Pacific Swimming
Level 2

Bob Hill

Head Coach

Bob began swimming with San Jose Aquatics at 7 years old. At 12 he and three of his teammates broke the National Record for the 200 Medley Relay, and broke Pacific Swimming records in the 200 Free, 400 Free, and 400 Medley Relays as well. He swam for Pioneer High School, qualifying for CCS all four years, and for West Valley Jr. College placing 4 th in the 200 Butterfly at State Championships in both 1989 and 1990.

Bob began his coaching career in 1992 and has held Assistant and Head Coach positions here in the Bay Area and in Washington where he most recently was head coach for Barracuda Swimming. After moving back to the Bay Area in May of 2011, he became the Head Age Group coach with SUNN Swimming and in May of 2013 Bob became the Head Coach.

Lisa Schertler

Age Group/Novice Coach

Coach Lisa grew up in Palo Alto and began swimming at age 11. On her first team, the Palo Alto YMCA Swim Team she swam with the 8 and Under’s and then finally worked her way into the Sr. distance lane. Later in High School, she joined the Los Altos Aquatics Club (now LAMVAC) where she swam the later part of High School and through college. In addition to swimming year round, she swam for Gunn High School, qualifying for CCS all four years, and enjoyed participating with the Greenmeadow Summer Swim team. At Junior National’s of her Senior summer, Lisa was offered a swimming scholarship to UNLV where she swam everything “distance” for three years and studied Physical Education.

Lisa is a Certified Coach with US swimming and has been coaching Age Group and Master’s Swimming for various teams in and around the Sacramento and Bay Area since 1987. Although coaching swimming is one of her favorite things to do, Lisa is a Credentialed teacher and has taught K-8 Physical Education and First Grade for over 20 years. Last year Coach Lisa worked with Jr. Bronze (her favorite age group and level; because that’s when she started swimming). She currently has been seen subbing in for the other coaches when they are out and has been the dryland coach for SUNN swimmers as well.

Lisa is very excited to be given the opportunity to teach swimmers of all ages and levels how to be better swimmers. But best of all, she really enjoys watching all of the swimmers progress and grow as athletes and people, from their experiences in swimming.

Alex Romanko

Senior/Junior Coach

Alex is former collegiate water polo player and current “swammer.” Alex has been with SUNN since 2017 and is entering his eleventh season coaching within Pacific Swimming, having coached and taught every age group and every ability level (from learn-to-swim to Far Westerns champions). He is an active member of Pacific Swimming’s All-Star Developmental Program, and is the current Zone 1-North All-Stars Head Coach. Alex was also nominated for Pacific Swimming's Age Group Coach of the Year in both 2018 and 2019.

Alex is a local kid and prides himself on giving back to the community. He is a graduate of Homestead High School, where he both swam and played water polo on varsity all four years. During the spring, you can find Alex back on the Mustang pool deck coaching his alma mater. Alex also serves as the General Manager at Fairbrae Swim & Racquet Club, where his little sister swam as an age grouper. His commitment to local programs is a major component of his long-term motivation and dedication to serve his immediate community.

Alex is very passionate about his work, and believes that understanding and explaining the “why” in swimming the most critical aspect of his job. His swimmers are encouraged to not get too caught up in results, but to focus on the process. He acknowledges that swimming is a tough sport (the toughest!) and strives to coach the kids that not only work the hardest, but have the most fun.

Andy Clifford

Age Group/Senior Coach

Andy Clifford began his career in aquatics in 1972. After a 12 year career as an Age-group and Senior swimmer, which includes 5 years of club Water Polo and 4 years of Varsity Swimming and Water Polo, Andy began teaching swimming in 1984 and 2 years later began working as an Age-group coach. After 4 years at Ladera Oaks as an Age-group Coach, Andy moved to Sharon Heights Golf and Country Club as Head Coach and Pool Manager. He returned to LO in 1997 as the Head Assistant Coach for the Aquatics Program. In 2003, Andy took over as Aquatic Teams Director and served as the Head Coach for the Ladera Oaks PSA Summer-league Team, USA Year-round Team and USMS Masters Team. In the spring of 2016, Andy transitioned out of the Head Coach role to pursue new opportunities in Aquatics while still managing a vibrant United States Masters program.

Andy believes in developing well-rounded swimmers, focusing on Individual Medley and distance swimming. Technique development and aerobic training are the main component of Andy’s training philosophy. Andy’s extensive teaching background benefits all of his swimmers. Andy enjoys the close nature of a single-site aquatics program.

Ladera Oaks won Six PSA Summer League Championships during Andy’s tenure. He has also coached swimmers to the Pacific Swimming Junior Olympic and Far Western levels, as well as the High School and USA Sectional and Junior National levels. He currently serves as a board member on the Pacific Swimming Board of Review. In addition, Andy has been certified by the American Swim Coaches Association (ASCA.) This certification represents Andy's education, experience and ethics in the sport of swimming.

Away from the pool, Andy enjoys hiking, cooking and traveling with his fiancée Lisa. Andy, Lisa and Murphy the cat plan to add a new furry four-legged canine friend to the family soon.

 

Jen Brown

Novice Coach

Jen has been a lifeguard and swim instructor for over 22 years.She started as a junior lifeguard and instructor at age 13 with California Sports Center(CSC). Through her years at CSC she helped build and create their swim lesson program. At the beginning of her career in Aquatics, Jen taught swim lessons and served as the Youth Program Coordinator running the day-to-day operations. Later on in her career with CSC she switched over to the Adult Program Coordinator where she was in charge of the lifeguards. Later still, Jen became Head Coach of the CSC Masters program. Jen is currently dual-employed between SUNN and with the City of Sunnyvale where she serves as a Pool Manager.

Jen has been a SUNN coach for 2 years, starting as an assistant coach and a substitute. In 2020, Jen transitioned to the Novice Silver Coach position.

 

Julie Eisenhauer

Office Administrator

Julie grew up in Palo Alto, graduated from Gunn High School and went to San Jose State University where she studied Communications and Business.  Julie settled in San Jose with her husband, but spent 10 years living in Southern Illinois and moved back to San Jose in 2014.  Julie has worked in corporate, non-profit and higher education for over 20 years.  Julie joined SUNN in August 2018.  

Julie has two children - Ben is 18 and is going to De Anza College and playing baseball for De Anza.  Emma is a sophomore and used to compete in swimming while living in Southern Illinois, but her latest sports passion is volleyball.

Julie enjoys reading, hiking, biking and playing with Rosie her dog and Roxy her cat.  Julie loves to spend time with her family and watch her children play sports.