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Coaching Staff

Dave Paul Kelsheimer

CEO Head Coach

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Coach Dave has enjoyed a successful international coaching career having coached swimmers at World Championships, Olympic Games, Commonwealth Games and Pan American Games.  

In 2014, Coach Dave added Pan Pacific Championships to the list after being named to the Team USA Men's team coaching staff. 

During his nearly 10 years at the helm, Coach Dave enjoyed outstanding success as the Stingray Swim Club and Cayman Islands National Coach, most notably developing three swimmers to qualify in six events for the Olympics - an amazing achievement given constraints of absence of 50m pool space as well as overcoming the inertia of competitive swimming locally not enjoying a high public profile. In the Caribbean Championships, tiny Cayman rose to second from last missing first by just the last relay on the last night of the meet. Cayman won more events and broke more records than any other team including Olympic and Commonwealth medal producing nations Trinidad, Jamaica, and the combined French islands.

Two of his former Cayman Swimmers, Shaune and Brett Fraser were University of Florida standouts with 3-time NCAA champion Shaune receiving more All American honors than any other athlete in the history of Florida athletics.

Prior to joining Team Santa Monica Dave was the Head Coach and General Manager for Surrey Park Swim Club in Melbourne, Australia for 4 1/2 years. He was instrumental in the structured development of club swimmers which has resulted in a marked improvement of the Club at State and National level championships with Swimmers earning 28 Junior National and 2 Senior National medals and breaking 17 state records in all four strokes and the individual medley. Under Coach Dave, Surrey Park was named a Swimming Australia Gold Level Club (2008, 2009, 2010). Along with a FINA 10k World Cup medal in Roberval, Canada. His open water swimmers won the Australian National Championship for the last 3 years in a row.

Additionally, Dave has earned "Coach of the Year" awards 7 times in his career. Since 2011 Coach Dave has earned 6 American Swimming Coach Association Certificates of Excellence. Between 2012 and 2016 Coach Dave has led 6 swimmers to qualify for the USA Swimming National Junior team.

In 2012, Coach Dave was named to the USA National Junior Team coaching staff after 3 of his swimmers qualified to represent the USA at the World Open Water Junior Championships in Canada. The same summer as a senior in high school, TSM swimmer Jordan Wilimovsky not only won the only medal for Team USA at Junior Worlds in the open water but also broke the USA Junior National record in the pool with an impressive 1500m free that placed him on the USA National Junior team for both the pool and open water.

In 2014, Jordan followed up his third selection on a USA National team with a sub 15 minute 1500m free giving him a spot on a national team in the pool and the open water yet again. That same summer Brendan Casey won gold for Team USA at the Junior Pan Pacific Championships in Hawaii.

In 2015, Coach Dave was named to the USA World Championship Open Water team coaching staff. At the World Championships the USA won the World title thanks in part to the Gold medal swim by Jordan Wilimovsky which also qualified him as the first American swimmer to make the USA Olympic team.  

In 2015 Coach Dave won the Glen Hummer award and was nominated for coach of year by USA Swimming (the golden goggles award). Southern California Swimming nominated Coach Dave for its coach of the year honor in both 2015 and 2016. 

In 2016 Dave helped Brendan Casey join Jordan on the USA National team. In the summer of 2016 Coach Dave and TSM sent 4 swimmers, including Brendan and Jordan, to the U.S Olympic trials.

Jordan Wilimovsky qualified for the Rio Olympics in both the1500m Freestyle and 10K Open Water, becoming the first American swimmer to qualify in both events, and only the second swimmer all time to do it.

Coach Dave was named a U.S. Olympic Swimming Coach for the Open Water then joined the Pool Olympic Team with Jordan's historic qualification at Trials.

At the Rio Olympics, Jordan became the second fastest American ever in the 1500m Freestyle and finished 5th in the 10K.

Coach Dave is married to Dr. Ashley Bateman and they are celebrating the recent birth of their new baby girl, Olivia.

