CSA and Team Elite - Coaches, Staff and Directors

Coronado Swim Association & Team Eite - Coaches, Staff and Directors

Coaches and Staff
David Marsh Program Director - Head National Coach
Joey Gracia Program Head Coach
Troy Nissen Senior Head Coach (Coronado)

Coaching Philosophy:

  • Technique is the top priority to maximizing potential in the water. Reducing drag while maximizing propulsion in the water and fine-tuning the many skills for fast swimming is the key to achieving top speed. Teaching attention to detail is one of Coach Troy's most important missions.

  • Fun with the Process- swimming is a rewarding long-term commitment that is very challenging at times. Learning to have fun with the daily approach is key to success.

  • Goal-Oriented: swimmers should constantly be setting short and long-term goals to stay engaged and break up the process.

  • Teamwork: there is more to swimming than getting a personal best time. When a group of athletes comes together under a unifying mission of pursuing excellence, everyone gets better. Coach Troy works to foster an environment of lifelong teammates.

  • Commitment and Self-Discipline are crucial to finding long-term success in this challenging and rewarding sport!

On Deck:

  • USA Swimming: For over 9 years, Coach Troy has coached athletes of all ages in competitive swimming. From individual Junior Olympic Champions to 2020 Olympic Trials Qualifiers.

  • High School: Over 6 years of experience, 3 as a Head Coach. Several individual CIF Section Champions,  team CIF Champions, CIF State Finalists, and All-American Student-Athletes.

  • Recreational: Coach Troy has more than 5 years of experience teaching athletes to swim all legal competitive strokes. While learning the necessary skills to proceed to the next level of racing, Coach Troy fosters a fun environment for lifelong swimmers and team mates.

  • Masters: Coach Troy has 2+ years running fun and challenging workouts for masters swimmers of all ages and backgrounds.

  • Learn to Swim: From the start of his coaching career, Coach Troy has worked with athletes as young as 3 and as old as 60 years teaching water safety and basic swimming technique. It's never to0 early nor too late to start hopping in!

In the Pool:

  • Consistent National Top-16 ranked swimmer as an age-grouper

  • Former 17-18 Male LSC Record Holder in 100 (SCY) & 200 (SCY + LCM) Breaststroke

  • 3-Time CIF Sectional Individual Champion, 2-Time CIF Sectional Team Champion

  • Junior National and Senior National finalist

  • Olympic Trials Qualifier 2008

  • USA Swimming National Junior Team Member 2006 (Bronze Medal 200 Breaststroke for USA)

  • Formerly World-Ranked 200 Meter Breaststroker

  • 4-Year NCAA Division I Student-Athlete at UC Berkeley (CAL) ('79, '80, '11, '12, '14, '19 NCAA Division I Team Champions)


  • Coach Brian Nabeta (DART Swimming, USAS Silver Medal Club)

  • Nort Thornton (Legendary Collegiate and Internationally Renowned Coach)

  • Mike Bottom (Current Head Coach of University of Michigan Swimming)

  • Dave Durden (Cal Men's Swimming Head Coach, 2020 USA Men's Olympic Head Coach)

  • Greg Meehan (Stanford Women's Swimming Head Coach, 20202 Women's USA Head Coach)



Javier Sossa Executive Assistant Coach to David Marsh
John Abbatoy Lead Human Performance Coach
Devin Javens Group Assistant (Coronado City Pool)
Ellie Whitney Group Assistant (Coronado - BBMAC)
Kyle Verstandig Group Assistant (Coronado BBMAC)
Katie Leirey Group Assistant (Coronado City Pool)
Olivia Parks Group Assistant (La Jolla)
Peter McVey Volunteer. Assistant Coach

Coaching Experience:

Palm Spring Aquatics - Head Coach '08 - '09

Pilot Aquatic Club (Now Tennessee Aquatics) Gold Medal Program: Assistant Age Group Coach - '07

West High School: Head Coach - '07

West High School: Assistant Coach - '05 & '06

University Swim Club: Head Coach - '04 - '07

Personal Swimming Experience:

University of Tennessee, Knoxville - '04 - '07 (Top 10 - NCAA Division 1 Program)

  • NCAA Qualifier 
  • NCAA Academic All-American 
  • SEC Finalist

Professional / Education:

B.S.. in Communications and Business - University of Tennessee 

University of California Riverside - MBA in Entrepreneurial Management

U.S. Naval Officer - 10 years 

Sue Parnes Admin Assistant (La Jolla)
Rebecca Lefringhouse Admin Assistant (Coronado)
Stuart Vickery Group Assistant (City of Coronado)
Board of Directors
David Marsh Strategic Vision Officer
Peter McVey President
Ali Yorra Vice President
Myleen Reyes Treasurer
Lori Conlon Secretary
Shea Hawthorne Member At Large
Troy Nissen Member At Large