Coaching Staff

Coaches and Directors

Erik Ran Head Coach


Coach Erik was born and raised in Alicante, Spain. He moved to Holland at the age of 7 and migrated to Los Angeles at age 19 to study at USC.

He was a member of the Dutch National Swim Team from 1981 to 1992 and a USC Swimming Division 1 All American from 1988 until 1991

As the captain of the National Dutch team for many years he participated at European Championships in 1987 in Strasbourg, France, 1989 in Bonn, Germany and 1991 in Athens, Greece and competed at the 1986 World Championships in Madrid. 

Erik was the former Dutch National record holder in the 100 meters freestyle and 50 meters fly and was recruited by USC where he swam from 1987 to 1991.

At the University of Southern California Erik held many relay records and had the 100 butterfly record and held the 100 free record for over 20 years.

In 1990 and 1991 he won the Pac 10 Championships 100 freestyle titles for USC and came in 2nd at NCAA’s in the 100 yards free and fourth in the 100 fly in 1990. 

Erik's parents met while swimming and his father was a former Olympic waterpolo player attending the games in Rome in 1960. His mother swam competitively and also competed in synchronized swimming.

Mckenzie Kelly Assistant Coach

Mckenzie was born and raised in San Diego and coaches all age groups of the Malibu Seawolves. She is a senior at Pepperdine University studying liberal arts to become a teacher and is a sprint freestyler on the Pepperdine Swim Team.

PEPPERDINE 2020-21: Made an immediate impact on the sprint freestyle team as a junior in her first season at Pepperdine ... Helped win a PCSC title in the 200 free relay ... Earned All-PCSC first team honors in the 200 free relay (first place), 50 free (third place), 100 free (seventh place) and 200 free (seventh place) ... Scored 73 points at the PCSC Championships ... Competed at four of the nine meets ... Swam the team’s third-fastest 50 free time (24.15) and the fifth-fastest 100 free time (53.00).
CALIFORNIA BAPTIST: Swam for two seasons (2018-19 and 2019-20) at California Baptist University ... Set a school record on the 400 free relay team as a freshman, which took third at the WAC Championships and seventh at the National Invitational Championship ... Also swam the 50 and 100 free at the NIC ... Earned WAC All-Academic honors both years.
HIGH SCHOOL: Graduated from La Jolla (Calif.) Country Day School in 2018 ... Set five school records: 50, 100, 200 and 500 free and 100 back ... Qualified for CIF finals all four years ... Went undefeated in the 50 and 100-yard free at the San Diego City Conference Eastern League meets ... Won two City Conference championships and qualified for CIF State meets three times.
CLUB: Swam for the Heartland Swim Association.
PERSONAL: Mckenzie has been a club swimmer since she was 8 years old. Her parents, Greg and Bambi Kelly, both played basketball so it was a surprise when she became a swimmer! She wants to become a teacher and teach elementary school. Kelly enjoys working with kids of all ages for swimming and has been coaching for the past 4 summers in San Diego at Heartland Swim Association.

Robert Jordan Assistant Coach

Coach Robert hails from Houston, TX and moved to CA to swim in college. He is now attending grad school at Pepperdine.

His stats:

  • USA swimmer from 4th grade until graduating high school.
  • Main swim events were the 50 and 100 freestyle and the 100 and 200 backstroke. Swam those events at Speedo Sectionals meets hosted at Texas A&M and the University of Texas.
  • Competed at the State swim meet for his high school’s 200 freestyle relay and broke the team record that had been standing for 10 years.
  • Swam 2 years at the DII level at California Baptist University, and then became the team manager for his last two years in undergrad.
  • While working as the team manager, he worked every swim meet as the team photographer and ran all social media accounts for meet day coverage. He also helped with team travel logistics and helped with the “day of”  team logistics (buying catered team meals, assist with timing, organizing parent volunteers). 
  • Summer 2019 Robert traveled to Samoa to work with the Samoa national team staff and FINA reps to help with the swim competition and open water swim competition of the XVI Pacific Games Specifically, he became certified for the open water swim portion of the meet, ran the meet manager software to produce results and take photos for the official record of the events for FINA and Pacific Games records.
  • Robert has coached all age groups from 5 years old to 18 year olds for the past five years. The majority of his coaching experience is with the 6-9-year-old age group swimmers to work on stroke technique and provide the building blocks to increase stamina in later groups.

Some fun facts about Robert: He is in his second year of his journey of getting his masters in public policy and he is probably the worst surfer in Malibu .

Paige Tattersall


Coach Paige Tattersall came to us via Northern California. She was born in the East Bay town of Walnut Creek.

She moved to Sacramento at an early age.and started swimming for the Sierra Marlins Swim Team out of Folsom, CA.

Her events were/ are the 200, 500 and 100 freestyle which she continued excelling at during her years at Granite Bay High School.

Paige fell in love with the University of Pepperdine and is continuing her swimming career with the Waves. She will be a Senior and Captain of the team this Fall.

She is studying to receive a Bachelor of Arts in liberal arts for education and getting multiple subject teaching credentials

Paige has two siblings Evan and Jane and is the middle child. She also has a dog, a black lab, named Maverick. 

Fun fact - she is left handed and loves to hang with friends and enjoy some good food.