Coaches and Directors

Coaches and Directors
Coaching Staff
Scott Hubbard Head Coach

Scott Hubbard was born in Edina, MN. His first aquatic experience began at the age of 6 months when his parents enrolled he and his sister in water baby classes. Scott showed proficiency as he grew, and by age 8 had ascended to the top of the swim lessons program. Scott transitioned into competitive swimming and immediately took to the sport with many early successes. In 1984, at age 12, Scott’s family moved to Sacramento, CA where Scott joined legendary Hall of Fame coach Sherm Chavoor of the Arden Hills Swim Club. Sherm had coached numerous Olympians including Debbie Meyer, Mark Spitz, Mike Burton, and most recently, Jeff Float, who was a member of the 1984 4 x 200 “Gross Buster” relay. Scott’s swimming career accelerated under Sherm and by his Junior year in high school, he was among the top college prospects in mid-distance freestyle. As a 16-year-old Scott broke the Junior National record in the 200M free with a time of 1:51.64 and attended his first Olympic Trials for the 1988 team. A year later he broke another Junior National record in the 400M free with a time of 3:56.56. Scott then moved to California Capital Aquatics for his final year of high school and trained under Coach Mike Hastings where he placed 2nd at winter nationals in 500 free (4:22:83) and eventually accepted a scholarship to UCLA. Scott swam for the Bruins for 3 years, until the men’s team was cut for Title 9. Scott elected to retire from swimming rather than transfer from UCLA with one year of eligibility remaining. Upon retiring he became an assistant coach at Team Santa Monica, coaching distance freestyle to the Senior and Senior Development groups, as well as coaching masters for SCAQ, LMU, and UCLA. Scott still enjoys swimming and will occasionally compete in open water events. He currently lives in Westchester with his wife Alex and his son Lucas.

Jeanette Shelow-MacDougall Head Age Group Coach

Jeanette Shelow-MacDougall was born in Lake Forest, Illinois.  She swam throughout her high school years and swam for Illinois State University.  Post-college, she taught Special Education for 15 years, in Massachusetts, Connecticut & New York. 

While she was in New York, Jeanette combined her teaching skills with her love for swimming and began coaching for the New York Sharks Aquatics Club.  She brought her skills to Southern California and began teaching & coaching for the Rose Bowl Aquatics Swim Team and their developmental group, The Rose Buds.  Jeanette coached at RBAC for 7 years and built the program from 60 swimmers to over 200.  She has coached for the Calabasas Waves and most recently was the Developmental Director and Age group coach for the Monterey Park Manta Rays.

Jeanette is an ASCA Certified Level 2 through ASCA Level 4 Education coach.  She holds a Masters in Special Education. Jeanette not only coaches, but she is a tremendous athlete.  Jeanette is a former Elite Amateur Triathlete, has been an All-American Triathlete for 8 consecutive years, and has competeded in nearly 200 triathlons throughout the world.

Alexandra Hubbard Team Manager/Assistant Coach

Coach Alex is originally from Phoenix, Arizona.  Her passion for swimming began at age nine when she joined her local club team, Desert Aquatics, to stay cool during the summertime. She continued to swim year-round for Desert Aquatics through high school, where she was an All-American and State Champion team member.  While a high school student, Alex began coaching the 8 & Under group for her club team.  She learned then that she found coaching and helping others very rewarding.

After high school graduation, Alex moved to Los Angeles in search of a milder climate, attending Loyola Marymount University.  She competed all four years at LMU under Bonnie Adair and Clay Evans, and was captain her last two years.  During college, she worked for a novice swim lesson program, Aqua Pro Aquatics, run by her college coaches. After graduating with a degree in English, she stayed in Los Angeles and began coaching for Team Santa Monica in 2005 (in addition to running the Aqua Pro program).  As head age group coach for Team Santa Monica from 2006-2010, Alex coached numerous nationally ranked 12 & Under swimmers (including a number one ranking). She also represented Southern California Swimming as the 11-12 girl’s coach at the North American Challenge Cup (NACC) meet for 3 years (06-09).

