Coaches and Directors

Coaches and Directors
Coaching Staff
Alex Silver Head Coach/CEO
 Alex has been coaching swimming since 1999.  From 2005-2007 he was the Associate Head Coach with the Oakland Undercurrents, where he was instrumental in helping the team grow to over 150 swimmers, including Junior Olympic and Far Western Champions, and Oakland City League Record Holders.  While working in Oakland, Alex was a volunteer assitant coach for the UC Berkeley Men's Swim Team.  Alex also served as Head Coach of Montgomery High School, where he coached a National Record Holder, and as assistant coach with the Santa Rosa Neptunes.  Alex has been Head Coach of LAC since 2008.  In 2010 he was one of 10 coaches nationally to be selected into the American Swim Coaches Association Fellows program.  Alex has had the opportunity to coach JO Champions, Far Western Champions, Junior National Finalists and an Olympic Trial finalist at LAC.  LAC has consistently been in the top 10% of teams in Pacific Swimming when rated on number of National Qualifiers per swimmer.  Alex has achieved American Swim Coaches Level 5 accreditation in both Achievement and Education. This puts him in the top 1% of coaches in the USA according to ASCA.  In 2019 Alex became a National Team Coach. Alex also has International and Collegiate coaching experience as a coach at Plivaj's Najobli Swim Camps in Croatia  
 
As an age-group swimmer for the Neptunes, Alex was a Far Western Champion and nationally ranked swimmer.  At UC Berkeley, Alex was the Captain of the 1999 4th ranked men's team, was a Pac-10 Finalist and NCAA qualifier, was ranked 11th in the Nation and 50th in the world in the 400 I.M., and competed at the 2000 U. S. Olympic Trials.  Alex lives in Livermore with his sons Ari, Isaiah and Sayer.  He feels extremely fortunate to have such a talented and dedicated coaching staff to work with at LAC.  
Lisa White Associate Head Coach

     Lisa has been coaching on LAC since 2010. She has coached JO Champions and Far Western finalists, Pacific All-Stars, and the developing athlete. In 2018 Lisa was nominated for USA Swimming's Age Group Coach of the Year after having coached 2 swimmers to several USA top 10 performances. Lisa's passion is to use swimming to help each individual grow to their fullest potential; she inspires young athletes to excel in and out of the water. Lisa is highly skilled at coaching the Pre Comp through Senior Elite athlete and is able to challenge athletes while seeing them for the unique human beings they are. 

As an athlete, Lisa swam for the University of California, Davis. She was a 3-year captain, NCAA D2 Qualifier, and a Top 10 Times swimmer. As an adult athlete she is a 2 time Masters Champion and an Ironman Triathlon finisher. Lisa currently lives in Livermore with her husband and 2 boys.
Theresa Davis Head Age Group Coach
Coach Theresa works with the pre-comp and novice swimmers.  She was a scholar athlete in high school excelling in both Volleyball and Softball and is a life long recreational swimmer, with a passion for the water.  At the age of 16, she was certified as a scuba diver and this lead to her desire to study marine biology at UCSC. She became a certified research and rescue scuba diver landing her a job that required her to swim in rivers all over northern California counting salmon. 
She'll never forget her first day on the job where she got to swim with Salmon that were about as big as her and being able to reach out and touch them. 
 
With her love for working with children and 16 years of teaching/coaching experience, she brings vast amounts of skills and knowledge to our developmental swimmers. Not having the opportunity as a child to swim competitively, she has now joined the USA Masters and enjoys the sport while sharpening her techniques. Being an active swimmer and an experienced coach, she knows the best methods in helping her swimmers improve and be great at swimming. That dynamic combination is where her groups benefit and many advance to become better athletes. She loves being a mom and watches her children swim and grow at LAC.
Alex Hamza Varsity Coach

Alex has been coaching with LAC since 2014.  He is and has been an avid masters swimmer for over 30 years. His daughters, Haley and Gabi, swam in the LAC program and Haley swam for the UC San Diego swimming and diving team, setting the school record in the 1650. His wife, Wendy, can be found swimming at Masters workouts as well.  He is a scientist with LLNL in the fields of materials science and surface science. Currently, he is learning about the applications of 3D printing. Alex has been instrumental in building our Varsity group to the point where they consistently place athletes at the NCS championships. He also has experience coaching the Senior Elite group. In 2021, Alex will be heading to Omaha to coach at his first Olympic Trials. 