Jimmy Dabney

Associate Head Coach

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Coach Jimmy has been involved with the sport of swimming since he was 8 years old. In his youth he trained and competed with Mecklenburg Aquatic Club (MAC) in Charlotte, NC from the age of 10 through his senior year in high school. As a swimmer, he was a High School Team Captain, MVP, & All-American.

After high school competition he attended and competed at the University of Tennessee. Jimmy became a Letterman, NCAA All-American, & USA National qualifier in the 50, 100, & 200 Freestyle. He attained his Bachelor Degree in Business Administration & HR Management, as well as his Masters Degree in Sport Psychology & Motor Behavior. 

His coaching career started in 2009 as a volunteer Assistant Coach for the University of Tennessee. In Knoxville, Jimmy was the Associate Head Coach for Whittington Creek Summer League Swim Team (2009-11), Head Coach of Powell High School (2009), Head Coach of Farragut High School (2010-2013), and a full-time assistant coach at Pilot Aquatic Club (2009-2013).

In January of 2013, Jimmy moved to Santa Monica, CA to start coaching for TSM. Since being here he has coached at USA Junior Nationals, USA Open Water Nationals, and USA Olympic Trials. He has attended both the USA Open Water Select Camp and the USA Olympic Training Center. He has recently been named to the 2016 USA National Team coaches list. 

"Destiny is determined by choice, not chance"

Mohammad Amin Khadembashi

Head Age Group Coach

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A huge fan of the sport of swimming, Coach Mohammad began coaching at the Santa Monica YMCA in 2007. He took over the YMCA team as head coach in 2011 and was able to increase membership and improve performance across the board.  

Coach Mohammad joined Team Santa Monica after his 9th year of coaching swimmers ranging from beginners to sectional qualifiers in 2015. His age group swimmers have been competitively ranked in Southern California and nationwide. He has also had the pleasure of coaching Olympians, World Champions, Senior and Junior National qualifiers, college swimmers, and master’s swimmers in his many swim programs. Furthermore, Coach Mohammad was able to attend and coach at the 2016 Olympic Trials as part of Team Santa Monica's coaching staff, and he is excited to assist in developing a gold medalist for Tokyo 2020. Mohammad was selected as the Head Coach of Southern California Swimming for the Western Zone Age Group Championships in 2017 and 2018. Coach Mohammad has been recently named to USA National Team coaches list for 2018-2019.

Coach Mohammad has been an ASCA (Level 3), USMS, and a certified USA Swimming coach for over 12 years now. He aims to impart his unparalleled joy for swimming to swimmers during every practice. Coach Mohammad believes that anyone can learn to swim and be a great swimmer at any age. Mohammad also believes that every athlete can reach their potential through hard work and goal setting, and he challenges his swimmers to do exactly this – in the pool as well as in their personal lives. 

 “Hard work beats talent, when talent doesn’t work hard”

Iman Khadembashi

Assistant Coach

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Coach Iman hails from Iran and came to the US in 2003. Iman coached at the Santa Monica YMCA 2009-2014 ultimately as Head Coach, leading the team to the Southern California YMCA League Championship, and also serving as Aquatics Coordinator and heading the swim lessons program of over 300 swimmers. In 2014 Coach Iman joined Westside Aquatics and assisted in starting a new program in Santa Monica. Soon after Coach Iman became the Head Age Group Coach at Westside. In 2014 Coach Iman also became the Head Coach of a Master’s Program.

Coach Iman is currently in his 8 th year of coaching. He has coached swimmers ranging from novice to Sectional qualifiers. He has also had his swimmers recognized by USA Swimming as the top 20 swimmers in the nation in their age group. Coach Iman is a fan and a student of the sport of swimming and he is passionate about coaching. He would like to help all his swimmers to realize their potential in and out of the pool, set goals, and create a plan to achieve those goals. In 2016 and 2017 Coach Iman was selected to coach at the Southern California All Star Festival Meet. Coach Iman believes that anything is possible through hard work and dedication.           

“If you really want something, you'll find a way. If you don't, you'll find an excuse.”

