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Coaching Staff
Monique Shelton Head Coach

Bachelor of Science in Education, emphasis Phys. Ed./Exercise Physiology

Master of Science in Education, emphasis Phys. Ed./Sports Medicine

American Swimming Coaches Association  - Level 4

Crossfit L1 Certified Trainer

Southern California Swimming Coaches Representative

Coach Monique joined Beach Cities Swimming in April 2013. The program had 102 kids on the roster.  From 2013 to present, the team has grown to 350+, the staff has doubled, the facilities have tripled, and the athletic accomplishments are off the charts!  Monique is on the National Junior Team Coaches list and has lifted BCS to the ranks of the 100 clubs in the USA.  Beach Cities Swimming, is recognized as a Silver Medal Club, and  looking to obtain Gold Medal Status while maintaining our mission of “Building World Class Character Through Excellence in Swimming.”

Before BCS, Monique spent seven years at Team Santa Monica, where she was a Head Site Coach, Senior Assistant, and Strength Coach for the National training group, as well as lead Age Group Coach. She has develop swimmers to compete at all levels from Junior Olympics, Sectionals, Jr. Nationals, Sr. Nationals, Open Water, US Open, Olympic Trials and Para-Olympic Trials.  Previously, held the Head Coach position at Streamline Aquatics, Head Age Group Coach for both Phoenix Swim Club and Scottsdale Aquatic Club, and has coached Division II Men’s and Women’s Swimming in Missouri and California. She brings over 35 years of coaching, teaching, and strength training experience to Beach Cities Swimming.

Monique is a firm believer that quality is more important than quantity. She strives to balance skill development with performance development because she sees this as the key to producing fast, healthy and well-rounded athletes. Physical literacy, including kinesthetic awareness, is a foundation in training at Beach Cities Swimming.

Monique has a lifelong love of sports and competition. She began her swimming career at age four with Phillip 66 Swim Club in Huntington Beach, CA, under the tutelage of Flip Darr and Don Gambril, two of America’s “Swimming Greats.”  Monique was a very accomplished multi-sport athlete: National JO’s  (now called Junior’s) All-State athlete in both basketball and track, and a College All-American in Javelin. Monique enjoys staying fit, racing outrigger canoes and always enjoys the fun of a good surf session.  The tapestry of formal educator training, personal athletic accomplishment, and breadth of coaching experience brings a distinct level of knowledge to Beach Cities Swimming. No matter where her path takes her, her heart is in the water and in competition. She will always keep her connection to the water and sharing what it means to be an athlete with others. 

Research/Publications:

Article: Rohrs, D., Shelton, M., Arabas, C., "The Relationship between seven Anaerobic Power Tests and Swim Performance," published Journal of Swimming Research. 1991; 6:4 15-19.

Abstract: "The Effects of Carbohydrate Supplements on Blood Lactate Concentrations and Heart Rates for Incremental Workloads." Clithero, L., Shelton, M., Arabas, C. Presented at the National Strength Coaches Meeting, San Diego, June 90.

Tim Murphy Head Age Group Coach

American Swimming Coaches Association - Level 4

Now in his sixteenth season in SoCal Swimming's Pacific Committee, Coach Tim's goal is to keep things fast and fun, with a healthy dose of inspiration.  He encourages each member of his athletic family to be committed to each other (aka teamwork) and to the fulfillment of their individual athletic and academic potential.  His extensive and diverse coaching history has led him work with every level of athlete, from novice to pro.  Beginning way back in his high school days in the Cincinnati Country Club League, his coaching career includes some time as an undergraduate assistant at Kenyon College, one season at the CIF level with Harvard-Westlake School, six seasons with Team Santa Monica, three seasons with Swim Torrance and six seasons with Westside Aquatics.  Coach Tim's athletes have produced SCS records, National Top 10 performances and Junior National qualifying times.  From 2008-2010, he was the developmental coach of a 2016 & 2021 U.S. Olympian and 2015 World Champion.  Throughout his career (thanks to several great mentor coaches), he has been fortunate enough to work with some of the sport's best athletes, which include an American record holder, NCAA champions, U.S. and Australian Olympic Trials qualifiers, International Open Water medalists, National Junior Team members and numerous Junior and Senior National qualifiers.

