Dave Paul Kelsheimer
CEO Head Coach
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.
Mohammad Amin Khadembashi
Managing Director, Senior Coach
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 named to the USA National Team Coaches list for
2019-2020, and was appointed Team USA Coach for the Fina World Cup
in Hungary. Coach Mohammad was also
selected as the Head Coach of Southern California Swimming for
the Western Zone Age Group Championships in 2017 and 2018, and
lead the SoCal team to its first Zone Championships in a
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
work beats talent, when talent doesn’t work
After enjoying a successful coaching career on the east coast,
Norie Hammond joins Team Santa
Monica in the fall of 2018. Over the course of her career, Norie
has worked with club, high
school, and college swimmers, and has produced US and High School
All-Americans, Open and
Junior National qualifiers, Futures champions and qualifiers, and
Sectional champions and
Most recently, Norie served as the Senior Program Director for
Peddie Aquatics in New Jersey
for the last 4 years. When Norie arrived at Peddie, only 5 club
swimmers had ever qualified or
competed at the Sectional level. Norie quickly went to work in the
overhaul of the swim team
structure and helped to design, implement, and coach a performance
track for athletes who
wanted to make swimming their top priority. After the
implementation of the performance
group, in just 3 short years, Norie was the direct coach of 1 US
Open National qualifier, 5 Junior
National qualifiers, 8 Futures qualifiers, and 16 Sectionals
qualifiers. Of those swimmers, 4 have
finished in the top 8 at Juniors, 3 have won events at Futures, and
6 finishing in the top 8 at
Futures. Norie’s swimmers have broken numerous club and state
records in both individual and
relay swims. And just this past year alone, Norie’s swimmers
have placed in the Top 15 New
Jersey Age Group rankings over 70 times, including setting 12 NJ
State Records. Norie also
helped to start a Youth Leadership Council for the club team, as
well as designed and ran
numerous clinics and summer camps for all ages and levels of
During her 4 years in New Jersey, Norie also served as a Varsity
Assistant coach to the boys and
girls teams at the Peddie School. She helped assist in leading the
Boys Varsity team to 3
consecutive Eastern Conference championships, from 2015-2017. Norie
helped develop Varsity
swimmers in achieving High School All American honors, breaking
National Prep School
records, team records, a 2016 Olympic Trials Qualifier, as well as
numerous Junior National,
Futures, and Sectional qualifiers.
Prior to her time at Peddie, Norie coaching in Charleston, SC for
the Southern Marlins Racing
Team. During her time at SMRT, she served as the Head Age Group
Coach, the Senior Coach,
and as the Interim Head. In just 2 years, Norie developed Senior
Sectional Qualifiers, Age
Group Sectional Qualifiers, Zone Qualifiers, State Qualifiers, and
8 SC Top Ten time holders- 2
#1 SC time holders.
Prior to that, Norie worked in East Lyme, CT with Nutmeg
Aquatics and the East Lyme High
School Varsity teams. While working with the high school, both boys
and girls teams won
multiple conference championships, as well as numerous state
tournament qualifiers, including 5
state champions and a two-time All American swimmer. Leading the
club team, Norie lead
swimmers to qualifications in Zones, Senior Sectionals, Juniors,
and one Senior National
Norie started her career in Winter Park, FL at Trinity Prep
Aquatics, working as a part time
assistant for all age groups, while attending Rollins College,
where she studied education and
journalism, and eventually majored in English.
Norie is an ASCA Member and Level 3 coach; she is a USA Swimming
certified coach and has
her certifications through USA Swimming in Athlete Protection
Training, Foundations of
Coaching; and has her Lifeguarding and Safety Training, CPR/First
Aid/AED Training through
the American Red Cross.
Norie has participated in the USA Swimming Women’s Leadership
Summit for the past 2 years.
She has volunteered at the USA Special Olympics, attended numerous
ASCA World Swimming
clinics, as well as numerous national and regional USA swimming
coaching clinics. She has a
deep passion for the sport of swimming and in helping to develop
athletes to reach their highest
potential both in and out of the pool. She has a deep passion for
coaching the whole athlete:
mind, body, and spirit, and has studied mental training and youth
leadership. In her free time,
Norie enjoys the beach, hiking, cooking, and writing, and is an
avid pro sports fan.
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
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
Dillion R Tooley
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!
Board Member - President
Board member- Vice President
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.
Board Member - Treasurer
Board Member Secretary
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
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.
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 Member - At Large
Board Member - Community Relations
Board Member - At Large