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Coaches and Directors

Coaches and Directors
Coaching Staff
Kimi Davidson Head Coach

Coach Kimi is in her 7th season with Swim Torrance. She is the Head Coach and Lead Coach of Age Group 1 and Age Group 2. She came to the program after coaching at SwimMAC Carolina, in Charlotte, NC. There she served as the Marlin Division Lead, Shark Division Lead, Marlin 1 Lead Coach, and Shark 2 Lead Coach. She also attended the National Diversity Select Camp as a manager, the Women in Coaching Clinic, the ASCA World Clinic, USA Swimming's Women's Leadership Clinic, and was featured in two Wednesday Webinars through USA Swimming.

Prior to Charlotte, Kimi coached at Mount Pleasant Swim Club, in Charleston, SC. She served as the Head Age Group Coach, a senior assistant coach, and an age-group assistant coach. During that time, she assistant coached and managed the National Diversity Select Camp, was an assistant coach at the Southern Zone Select Camp, was an SC Zone Team assistant coach, and chosen to be an SC Select Camp assistant coach. Kimi was also selected to attend the Ethnic and Minority Women in Coaching Leadership Conference, and was nominated for South Carolina Swimming’s Age-Group Coach of the Year.

Coach Kimi swam and lettered all four years at The University of Akron, where she graduated with a B.A. in Communications (2008) and a M.A. in Sports Science and Coaching (2011). While completing her degrees, she was a 5th-year assistant coach to the University's team, head coach of the intramural club team (Akron Swim Club), an age-group assistant at Firestone Akron Swim Team, an assistant coach at the University at Buffalo Swim Camp, and an assistant coach at The University of Akron Swim Camp.

From novice to Olympic Trial finalists, Coach Kimi’s coaching experience has allowed her to work with swimmers of all levels. Throughout her career, Coach Kimi has found that great technique, committment, and enjoying practices aid in developing character traits which will last a lifetime.

When not at the pool, she enjoys being organized, exploring California and surrounding states, reading, and watching Disney+ and Netflix.

Brian Timmerman Senior Division Lead, Meet Dir.

Coach Brian is starting his 3rd season at Swim Torrance as the Senior Lead and Meet Director. He has coached for twenty-five years on some of the best club swim teams in Southern California, most recently with Team Santa Monica, Canyons Aquatic Club, and CCAT.

Brian’s swimmers have achieved Southern California Swimming records, and have qualified for Olympic Trials, Nationals, YMCA Nationals, Futures and Sectionals. His swimmers have excelled in all strokes and at all race distances, from sprints to open water.  He looks forward to helping the Senior swimmers reach the highest levels of the sport. He has worked with all age-groups over the course of his career and enjoys teaching stroke technique, start and turn skills, and race pace at each practice. 

Brian grew up in Santa Monica and swam for Team Santa Monica. He was a Junior National qualifier in four events and a finalist in the 200 fly. He was a Big West Conference finalist at Cal State Long Beach (1990, 91) and an NCAA Division 2 National qualifier and finalist at UC Davis. (1992) He graduated from UC Davis with a BA in English. He is a published writer/poet whose work has appeared in literary journals both in print and online. 

Brian lives with his wife, two daughters, two dogs and a cat. He likes hiking and doing triathlons when he’s not coaching. He completed his first Ironman in 2017 in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho and is happy to still be alive. 

Chantal Woodard Head Age Group Coach, Aux Prgm Director

Coach Chantal is in her 3rd season with Swim Torrance as the Head Age Group Coach, Shark Lead, and Auxiliary Program Director. She previously coached for 4 years at SwimMAC Carolina, in Charlotte, NC. She began as an assistant for the Marlin Division (10 & U) in 2016. In the fall of 2016 she coached Masters Swimming and lead Shark 3 (13-14 y.o.). She changed age-groups in 2018 as Shark 2 Lead Coach. She was a selected coach for the NCS Select Camp and lead the 13-14 girls for the 2019 North Carolina Swimming (NCS) Team for Southern Zones.

Prior to coaching for SwimMAC, Chantal worked abroad in the Peace Corps in Jamaica as a Youth and Sports Advisor for 3 years. She followed her service by teaching English as a foreign language at a High School in Thailand before returning stateside.

She swam all four years at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. In 2008, Chantal took 1st place in the 200 Backstroke at the Colonial Athletic Association Swimming & Diving Conference Championships. She graduated UNCW with a B.A. in Spanish in 2010.

Native to Torrance, she began competitive swimming in Redondo Beach.
 Her family moved to the East Coast and Chantal swam with Dynamo in Atlanta, then at SwimMAC. Chantal was a competitive swimmer from age 7-18. It has come full circle to return to Torrance!