Scott Hartz JV 1 Coach
Scott has been coaching swimming for three years and was a competitive swimmer for over ten. Scott specializes in early to intermediate stroke development as well as endurance and sprint training. He strives to maintain a fun, yet challenging, atmosphere for his swimmers, boosting both their confidence and ability. Prior to coaching, Scott worked in the gaming industry for over a decade with companies such as EA and Namco Bandai. Scott is also a member of the Yale Alumni Schools Committee and has the privilege of interviewing and evaluating Yale applicants in the Tri-Valley area.
 
As a swimmer for the Santa Rosa Neptunes, Scott set numerous pool and team records, was Far Westerns champion, and competed at multiple Junior National events. Scott was also fortunate enough to swim for Yale University achieving the team's fastest 400 IM time his freshman year. Scott and his wife have been together since meeting through high school swimming and currently live in Livermore with their two girls.
Kevin Johnston Junior 1 Coach

Kevin started competitive swimming as a young child. He was set on improving after falling in love with the sport while struggling through his first 50 meter butterfly race. Kevin swam and played water polo through high school then took several years break from swimming before finding his way back to the pool. Kevin used the skills he developed through swimming both in the sport and life in general. Kevin sees swimming as an effective tool to assist kids in developing confidence, commitment, and building a healthy lifestyle. For Kevin everything is about water; starting the day with a swim, his career as a wastewater engineer, and fostering a positive environment for the Junior 1 group.

Jamie Schellenberg Coach

Jamie has been a competitive swimmer since she was a young child. At the age of 12 her family moved to Hawaii,  which offered a great opportunity to swim in the pool as well as open water. At the age of 14 Jamie set a record for being the youngest and only person to swim a 6 mile open water swim on the Big Island of Hawaii. This set the stage for many years of competing in Triathlons, open water races, marathons as well as representing the state of Hawaii on a national level in various long distance freestyle and butterfly events.  Jamie swam competitively through high school and first two years of college then transitioned into triathlons where she represented Team USA Age Group division in New Zealand. In recent years Jamie has become more involved in yoga and considers it an important part of her training as well. 


Jamie has coached various groups of ages in swimming, triathlons and running clubs. She really enjoys seeing our athletes train hard and support one another and most importantly remembering to have fun! 

Jamie is a mental health clinician working with all ages, and is especially interested in the well being of athletes from a whole person perspective. She enjoys the challenge of not only coaching athletes in the water, but also focusing on positive mental health which in turn fosters growth and success as an individual and competitive athlete. Jamie trains our athletes in Dryland as well, which focuses on the core and overall body strength and balance. This is fundamental for improving and a nice balance to being in the pool! 

Jamie is a United States Marine Corps Veteran. She attributes a lot of her discipline and understanding of the value of resiliance from her experiences in the military. 

Jamie currently lives in Livermore with her husband and three children. When not training herself or helping her children train, she enjoys traveling with her family, cooking, reading and finding new places to hike and explore! 

Jackie Conrad Pre Comp Coach

Coach Jackie works with our PreComp swimmers. Jackie started swimming at the age of 6 and has been in love with the water ever since. She swam competitively until the age of 19 and played many other sports as well. She taught swimming lessons for 10 years to all ages: 6mo - adult and enjoys sharing the joy water can bring with people. She believes fostering kindness and integrity in children will serve them well in the future. Jackie graduated from UC Santa Cruz (GO SLUGS!) where she studied linguistics, languages, and history. She works as a certified sign language interpreter and has 3 children, a cat, and a dog. When not on the pool deck, she can be found hiking or biking around town.
 

Michael Eckles JV 2 Coach
Michael has been coaching since 2017, working with swimmers from all different levels and ages. He has previously coached for summer league and year-round programs such as the Ruby-Hill Red Raiders, Bay Club Tidal Waves, and PLS. Michael started his swimming career as a summer league swimmer for the Rhonewood Sharks when he was four. Eventually, his love for the sport led him to LAC, where he swam and competed with the Aquacowboys for four years. He would go on to swim at Las Positas college before transferring to UCLA, where he began studying to become a teacher. Michael currently lives in Livermore and teaches high school social science at Livermore High School.
 
 
 
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