Coaches and Directors

Coaching Staff
Peter Lambert Director/Head Coach
  • BA in Psychology, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • UCLA Kinesiology Certification
  • National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) as a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS)
  • American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) Health Fitness Instructor (HFI)
  • American Red Cross Lifeguard Instructor
  • 27 years of Coaching experience
  • USA Swimming National Qualifier in Multiple events 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986
  • As the Head Swimming Coach at Marlborough High School, he coached championship teams, winning eleven out of the last thirteen seasons. In 2010 & 2018, he coached his team to a California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) Championship and was nominated as High School Coach of the year across all sports by the California Coaches Association.   In 2015, his team was the CIF runner-up.
  • Develops college recruited National, Junior National,  Sectional and Junior Olympic athletes
  • Offers five different pools for athletes in the Los Angeles area
  • Life motto: Strive for Excellence
  • Coaching Philosophy: “The more a swimmer swims, the more fun they have. This combined with a firm but understanding disposition, helps athletes know that I care. If they know I care, they will work hard for themselves and their coach.  I pay close attention to how the group is doing which holds them accountable.”~ Coach Lambert
  • Coaching Goal: to coach a swimmer to the final heat (top 8) of the Olympics
  • Coach Lambert is very passionate about the sport of swimming and had the honor to coach both of his kids Alex and Emily to college swimming programs.
Hidenaga Murakami Assistant Head Coach- Marlborough Pool
  • BA from Setan Hall University
  • 10 years of Coaching experience
  • After being part of Southern California swimming, decided to join the successful program BLAST has to offer its athletes
  • As a youth, Coach Hide swam under Gary Anderson
  • Has developed Junior Olympic & National level swimmers
  • Coaching Philosophy: Let student-athletes enjoy swimming and create opportunities to experience college-level swimming and beyond 
Meg Patrick Head Development Coach-Verdugo
  • B.A. Physical Education California State University, Los Angeles
  • Swimming since the age of 5,
  • Coaching since 1986 
  • Glendale High School Girls Swim Team League Champions 
  • Age Group Coach 12 and Under Group Glendale Y.M.C.A
  • Age Group Coach 12 and Under Group  ORCA Aquatics
  • Head Development Coach Nellie Gail Gator Swim Club
  • Junior Olympic Coach 12 and Under Age Group Qualifiers
  • WAG  and JAG Coach 12 and Under Age Group Qualifiers 
  • ASCA Level 2 Swim Coach
  • Southern California Swimming Admin Board of Review Chairman 2019
  • Pacific Committee Board Member: Review Chair 2016 - 2019
  • Head Coach for the Special Olympics of Southern California
  • Glendale Parks and Open Space Foundation Board Member
  • Coach Meg has a love a passion for swimming and helping young people learn to swim
  • Best Coaching Memory: Being thrown in the pool after winning Y.M.C.A Championships  and Orange Section Championships 
  • Life Motto:   Never give up on what you believe in and what you want in life because it might just come your way. 
  • Coaching Goal: Winning Championship meets and also Getting to coach young people everyday and watching them grow through swimming and knowing your coaching has been a part of a swimmers success. From building self confidence, and teaching them the love of the sport.
  • Coaching Philosophy: Buld a solid foundation in swimmers, with technique, hard work, and having fun at the same time.
  • Glendale Y.M.C.A  Southern California Y.M.C.A Champions  1986-88
  • Orange Section Championships Nellie Gail Swim Club
  • Orange Section Summer League Championships Nellie Gail Swim Club
  • Orange Section 11-12 Girls, All-Star Coach 2001
Oscar Tippol Assistant Coach -Verdugo
  • 9+ years of coaching experience
  • Coach Oscar is in the process of obtaining a degree in Education
  • Greatest Coaching Memory: Coaching the fastest 13-year-old girl in all of TEXAS in 2011
  • Coaching Goal: Assistant Coach at the Olympics 2024
  • Coaching Philosophy: "The best swimmers in the world, are the best kickers in the world. The best kickers in the world, are the best swimmers in the world" -yours truly; inspiration = Michael Phelps
  • CIF alternate 2007
  • Regionals (CIF in Texas) 2008-2009
  • Hammerhead Group are dedicated to improving
  • Coach Oscar lives in the LA/OC area.
David Blanchard Head Develpement Coach-LA Tennis Club
  • Coaching 16+ years, Coach David has been with BLAST since 2008.
  • Passionate about the water, Coach David has been a competitive swimmer, water polo player, and hockey player since grade school. As a competitive club swimmer, he participated in the Junior Olympics and Q qualification meets. Throughout high school, he broke several school records in the 50 Freestyle, 4x50 Free Relay, and 4x100 Free Relay. He was named Captain his senior year.  David swam all four years on the varsity squad and was the team's MVP three times.
  • David continued to advance in both his swimming and water polo careers until acquiring a serious sports-related injury. During his recovery period, he began coaching and became aware of his passion for playing a role in watching other athletes grow, advance, and have fun in the process.
  • Coaching Philosophy: the one key that has made my practice successful is to let the kids be kids, but set a structure of hard work, discipline, teamwork, being responsible and teaching good moral values through the sport of swimming.
