Coaches and Directors

Coaches and Directors
Coaching Staff
Dave Kelsheimer CEO Head Coach

Coach Dave has enjoyed a successful international coaching career having coached swimmers at World Championships, Olympic Games, Commonwealth Games and Pan American Games.  

In 2014, Coach Dave added Pan Pacific Championships to the list after being named to the Team USA Men's team coaching staff. 

During his nearly 10 years at the helm, Coach Dave enjoyed outstanding success as the Stingray Swim Club and Cayman Islands National Coach, most notably developing three swimmers to qualify in six events for the Olympics - an amazing achievement given constraints of absence of 50m pool space as well as overcoming the inertia of competitive swimming locally not enjoying a high public profile. In the Caribbean Championships, tiny Cayman rose to second from last missing first by just the last relay on the last night of the meet. Cayman won more events and broke more records than any other team including Olympic and Commonwealth medal producing nations Trinidad, Jamaica, and the combined French islands.

Two of his former Cayman Swimmers, Shaune and Brett Fraser were University of Florida standouts with 3-time NCAA champion Shaune receiving more All American honors than any other athlete in the history of Florida athletics.

Prior to joining Team Santa Monica Dave was the Head Coach and General Manager for Surrey Park Swim Club in Melbourne, Australia for 4 1/2 years. He was instrumental in the structured development of club swimmers which has resulted in a marked improvement of the Club at State and National level championships with Swimmers earning 28 Junior National and 2 Senior National medals and breaking 17 state records in all four strokes and the individual medley. Under Coach Dave, Surrey Park was named a Swimming Australia Gold Level Club (2008, 2009, 2010). Along with a FINA 10k World Cup medal in Roberval, Canada. His open water swimmers won the Australian National Championship for the last 3 years in a row.

Additionally, Dave has earned "Coach of the Year" awards 7 times in his career. Since 2011 Coach Dave has earned 6 American Swimming Coach Association Certificates of Excellence. Between 2012 and 2016 Coach Dave has led 6 swimmers to qualify for the USA Swimming National Junior team.

In 2012, Coach Dave was named to the USA National Junior Team coaching staff after 3 of his swimmers qualified to represent the USA at the World Open Water Junior Championships in Canada. The same summer as a senior in high school, TSM swimmer Jordan Wilimovsky not only won the only medal for Team USA at Junior Worlds in the open water but also broke the USA Junior National record in the pool with an impressive 1500m free that placed him on the USA National Junior team for both the pool and open water.

In 2014, Jordan followed up his third selection on a USA National team with a sub 15 minute 1500m free giving him a spot on a national team in the pool and the open water yet again. That same summer Brendan Casey won gold for Team USA at the Junior Pan Pacific Championships in Hawaii.

In 2015, Coach Dave was named to the USA World Championship Open Water team coaching staff. At the World Championships the USA won the World title thanks in part to the Gold medal swim by Jordan Wilimovsky which also qualified him as the first American swimmer to make the USA Olympic team.  

In 2015 Coach Dave won the Glen Hummer award and was nominated for coach of year by USA Swimming (the golden goggles award). Southern California Swimming nominated Coach Dave for its coach of the year honor in both 2015 and 2016. 

In 2016 Dave helped Brendan Casey join Jordan on the USA National team. In the summer of 2016 Coach Dave and TSM sent 4 swimmers, including Brendan and Jordan, to the U.S Olympic trials.

Jordan Wilimovsky qualified for the Rio Olympics in both the1500m Freestyle and 10K Open Water, becoming the first American swimmer to qualify in both events, and only the second swimmer all time to do it.

Coach Dave was named a U.S. Olympic Swimming Coach for the Open Water then joined the Pool Olympic Team with Jordan's historic qualification at Trials.

At the Rio Olympics, Jordan became the second fastest American ever in the 1500m Freestyle and finished 5th in the 10K.

Coach Dave is married to Dr. Ashley Bateman and they are celebrating the recent birth of their new baby girl, Olivia.

Mohammad Khadembashi Managing Director, Senior Coach

A huge fan of the sport of swimming, Coach Mohammad began coaching at the Santa Monica YMCA in 2007. He took over the YMCA team as head coach in 2011 and was able to increase membership and improve performance across the board.  

Coach Mohammad joined Team Santa Monica after his 9th year of coaching swimmers ranging from beginners to sectional qualifiers in 2015. His age group swimmers have been competitively ranked in Southern California and nationwide. He has also had the pleasure of coaching Olympians, World Champions, Senior and Junior National qualifiers, college swimmers, and master’s swimmers in his many swim programs. Furthermore, Coach Mohammad was able to attend and coach at the 2016 Olympic Trials as part of Team Santa Monica's coaching staff, and he is excited to assist in developing a gold medalist for Tokyo 2020.

