Elite Performance Coach
Doug Russell was a competitive swimmer, Olympic champion, and former world record-holder in three different events.
Russell was born in New York City, but raised in Midland, Texas. He began swimming in high school for Midland High School, swimming in the new 50-meter “Alamo” pool built by the city in 1962. It was later renamed in his honor: the “Douglas Russell Swimming Pool.” He was an all-around swimmer in high school—swimming competitively in butterfly, backstroke, and individual medley events. Other school swimmers of the era remember him as a tough competitor who was hard to beat but who brought out the best in swimmers around him.
He attended the University of Texas at Arlington (UTA), where he swam for coach Don Easterling’s Arlington Mavericks swimming and diving team in National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) competition.
Doug Russell Park, on the southern border of the UTA campus, was later named in his honor. At the 1967 Pan American Games, he won a gold medal in the 200-meter individual medley. He also won an NCAA national championship in the 100-yard butterfly in 1968, and Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) national outdoor title in the 100-meter butterfly.
At the 1968 Summer Olympics, Russell won the first-ever gold medal awarded in the men’s 100-meter butterfly—an event which made its debut at the 1968 Olympics–in an upset over teammate and favorite Mark Spitz. He won another gold medal swimming the butterfly leg for the winning U.S. team in the 4×100-meter medley relay. Russell, together with relay teammates Charlie Hickcox (backstroke), Don McKenzie (breaststroke), and Ken Walsh (freestyle), set a new world record of 3:54.9 in the event final.
Russell was inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame as an “Honor Swimmer” in 1985.
Senior Performance / Senior Lead Coach
Senior Age Group / Age Group Elite Coach
Ned Maggiora’s passion for swimming has been influenced by Jack Flannigan of Diablo Valley Junior College and Rick Rowland of Pepperdine University, where he swam and played water polo. He was an All-American in swimming and water polo in Junior college and an All-American in water polo at Pepperdine University.
Coach Ned started coaching in San Diego-Imperial in1978. He has been head coach for three different teams before coming to South Bay Aquatics in 2001. In Ned’s 40 plus years coaching in San Diego, he has coached swimmers from Novice to the Senior National level. Some of his swimmers have held or continue to hold San Diego-Imperial records.
Coach Ned was selected San Diego-Imperial Age Group Coach of the year in 2015. He was ASCA’s Top 50 Age Group Coaches in 2019 and 2020 based on National Rankings data.
Tom Paradowski is South Bay Aquatics Ambassador. Tom began his swimming career at the age of seven with the National City Swim Club. As a nationally ranked age group swimmer, he broke many records. He was a CIF Champion swimmer for Sweetwater High School and attended the University of Tennessee on a swimming scholarship. He graduated from San Diego State University in 1979.
Tom began his coaching career with the Coronado Navy Swim Association as an assistant coach in 1976. In 1980, he became the Head Coach of the Southwestern College Men’s Swim Team. In 1982 he took over as Head Coach of the National City Swim Club, the oldest continually chartered USA Swimming team in San Diego. In addition to his club responsibilities, he was the Head Coach of the Sweetwater High School Swim team from 1984 to 1993. In 2000, he was selected as San Diego – Imperial’s “Age Group Coach of the Year”. Tom's dream of a united South Bay became a reality in 2001 when three teams, National City, Eastlake and Chula Vista, merged to form South Bay Aquatics. Tom has acted as both a San Diego-Imperial Swimming, All-Star and Western Zone Coach. As an active member of the San Diego-Imperial Swimming (LSC) Board of Directors, his dedication to the promotion of swimming is apparent.
Senior Performance Development Coach
Vanessa started her swimming career at the age of 8 for National City Swim Club. Within a couple years under the coaching and mentoring of Krissy and Tom, she qualified to take part and represent San Diego Imperial in multiple Western Zone Championships as well as their All Star Teams. Although Marian Catholic High School (now Mater Dei) did not have a swim team her first two years of high school, with Tom's help, she was able to represent Marian in CIF. In her 3rd year, she was able to help form Marian's first swim team.
Her coaching career began in 2012 for South Bay Aquatics as the Silver Coach at Loma Verde. After the birth of her daughter in 2015, she was a substitute coach for South Bay Aquatics until September of 2018 where she now coaches for the Senior Silver group at Mater Dei.
Aside from working with South Bay Aquatics, she works full time as an analyst, as well as runs her own company.
Senior Development Coach
Bronze & Age Group Development Coach
I have been involved with competitive swimming for nearly 45 years. I competed in an AAU program as an “age group” swimmer and also in high school and college in my youth. I have competed in “masters swimming” and I am a parent of swimmers. Now I swim for fitness. I have coached for nearly 5 years.
I have four goals that I try to meet with every swimmer. First, I try to make sure that all of my swimmers want to come back tomorrow. Second, I try to prepare them to move up to the next level on the team. Third, I try to get all of my young swimmers qualified for the Junior Olympics before they move up. Fourth, and maybe most importantly, I want all of my swimmers swimming well into their old age.
Age Group Development Coach
Adriana started her swimming career at the age of 7 for South Bay Aquatics. She trained at Loma Verde and Mater Dei. She swam with SBA until she was 16. She continued her swimming career throughout high school. She swam on Otay Ranch High School’s varsity team for all 4 years. She attended CIF all 4 years as well. She was the varsity captain for 3 years. After graduating high school, she was an assistant coach at the YMCA. After leaving for college and eventually returning home, she worked as a swim instructor. She began coaching for SBA in October of 2019, where she currently coaches the Mater Dei /Loma Bronze Group. Aside from coaching, she is currently attending school for her bachelor’s degree.
Bronze & Silver Group Coach at Loma Verde