Coaches and Directors

Coaches and Directors
Coaching Staff
Edwin Carrera Program Director

Ed Carrera began his swimming career as a 7 year old in Irvine swimming for coaches Flip Darr, Dave Salo, Ken Lamont, Mindy Doherty, Ed French,  and Lydia Abshier.  Swimming with the likes of Jason Lezak, John Mykanen, Brian Pajer, Coleman and Chad Hundeby and many other accomplished swimmers.  Carrera was a four-year letterman at Irvine High School (swimming for Scott Hinman, Greg Gray, and Ken Dory), and qualified for CIF by the time he was a sophomore. Carrera also earned his junior national time standards for the 200yd breaststroke. Carrera then focused his attention to water polo.  In 1995 Carrera began his coaching career as the assistant coach at Woodbridge High School for water polo and swimming under Alex Abishier and Tom Norton Sr.  (separate tenors).  After Tom Norton left the program, Ed was named head coach at 19 years old.  After a 2 year coaching stint he decided to get back in the water as an athlete and attended his 2nd year at Saddleback College under his age group coach Flip Darr, Michael Santo, and Larry Larson.  He was then recruited by Dennis Ploessel at Chapman University where he was named captain but because of financials, could not continue and left Chapman shortly after.  In 2006, Carrera took over the Northwood High School Head water polo position (for brother Steve Carrera) and Assistant swim programs along side (age group coach) Ken Lamont.  At the same time he was asked to join the Concordia University Irvine Water Polo Coaching staff by (his High School Coach) Ken Dory, where he finished his under grad.  Carrera left Concordia in 2010 for an opportunity to start a program from scratch.  In 2010-2012, Carrera was the Aquatics Director at Vanguard University, where he was the Head Coach for both Swimming and Water Polo (Men’s and Women’s).    Ed is the current Head Swim Coach and Assistant Boys and Girls Water Polo Coach at Orange Lutheran High School where he was part of the Division 1 CIF Championship Girls and Boys team in 2017.
In addition, Ed Carrera is a 2010, 2012, 2015 Member of the Ecuador SR. Men’s National Water Polo Team and competed in the Pan American Games in Toronto the summer of 2015.  Ed has also been the head coach for the Woodbury Waves (Irvine Swim League Team) for the last 8 years, and guided the Waves to a 2012 Division 4 Championship, 2013 Division 3 Championship, and 2014 Division 2 Championship,  2015, 2016, 2017 Division 1 Championship.  Carrera is a graduate of Concordia University Irvine where he received his Bachelors Degree in Business and Leadership and has a wife Kaylen and 2 children, Kyson and Fiori.  Both kids are swim with Speed Aquatics.

Kaylen Carrera Little Ripples/Assessment Director

Kaylen Carrera started her swimming career as a five your old here in Irvine. She was a 4-year letter-man at Rosary high school, and still holds a few school records. Coach Kaylen went on to swim at APU (on a full scholarship) where she achieved six national titles and broke 2 records, also was named a 16 time all American.  In 2010 - 2012 Kaylen assisted Ed with swimming at Vanguard University. She has  over 20 yrs of experience in competitive swimming, and 10 yrs experience with learn to swim.  She is Program Director for the Little Ripples, Speed I&II.  Please email Coach Kaylen for all assessments.

Winner Sa-Nguansap Coach

An athlete in many sports, but found his niche in the water. A competitive swimmer for 20 years, who swam at The Claremont Club for 15 years and made his mark as an elite swimmer under Head Coach, John Ries. During his age group years, he qualified and was selected for numerous competitions, such as Junior Nationals, North American Challenge Cup, Pacific Coast All Stars, Western Zones and All Star Festivals. He won events at Western Zones in the 200 Fly and 400 IM (his favorite events), and make it his mission to train his swimmers to be experts in all 4 disciplines.

 

He then decided to give back to the swim community, and so his coaching career began in 2009. After 3 years, he later moved over to Irvine and joined the Irvine Aquazot Swim Club, where he made his mark in Southern California Swimming in coaching. During his 4.5 years at Aquazots, he coached his swimmers to break over 63 team records, and an SCS record. After becoming Head Age Group Coach in September 2015, his swimmers starting dominating the 8-10 age group in 2016, and his 11 year olds also made their mark on the top of the podium as the new youngsters of the age group.

