Coaching Staff
Mitch Gold Head Coach

Mitch brings 20 years of experience successfully coaching athletes of all ages and abilities. Mitch has led swimmers to the Jr National, Sectional, Zone, and Junior Olympic Level. Coach Mitch is an American Swimming Coaches Association (ASCA) Level 3 Coach, a member of the Positive Coaching Alliance and brings an extensive background in physiology and sports psychology, as well as an elite level structured and positive coaching style to the Palm Desert Swim Club. Mitch also chairs the Eastern Committee, Southern California Swimming for his third term. 

In 2018, a squad of High School swimmers bolstered Mitch’s coaching achievements with Akemi Von Scherr winning the 500 at CIF Southern Section Championships and qualifying for California High School State Championships and breaking the La Quinta High School record. Olivia Garcia from Coachella Valley High School broke all 11 High School records as a freshmen , and qualified for CIF Finals in the 50/100 Free. Overall, five of Mitch’s swimmers qualified for CIF Finals in 9 individual events

2017 brought Sectional level times to Mitch’s coaching credentials along with 12 Junior Olympic medals, including the 1500 Gold Medal and Silver Medal in the 400/800 via AVS and an11th place women’s team finish as the top small team.  

In the 2016 Long Course season, his squad of 15 Sr & Jr swimmers earned 9 medals at the Summer Junior Olympics including 2x JO Champion, Akemi Von Scherr in the 800/1500 with Sectional time cuts (a first for PDSC). Mitch also added a Top 10 Nationally ranked swimmer to his list of coaching accomplishments in Emmi Von Scherr finishing the 2016 season in 6th place in  the 1500 .

During a breakout season in 2015, Mitch proudly took four athletes to the Southern California Swimming Club Championships earning two medals (Erin Shen/50 breast and Lucas Brunett/50 back with a National Top Ten Time). Mitch also had 8 swimmers qualify for the Winter Junior Olympics in 41 events and earned 12 medals, including the crowning of a Junior Olympic Champion in the 100 IM (Lucas Brunett). Mitch also took 19 of athletes to the June Age Group Championships and Summer Junior Olympics.

Mitch brings a wealth of coaching experience to PDSC. Before joining the PDSC staff, Mitch filled the Head Age Group Coach with the Palm Springs Piranhas and Head Coach for Palm Desert High School Boys Team.

An athlete with a National caliber running background, Coach Mitch is also a multiple USAT All-American, 13-time World Triathlon Championship Qualifier and two-time Armed Forces Champion of the World Triathlon Championships. Mitch is retired Marine Officer and University of Maryland graduate.

Tom Burbank Assistant Head Coach

Head Age Group Coach Tom came on board as an Assistant Coach in May, 2016 and coaches our Junior Advanced group.  He retired in June 2016 after spending the previous 25 years as a high school social studies teacher in the Coachella Valley and Desert Sands Unified School Districts.  During four of those years, he served as the president of the Desert Sands Teachers Association, served three terms on the California Teachers Association State Council of Education, and was a delegate to four National Education Association Representative Assemblies.

Prior to his career in public education, Tom spent 15 years as a swimming coach, literally from Maine to California, and is an ASCA Level 3 certified coach.  His successful experience includes being head coach of three club teams, head age group coach of a fourth, head coach of three high school teams, and assistant coach of two others.  His swimmers competed at local, state, regional, and national levels.  His teams have won state championships, and individual athletes training with him have gone on to become national collegiate champions.  At every turn, Tom has been involved in the administration of the sport as well as the advancement of the coaching profession.  Between 1988-90, he served as the first National Director of ASCA’s SwimAmerica program.  He also was selected to the coaching staff of the Southern California Swimming Western Zone team in 1986.

Before becoming a coach, Tom swam competitively on interscholastic, club, and intercollegiate teams, specializing in middle-distance freestyle, breaststroke, and individual medley events.  He is a 1975 graduate of Union College, Schenectady, New York, where he earned a B. A. in Political Science and was captain of the swimming team.  He was born and raised in South Portland, Maine.  Tom is married to Julia Alberg-Burbank, with whom he shares six children and stepchildren as well as three grandchildren.

K.C. Carlene Dinneny Head Novice/Developmental Coach

K.C. Carlene joins the Palm Desert Swim Club coaching staff after 8 years of competitive swimming with PST and the Palm Desert High School Swim Team. K.C. Carlene reached the Junior Olympic and Winter Age Group Championship level and is currently attending Arizona State University and majoring in Liberal Studies to become a kindergarten teacher. K.C. Carlene heads the Palm Desert Swim School and is working to develop our 8 & Under, Jr Novice, and Jr Developmental Programs. Coach K.C. Carlene is very excited to be coaching for Palm Desert Swim Club alongside Coach Mitch and the rest of the PDSC coaching staff.

John Mook Junior Intermediate Coach

John is our Jr Intermediate group and Dryland Training Program Lead Coach preparing our Junior level swimmers for the next level of competitive swimming. John joined the PDSC Coaching Staff in September 2017. 

Nicole Maxwell Assistant Coach

Coach Nicole Maxwell is the newest addition to the PDSC Coaching Staff, and she brings thirty-five years of swimming and coaching experience. Nicole grew up in a family of hard workers, and overachievers accumulating several state swimming titles; junior national and BIG 10 awards, scholarships, and countless opportunities that would not have been possible without swimming.

Coach Maxwell also served CVUSD as the Assistant Varsity Swimming Coach, and the Junior Varsity Head Coach at Desert Mirage H.S., where her fifty-plus member team broke eight school records, had the school's first male CIF qualifier, and our first graduate planning to swim next year on her college team!  

 

Board of Directors
Genna Allman Treasurer
Julie Brunett Director
Tom Burbank VP/Secretary/Assistant Head Coach
Mitch Gold President/CEO/Head Coach
Melissa Elbaz Director
Jessica Wong Director