As an athlete in his hometown of Cincinnati, Ohio, Tim was a U.S. Open qualifier, Junior National qualifier, NAG Top-16 athlete and YMCA National Champion, while representing the Cincinnati Marlins and the M.E. Lyons YMCA.  However, it was his experience as a State Champion and All-American at Cincinnati St. Xavier High School that cemented his passion for the sport.  (Swimming World Magazine recently ranked the St. Xavier High School men's swimming team as the 3rd best high school program in history.)

After graduating from St. X in 1998, he competed for NCAA Division III powerhouse Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio, where he was awarded All-Conference honors.  In 2002, he achieved a B.A. in History from Kenyon.

Coach Tim has given back to the sport as the Pacific Committee's representative to the SoCal Swimming Board of Review from 2011-2016 and 2021-present.  He has coached at the SoCal Swimming All-Star Festival, was selected to coach the 2020 Pacific Coast All-Star Team (meet was canceled due to the pandemic) and coached at the 2021 SoCal Swimming Age Group Select Camp.

Youth coaching is his passion, but he also enjoys coaching adult triathletes of all ability levels, including pros, with the local triathlon swimming club, TOWER 26.

 
Tim is grateful to have an amazing support system in his wife, Sarah, and daughter, Rae.  They look forward to seeing Rae in a Beach Cities Swimming cap in the future!
Jack Alderson Pre-Comp Director

Jack started out his competitive swimming career and love of the sport in England at the age of six. While in England he was able to compete in the county championships and junior nationals two years in a row.

At the age of 13 Jack's family made the choice to move all the way to Perth, Australia. While in Australia Jack attended Tranby High School where he became their high school swimming champion and qualified for high school states two years in a row. His athleticism didn’t only consist of swimming, at Tranby he was also the captain of their cross-country team.

After graduating High School in 2010, his family made the choice to move to Jacksonville, Florida. Once in Jacksonville he began swimming competitively for the Bolles sharks, and just a year later Jack left Bolles to join Planet Swim Aquatics following his coach Gus Calado. 

While at Planet Swim Jack competed in Florida’s senior champs and the speedo sectional series 3 years in a row. He was also given the opportunity at the age of 18 to teach swim lessons at the Planet Swim School, and this is where his passion for teaching and coaching began.

After undergoing surgery on his knee Jack stopped swimming competitively and started coaching for Planet Swim’s year-round swim team. Jack then became their head swim instructor and head age group coach. His teaching and coaching were instrumental in making Planet Swim become one of the best swim schools and swim teams in North Florida.  Jack started out his competitive swimming career and love of the sport in England at the age of six. While in England he was able to compete in the county championships and junior nationals two years in a row.

At the age of 13 Jack's family made the choice to move all the way to Perth, Australia. While in Australia Jack attended Tranby High School where he became their high school swimming champion and qualified for high school states two years in a row. His athleticism didn’t only consist of swimming, at Tranby he was also the captain of their cross-country team.

After graduating High School in 2010, his family made the choice to move to Jacksonville, Florida. Once in Jacksonville he began swimming competitively for the Bolles sharks, and just a year later Jack left Bolles to join Planet Swim Aquatics following his coach Gus Calado. 

While at Planet Swim Jack competed in Florida’s senior champs and the speedo sectional series 3 years in a row. He was also given the opportunity at the age of 18 to teach swim lessons at the Planet Swim School, and this is where his passion for teaching and coaching began.

After undergoing surgery on his knee Jack stopped swimming competitively and started coaching for Planet Swim’s year-round swim team. Jack then became their head swim instructor and head age group coach. His teaching and coaching were instrumental in making Planet Swim become one of the best swim schools and swim teams in North Florida.

