Coaches and Directors

Coaches and Directors
Coaching Staff
Brian Pajer Head Coach - Azot 3, Senior 3, Senior 4

Brian Pajer founded the Aquazot Swim Club in 1999.  In the first year, Brian’s leadership and coaching led the Aquazot team to win the SCS Junior Olympic Championships and placed among the elite teams at the US Nationals. Over the past 19 years, Brian has coached Aquazot swimmers who have represented the USA at the Olympic Games, World Championships, Pan Pacific Championships, & Pan American Games.  Aquazot has been named a USA Swimming 'Gold Medal Club' 5 times in the past 10 years.


Coaching Accomplishments:

·    2x U.S. Open Women’s Club Champions 

·    2x USA Swimming State Club Champions

·    5x USA Swimming Gold Medal Team Recognition

·    6x USA Swimming Sectional State Club Champions 

·    Three USA National Championship Individual Event Champions

·    2009 World University Games – One athlete

·    2009 USA World Championship Team – One athlete

·    2007 Pan American Games – Two athletes

·    2004 Olympic Games – Two athletes

·    2003-2009 Head Coach of the UC Irvine Men and Women’s Swim Team

·    2005 & 2007 Big West Conference- Coach of the year

·    2007 Big West Conference - Men’s Champions

·    2005 Big West Conference - Women’s Champions

·    2022 Asca National Top-10 Age Group Coach Award


Vanessa Manalastas Coach - Azot 2 Irvine

An Aquazot Alumna, Coach Vanessa has been active in the sport of swimming since she was a child starting out as an age group swimmer for Head Coach Brian Pajer.  After graduating from the University of California, Santa Barbara, she returned to the pool and earned an Infant Toddler Instructor Education Program certificate from the United States Swim School Association.  She transitioned back into age group swimming and was recruited to join the Aquazot Coaching staff in 2013.  In 2017 Vanessa joined the JSerra High School coaching staff where she currently leads the freshman/sophomore swim program. 

Combining the knowledge she obtained through the certification program, her years as an age group swimmer and high school coach, Vanessa delivers effective instruction and training to children with a wide range of personalities and learning styles.  This is reflected in her ability to help most of her AZOT 2 swimmers achieve Blue, WAG, JAG and JO times. 

In her free time Vanessa enjoys swimming, surfing, and spending time with her husband and friends.


Sloane McCahill Coach - Zot 1 & Azot 1
Coach Sloane began her swimming career at the Irvine Swim League when she was five. She graduated from Irvine High School, where she swam all four years at the Varsity level and went on to become team captain her senior year. Her best events were the 50 free, 100 free, and 100 fly.  Aside from swimming, Coach Sloane also played water polo and was a member of the honor roll. She now studies at Irvine Valley College, where she is majoring in Nursing and minoring in Biology. Her major career goal is to eventually become a nurse-midwife. 
Coach Sloane started coaching for College Park Splash at the age of fourteen and joined the Aquazot coaching staff in the fall of 2021.
Some of Coach Sloane’s favorite hobbies include baking, crocheting, and hanging out with her friends. She also loves watching and cheering for her favorite Philadelphia sports teams with her two brothers and parents.


Melanie Masud Coach - Zot 3 & Senior 1&2

Coach Melanie has had a long history in coaching and teaching swimming. She began teaching individual swim lessons when she was very young in her backyard pool and from there, her love of teaching the sport to others grew into coaching both summer league and club teams every summer through high school and college in Central California and in Maryland. She then went on to coach junior high school swimming and water polo after graduating from college. After that, she moved to Karachi, Pakistan where she started the first co-ed swim club (Sindh Sharks) and helped some of her swimmers qualify for the Pakistan national team. She most recently coached for Westpark Marlins in Irvine and is really excited to coach with Aquazot Swim Club. Melanie was recruited to swim for UC Davis out of high school and then transferred to Johns Hopkins University where she finished her swimming career.

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