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Coaches and Directors

Coaches and Directors
Coaching Staff
Kimi Davidson Head Coach, Age Group Lead

Coach Kimi is in her 5th year with Swim Torrance. She is the Head Coach and Lead Coach of Age Group 1 and Age Group 2. She currently is a member of USA Swimming's Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Council, is an SCS DEI Committee member, and is the Pacific Committee DEI Chair within the SCS LSC.

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 (currently named SCSC). 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 Lead, Meet Coordinator

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

Coach 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. 

Coach 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. 

Coach Brian lives with his wife, two daughters, two dogs, and a cat. He's a fan of The Office and 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 PreSenior Lead, Aux Program Director

Coach Chantal is in her 3rd year with Swim Torrance as the Auxiliary Program Director, PreSenior 1 Lead, and PreSenior 2 Lead. 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 in Charlotte. 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 working out/doing breathing exercises, sewing, using her Instapot to cook all the vegetables she is growing, or reading. She is also a c
ertified yoga instructor. And in her spare time among all of that, she watches every show on every streaming service, while also listening to every self-help/biology/inspirational podcast.

Samantha Beattie Shark Lead

Coach Sam is our Shark Lead Coach this season. She has been coaching for 5 years, which includes competitive swimming, water polo, synchronized swimming, and surfing. She is going into her 4th year as head coach of North High School's aquatic programs and has had  10 CIF finalists .

Her background in swimming includes competing for North High School and swimming collegiately for El Camino College, specializing in butterfly.
  Aside from the pool, she enjoys surfing, working out, painting, and photography.

Jared Martinez Level 1 & 2 Lead
Jason Bergstrom Level 3 Lead

Coach Jason is in his 4th year at Swim Torrance. He is the Level 3 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.

Scott Perkins Assistant Coach
Coach Scott is starting his 1st season as an assistant coach with Swim Torrance. He swam and ran cross country locally for North High School. During that time, he also completed his Eagle Scout Project, the first one on the USS Iowa Battleship.  He  is eager to pass on the skills he's learned and promote progress and perseverance among our team's athletes. 

While attending El Camino College, Coach Scott got his A.A. degree in General Arts and Humanities and worked as a notetaker at the school's Special Resource Center. He transferred to the University of Iowa to attain a B.A. in English and Creative Writing. Two of Scott's short stories were published in two issues, 2017 and 2018, of El Camino College's Creative Arts Journal: Myriad.

He has been a lifeguard for the last 4 years, working at various facilities including the Cabrillo Beach Youth Waterfront Center and the University of Iowa Recreation and Wellness Center.

When he's away from the pool, Coach Scott works on his novels and short stories, reads, watches Netflix and Disney+, and plays video games.
Monica Bender JG Prep Lead

Coach Monica has been actively swimming since around 5 years-old! She has been competitively swimming since middle school, including for Swim Torrance. She then attended El Camino and participated in the water polo and swim team for 2 years. During her 2nd year, Monica played a vital role in helping bring home the championship for the El Camino women's swim team! She also qualified as an All-American Swimmer for the 4x200 freestyle relay. 

She has coached for 2.5 years for Missoula Aquatic Team in Missoula, MT from working with novice to Senior 1 level athletes. Outside of coaching, Coach Monica was an LA City Lifeguard at Cabrillo for 7 years and was a Junior Lifeguard instructor for 6 of those years. She is an endurance open-water swimmer, having completed the English Channel, Catalina Channel, and gone around Manhattan Island in NY. Monica is excited to continue coaching her alumni swim team and to help swimmers reach their goals!
Board of Directors
Oscar Gonzalez President
Judith Maylone Vice President/Secretary
Elizabeth Chobdee Treasurer
Jennifer Maeda Member-at-Large
Gloria Mikelson Member-at-Large