Coaching Staff

Mohamed Walid Sammoud Head Coach

Coach Walid is a swim coach, personal trainer and a physical education teacher. He grew up in Tunisia, and was part of the National Swim and Water Polo Team. He spent most of his life as a high level athlete before transitioning to a coach. 

Coach Walid started his coaching career in 2008 and has experience coaching in schools and clubs in different countries including Tunisia, Switzerland, Zambia and the United States. Before arriving to the U.S., he worked alongside with gold medalist Olympian coaches and contribuated in helping his team to break a couple of national records and winning the Team of the Year award. Coach Walid helped a few swimmers achieve great results before getting recruited by Division 1 colleges in the U.S. with a full scholorship. 

Coach Walid was part of Team Santa Monica (TSM) coaching staff for about 4 seasons where he learned a lot and was able to take bigger roles. In TSM, coach Walid had the pleasure to work with all ages and all levels starting from beginners all the way to national qualifying swimmers and he contributed in a top 100 Age Group teams award: 41 Nationwide and 7th in California, out of thousands of other programs. He’s passion with swimming and he enjoys spending his time working with children, to help them improve and develop their skills.

Coach Walid has an incredible passion for swimming. He's been involved with the community for a number of years and is currently assisting the College Swim Team at UCLA. He feels honored to be working with Olympians and Junior/National Team members. 

Coach Walid is a member of USA Swimming and American Swimming Coaches Association (ASCA). His dream of attending the Olympics is closer than ever after creating his own swimming program. He believes that anything can be possible as long as the hard work is consistent.

“Great things come from hard work and perseverance. NO EXCUSES” --Kobe Bryant

Shadi Eghbali Age Group Coach

Coach Shadi started swimming at the age of 3 and competing at the age of 4. She was a competitive swimmer in High School and University and began teaching swim lessons for all ages, coaching competitive teams as well. She coached several High Schools, Summer Swim camps, and Swim Clubs in
Southern California.

Coach Shadi was a volunteer Assistant Coach for Women’s Water Polo and a Swim Team at Los Angeles Valley College, an Ambassador and Lifeguard/Instructor at the American Red Cross Water Safety. She was a swim coach for FINA International; levels 2 and 3, a USA Swim Coach and Referee and USA Water Polo, a member of the ASCA (American Swimming Coaches Association) and became certified
through this organization.

Coach Shadi is so happy to be a part of H2O Swim Team to help the kids become water safe and experience the joy of swimming.

Aracy Morales Assistant Coach / Team Admin

Coach  Aracy , pronounced Ah-raw-see also known as Coach Lala. I have been working with kids for 17 years, swimming for 14 years, and coaching for the past 10 years with Olympic Medalists. I've mentored children from all aspects of life: Deaf, mute, amputees, autistic, fetal alcohol syndrome, etc. Working with kids has definitely taught me the real virtue of patience, integrity, discipline and good ol' fun. My goal is to one day mentor my students all the way to the Olympics and being a part of H2O Swim Team is another stepping stone to the big leagues! Thank you Coach Walid! 

Cynthia Perez Assistant Coach

Coach Cynthia has been involved in aquatics for over 6 years. Participating in High School varsity swim and being a lifeguard, swim instructor, and coach has added proficiency to her skills over the years.  


Coach Cynthia swam for the Patriot High School Swim Team for the seasons of 2015-2017. Also making qualifying times for CIF 2016 and 2017. Cynthia specialized in the 200 and 500 Freestyle, 100 Backstroke and Breaststroke for the Womens' 200 Medley Relay events. Winning Female League Championship in 2016 and 2017.  


In 2017 Cynthia became certified under the American Red Cross as a WSI (Water Safety Instructor) where she began teaching swimming lessons. She instructed classes for high school special needs students, as well as Aqua Therapy for clients with cerebral palsy and Learn to Swim classes for all ages.  


Coach Cynthia began her competitive coaching career when she graduated High School in 2018. She wanted to share the passion and confidence her coach instilled in her, to others. Teaching swimming lessons under the mentorship of her High School swim coach, Jorge Zaragoza, she was inspired to not only be an instructor but a swim coach herself.  In 2019 she began her mentorship under 4 time Olympic gold medalist Lenny Krayzelburg, where she specialized in stroke development and efficiency for all events.


Coach Cynthia began working at H2O Swim Team in July 2022 with the same goals in mind, to share her passion for swimming with others and to help swimmers reach their maximum potential with confidence.