Stefanie Capizzi Assistant Coach
American Swim Coaches Association - Level 2
 
Coach Stefanie Capizzi is now heading into her fifth year with Beach Cities Swimming after spending some time with Swim Torrance prior to joining Beach Cities.  This past summer, she was selected to coach the 9-10 girls representing Southern California Swimming at Age Group Western Zones.  During her time at Swim Torrance, Stefanie coached all different age groups, producing age-group and JO championship qualifiers and a Sectionals qualifier.  Prior to Swim Torrance, she spent two years as the Assistant Swimming and Diving coach for Occidental College.  While at Oxy, Stefanie helped coach numerous all-conference team members, including several conference champions, and culminating with a NCAA Division 3 national champion in 2013.

Prior to Occidental College, Stefanie served as the Assistant Director for the Trinity Prep Aquatics pre-team in Orlando, FL. She was responsible for the development and training of new competitive swimmers.  She also served as a swim instructor and lifeguard for the city of Oviedo FL.

Stefanie was a four-year letter winner for the Hamilton College Continentals Swim Team, Clinton, NY from 2005-2009.  As a senior, Stefanie was a captain for the Hamilton College women’s swim team. She was named to the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) All-Sportsmanship team in 2009.

Stefanie continued to swim after graduating from Hamilton.  She swam with the UCF club team, winning three events (400 IM, 200 & 100 Breaststroke) at the 2011 East Coast Championships.  She is a YMCA Masters national champion and record-holder and US Masters Swimming National Champion, Top Ten and All-American swimmer.  Stefanie still currently swims for the Rose Bowl Masters team.

She graduated from Hamilton College in 2009 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology with a minor in Mathematics.  Stefanie also earned a Master’s degree in Sports and Fitness with a certificate in Sports Leadership and Coaching from the University of Central Florida in 2011.
Aki Gooden Assistant Coach

Coach Aki’s passion for swimming began at the age of 2 in Tokyo, Japan. She swam competitively for the Tobiuo Japan Swim Club before moving to the US as a 7 year old. Coach Aki’s specialties were Butterfly and Breaststroke. She capped her final junior swim meet by winning a gold medal at the Summer JOs way back in 1982! Coach Aki was a two-sport athlete early on, eventually choosing to focus on tennis. By the age of 13, she was ranked #1 in SoCal for the 8, 10, 12, 14, and the 18 & under age groups. She was also ranked #1 in the US for the 12&under and 14&under national age groups, often traveling as part of the country’s National Team. At the age of 15, she joined the WTA pro tennis tour. Highlights include traveling all around the world, eventually earning a spot at the US Open, Wimbledon, and Australian Open Grand Slams. Multiple injuries forced an early retirement. She graduated from Westlake School for Girls (now Harvard-Westlake) in 1991, earned her BA from Middlebury College and a MA Ed. from Pepperdine University. Coach Aki's primary job for the past 21 years has been a proud elementary school teacher whose passion for swimming allowed her to be on deck for two years at Westside Aquatics, coaching Pre-Comp and Age Group swimmers before moving to Beach Cities with her daughters, Bella and Gabi. Coach Aki loves laughing, learning, eating, cooking, traveling, dogs, and watching swimmers enjoy their journey in the pool and on the deck. Go BCS!

Tim Hamlet Assistant Coach

Tim Hamlet joins Beach Cities Swimming for the 2019 season. Prior to joining CITI, he coached at Whittier College, the University of Maryland Aquatic Club, Pacific University, and the Forest Grove Swim Club. He has had the pleasure to coach LSC champions, National Top 10 athletes, Junior and Senior National qualifiers, NCAA qualifiers and All- Americans, Olympic Trials qualifiers, and World Championships participants. Tim has also placed athletes on national teams and had an athlete compete at Deaf World Championships.

A native Oregonian, Tim lives in Long Beach with his fiance, Janiece, and enjoys cycling, live music, and exploring Southern California.

