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Coaches and Directors

Coaches and Directors
Coaching Staff
Chantal Woodard Head Coach, PreSenior Lead

Coach Chantal is in her 4th year with Swim Torrance. Leads PreSenior 1 & PreSenior 2. 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.

Brian Timmerman Meet Coordinator, Senior Lead

Coach Brian is in his 4th 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. 

Joe Joson Aux Program Director, Age Group Lead

From his childhood years to his college years, Coach Joe has been around the water. He started out swimming at 5 years old, then mixing up his aquatic talent with water polo and swimming. His coaching career started in 2011 and gradually climbed the coaching ranks in 2020 as Head Age Group Coach of CMAC. He has been involved at the SCS level by being a part of many All-Star Festivals and Western Zone Age Group Teams.

Coach Joe believes that swimmers will get out what they put into the sport. For Coach Joe that is true in his coaching path. He started coaching as a part-time job, but soon fell in love with it. “It’s great to see younger athletes accomplish the things I regret not attempting to accomplish when I was their age."

Coach Joe encourages his athletes to be accountable to themselves and their swimming commitment. Ultimately, it comes down to the athlete to take responsibility for their achievements. Coach Joe is an advocate of the communication between the athlete and coach. “I believe in being completely transparent with my athletes. Just as I expect them to communicate with me if they will not be at practice, I will do the same for them. I want to have as much open communication as possible with them. As for handling results at meets, I think it’s always different with each individual. It’s up to that individual and myself to collaborate and assess the amount of work they’ve put in and how the results align with that."

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 5th year as head coach of North High School's aquatic programs and has had over  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.

Jason Bergstrom Level 3 Lead

Coach Jason is in his 5th 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 Level 1-2 Lead
Coach Scott is starting his 2nd year with Swim Torrance. He is the Level 1 & 2 Lead. 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.
Fin Kircher Assistant Coach

Coach Finley is in his first season coaching with our team. While he is studying at El Camino College, he is also training with our Senior program. During his previous time on our team as a swimmer, he was highly successful, and even holds some team records still. You may see him on deck with various groups assisting. He's got a strong knowledge of our program philosophies, stroke technique, and TORCH values, which will help carry our athletes through a similar path he took within the program.

Brooklyln Quarles Assistant Coach

This will be her first season with Swim Torrance! After teaching swim lessons to all ages Brooklyn developed a great knowledge of the stroke techniques of competitive swimming. She has assisted her past waterpolo club with the younger teams learning about structure and being a leader. She has gained over 10 years of experience in a variety of water sports: anywhere from swimming,waterpolo, surfing , and Long Beach junior lifeguards.

Growing up in Long Beach, Brooklyn attended Millikan High School while involved in HS swim and waterpolo all four years. She's
 held HS Swim records in the  200 free and 500 free. Along with HS sports, she was active in club swimming and club waterpolo for Teams Shore Aquatics, Beach Swim Club, and Ohana Waterpolo Academy. She grew up participating in the Long Beach Junior Lifeguards for 8 years with the last years as a JG cadet. She has completed the Junior Lifeguard Iron Guard under 2 hours each year participated. Brooklyn's waterpolo team made it to JOs and placed top 10 for four years! 

She attended University of Hawaii and got to live in that beautiful state for a year. She has returned home to complete her studies at Santa Monica College with the pursuit to transfer to a private university in California. Her love of being a student athlete taught her self discipline, accountability, and responsibility. When Brooklyn is not in the water, she's usually hanging out with friends and family, studying, working on fashion, yoga, going to church or buying and making flower arrangements!

Board of Directors
Oscar Gonzalez President
Judith Maylone Vice President/Secretary
Elizabeth Chobdee Treasurer
Gloria Mikelson Member-at-Large
Diana Trosman Member-at-Large