Tara Grebert

tara@teamsantamonica.org

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Dillion R Tooley

Pre-Team Instructor

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Dillon has always loved being in the water, he began swimming competitively only 6 years ago and has seen great success since. Dillon started off on a little novice swim team called CCSC, he later moved to Royal swim team from 2010-14. In March of 2014 Dillon came to TSM in order to progress in his swimming career. Since then Dillon has fallen in love with this sport over and over again. 

After graduating high school and finishing his competitive years at TSM, Dillon quickly became a part of their pre-competitive program, where he has the opportunity to give back all the passion that he gained from the sport. Dillon continues to compete for Santa Monica College. Dillon enjoys seeing the success of his swimmers and getting them to move up into higher levels, it is the best feeling in the world. We are happy to have Dillon on our staff! 

Bob Corb

Team Sport Psychologist

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"Dr. Bob" completed his undergraduate degree in psychology at the University of Massachusetts in 1977. He was a two sport athlete in college and upon graduation began coaching water polo at his alma mater, as well as officiating throughout New England.  He moved to California in 1980 and settled in Santa Barbara, where he met his future wife Carol. In 1985 the couple moved to USC where Dr. Corb completed a masters degree in athletic administration, and a Masters and PhD in clinical psychology. After teaching for four years in the psychology department at Pomona College in Claremont, Dr. Corb went to work at University of California, Riverside in their counseling center where he created and ran a  successful sport psychology program at UCR for 10 years. In 2008 he was recruited to return to the counseling center at UCLA, where he had completed his pre-doctoral internship, to become their first ever Sport Psychology Program Director. In that capacity he was responsible for ensuring that the  behavioral health needs of the 670+ student athletes at UCLA were being met.

Dr. Corb remained involved as a referee in the sport of water polo for over 30 years. Dr. Corb is now the NCAA Coordinator Officials for the sport of water polo.  He served as the sport psychologist for the women's national team for several years and he frequently presents at regional and national conferences on topics related to sport psychology. He has worked with athletes ranging from under 10 years old to elite high school, college, Olympic, and professional level athletes in a wide range sports. His work encompasses both the clinical aspect as well as performance enhancement and he works with individuals, teams, and entire clubs. His use of performance psychology also is applies to performers in other venues such as musicians, artists, writers, and actors. In general, anyone wishing to maximize their performance, or realize their own excellence, can be helped by the services offered by Dr. Corb and the REC Group.

Dr. Corb resides in Los Alamitos, California with this wife and their daughter Becca.  Their son Matt currently attends UCSB where he is studying history. In his spare time, Dr. Corb  enjoys body surfing, cycling, and writing his first book.

Mark Hanson

Board Member - President

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Our family learned about TSM in 2012 when our oldest son outgrew the city’s recreational swim program and wanted more. Now my wife Julie and I have two swimmers, Andrew and Anneliese, in the competitive group (and a third, Luke, who will start the pre-competitive program soon.) The focus, discipline and joy that I have witnessed in my children since joining TSM has been spectacular. I attribute this largely to TSM coaches, families, and teammates that provide such positive example and encouragement, in and out of the pool. My goal as board member is to do what I can to keep the TSM program and community going strong, given all challenges and opportunities the future will bring. I was born in Santa Monica and attended local schools. I played several sports competitively through high school and studied at UCLA, Indiana University and USC. I have taught high school math and science in a variety of settings, and have worked as environmental scientist and planning consultant. These days when I'm not shuttling my kids to the pool and enjoying my family, I work at a local think tank and teach at USC.

Melissa Barkan

Board Member - Vice President

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Melissa recently moved to Santa Monica from New York City with her husband, Bob Lawson, and twin 11 year-old daughters, Thea and Ally Lawson.  Ally currently swims with the National Development group of Team Santa Monica.  

Melissa has been a practicing attorney for 21 years, specializing in public finance and real estate transactions and general corporate matters.  For the last 17 years she worked for the New York City Housing Development Corporation (HDC) as their Deputy General Counsel.  She stayed on with HDC since moving to Santa Monica, and is now working remotely part –time as Special Counsel.  (HDC is a New York State-chartered, 501c3 not-for-profit corporate governmental agency that develops affordable housing throughout the five boroughs of New York City through the issuance of multi-family housing bonds).  

