18 & Under World 100s
Pacific Swimming
Level 4
Excellence 100

Coaches and Directors

Coaches and Directors
Coaching Staff
Steve Morsilli Senior Elite/Head Coach

Steve Morsilli serves as Head Coach/CEO and Senior-Elite Group Coach. Steve swam competitively and played water polo in the Hayward area for eight years at the High School, Collegiate and AAU (now USA Swimming) levels. He graduated from Golden Gate University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business in 1975. After working with the Federal Government as a Financial Manager for 11 years, he now owns a construction/property management business in the Hayward/Castro Valley area. He and his wife Julie also own and operate the very successful Tri Valley Swim America lesson program at Foothill High during the summers. Steve has coached actively since 1969 (Flying Fins 1969-74, Piedmont 1974-75) and has coached in the Pleasanton area since 1975 (Pleasanton Thunderbirds 1975-78, Golden State Aquatics 1978-82, Pleasanton Seahawks 1982-Present). He also served as the Amador High Girls Varsity Coach from 1986 through 1996, winning League Championships in 1988, 1990, 1994, 1995 and 1996. The Amador Boys Team, which trained with Steve, won League Championships in 1988, 1990 and 1991.

Steve is certified by the American Swim Coaches as a Level 5 coach (the highest possible), which ranks him in the top 1% in the nation. He is one of the few coaches in the nation to have achieved a Level 5 certification in three different classes, Senior Swimming, Age Group and High School. As of 1996, only 30 coaches in the nation have earned a Level 5 ranking in three different certification levels. Steve is also a charter member of the World Swimming Coaches Association and is a Certified Masters Coach. He has developed swimmers at all levels, from novice to world ranked, including FINA World Junior Record Holders, National Age Group Record Holders, Pacific Swimming Record Holders, nationally ranked age group swimmers (including Age Group National Champions), Junior National, Senior National and Olympic Trials finalists (including individual and relay National Champions). His teams have won the Team Championship at the CA/NV Spring Sectional Championship in 2008 and the Winter Championship in 2009, 2012, 2015 and 2017. Steve has placed a number of swimmers on the USA Swimming National Team and National Junior Team. His swimmers have gone on to Collegiate success at the Conference and NCAA levels, including American Records by Hailey DeGolia (University of Arizona) in 2007 and 2008. He has placed swimmers on National Championship Teams at the Division I, II and III NCAA meets. Masters swimmer Bonnie Bilich swam to a World Record in the 200 meter backstroke in June 2009, and followed that with a National Record in the 200 yard back in April 2010. He has coached swimmers to Pacific Swimming Records and National Rankings in all age groups (10-U, 11-12, 13-14, 15-16 & 17-18). After finishing every year in the history of the National Club Excellence Program as a Silver Medal Club, Steve led the Seahawks to Gold Medal rankings in 2013, 2014,2017 and 2018.

Steve has served as an All-Star coach for Pacific Swimming, has produced many swimmers honored as "Outstanding Pacific Swimming Athletes", and was named to the 1991 and 1994 Olympic Festival Staff by United States Swimming and the 1995 World University Games Staff (Fukuoka, Japan) by the US Olympic Committee. He was once again named to the 2001 World University Games Staff for the meet in Beijing, China in August 2001 and the 2003 World University Games in Daegu, South Korea. He was named to the staff of the very successful 2007 World Championship Team in Melbourne in March 2007, and the 2011 Pan American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico. Steve has been selected to run three Elite level camps for USA Swimming at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs. In April 2015, Steve was tasked with coaching the National Junior Team Camp at the OTC. He was nominated for the George Haines Pacific Swimming Senior Coach of the Year Award in 1992, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013 and 2014; he received the North Coast Section Honor Coach award in 1995 and has earned the ASCA Award of Excellence 14 times since 1994. He was voted the George Haines Pacific Swimming Senior Coach of the Year in 1996, 1999, 2011, 2015, 2016 and 2017. He was also voted Pacific Swimming ’Volunteer of the Year’ in 2002, an honor only once previously granted to a Coach.

Steve has served as a member of the Pacific Swimming Board of Directors, having established the Coaches' Education Committee in the 1980's and also served on the North Coast (High School) Swim Management Committee for over 20 years. He served as the Senior Swimming Chairman for Pacific Swimming and has served on the USA Swimming Senior Committee as well. Steve was elected to the Board of Directors of the American Swimming Coaches Association (ASCA) in September 2009 and was appointed to the ASCA Executive Committee in 2011. He was elected Vice President of ASCA in 2012. He is a member of the USA Swimming National Team Coaches Pool and National Team Managers Pool. He addressed high school and USA coaches from all over California at the Pacific Swim Coaches Association Clinic, in 1981 on Workout Organization, in 1987 on Club Budgeting and Cash Flow, and he instructed the ASCA Level I Foundations of Coaching course at the 1988 PSCA Clinic and at the North Texas Swimposium in 2001 for USA Swimming. He addressed Coaches from all over the world at the 2000 American Swim Coaches Association Clinic in Cincinnati on 'Coaching as a Second Profession' and 'Getting Club Swimmers to Nationals'. Steve was asked by USA Swimming and ASCA to conduct an Online Clinic in April 2011 on Coaching a Large Group with Diverse Abilities. He also made a presentation to the National Select Camp Coaches in October 2013 in Colorado Springs and delivered the opening address to the Swim America Conference at the 2014 ASCA Clinic. Steve is married and lives with his wife in San Ramon, and is the proud father of four adult children and twelve grandchildren.