Coach Alex was recently at Westside Aquatics (10-16) as well as Palisades High (12-16), and as of 2017, she is very excited to be coaching for Alpha Aquatics. In addition, Alex coaches master’s swimming at UCLA and LMU. In her free time, she enjoys reading, hiking and playing with her Labradoodles.

Heather MacDougall Team Manager/Assistant Coach

Heather was born in the Hudson Valley in upstate New York.  She started swimming at 8 years old at the local YMCA and eventually joined a nearby competitive team when she was 10 years old. At age 13 she and her family moved to Pasadena, where she continued her swimming at Rose Bowl Aquatics.

Throughout high school at Crescenta Valley High, she set multiple school and league records for the 100 free, 200 free, and 200 IM as she began competing at the senior national level.  She eventually committed to Penn State University to continue her swimming and academic career.

While at Penn State she was a part of the conference travel team, where she contributed to numerous top 8 finishes in the 800-freestyle relay throughout her 4 years. Heather’s senior year she was elected co-captain of the women’s swim team. In May 2020 she graduated with a Bachelor’s in Rehabilitation and Human Services with minors in Psychology and Kinesiology.

Heather lives and works in West Los Angeles.

Alex Gray Assistant Coach

Alex Gray was born in Birmingham, Ala. He started swimming at a young age at a local country club. He swam in the summers there until he was 10 years old and decided he wanted to try other sports. He got back into the sport and started swimming competitively at age 16, competing at a local YMCA. He went on to win the high school state swim meet in the 50 free senior year and earned a scholarship to swim for The University of Alabama. In college, he was surrounded by competitive and talented swimmers, and he improved quickly. During his 4 years, he enjoyed many individual successes, and become a staple on relays.  He won an SEC title in the 4x200 Freestyle Relay and earned first-team All-American status with a 4th place finish at NCAAs with the same relay. He graduated with a BS in Business in Marketing. In 2017, he served as the head coach of Greystone Golf and Country Club, the same team he grew up. He recently moved to California where he is currently training for the 2020 Olympics and coaching the Alpha and Senior group.

Erik Matheson Assistant Coach

Erik Matheson has coached 28+ years at high school, masters, club, community college, and NCAA teams in California and Colorado. From 2017-2021 he was head women’s swimming and diving coach at Western Colorado University.  In 4 seasons, Erik coached Western’s first NCAA Champion, had 12 NCAA All-Americans, 10 RMAC Champions and 35+ WCU record-setting swims.

Prior to taking the helm at Western, Matheson spent seven seasons at East Los Angeles College (2011- 2017) as Head Coach of Women's Swimming & Diving and Water Polo teams. As a Huskie, Matheson coached 15 National Junior College All-Americans, broke two South Coast Conference records and his teams broke every school swimming record. He also started a masters swim team for the area - the Monterey Park Aquatic Club (MPAC). 

From 1999 through 2010, Matheson was an Assistant Coach of Swimming and Diving as well as Head Coach of Men's Water Polo at Santa Monica College, building the water polo team after it was cut in 2002. While at SMC, he coached a USA Swimming National Qualifier, a CCCAA State Championships Swimmer of the Meet, 3 CCCAA State Recorder setters, 3 CCCAA State Championship Individual Winners, 22 Western State Conference Champions, 33 National Junior College All Americans, and 56 CCCAA State Championship Qualifiers.

Matheson has extensive masters swim team coaching experience with Southern California Aquatics (SCAQ), from 1998 to 2005.  While at SCAQ, he helped train triathletes, open water swimmers, pool competitors, and fitness swimmers.

From 1996 to 2004, Matheson coached a youth age group USA Swimming team, Team Santa Monica (TSM). In 2001, he took over as Head Coach and under his leadership, the team grew from less than 100 members to 250 members - establishing TSM with solid National, Junior National and Senior groups with USA Swimming National and Junior Nationals qualifiers.