Coach Mohammad was named to the USA National Team Coaches list for 2019-2020, and was appointed Team USA Coach for the Fina World Cup in Hungary. Coach Mohammad was also selected as the Head Coach of Southern California Swimming for the Western Zone Age Group Championships in 2017 and 2018, and lead the SoCal team to its first Zone Championships in a decade.

Coach Mohammad has been an ASCA (Level 3), USMS, and a certified USA Swimming coach for over 12 years now. He aims to impart his unparalleled joy for swimming to swimmers during every practice. Coach Mohammad believes that anyone can learn to swim and be a great swimmer at any age. Mohammad also believes that every athlete can reach their potential through hard work and goal setting, and he challenges his swimmers to do exactly this – in the pool as well as in their personal lives. 

 “Hard work beats talent, when talent doesn’t work hard”

Norie Hammond Senior Coach

After enjoying a successful coaching career on the east coast, Norie Hammond joins Team Santa
Monica in the fall of 2018. Over the course of her career, Norie has worked with club, high
school, and college swimmers, and has produced US and High School All-Americans, Open and
Junior National qualifiers, Futures champions and qualifiers, and Sectional champions and
qualifiers.
Most recently, Norie served as the Senior Program Director for Peddie Aquatics in New Jersey
for the last 4 years. When Norie arrived at Peddie, only 5 club swimmers had ever qualified or
competed at the Sectional level. Norie quickly went to work in the overhaul of the swim team
structure and helped to design, implement, and coach a performance track for athletes who
wanted to make swimming their top priority. After the implementation of the performance
group, in just 3 short years, Norie was the direct coach of 1 US Open National qualifier, 5 Junior
National qualifiers, 8 Futures qualifiers, and 16 Sectionals qualifiers. Of those swimmers, 4 have
finished in the top 8 at Juniors, 3 have won events at Futures, and 6 finishing in the top 8 at
Futures. Norie’s swimmers have broken numerous club and state records in both individual and
relay swims. And just this past year alone, Norie’s swimmers have placed in the Top 15 New
Jersey Age Group rankings over 70 times, including setting 12 NJ State Records. Norie also
helped to start a Youth Leadership Council for the club team, as well as designed and ran
numerous clinics and summer camps for all ages and levels of swimmers.
During her 4 years in New Jersey, Norie also served as a Varsity Assistant coach to the boys and
girls teams at the Peddie School. She helped assist in leading the Boys Varsity team to 3
consecutive Eastern Conference championships, from 2015-2017. Norie helped develop Varsity
swimmers in achieving High School All American honors, breaking National Prep School
records, team records, a 2016 Olympic Trials Qualifier, as well as numerous Junior National,
Futures, and Sectional qualifiers.
Prior to her time at Peddie, Norie coaching in Charleston, SC for the Southern Marlins Racing
Team. During her time at SMRT, she served as the Head Age Group Coach, the Senior Coach,
and as the Interim Head. In just 2 years, Norie developed Senior Sectional Qualifiers, Age
Group Sectional Qualifiers, Zone Qualifiers, State Qualifiers, and 8 SC Top Ten time holders- 2
#1 SC time holders.

Prior to that, Norie worked in East Lyme, CT with Nutmeg Aquatics and the East Lyme High
School Varsity teams. While working with the high school, both boys and girls teams won
multiple conference championships, as well as numerous state tournament qualifiers, including 5
state champions and a two-time All American swimmer. Leading the club team, Norie lead
swimmers to qualifications in Zones, Senior Sectionals, Juniors, and one Senior National
Qualifier.

Norie started her career in Winter Park, FL at Trinity Prep Aquatics, working as a part time
assistant for all age groups, while attending Rollins College, where she studied education and
journalism, and eventually majored in English.
Norie is an ASCA Member and Level 3 coach; she is a USA Swimming certified coach and has
her certifications through USA Swimming in Athlete Protection Training, Foundations of
Coaching; and has her Lifeguarding and Safety Training, CPR/First Aid/AED Training through
the American Red Cross.
Norie has participated in the USA Swimming Women’s Leadership Summit for the past 2 years.
She has volunteered at the USA Special Olympics, attended numerous ASCA World Swimming
clinics, as well as numerous national and regional USA swimming coaching clinics. She has a
deep passion for the sport of swimming and in helping to develop athletes to reach their highest
potential both in and out of the pool. She has a deep passion for coaching the whole athlete:
mind, body, and spirit, and has studied mental training and youth leadership. In her free time,
Norie enjoys the beach, hiking, cooking, and writing, and is an avid pro sports fan.