Joe Loftus Junior 1 Coach

Joe Loftus is currently working with the Junior Group. Joe is a former Seahawk who made numerous Nationals in distance freestyle, plus had qualifying times for the Olympic Trials in 1996 and 2000. Joe earned his Bachelors Degree and teaching credential from Cal State University, Bakersfield, where he was also a member of their NCAA (2) Championship team. Bringing a wealth of experience as an athlete and coach, he is currently ASCA Level 3 certified.

Joe previously coached in Bakersfield for the Bakersfield Swim Club for two years in 1999-2001.

He assisted with the Livermore High School swim team in 2003.

Joe is currently an elementary school teacher in Livermore, where he was nominated for teacher of the year for the 2006-2007 and 2007-2008 school years.

Since joining the Seahawks staff in 2001, Joe has produced swimmers who have been finalists at the Far Western and Western Zone All-Star meets, respectively. He has also produced numerous athletes ranked Top 10 in Pacific Swimming and Top 10 in the Nation.

In 2003, he had a swimmer who broke a Pacific Swimming record and who was also honored as one of Pacific Swimming’s swimmers of the year.

In 2006, he produced two of the four 10 & under boy swimmers who broke a national all-star relay record. He has produced several Pacific Swimming record holders and in 2006 was nominated for Pacific swimming assistant coach of the year. During the same year Joe coached the fastest 10&under boy in the 200 yard freestyle in the nation.

During the 2006/2007 swim season, Joe had two swimmers recognized in Pacific Swimming as swimmers of the year. 

In 2008, three of his swimmers were selected to the Pacific Swimming Zone All-Star team where one swimmer broke a Pacific Swimming All-Star 200 freestyle relay record.

In 2011, he had a swimmer selected for the Western Zone all-star team.

In 2012, one of his swimmers broke a Pacific swimming record and another one was selected for the Western Zone all-star team.

Greg Connell Senior Coach

Greg Connell is currently the Pre-Senior Group Coach. Greg has been coaching over 40 years, having begun his career while he was still in High School. He has served as a Head Coach and the Swedish National Team Coach during an 18 year stint in Sweden. While there, he was voted "Coach of the Year" three times by his peers, plus he received many awards of excellence from within and outside the swimming community. Greg has coached National, European and World Record Holders, and has worked with 30 Olympic Swimmers from 10 different countries. He also has a stellar record producing outstanding age group swimmers in Pacific Swimming, many of whom have gone on to become outstanding Senior swimmers. He has been honored as Pacific Swimming Age Group Coach of the Year. Greg is working on documenting his ASCA certification as a Level 5 Coach and lives in San Ramon.

Leslie Dabney Novice 2/Intermediate 2/Varsity 2 Coach

Leslie Dabney is currently the Swim prep coach for beginning swimmers.  Leslie has been coaching for 7 years at the club level. She started her coaching career with the Livermore AquaCowboys where she coached the junior and varsity levels.  Leslie has also coached the Fireballs summer league team when they won 2 league championships.  She is currently the head JV swim coach at Foothill High School.  


Leslie’s love for swimming started when she became a club swimmer at 8 years while living on the east coast.  Leslie swam for the Westport YMCA under Coach Bill Krumm when the team won The New England Championships 3 years consecutively.  In high School, she swam for the Cincinnati Pepsi Marlins under Coach Chuck Warner when they won a Junior National championship and several state titles.  She swam as part of the Pan American team and competed in several international meets.   She continues to swim with the Livermore Valley Tennis Club’s master’s program.  Leslie currently works as a Teacher’s Assistant in Kindergarten at St. Michael’s School in Livermore.  

Eugene Hulley Pre-Junior 1/Pre-Senior Coach

Coach Euguene Hulley is a South African (SA) Level 2 Certified Coach, with a certificate in Sport Psychology and coaching experience that spans since 1997. His official coaching career started in 2004 as an Age Group Assistant coach at a local club whilst he was a SA National swimmer. In 2007, Coach Eugene took it upon himself to establish a club named
Trident Swimming Academy, where he was the owner and Head Coach. Here he coached swimmers of all ages, and levels ranging from Regional, Junior National, and Senior
National level. During this time, he was privileged to work with a Junior National medallist; two Provincial age group record holders; SA Senior National Qualifiers and SA Senior
National disability medallists.