In addition to her professional experience, she has held two board positions for Cooperative Housing Corporation’s in New York City, and currently holds the position of President of the Board of a cooperative corporation in Park Slope, Brooklyn.  Melissa has a B.S. from the State University of New York, at Albany, School of Business and a J.D. from Brooklyn Law School. 

Raphael Goodman

Board Member - Treasurer

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Our family has been with TSM for a year and a half and we love the program, the coaches, the kids, and families.  My wife Laura and I have one son, Christopher, who is 8, and he is on the hammerhead group. There’s a good chance Chris will be at TSM for a while so I joined the board because I want to do all I can to support Christopher’s love for swimming. Laura and I are both actively involved at his school Palisades Elementary. I annually run the Jump Rope for Heart charity at Pali.

I have been swimming my entire life. I grew up in Connecticut and Northern California and went to college in Southern California. I lived in New York City for 10 years where I met Laura when we were both working at the New York Stock Exchange.  We moved back to LA in 2005. I’m a Senior VP at an Institutional Bank where I manage the banks regulatory reporting.

I am really looking forward to being on the TSM board.

Cheryl Petran

Board Member - At Large

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A former buyer for Target Corporation and Consultant for brands like Disney & Mattel, Cheryl Petran left the corporate world after the birth of her daughter Daniela and applied her expertise to help expand on the curriculum and services offered at a parenting & breastfeeding resource center in her community. Today, that center, The Pump Station & Nurtury® provides education and support to over 550 expecting and new parents weekly in their Santa Monica and Hollywood locations. Now CEO and Owner, she and founder Corky Harvey continue in furthering their mission to nurture, support, and empower, all new parents with compassionate service, quality information & outstanding products. 

David Dawson

Board member At-Large

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We have watched with pride as our son Jack has grown as a swimmer with TSM, first joining at the introductory level of the TSM Pre-Competitive Program in 2012 and now training with the Junior Olympic group. Jack’s accomplishments and enthusiasm for competitive swimming is a testament to our coaching staff and the greater TSM community. As a Board Member, I look forward to supporting and furthering the efforts of our coaches, swimmers and their families.

My wife Nicole and I are faculty members in the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. I am an Associate Professor in the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Associate Director for the UCLA-Caltech Medical Scientist Training Program, and member of the Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center where my clinical and research interests are centered on pancreatic cancer. I earned my B.S. from Duke University and M.D., Ph.D. from Northwestern University, after which I completed my residency and post-doctoral fellowship training at UCLA.

Jeremy Alcock

Board Member At-Large

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Raised on the coast of Southern California, water safety has always been important in my life. Growing up in the waves and living on a boat as young man have given me great respect for our ocean. My partner Jeanne LeBlanc was also swimmer growing up in New Orleans so we have it in our blood. We discovered Team Santa Monica from a family who had kids a couple years ahead of ours. We watched the healthy progression in to young adults and TSM played a major role in that growth. This gave us confidence in the team and when given the chance to be a part of this swim community, we joined without hesitation.

 

Our son Sebastian is at the National Development level and has had the opportunity to work under Dave Kelsheimer along with Jimmy Dabney amongst others. He started with the Sharks program at SMC and quickly progressed with these coaches. Forming lifelong bonds with his fellow teammates, he has had the chance to train alongside Olympians and international swimmers from around the world. It has truly been an amazing experience that we cherish daily.

 

I am co-owner with Jeanne LeBlanc of JxTwo, Inc. We are creative consultants providing marketing and design solutions for film and entertainment studios as well as major corporations. I am blessed to work alongside my best friend and the mother of my children. I know it’s trippy, we are a rare breed.

 

I have an associate’s degree in Cultural Anthropology from Moorpark College as well as a BFA in Graphic Design from SDSU. Jeanne has a BFA in communication design from Parsons/New School of Social Research, New York City.

 

Board of Directors

Mark Hanson

Board Member - President

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Melissa Barkan

Board Member - Vice President

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Raphael Goodman

Board Member - Treasurer

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Cheryl Petran

Board Member - At Large

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David Dawson

Board Member At-Large

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Jeremy Alcock

Board Member At-Large

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