Founder and Coach Laura Otteson

Coach Laura grew up in Eastern Montana where she swam competitively for 13 years, and spent 2 years as a swim coach.  She's also coached high school track and field.  Coach Laura knows what it takes to be a champion.  She was a former javelin state champion, Volleyball MVP and played on back to back State Championship basketball teams. 

After high school, Coach Laura went on to compete at the collegiate level in track and field at the University of Mary in Bismark, ND.  She moved to the desert in 2001, when she accepted a teaching position for Palm Springs Unified School District.  She has a Master's Degree in Education from Chapman University.  Currently, she is a 5th grade teacher for Palm Springs Unified School District. 

Coach Laura has a passion for teaching and coaching youth. Her love for coaching swimmers developed back in high school while teaching swimming lessons at the local pool.  "There's no better feeling that helping a child reach his or her potential!" Her high expectations, attention to details and positive energy make her an integral part of EOST's Coaching Staff.  

Coach Laura's goal for her team is to create a group of athletes that focus on developing technique, setting goals and working to be individuals of excellent character!




Founder and Coach Joshua Otteson

Coach Otteson grew up in Eastern Montana where his love for swimming and competition started at a young age.  Otteson placed 8th at the divisional swim meet in the backstroke, barely making it to the state meet. The next week Otteson did 2 practices a day.  At the state meet, when the race started, Otteson lead from start to finish winning first place! He went on to win many state championships races and receive high point trophies during his swimming career.   

Otteson was the MVP of the state championship basketball tournament where his team won the title.  He was also named MVP as the quarterback of his high school football team.  Otteson went on to play quarterback for Jamestown College in North Dakota where he was named MVP of his football conference as well as All American Quarterback honors.  Otteson's 1997 and 1998 college football teams were inducted into the Univeristy of Jamestown Hall of Fame.

Coach Otteson is an ASCA level 2 USA Certified Swim Coach.  He has been teaching and coaching swim lessons since he was 15.  He brings over 25 years of experience as a coach in many sports: swimming, football, basketball and track & field.  Otteson has a Bachelor's degree in Health and Human Performace and a Masters degree in Eductional Administration. He is curretly teaching Elementary Physical Education for Palm Springs Unified School District.

Coach Otteson's ability to motivate swimmers, knowledge of targeting muscle groups and properly fueling the body make him a huge asset to the EOST Coaching Staff. 

Assistant Coach Dominic Kirby

Coach Dominic Kirby is a Coachella Valley Native.  He swam at Shadow Hills High School and Chaffey College.  He's spent time coaching both water polo and swim team at Colony High School and Shadow Hills High School.  For the last 4 years, Dom has coached water polo and swim team at Rancho Mirage High School.  

Coach Dom is passionate about coaching because he likes to help growing minds in and out of the pool become better people through aquatics.  His favorite aspect of coaching is watching the athletes achieve more then they thought they were capable of doing.  A goal he has for all of his athletes is to be the best they can be both as an athlete and individual.

Coach Dom was named 3 time Coach of the Year in 2019-2020 for Rancho Mirage High School.  Additionallly, this past year his water polo teams won a CIF Championship as well as CIF Runner Up.  Many of Coach Dom's former athletes are now swimming at the collegiate level.

"Joining the coaching staff of Elite Otters Swim Team has been amazing! I'm excited to be back pool side after the pandemic, and look forward to working with a coaching staff and a group of kids who truly want to be ELITE!"  In addition to coaching, he's also working on a degree in Education at College of the Desert.

Coach Dom's ability to motivate swimmers, knowledge of technique and great sense of humor make him an excellent addition to the EOST Coaching Staff!