Iman Khadembashi Assistant Coach

Coach Iman hails from Iran and came to the US in 2003. Iman coached at the Santa Monica YMCA 2009-2014 ultimately as Head Coach, leading the team to the Southern California YMCA League Championship, and also serving as Aquatics Coordinator and heading the swim lessons program of over 300 swimmers. In 2014 Coach Iman joined Westside Aquatics and assisted in starting a new program in Santa Monica. Soon after Coach Iman became the Head Age Group Coach at Westside. In 2014 Coach Iman also became the Head Coach of a Master’s Program.

Coach Iman is currently in his 8 th year of coaching. He has coached swimmers ranging from novice to Sectional qualifiers. He has also had his swimmers recognized by USA Swimming as the top 20 swimmers in the nation in their age group. Coach Iman is a fan and a student of the sport of swimming and he is passionate about coaching. He would like to help all his swimmers to realize their potential in and out of the pool, set goals, and create a plan to achieve those goals. In 2016 and 2017 Coach Iman was selected to coach at the Southern California All Star Festival Meet. Coach Iman believes that anything is possible through hard work and dedication.           

“If you really want something, you'll find a way. If you don't, you'll find an excuse.”

Dillion Tooley Pre-Team Instructor

Dillon has always loved being in the water, he began swimming competitively only 6 years ago and has seen great success since. Dillon started off on a little novice swim team called CCSC, he later moved to Royal swim team from 2010-14. In March of 2014 Dillon came to TSM in order to progress in his swimming career. Since then Dillon has fallen in love with this sport over and over again. 

After graduating high school and finishing his competitive years at TSM, Dillon quickly became a part of their pre-competitive program, where he has the opportunity to give back all the passion that he gained from the sport. Dillon continues to compete for Santa Monica College. Dillon enjoys seeing the success of his swimmers and getting them to move up into higher levels, it is the best feeling in the world. We are happy to have Dillon on our staff! 

Melissa Barkan Board Member - President
David Dawson Board member- Vice President

We have watched with pride as our son Jack has grown as a swimmer with TSM, first joining at the introductory level of the TSM Pre-Competitive Program in 2012 and now training with the Junior Olympic group. Jack’s accomplishments and enthusiasm for competitive swimming is a testament to our coaching staff and the greater TSM community. As a Board Member, I look forward to supporting and furthering the efforts of our coaches, swimmers and their families.

My wife Nicole and I are faculty members in the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. I am an Associate Professor in the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Associate Director for the UCLA-Caltech Medical Scientist Training Program, and member of the Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center where my clinical and research interests are centered on pancreatic cancer. I earned my B.S. from Duke University and M.D., Ph.D. from Northwestern University, after which I completed my residency and post-doctoral fellowship training at UCLA.

Nancy Wu Board Member - Treasurer
Jeremy Alcock Board Member Secretary

Raised on the coast of Southern California, water safety has always been important in my life. Growing up in the waves and living on a boat as young man have given me great respect for our ocean. My partner Jeanne LeBlanc was also swimmer growing up in New Orleans so we have it in our blood. We discovered Team Santa Monica from a family who had kids a couple years ahead of ours. We watched the healthy progression in to young adults and TSM played a major role in that growth. This gave us confidence in the team and when given the chance to be a part of this swim community, we joined without hesitation.

 

Our son Sebastian is at the National Development level and has had the opportunity to work under Dave Kelsheimer along with Jimmy Dabney amongst others. He started with the Sharks program at SMC and quickly progressed with these coaches. Forming lifelong bonds with his fellow teammates, he has had the chance to train alongside Olympians and international swimmers from around the world. It has truly been an amazing experience that we cherish daily.

 

I am co-owner with Jeanne LeBlanc of JxTwo, Inc. We are creative consultants providing marketing and design solutions for film and entertainment studios as well as major corporations. I am blessed to work alongside my best friend and the mother of my children. I know it’s trippy, we are a rare breed.

 

I have an associate’s degree in Cultural Anthropology from Moorpark College as well as a BFA in Graphic Design from SDSU. Jeanne has a BFA in communication design from Parsons/New School of Social Research, New York City.

 

Alex Tower Board Member - At Large
Rufus Williams Board Member - Community Relations
Peter Mullins Board Member - At Large
Board of Directors
Melissa Barkan Board Member - President
Nancy Wu Board Member - Treasurer
David Dawson Board Member Vice President
Jeremy Alcock Board Member Secretary
Alex Tower Board Member - At Large
Rufus Williams Board Member - Community Relations
Peter Mullins Board Member - At Large