  • Coaching Goal: my ultimate achievement is to be able to both teach and coach at the age-group level.  I find that working with kids makes me feel whole and it's such a rewarding experience knowing you are making an impact.
  • Favorite quote: “Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment." - Buddha.
Seungki Lee Marlborough Site Age Group Coach
  • 30+ years of experience coaching. Coach Lee started coaching around the age of 20 and has been coaching in the USA for the past 11 years.
  • Coach Lee was a representative of Seoul and won various national competitions
  • Coaching Philosophy: “No pain, No gain”. Coach Lee believes it is important for young swimmers to develop great habits from the beginning.
  • Life Motto: “Always faithful and consistent"
  • Coach Lee goals for his age group is to develop strong IM swimmers for high school and college
  • Although known as Coach Seungki, everyone has called him Coach Lee since 2007
  • Coach Lee has received his ASCA Level 2 certification for Stroke skills.
  • Coach Lee lives in the Mid-Wilshire area of Los Angeles
  • Coach Lee is happy to be a part of BLAST and making a great team. Coach Lee stated, “I am 52 yr old now but my age does not count anymore, it is my passion for the kids.”
Ekaterina Alyabyeva Verdugo Site Senior Coach
  • Home location: Novosibirsk, Russia
  • Sport(s) Coached: Swimming (also coached Horseback Riding, in Russia before immigration, for about 5 years)
  • Professional & educational background: As a coach helped start Age Group Team in El Segundo, while being a Head Site Coach of Alpha Aquatics. Since moved to the United States, 11 years ago, worked with swimmers of all ages helping them achieve their first lap of butterfly, qualify for Junior Nationals, and be rewarded a college scholarship. Coached at D1 Rutgers University: while there helped qualify and place swimmers at D1 NCAA National Championship and Phillips 66 National Championship.
  • Have Bachelor's in Business Management from Drury University, and studied Coaching at the Novosibirsk State Pedagogical University in Russia.
  • Sports participated in/awards won: Swimming:
    • USA and Russia Olympic Trials Qualifier 2012
    • Russia Olympic Trials Finalist 2008
    • Open Water 5km Russian Nationals Finalist
    • 3-time Division II NCAA National Record holder
    • 18-time Division II NCAA All-American
    • Part of 3 Division II NCAA National Title-winning women’s teams
    • Speedo Championship Series; Southern Zone Sectional Champion 2009
    • Top Ten achievements: (31 individual, 17 relay) in USMS
    • All-American Honors: (2 years pool individual, 2 years pool relay) in USMS
    • USMS Records: (pool relay: 2 currently held, 2 lifetime records)
  • Years coaching: 2008-now, 11 years so far
  • What got you started in swimming: Parents brought me to the pool when I was 4, and I felt like a fish in the water (a bit cliché, but accurate) – just loved it so much, 26 years later still near the water.
  • Favorite Quote: I like the proverb “When you were born, you cried, and the world rejoiced. Live your life in such a manner that when you die, the world cries and you rejoice.”
  • Biggest/favorite coaching moment?: Since I was a kid I was a huge fan of Michael Phelps. Living in snowy Siberia I dreamt of meeting the Legend in person (which did come true in 2009 on Grand Prix in Charlotte, North Carolina). That’s why it felt like such an honor to be able to coach side by side with coach Bob Bowman at NCAA National Championships, the coach that raised Phelps. That Championship had also walking on deck other legends of coaching, like Dave Salo, Gregg Troy, and many others.
  • Coaching philosophy: I believe in a couple of aspects. First of all, I believe athletes should love their sport and be excited to come to practice every single day. Training should be fun, yet very resultative. Not improving and not self-developing athlete loses motivation fast. Definitely, quality over quantity. Another important theory I believe in is, that success takes great support and communication between the athlete, his coach, and his family. It takes a team effort to grow a successful young professional. With that said, I try to teach my athletes responsibility, accountability, and mindfulness.
  • Anything you would like to share? Swimming gave me so much more than one can imagine. I was granted a full scholarship in the University abroad, a choice of Citizenship (which I chose both Russian and American), but most importantly a strong community, that has been there for me all these years. I have also experienced unbelievable hardships and heartbreaks of Professional Athletics and have faced disappointments as well. I want to give back to the swimming community as much as I can. I would like to motivate young athletes to succeed in life while protecting them from all the hardships I faced.
Alex Moothart West Hollywood Site Senior Coach
  • Home location: West Hollywood, CA (grew up in the Boston area)
  • Sport(s) Coached: Swimming, Open Water Swimming
  • Educational background: BA of Gender & Women's Studies at UMBC, currently in the process of obtaining an MS in Sport Coaching from West Virginia University
  • Sports participated in/awards won: Swimming - 2012 Olympic Trials Qualifier
  • Years coaching: 7 years
  • What got you started in swimming: My best friend joined a swim team, so I decided to follow suit...even though I didn't even know how to float yet!
  • Favorite quote: "We'll never know our full potential unless we push ourselves to find it." - Travis Rice
  • Coaching philosophy: No matter how good or bad the practice or race is, everything is information - learn from it.
  • Anything you would like to share? Just that I'm super stoked to be part of this team and help create some amazing swimmers!
Board of Directors
Kim Dodd
Stephanie Baio