Co-Acting President, LASSC

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Jenny De Nes

Co-Acting President, LASSC

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Kathy Porter

Treasurer, LASSC

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Elisa Marsh

Secretary, LASSC

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Raquel Fletes

Director, LASSC

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Arif Salam

Director, LASSC

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