Coach Chantal has coached athletes from learn-to-swim through Future’s qualified, and finds the seed to success is connection. She looks forward to watching the athletes at Swim Torrance grow to be their best with a commitment to fundamentals, learning to train smarter, and of course race!

When she's not on the pool deck, she is training to become a certified Yoga Instructor, working out/doing breathing exercises, sewing, using her Instapot to cook all the vegetables she is growing, or reading.

Sophie Credo Assistant Coach

Coach Sophie is in her 9th season with Swim Torrance. She is one of our most reliable and consistent assistant coaches, having been at the program the longest of any coach on staff. She has worked with every group and will be one of our Zoom Dryland coaches this season.

Recently Coach Sophie was accepted to USC (Fight on!). 
She is a West High School alumni, both as a student and swimmer. There she was a part of the 2018 Pioneer League Championship Women's Team. During her senior year, she was also team captain. As a former year-round competitive swimmer, Coach Sophie is also a Swim Torrance alumni.

Outside of attending college and coaching for Swim Torrance, she enjoys finding great deals and misses going to concerts.

Jason Bergstrom Assistant Coach

Coach Jason is entering his 5th season at Swim Torrance. He is an assistant coach helping primarily with the Senior Division, but also more recently, being our Zoom Dryland Lead Coach. He has worked with athletes from a wide range of ability levels, from first time  swimmers to Olympians. He has been a Level 1 USA Triathlon Coach, Volunteer Assistant  Swim Coach at Texas A&M,  Swim  Instructor and Coach at the Houstonian Club, Trainer and Coach at Sculpt Studios and USA  Swimming  Coach for Burbank Los Angeles  Swim Team (BLAST).

Coach Jason takes a unique coaching approach that is specific to each
  swimmer. He enjoys being on the pool deck and  has a desire to help everyone achieve their full potential.
As a Texas A&M graduate, he was a 6-Time All-American NCAA Division 1  Swimmer , and 3-Time school record holder. As a club swimmer, he finished top 8 at Junior Nationals.

When away from the pool, you can find Coach Jason swimming in the ocean, going to coffee and riding bikes with his wife Lindsey, taking his dog Scout to the dog park, watching lots of YouTube, learning a new skill, recipe, or way to fix something at home, or playing baseball in the yard with his neighbors. He also sells jet fuel to airports in the SoCal area.

David Moreno Assistant Coach

Coach David joins us this season as an assistant coach. His background in swimming includes being a club swimmer from 5-18 years-old, a college swimmer specializing in butterfly, and a Masters Swimmer. As a college swimmer, he swam for Cal State Northridge under Coach Pete Accardy, who won 13 titles in Division II before their team became a Divison I team (the 13 titles still stand as a record today).  

At Westside Neighborhood School, Coach David  teaches Early Childhood Education, and has coached basketball, football, and soccer.

He is an avid comic book collector since he was a kid and still is.  He and his son Marcus love to go to comic book conventions not just to see comic books, but to see and meet new graphic artists and video game premieres. They have gone 5 years straight (until this year) to International Comic Con in San Diego.
Zoe Colomer Assistant Coach

Coach Zoe is entering her 3rd season coaching at Swim Torrance. She will be assisting with Zoom Dryland while we're on our limited schedule at the Plunge.

She swam competitively in the South Bay starting at 9-years-old, and at one point swam for Swim Torrance. During her competitive swimming career, she qualified for Senior Sectionals in the 200 butterfly. At Palos Verdes High School, she swam, was on the surf team, and played water polo. She competed at CIF and was a Bay League Champion in the 500 and 200 freestyle. After high school, she committed to swim in Division I at the University of Wyoming where she studied Kinesiology.

In addition to swimming competitively, she also was a member of the United States National Team as a surf lifesaver. Coach Zoe competed in open water swimming, Ironmans, and prone paddling. She placed top 3 at Nationals starting at 9-years-old, and continued that rank until she was 18-years-old. At World Championships, she placed in the top 8. Coach Zoe still continues to pursue her passion in open water events.

After being a Junior Lifguard for 9 years, Coach Zoe decided to continue on that path due to her love of the ocean. She has been an Ocean Lifeguard for 4 years at Huntington State Beach, this will be her fourth year as Junior Lifeguard Instructor, she became a Los Angeles county Lifeguard last year, and she also became a certified EMT earlier this year.

In her free time she enjoys surfing, paddling, working out, and reading.

Board of Directors
Oscar Gonzalez President
Lisa Martini Secretary/VP
Meredith Hicks Treasurer
Eloisa Galapon Member-at-Large
Jennifer Maeda Member-at-Large