Coaches and Directors

Coaches and Directors
Coaching Staff
Mohammad Khadembashi Executive Director/ Head Coach

Coach Mohammad started his coaching career at the Santa Monica YMCA in 2007, and was promoted to Head Coach of the YMCA Team in 2011. Similarly, he joined Team Santa Monica as Assistant Coach in 2015, and was promoted to Head Coach four years later, in 2019. He is an ASCA (Level 5), USMS, and a certified USA Swimming coach. 

Since joining TSM, Mohammad has been leading swimmers to competitive rankings in Southern California, USA Swimming, and internationally. He was Named Head Coach of Southern California Swimming for the Western Zone Age Group Championships in 2017 and 2018, where team SoCal won its first Zone Championships in a decade. He has coached TSM swimmers at the 2016 Olympic Trials, Senior and Junior National, World Juniors, and World Championships. He was named to the USA National Team Coaches list for 2019-2020, was appointed Team USA Coach for the Fina World Cup in Hungary 2019, and Coach to the Venezuelan National Junior Team for the 2019 Fina World Junior Championships. 

Coach Mohammad believes that anyone, at any age, can learn to swim and be a great swimmer. He aims to impart his unparalleled joy for swimming to athletes during every practice. 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

Iman Khadembashi Head Age Group 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.”

Mohamed Sammoud Assistant Coach

Coach Walid is a swim coach, personal trainer and a physical education teacher. He grew up in Tunisia, and was part of the National Swim Team. He spent most of his life as a high level athlete before transitioning to a coach. 

Coach Walid started his career in 2008 and has experience coaching schools and clubs in different countries including Tunisia, Switzerland, Zambia and the United States. 

Coach Walid joined Team Santa Monica in May 2018. He’s patient with swimming and he enjoys spending his time working with children, regardless of their ages and levels, to help them improve and develop their skills.

Coach Walid is a member of USA Swimming and American Swimming Coaches Association (ASCA). His dream of attending the Olympics is gradually becoming a reality. He believes that anything can be possible as long as the hard work is consistent.


“Great things come from hard work and perseverance. NO EXCUSES” --Kobe Bryant

Adriana Apodaca Assistant Coach

Adriana began swimming competitively at the age of five for Zenith Aquatic Program (ZAP) in Palos Verdes. She continued to swim competitively throughout high school and college. She had made JR. Olympics for distance events like the 200yd and 500yd free. As well as being a CIF finalist all four years of high school in the 200yd and 500yd free.

Adriana attended UC Santa Cruz where she competed in NCAA swim in distance free events like the 400, 500, 800, and 1650yd free. She studied Film and Digital Media and graduated in 2018 with a Bachelor’s of Science. As well as swimming in the pool, Adriana joined the LA county Jr. Lifeguard program at the age of nine, where she spent every summer until the age of 17 when she joined the cadet program.

Adriana has been teaching swim lessons since the age of 16 and loves seeing swimmers go out of their comfort zone and become more confident in the water and in themselves.

Adriana is still a competitive distance open ocean swimmer, competing in races every year. Currently, Adriana is training to swim from Catalina Island to the coast of Palos Verdes next year and is aiming to complete the Triple Crown of Distance Swimming.

When she’s not swimming, you can find Adriana at the beach or writing on her Fashion and Beauty blog.

Daniel Heraly Assistant Coach
Michael Spark Assistant Coach
Michelle Acosta Assistant Coach
Board of Directors
Alex Tower Board Member- President
David Newberg Board Member - Treasurer
Ben Neely Board Member - At Large
Laura Scott Board Member - Vice President
Victoria Shapiro Board Member - At Large
Hsuan Pai Board Member - Secratary