Coaches and Directors

Coaches and Directors
Coaching Staff
Patricia Fernandez Volunteer Coach
Jeff Vergel de Dios Volunteer Coach

Jeff has been a volunteer parent coach for more than 10 years, assisting at all levels. He occasionally steps in as lead coach - and has valuable experience as a parent of two USA Swimming daughters.

Shawn Burke Volunteer Coach

I am the father of 2 Eagle Swimmers. I began coaching swimming while attending college and jumped at the opportunity to volunteer coach the SJE team. Go Eagles!

Belinda Jarrett Volunteer Assistant Coach

I am a mom of two.  I am a Physical Therapist with an Orthopedic Clinical Specialty. This is my second season volunteering for the swim team at SJE.  I love helping people of all ages get better at the activities they like doing.  


Ellen Abbene GAA/Head Coach

Ellen has been involved in aquatics for more than 50 years, as a swimmer, synchronized swimmer, lifeguard, Red Cross instructor and coach.  Member of ASCA, co-founder of Guardian Angel Aquatics (seasonal USA Swimming Club).  2019 marks 20 years (non-consecutive) of coaching Saint John Eudes swimmers.

Bryce Kroetz GAA Coach

Bryce joined the St. John Eudes swim team in 1999, swimming with SJE through age 14. He began volunteering as a junior coach for the team through high school. With the exception of 2 seasons, he continued coaching for SJE while pursuing higher education and ultimately receiving a bachelor's degree in Political Science and Juris Doctor. 

Bryce specialized in the 200 & 400 yards/meters Individual Medley and the 100 & 200 yards/meters Breaststroke. 

  • Assistant Swim Coach at Porter Valley Country Club
  • Assistant Swim Coach at Chatsworth High School
  • Head Swim Coach at St. Charles Borromeo
  • Assistant Swim Coach at Special Olympics Southern California
Nick Akins GAA Coach
Briggitte Kroetz GAA Coach

I’ve been coaching competitive swim teams for eight years-Guardian Angel Aquatics/SJE  for six years-and swimming competitively for the past twenty!  I continue to compete when time allows. My favorite strokes (to swim and coach) are backstroke and freestyle.  Currently I am a lifeguard at Pierce College and for private events.  I also teach and coach swimming at Viewpoint School. My inspirations for coaching are my father, Sean, plus my passion for swimming, and being a role model in teaching.

Board of Directors
Miguel Fernandez Lead Manager
Mary Bello Apparel Leader. Board Member
Rachelle Tenggardjaja Manager - Treasurer
Mayra Avila Food Events - Leader
Patricia Fernandez Manager Assistant / Backup
Jean Bornhauser Awards, Raffle Lead