 

Shortly after, he coached at Gators Swim Club, in which he tested his skills with older kids in the 11-13 age group. He brought the 11-12 girls to be fastest medley relay across all 3 JAG sites in 2017. He continued to help the kids break over 20 team records in his short time at Gators Swim Club.

 

Coach Winner has now moved back closer to home in Irvine, the "Mecca" of Southern California Swimming. He plans to bring the same fervor, enthusiasm, passion, and strategic planning that made his swimmers the champions they are. 

 

Nothing is more exciting to him than seeing his swimmers learn that hard work ethic is the key to the success. Coupled with talent, passion, mental toughness and technique, he plans to make his swimmers the rising stars of USA Swimming. 

Samantha Eckroth Coach

Samantha Eckroth has loved the water since the age of two and a half when her mother watched in amazement as she chewed through her floaties. After deflating the water wings she was free to swim on her own. From that moment on it was apparent that swimming would be her sport of choice. Sam’s parents enrolled her in an Irvine Summer League swim team, the Courtside Stingrays, when she turned five. Then at the age of nine she joined NOVA, a year round club team. She started coaching for her old ISL swim team her sophomore year of high school and was later head coach for the Courtside Stingrays. Sam swam on the varsity swim team all four years of attendance at Northwood High School and was part of the girls 2nd place division II CIF team her freshman year. She has taught for the city of Irvine, Water Works, and Blue Ray aquatics over the past nine years. Sam has a tremendous passion for the water and teaching others. Coach Sam heads our Portola location.

Josh Roe Coach

Josh started swimming at age 10 and swam competitively for 10 years. In high school he swam at the varsity level all four years, placing  2nd at CIF in both of his individual events Junior year and placed 1st and 2nd in his senior year. Swimming for Vanguard University he made it to NAIA Nationals both years and graduated with a degree in Business Administration in 2014. Josh has been around water his whole life teaching swim lessons for 4 years, high school swim for 2 years, and Lifeguarding at Newport Beach for 5 years. Josh is a nationally certified personal trainer bringing his strength and fitness knowledge to the pool.

Audrey Katherine Coach
Iman Bourdi Coach

Born in London and moved to Irvine when I was 5 and at age 7 I started my swim career that summer on the Greentree Gators with Coach Ken Dory and 5 years later I started swimming on the Irvine Nova Aquatics with Coach Ken Lamont, Coach Alex Nieto! I swam varsity all 4 years at Irvine High school with the most amazing coaches Coach Scott Hinman and Coach Ray Wong. I then moved along to college where I swam two years at Orange Coast College with Coach Anthony Iacopetti and Adam Lee. Both the years I swam we won State Championship Titles! When I was 15 is when I started coaching at the North Irvine knights, which I just finished up my 6th summer with that team! 


 
Jason Chen
Coach Jason started swimming with Speed Aquatics at the age of 8, and has been with the team ever since. In his time as a swimmer on Speed, he swam under the likes of Coaches Amanda Doran (Speed 2), Ed Carrera (Speed 3), Sebastian Cordoba (Speed 3), Josh Roe (Speed 5), and, most recently, Winner Sa-Nguansap (Speed 5). In his time with Coach Winner, he was able to follow in the footsteps of his coach, and specialize in the 200 Butterfly and 400 IM, qualifying for multiple Junior Olympics and senior meets, and swam an (unofficial) qualifying time in the 200 Butterfly for the Kevin Perry Senior Invitational during COVID. As a high school swimmer, he was a part of the boys’ varsity team all four years, and primarily swam the 100 butterfly and 200 IM.

At the age of 16, Coach Jason started his coaching career in ISL, where he worked two summers with the Stonegate Seahawks (one year as as volunteer, and another as an assistant coach). He then came back to his “alma mater” to be an assistant coach at Woodbury Waves. He has also spent time as a Speed coach, working with Coach Samantha and Coach Nathan at the Great Park Neighborhoods location (Speed 1, 2, and 3).

While currently attending UCLA through online schooling, he expects to join the competitive club swim team when he finally gets on campus. He is excited to join Speed to work with swimmers of all ages and skill levels, and instill the same joy and passion he found during his time as a Speed swimmer.
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