In 2012 and 2013 he saw one of the SA Junior swimmers make the SA National team to compete and medal at the Junior African Championships. In 2015, Coach Eugene had a
swimmer compete at the DISSA World Championships in Glasgow, who qualified as a finalist in her respective event.

Coach Euegene was the St Henry’s Marist College Primary and the High School Head Coach from 2009 – 2017. The Junior Primary Girls Swim Team won their league for two
consecutive years in 2016 & 2017 with numerous League meet records been broken. He also headed up the schools physical education swim program.

Nathan Poon Varsity 1 Coach

Nathan Poon joined the Seahawks Coaching Staff for the 2016/2017 season. Nathan grew up swimming for the Seahawks where he spent over 10 years as a swimmer on the team and competed at the Far Western level. He attended and swam Foothill High School in Pleasanton, where he was an NCS qualifier and part of the boy’s EBAL winning team in 2006.

Nathan began working in aquatics as a lifeguard and swim instructor for the City of Pleasanton where he taught swim lessons to all levels of swimmers. Nathan has also worked as a Lead Age Group Coach for the Pleasanton Meadow Sharks and as an Assistant Swim Coach at Amador Valley High School

David Tambuwun Pre Junior 2/Junior 2 Coach

David Tambuwun started coaching in 1994 at the Redlands YMCA, where he managed to produce top Masters Swimming champions in California and a National Top-10 Masters Swimming swimmer.

In 1996, David worked as a Water Safety Instructor Supervisor for City of Rialto where he trained Water Safety Instructors, and helped develop the structure of their Learn-to-Swim program.  During that time he also coached part-time at Streamline Aquatics of Rialto (STAR) as one of their age group coaches. This position eventually led to a Head Age Group Coaching position in 1998 where he produced Southern California top-16 age group athletes and a national record holder for disabled swimmers who went on to attain multiple gold, silver, and bronze medals at the 2004 Athens, 2008 Beijing, and 2012 London Paralympic Games collectively.

After leaving the City of Rialto Parks and Recreation in 1999, and while still the Head Age Group Coach for STAR, David took over a Head Coaching position for Inland Masters Swimming Club (Rialto Branch), where he had the privilege to train several national and world ranked Masters Swimming swimmers.

Hillside Aquatic Team became his new swim family in January 2000 where he became their Satellite Facility Head Coach and had the opportunity to train world-ranked international swimmers, and personally developed numerous Southern California Top-16 athletes, Junior Olympic champions, California Interscholastic Federation (Southern Section) individual finalists and gold medalists, Q-meet finalists, U.S. Open/Junior National qualifiers, and National Top-16 Age Group swimmers.

In 2004, David moved to BREA Aquatics and was their Select Group / Head Age Group Coach, where he personally developed numerous National Top-16 Age Group qualifiers and finalists, and one swimmer was nationally ranked 1st in the 200 Meters Individual Medley during the 2006 – 2007 LCM Top-16 Rankings as well as 1st in the IMX rankings for his age.

While coaching for BREA, he was also the Head Coach for the TROY High School Swimming Team from 2005 through 2007 where he led the TROY Warriors Varsity Boys and Girls teams to win—a school record—2005, 2006, and 2007 Freeway League Championship.

In January 2008, David moved to the Bay Area, became the Head Coach for LifeStyleRx Tiger Sharks, where he systematically grew the program from a small recreational / seasonal club to a team of over 80 athletes in a little more than one year.  Within the second year running the Tiger Sharks, David managed to produce league record holders and transitioned about 20 athletes to year-round competitive swimming with a few of these swimmers having Pacific Swimming’s Junior Olympics and Far Westerns qualifying times.

Beginning in 2011, David started to sub-coach for the Pleasanton Seahawks that eventually led to a full-time coach-member of the team since January 2013. Since he started coaching with the Seahawks, David has consistently produced top Junior Olympic, Far Western, and Western Zone swimmers. In 2017, David was nominated by the American Swimming Coaches Association as Age Group Coach of the Year.

David is married with two children and has a BSBA in Accounting and Finance and works in Tax Compliance and Audit with the State of California.

In a nutshell, David believes top performance in swimming can only be accomplished when four important areas are addressed successively and systematically; these are: mechanics (understanding “impulse,” but racing more in “space”), physiology (training athletes based on their anthropometric development and proper application of energy systems percentage in swimming workouts and dry-land strength training periodization), sports psychology (controlling the controllables), and nutrition.

 

Nick Johnston Intermediate 1 Coach
Shelby Craig Novice 1/Senior 2 Coach
Board of Directors