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Coaches and Directors

Coaches and Directors
Coaching Staff
Bruce Smith Head Coach

Bruce started his coaching career as a teenager when he coached sailing, his primary sport growing up.  His swim coaching career began in 1993 when he was a substitute coach for the Stanford Masters, a job he took to support his failed pro triathlon career.  Two years later, in 1995, Bruce started a USA Swim team at Alpine Hills (Alpine Portola Aquatics), which, under his leadership, grew from a small recreation swim team of 32 swimmers to a top age group program of 150+ swimmers, producing Junior National champions, Senior national and Olympic Trials qualifiers and Pacific and National record holders. In 2003 Bruce became a founding member of Palo Alto Stanford Aquatics when the Alpine swim team merged with SCRA and PASC. Bruce continued running the Alpine Hills site of PASA through 2013, at which time he decided to take a break from being a site director/head coach to focus on just coaching.  For the next 6 years, Bruce coached the 11-13 and 13-15 year old groups at the DKS site of PASA in Los Altos Hills, becoming a finalist for the 2016 ASCA National Age Group Coach of the Year.  In 2017, Ally Howe, who Bruce coached for 8 years, broke the American Record in the Women's 100yd Backstroke, while swimming for Stanford University.  Finally, in 2019, as the head coach of the Gunn High School Swim team, he led the Girls team to a CCS title by the largest margin in 12+ years. 

Bruce coached for two Hall of Fame coaches early in his career, who became his mentor coaches who shaped his current coaching philosophy.  The first is Richard Quick, the former Head Coach of the Stanford Women's Swim Team, who allowed Bruce to volunteer with the team in 1996 - 1998.  The second is Matt Kredich, the current head coach at University of Tennessee, who Bruce assisted at Brown University in 1998 - 1999. 


Bruce grew up in New York City, came out to the Bay Area to attend Stanford University where he majored in Economics and Biology.. He was an avid triathlete for many years and coached the Stanford Triathlon Team for a decade.  His current passions are spending time in Pescadero and exploring the world by bike.  Bruce is the parent to new two kittens - names still TBD. 

Rachel Zoromski Coach

Rachel started swimming at the age of 12 in a local club team in her home town of Neenah, Wisconsin. She very quickly realized that swimming was the sport for her and fell in love with the camaraderie of team and the pursuit of athletic and personal growth. She swam the entirety of high school 09-13,

lettering 3 years and then continued swimming on her own through community college as she gained a degree in Massage therapy.

Since moving to Menlo Park California in 2017 with husband Rachel gained career knowledge and is now a personal trainer. If you need a good dryland workout, she is your girl!  Realizing her love of team and togetherness in the pool Rachel joined Menlo Masters Swim team at Burgess pool coached by Tim Sheeper. She has since continued to compete competitively in meets (favoring freestyle and breaststroke) and open water swims such as Trans Tahoe and Alcratraz. 

In late Summer of 2020 Rachel made the move from swimmer to coach for Menlo Masters, combining her love for writing creative workouts, swimming, and creating space for people to grow and learn. This allowed her to meet Coach Bruce on the pool deck and quickly became a coach for PASA and has been walking the pool deck for all ages since. 

Still being an active and competitive swimmer at the age of 27, Rachel loves to teach the swimmers that the skills they learn in the water can make lifelong healthy habits in and out of the pool. 

She is currently pursuing family as she expects her first child in 2021. In her free time you can find her scouting out local coffee spots, exploring new hiking trails with her husband, and trying out new fitness routines. 

Soren Undhjem Assistant Coach
Soren began swimming summer league when he was 6 and has been swimming year-round competitively since his freshman year of high school. He previously swam for Woodside High School and Menlo Aquatics and currently swims in Bruce's senior level group here at PASA Menlo Park.

Predominantly a breaststroke swimmer, Soren aims to advance his own competitive swimming while also teaching the next generation of PASA swimmers.

Jacob Allen Head Age Group Coach
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