Alexandra Isham Assistant Coach

Bachelor of Arts - Psychology

MFA Cinema Production

American Swim Coaches Association  - Level 4

CrossFit L1 Trainer

Ali grew up in Milwaukee, WI, where she always had a love of the water. She started swimming competitively in 4th grade and competed for the local club team SWAT, which is where she got her first experience in teaching swimming with their Swim America program. She swam  on the Franklin High School varsity team all four years, and was MVP for the last two. Ali also competed internationally in Sydney, Australia, with the People to People ambassador group where she was a member of the USA gold medal winning 200 Free relay team, and also took silver in the 50 Free. Ali spent her first two years of college at Wisconsin - La Crosse where she swam for a year and a half before a shoulder injury forced her retirement from swimming.
 
In 2006 Ali graduated with a BA in Psychology from the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee. She then moved to Los Angeles to attend grad school at USC where she earned an MFA in Cinema Production in 2009. Ali started coaching club in 2010 with ZAP, and spent 3 years with La Mirada Armada at their site in Palos Verdes.  She also coached at Peninsula High School where she led the Girl's Varsity team to Bay League championships from 2012-2015, 11 school records, an 11th place finish at CIF.  From 2016-2019 she was  Head Coach at Mira Costa High School where the girl's team won Bay League in 2017, finished 9th at CIF, and the teams combined broke 11 school records and had 4 All American Swims in the first year.  In 2018 the boys finished 4th at CIF and the team had 6 All American swims, 2 CIF champions and 2 CIF records. In 2019 the boy's finished 3rd at CIF with multiple All American times and CIF Champions.   The Daily Breeze named Ali All Area Girl’s Varsity Coach of the Year in 2012, 2015 & 2017 and Boy's Coach of the Year in 2019 .  She currently lives in Redondo Beach where she participates in CrossFit, open water swimming, and Spartan Races... most recently competing in Lake Tahoe at the Spartan Race World Championships.  Days off are generally spent at Disneyland.
Melissa Krauth-Villegas Assistant Coach

Melissa has developed a great passion for swimming over the past 16 years. She was a competitive swimmer from elementary school through high school. In college, Melissa was an Assistant Swim Coach for Robinson High school in Fairfax, VA, from 2007-2008. She also helped as a special needs private swim instructors.

One of my passions is to work with children who have Down syndrome, Autism, Asperger’s, ADHD, ADD, and with children who have other multiple disorders or handicaps. I have a great deal of experience with teaching water safety to these swim students and was the person my boss would send these pupils to at my former swim instruction job. 

This past High School season Melissa was an Assistant Swim Coach for the JV team at Mira Costa High School.  Before joining Beach Cities she was a Lead Senior 2 Coach at Swim Torrance and assisted with the rest of the groups from Sharks to Age Groups from Oct 2018 to April 2019.

I graduated with my B.A. in Sociology from George Mason University in 2009. After college I was a substitute teacher, predominately with special needs children for K through 12th Grade. I have taught all levels of American Red Cross classes: Baby and Me, Toddler and Me, Levels 1 to 6, Stroke Mechanics 1 to 5, and Adults Classes. Melissa strives on being patient with her athletes and also adapting to their needs. She looks forward to helping BCS continue to grow in the South Bay. 

Greg Manvelian Assistant Coach
Greg started out his competitive swimming career at Crescenta Valley High School while swimming club at the YCMA of the Foothills. He was inspired by his club team and began working there during his senior year of High School where he taught children of all ages.

After teaching at the YMCA for 5 years, Greg pursued other career avenues, but ultimately realized that teaching swim and developing athletes was his passion. He returned to the YMCA of the Foothills in 2019 as the new Head Coach. He took a swim team with 10 swimmers and turned it into the largest and most competitive YMCA swim team in Southern California. During his time as Head Coach, he learned how to develop all aspects of a successful aquatics program.

Coach Greg strives to have a positive impact on the lives of his swimmers and believes in working with all swimmers on an individual basis regardless of ability.
Board of Directors
Alec Campbell President
Krystin Murray Treasurer
Mark Nicholas Secretary
Monique Shelton Head Coach
Tim Arnold Member at Large
Pip Coyne Member at Large
Kimberly Crisera Member at Large