Coaches

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Ryan Garcia (MVM Head coach) was born and raised in San Jose. He has been swimming for 15 years, and started swimming competitively when he was seven. Ryan broke numerous Pacific age group records as well as placed nationally in multiple events. He swam with a couple of Bay Area club teams; Santa Clara, West Coast Aquatics, and Palo Alto Stanford Aquatics. He swam four years in high school at Bellarmine as well as four years at UC Santa Barbara. Ryan has participated in nationals, U.S. Open, sectionals and Pac-12 conference championships. Ryan is available for one-on-one lessons on request. Email Ryan.
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Chris Campbell has been a competitive swimmer since 1973. Coming from a swimming family, Chris swam collegiately at Northwestern University. With experience in every pool event and races in both oceans and many places in between, he likes middle distance freestyle, backstroke and IMs best. A past Head Coach with MVM, Chris was named Pacific Masters Coach of the Year (2010), and has been recognized by USMS with a Kerry O’Brien Coaching Award (2010) and Dorothy Donnelly Service Award (2012), and has his USMS Level 4 Coaching Certification. Currently, he is a member of the USMS Coaches’ Committee. One of the items on his bucket list is to swim a Masters meet in all 50 states. Thus far, he’s hit 19.  Send Coach Chris an email.
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Tina Whiteside swam in college at the Univeristy of North Dakota while earning her BS in Mechanical Engineering. Being involved with Masters swimming for a number of years, and wanting to take a break from working as an engineer, she became interested in coaching and earned her ASCA Level 2 and USMS Level 3 coaching certifications. Tina reguarly competes in local and national meets, favoring the IM and backstroke events. Away from the pool she teaches yoga, works on her craft projects, and spends time with her husband. She is available mornings for one-on-one lessons on request. Send email to Tina.
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Griff Freeman swam at MIT and played/coached Water Polo while in graduate school at Purdue University. He has also done an occasional triathlon. Griff enjoys creating numerically satisfying workouts, such as every possible way to swim 100 yards using the 4 legal strokes. (There are 256 in all!). Contact Griff
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Kate Latham was born in San Francisco, grew up in Palo Alto, and currently lives in Mountain View. She swam competitively when very young (8-10 years old) then took up tennis as her main sport. She played on the world tour with her highest ranking of 9 in the United States and 21 on the WTA world rankings. After retiring from tennis she went back to school and received her undergraduate and Master’s Degree in Environmental Studies from San Jose State. During this time she joined MVM, took up triathlons, started doing open water swimming, and now is a coach for MVM with USMS Level 1 certification. Kate’s day job is to help builders with environmental regulations.Contact Kate
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Laura Lee started swimming at age seven with Los Altos Mountain View Aquatic Club, where she now spends her time yelling–lovingly–at children to breathe less and kick more. She continued swimming throughout high school and–despite her plans to “try something new”–continued to swim at Knox College where she earned her BA in Creative Writing and Anthropology. Laura is available for one-on-one lessons on request. Email Laura.
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Misa Sugiura  joined a swim team in fifth grade, continued all the way through college, and then joined a masters team. Her favorite stroke is backstroke and her favorite distances are short. A Chicagoland native, Misa is now a California weather wimp and must bundle up to coach in the winter (see photo). In her non-swimming life, she is a mom and an author, and she loves reading, cooking, and playing water polo. Misa has been swimming and coaching with MVM since 2002. Email Misa.

 

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