As a college student-athlete, Matheson received an athletic scholarship at California State University Northridge's Division I swim team, setting campus records in two relays while completing his degree of a B.A. in Kinesiology with an emphasis in Exercise Science and a Master's degree in Kinesiology: Biomechanics. His thesis project, "A Kinematic Analysis of the Breaststroke Kick," was presented at the 2011 International Society of Biomechanics in Sports Conference, in Porto, Portugal.

Matheson believes in swimming as a rehearsed performance by segmenting, rehearsing, and restructuring the race, emphasizing specificity and the opportunity to work on race details to improve an athlete’s meet performance. He was published in a 2021 issue of American Swimming Magazine and recently spoke at the College Swimming & Diving Coaches Association of America 2021 Convention on these concepts.

Residing in Culver City, Matheson lives with his wife and daughter. He continues to work summers as a Los Angeles County Ocean Lifeguard using the ocean lifeguard environment and competitions to sharpen and advance his open water swimming abilities and knowledge. He also applies his competitive nature to distance-prone paddleboard racing throughout Southern California.

Gabrielle Rose Assistant Coach

Gabrielle was born and raised in Memphis, TN. She started swimming at age 4 to keep up with her older brother.  Despite breaking a National Age Group record for 11&12 Girls in the 50 and 100 breaststroke, Gabrielle’s swimming trajectory faltered through much of high school.  She credits her brother with inspiring her to stay in the sport and swim in college.  

 

Gabrielle is a two-time Olympian, representing Brazil in 1996 and the U.S. in 2000.  She was a 22-time All American at Stanford University where she contributed as a member of an American-record setting relay, scorer on the 1998 NCAA Championship team, and co-captain her senior year.  As a member of the USA National Team, she went on to swim professionally after college and proudly helped Irvine Novaquatics win a National Championship Team title while also earning the USA Swimming Kiphuth Award for high-point.   She credits Dave Salo of Novaquatics with showing her new possibilities of having fun and swimming fast as well as the power of coaching in partnership and believing in oneself.  

 

Gabrielle discovered leadership coaching while pursuing her MBA at Stanford.  She gladly draws on her passion for helping people and the extraordinary influence of her previous coaches in supporting Alpha athletes.  She delights in being in the water as a master's swimmer, and she is happy to see her daughter Annie also loving the sport as a member of Alpha.

Jay Mortenson Assistant Coach

Jay was a member of two NCAA championship teams at Stanford (1986,1987).  He was a three-time individual champion at the NCAA Championships in the 100 Butterfly (twice) and the 100 Backstroke (once).  He is the former American and World Record holder in the 100 Meter Backstroke (SCM), as well as the American Record holder in the 100 Yard Backstroke (SCY).  He was a gold medalist and set a world record at the 1988 Olympic Games, where he was the butterflier for the United States on the Men's 400 Medley Relay.

His coaching experience began as an assistant swim coach at Stanford University under coach Skip Kenney.  He has coached groups at the Palisades YMCA, Blast Sharks, Team Santa Monica, and for the last 2 years at Alpha Aquatics.

He has four children and lives in Pacific Palisades with his wife Karen.

Samantha Smith Assistant Coach

Samantha Smith was born and raised in Culver City, CA. She started swimming at age 6 for a local club team and eventually joined Alpha as one of the original swimmers in 2014. In high school, she was a 4-time Varsity MVP and competed at CIF every year.

She returns to Alpha now as a coach after graduating from Loyola Marymount University with a degree in environmental science. Samantha swam for four years on LMU’s swim team as a sprint freestyler/backstroker and was selected as team captain in her final year.

Samantha started coaching and teaching swim lessons in high school and continued to do so throughout college. She has experience working with all age groups and most recently was the JV coach for Culver City High School.

She looks forward to working with silver/junior level swimmers and cultivating a fun environment for swimmers to work hard and grow!

Board of Directors
Erik Albertson Board Member - At Large
Laura Boroch Board Member - At Large
Leonard Koike Board Member - At Large
Sandi Lee Board Member - At Large
Jay Mortenson Board Member - President
Mark Young Board Member - At Large