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Tim Sharpe

  • Assistant to the Head Coach
  • Senior 4 Assistant Coach

Timothy Sharpe has been swimming as long as he has been walking (true story)!  Tim was an accomplished age group swimmer and qualified for the state meet in his home state of Michigan several times. He ultimately earned a full swimming scholarship to Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan. He began his coaching career over 16 years ago as a co-founder of Poseidon Swim Club in Troy, Michigan.  During his tenure at Poseidon, he had several swimmers qualify for State and four go to Junior Nationals.

 

Adrian Damasco IV 

  • Head Age Group Coach
  • Racers 5 Head Group Coach
  • Senior 4 Assistant Coach

Adrian moves on from serving as the Head Age Group Coach and Senior group coach at one of the most successful swim programs in the U.S. - Nitro Swimming in Austin, Texas.  Coach Adrian started coaching immediately after he hung up his goggles.  He grew up in the Bay Area playing every sport possible.  Eventually moving to Austin, Texas where Adrian was a member of the powerhouse Texas Longhorn Aquatics and trained under the legendary Coach Randy Reese and Olympic Champion Neil Walker. Growing up in such a fierce training environment, was successfully transitioned into his coaching style.  Starting part-time Coach Adrian made an immediate impact on Nitro Swimming’s newest location working his way to Head Age Group Coach at Nitro Swimming.  During his tenure with Nitro, Coach Adrian developed multiple Junior National qualifiers, Sectional finalists & qualifiers and Texas Age Group State champions & finalists.  Coach Adrian started off his coaching career doing swim lessons and coaching summer league eventually working his way up to Head Coach.  This is where his passion for coaching and working with young people began.  Adrian is an avid sports fan and is a fanatic of the Texas Longhorns, LA Lakers, SF Giants & SJ Sharks. Outside of the pool hobbies include: hiking, trying new restaurants, going to musical/art festivals, and attending sporting events. Since joining LASC in 2016, Adrian has continued to elevate the entire program, in doing so has produced several national top 10 age group swimmers, JO Champions, Far Western Qualifiers/Champions, Sectional Finalists, Junior National Qualifiers, placed swimmers on national select camps, western zone teams, Pacific All-Stars, Southern California All Star Festival and continues to reset the team record book.

 

 

Grant Johnson

  • Assistant to the Head Coach

  • LASC Blue 

Born and raised in Clearwater, Florida, Grant shared focused on competitive swimming & The Boy Scouts of America.  After winning 2 state titles, competing nationally and internationally, and earning his Eagle Scout badge, Grant graduated high school and accepted an athletic scholarship to swim for the University of Florida, where he was awarded All-American, as well as the team Leadership award, earned gold at the Southeastern Conference Championships, final'ed in 3 NCAA Championships, & competed in the 2008 Olympic Trials, all under the coaching guidance of Gregg Troy, Anthony Nesty, & Martyn Wilby.  After lettering as a varsity and earning his degree, Grant went on to champion the 2010 Masters Swimming Nationals, in San Juan, Puerto Rico, before hanging up the competition goggles.

 

 

Hanna Miller

  • LASC Navy & Racers 1 Head Group Coach

Hanna Miller was born and raised in Los Angeles, CA.  She has been swimming competitively since the age of 10 years old at Canyons Aquatic Club in Santa Clarita, CA under Bruce Patmos and Jeff Conwell.  During her years at Canyons Aquatic Club, she attended Junior Olympics, All-Stars, Sectionals, SMOC, qualified for three Southern California Zones, broke multiple team records, was named Most Improved Swimmer and Most Dedicated Swimmer, was ranked top 16 nationally in multiple relays, and even qualified for the 2004 Conoco Phillips Spring National Championships in multiple relay events.  In her high school years, she was team captain two years in a row, broke multiple school records, placed top 3 in all her events at City CIF four years in a row, and was named MVP four years in a row.  In 2005, she attended the University of California Santa Cruz and graduated with a BA in Anthropology with a focus on Physical Anthroplogy.  During the four years at UCSC, she was a 4-Time All-Conference Swimmer, named "Most Valuable Rookie," awarded the "Hardest Working Athlete," and currently holds multiple team records.  

After graduating from UCSC in 2009, Hanna moved back to her native home in Los Angeles to become a swim instructor at Canyons Aquatic Swim School teaching lessons to 3-11 year olds from 2009-2010.  In addition, she was an assistant to the head coach, Jeff Conwell, for Senior Blue and Senior Gold levels at Canyons Aquatic Club.  In 2012, she joined LASC and continued to help young children become better in the sport of swimming.

 

 

Jessica Chen

  • Racers 3 & Racers 4 Head Group Coach

Jessica Chen is a Los Angeles born and raised native that has been swimming since she was eight years old. Growing up, she continually excelled in the sport by attending time-qualifying swim meets multiple times a year since the age of ten: Junior Olympics, Senior Q, Sectionals, and more - all with the Canyons Aquatics Club. During her high school years, Jessica was captain for her team, set multiple school records, won eight city titles in individual and relay events, and was named MVP all four years. She has been on the "Southern California Zones" team twice, helping lead the Southern California team to victory, and has been on multiple relay teams that competed in Nationals. Jessica continued her swimming with Pierce College, where she continued to lead the swim team by being named team captain, and continued to break multiple records in individual and relay events. She graduated from the University of Georgia in 2011 with a B.A. in Chinese Language & Literature, and a B.A. in Comparative Literature. Jessica has been educating young and old swimmers since she graduated high school, and has been coaching competitive swimming since 2012. 

 

 

Corey Taylor

  • Racers 2 & Senior 3 Head Group Coach

Corey is a life-long swimmer who started when he was 5 with his local summer league team, The Huntington Hills Froggers, and progressed to become an accomplished swimmer for his club team, Greater Columbus Swim Team of Ohio, as well as his high school team, Saint Charles Preparatory School, including earning All American Honors both his Junior and Senior years of high school. After swimming through the end of high school, Corey moved on to play water polo for the University of Michigan and was a member of the National Club Championships team in 2011. He graduated from the University of Michigan with an Honors Degree in Mathematics and German Language in 2014, and he earned his Masters Degree in Teaching from The USC Rossier School of Education in 2015. Corey began coaching as a volunteer assistant with Huntington Hills in the summer of 2007 and continued on to become the head coach of the team for 2011 and 2012. He has coached for many teams at a variety of levels, and he has been coaching with The Los Angeles Swim Club since August of 2014. Corey is also currently an 8th grade math teacher at Luther Burbank Middle School in Highland Park and also a 2014 Teaching Fellow for the Math for America Los Angeles organization.

 

Kenan Tugcu​​

  • LASC White & Senior 2 Lead Coach

Kenan Tugcu was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area and has been coaching swimming and water polo for the past 6 years. He started swimming at age 9 for his local neighborhood team, the Vista Diablo Dolphins. He swam for Ygnacio Valley High School where he led his team for his junior and senior year, specializing in sprint freestyle and butterfly. In high school he was a part of the Walnut Creek Aquabears for the fall and winter seasons, while still swimming for VDD in the summer. After graduating high school in 2012 he took 2 years off and returned to swimming at Diablo Valley College for the 2015 and 2016 seasons.