Meet Our TEMPO Aquatics Staff
Patti Rothwell - Founder / Owner
Patti began her coaching career at age 17, with her age-group team Lake Forest Swim Club, in Illinois. Before that, she swam for North York Aquatic Club, in her native Canada.
Patti came to Almaden Swim & Racquet Club, San Jose, CA in 1981, following her graduation from Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois, where she attended as the first woman swimmer on scholarship. There, she earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Education, and qualified for the NCAA swimming championships in all of her 4 years at Northwestern.
As an Age-group swimmer, Patti established numerous National Records in both backstroke and butterfly. As a Senior swimmer, (and a Canadian), Patti placed 3rd in the 200 meter Freestyle at the 1966 British Empire Games Trials, and earned the bronze medal in the 100 meter butterfly at the 1968 Olympic Games Trials.
In her 30+ years of coaching, Patti has overseen all age levels and abilities. Her focus is educating the swimmers in technique, strategy, training goals, competition and independence. Creativity in practices is often a goal as well.
Patti underwent a double hip replacement in the fall of 2017, and then back surgery in the fall of 2018, so she has missed out on much of TEMPO’s adventures recently. Thanks to Coach Caitlin Matts, the program continued on seamlessly. Patti returned to the pool deck at the beginning of 2019.
Patti and Ben Bethune conspired to develop the TEMPO Aquatics program in 2009, with the help of Pauline Wilson.
Patti resides with 2 cats, Stanford and Stella, and really likes gardening, especially roses, when Stanford and Stella do not chew them up!
Kim Haskell - Bookkeeper
Kim is the person behind the scenes helping with TEMPO's finances: sending out invoices, collecting payments, preparing payroll, and paying bills.
Kim has been in the bookkeeping and payroll business for over 30 years and has been a business owner since 1987. She loves helping businesses that she believes in, with their visions and purpose, and TEMPO is very near and dear to her heart. Kim and her brothers swam competitively through high school and her own daughter swam on Belwood 10 years ago!
We couldn't survive without Kim. Please be nice to her!
Caitlin V. Matts - HEAD Coach
Coach Caitlin Matts is a GRADUATE of Santa Clara University, Class of 2019, earning a Bachelor of Science Degree in Microbiology. She has been a member/coach of TEMPO Aquatics since 2009! Caitlin has enjoyed TEMPO due to the friendship and support she has experienced, and now she is part of the reason that TEMPO is so identified.
Caitlin is the Head Coach for TEMPO, due to Patti's numerous medical issues. She has organized and overseen all groups, directed the TEMPO lifeguard squad, while continuing to supervise her White Group. where she is responsible for the development of our youngest swimmers
Caitlin spent several summers as a member of the coaching staff at Montevideo Cabana Club. Her primary duties involved coaching all age groups, ( primarily in stroke technique ), monitoring times and performance at swim meets, writing and presenting speeches and trophies for the swimmers at the end of the year awards ceremony.
She began her competitive swimming career at age 5 with the Montevideo Piranhas, and has participated in “year ‘round” swimming with DeAnza-Cupertino Aquatics, (DACA), Almaden Swim & Racquet Club, (ALMA), (where she first met Coach Patti) and, of course, TEMPO. She also swam as a member of the varsity swim team at Leigh High School for 3 of her 4 years.
Caitlin is now preparing for entry into SJSU's Occupational Therapy program.
Caitlin is a master of all!