Coaches and Directors

Coaches and Directors
Coaching Staff
Mike Ashmore Head Coach and General Manager

Mike Ashmore begins his 21st year as Head Coach & General Manager of the Santa Maria Swim Club, having arrived in August 1999. Over that period, SMSC has seen great success competitively with a robust age group and Senior program. Coach Mike is an ASCA Level 5 certified coach.

On the Senior side of the program, Mike has created a respected Senior program. Mike has coached champions at everyt level, including Sectionals, Futures, Junior Nationals, Nationals and Olympic Trials. Highlights include:

  • Developing 2016 Olympic Silver Medalist and American Record Holder in the 200 Breast, Josh Prenot.
  • 2012 Olympic Trials Finalist and National Age Group and Southern California Record Holder Josh Prenot + Olympic Trials Qualifier Meghan Zimmer
  • 2012 Southern California Age Group Coach of the Year
  • 2012 American Swimming Coaches Association "Award of Excellence" 
  • 2011 American Swimming Coaches Association "Award of Excellence" 
  • 2008 Olympic Trials Qualifier Rachael Wahl
  • 2004 Olympic Trials Qualifier Megan Palera
  • Dozens of Junior National Qualifiers and Finalists
  • Countless Senior athletes have gone on to swim in college.

Mike also teaches in the Department of Physical Education at Allan Hancock College, where he teaches Kinesiology and coaches the Men's & Women's Swimming & Diving Teams.

Matt Brown Presenior Coach

Matt Brown began coaching with SMSC in 2004 and in August of 2008 he became the pre-senior group coach.  Matt has been assisting with the senior group since his arrival at SMSC and from 2006 to 2008 he also coached the gold group.  The gold group performance was elevated to a whole new level in the two years that Matt coached it.  Prior to his arrival at SMSC Matt was the Head Coach and CEO of North County Aquatics in Paso Robles.  While at North County Aquatics Matt led the team to its highest ever team finish at Junior Olympics.  Matt has also been a coach at the University of Kentucky (1998), Wilderness Trace YMCA (1998-1999), McDowell Marlins (1999-2000), Centre College (1998-2000),  and Fresno State University (2000-2002).  Matt is a three year varsity letter winner at the University of Kentucky where he graduated in 1998 with a Bachelors Degree in Exercise Science.   Matt is a member of the American Swimming Coaches Association, American College of Sports Medicine, and the National Strength and Conditioning Association.  Matt is an ASCA certified Level 2 coach with education through Level 4. 

Deanna Ayers Gold Group

Deanna started coaching with SMSC in 2003 with the Bronze group. Over the years, she has been an assistant with the Silver group, assisted with all groups, including the Senior group.

Deanna had two children go through SMSC through graduation. She was the Head Coach for Orcutt Academy High School from 2012 - 2017 where they were frequent CIF Team Finalists.

Deanna is also the Assistant Coach for Allan Hancock College Women's Swimming & Diving program. 

Patty Ray Assistant Coach - Bronze 1-2-3

Patty Ray coaches and oversees the BRONZE groups and assists with the Senior & High Performance groups at SMSC, oten driving the much lauded, "man van." Patty swam competitively at both the club and high school levels (Arroyo Grande Swim Club & AGHS.)

Patty also currently swims with our Masters group. Patty resides in Santa Maria with her husband and two children. 

Sara Lougee Head Novice Coach - Bronze/Silver Group

Sara currently coaches our Silver group! Sara started Varsity Tennis at Ventura College and later became the Head Tennis Instructor for Fresno State Bulldog Camp for kids from 1983 to 1986. Sara graduated from Fresno State with a degree in Environmental Biology in 1985. Sara’s family started swimming for the Santa Maria Swim Club in 1993. Later Sara joined the Coaching Staff, taking the Bronze Group from three months per year to a group that participates year-round.

Sara has been instrumental in developing the Novice and 8-under parts of the Santa Maria Swim Club. Sara is a certified Water Safety Instructor with the American Red Cross and is also certified to teach Coaches Safety Training. Sara is also a member of the American Swimming Coaches Association and certified Level 2. Sara has also been competing in the Masters Swim program..

Lenni Clardy lenniclardy@gmail.com
Valerie Wilson Bronze Coach

Coach Valerie returns to SMSC as a college student after swimming with us in high school. Valerie brings her enthusiasm and coaching to the BRONZE group and select MASTERS practices. Valerie is also one of the coaches for SPLASHCLUB.

Board of Directors
Mike Ashmore Head Coach and General Manager
John Edds President
James Friedrich Treasurer