To develop the character traits, technical skills, and strong desire for maximun realization of each individual's potential.  Each swimmer has the potential to succeed.  As coaches, it is our job to ensure that the values set forth by this premise, and, in conjunction with the team's philosophy, are instilled into each and every member regardless of age or ability.   Athletes are all different. Some athletes are taller and stronger than others. Regardless, all athletes have the same opportunity for success. On this team, athletes are not compared to one another; they are compared to themselves. The most successful are not the fastest, but those who strive to improve themselves. 

Head Coach / Executive Director - Devon Ames

Coach Devon was first hired to be the Head Coach of the Swim Team of Placentia in 1994 and has continued his dedication to the swimmers of STOP ever since.  In addition to coaching the advanced workout groups, Coach Devon serves as the Executive Director of all team operations, policies, procedures, and staffing.  Coach Devon's extensive experience comes from competing on the UC Riverside swim and water polo team all 4 years of college.  After graduating from UC Riverside with a degree in Psychology, Coach Devon went on to get his Multiple Subject Teaching Credential.  His achievements include being named USA Swimming's National Development Coach of Year for 2001 and Olympic Committee Development Coach of Year in 2002.  Coach Devon has developed many National level swimmers and has coached for National Select Camps.


    Coach Stephanie 

Coach Stephanie has 9 years of experience as a swimmer, and over 4 years experience as a coach.  She spends most of her time in the water, alongisde young children and first time swimmers, teaching them the basics of the sport.  She is currently studying Biology at Fullerton College.



    Coach Jenna

Coach Jenna has been apart of the STOP family for 8 years, 7 of those as a competitor on the team, and the past year as a coach.  Jenna works closely with the younger competitive swimmers, passing on the insight and wisdom she learned from Coach Devon while under his influence.

    Coach Clarissa

Coach Clarissa swam on STOP for 10 years, and has been coaching the past 5 years.  She has extensive experience with a variety of age groups, including the developmental swimming group.  She is starting her second year at Stanford University, where is is studying human biology. 


    Coach Anna

Coach Anna swam at STOP for 8 years, before continuing on to Azusa Pacific University and competing there for 4 years.  She has been coaching for the past year, and is currently obtainig her Masters degree in Organizational Psychology.