New ASCA members from the week ending 1/18/19

New ASCA members from the week ending 1/18/19

Welcome to ASCA’s newest members, from the week ending January 18, 2019:
  • Tayliah Allen – Portland, OR
  • Sherri Barnes – Niceville, FL
  • Ed Boyle – Sandy Hook, VA
  • Jason Chechitelli – Mercer Island, WA
  • Keira Day – Sonoma, CA
  • Dmitry Demin – Dulles, VA
  • Krisha Doocy – Pagosa Springs, CO
  • David Ensor – Severna Park, MD
  • Chelsea Huang – San Francisco, CA
  • Kam Kei Ip – Tsz Wan Shan, Hong Kong
  • Sara Jaramillo – Boulder Creek, CA
  • Marvin Johnson – Discovery Bay, Hong Kong
  • Neville Kelly – Brakpan, Gauteng South Africa
  • Alexander Kretov – Ufa, Russia
  • Cassia Lopez – Logandale, NV
  • Brendan Lynch – Alexandria, VA
  • Laura McBeath – Warwick, Bermuda
  • Katie McGuire – Kenner, LA
  • Amber Mitchell – Austin, TX
  • Giovanni Newallo – Carenage, Trinidad & Tobago
  • Sue Ochse – Bryanston, Gauteng South Africa
  • Jeff O’Neil – Webster, NY
  • Joyce Kristine Perez – Doha, Qatar
  • Timothy Pollock – Herriman, UT
  • Katie Quillen – Greensboro, NC
  • Adam Scott – Tai Hang, Hong Kong
  • Carolyn Shaddak – Oswego, NY
  • Roman Shudrenko – Staten Island, NY


Certification for the Week Ending in 1/11/2019

Certification for the Week Ending in 1/11/2019

David Partenheimer from Rockwall, TX – Level 2 – USA Swimming

John Lupton from Mount Plesasant, SC – Level 2 – Age Group

Tejas Nayar from Kolhapur, Maharashtra, INDIA – Level 3 – International Age Group

Amanda Forti from Louisville, KY – Level 5; 2 – Education; USA Swimming

Ann Horowitz from Pellham Manor, NY – Updated Education

Eloy Vega from Laredo, TX – Level 2 – USA Swimming

Stephanie Diver from Powell, WY – Level 2 – USA Swimming

Andreja Andric from Obrenovac, SERBIA – Updated Education

Francois Boshoff from Richards Bay, KZN, SOUTH AFRICA – Level 1 – International Age Group

Jennifer Shoemaker from Yuma, AZ – Level 1 – Age Group

Kasey Foley from Las Vegas, NV – Level 2 – International Age Group

Anthony Chevrier from Shanghai, CHINA – Updated Education

Matthew Nishimura from Honolulu, HI – Level 2 – USA Swimming; Age Group; High School

Kathy Yates from Overland Park, KS – Level 2 – Age Group

William Siderys from Indianapolis, IN – Updated Education

Burger Marx from Bang Lamung District, Chonburi, THAILAND – Level 1 – International Age Group

Kittisak Penkoksoong from Bang Kapi, Bangkok, THAILAND – Updated Experience

Suzanne Atkinson from Pittsburgh, PA – Level 2 – Masters

Feng Chen from Hayward, CA – Updated Education

Curtis Robinson from Mather, CA – Level 1 – USA Swimming

Dave Albert from Cincinnati, OH – Level 3 – Age Group

Kieren Tay from Bukit Timah, Central, SINGAPORE – Level 5;4 – Education; Disability

Kathryn MacDowell from Worchester, MA – Level 2 – High School

Marco Ramirez from Montgomery, TX – Level 1 – Age Group

Bradley Brooks from State College, PA – Updated Experience

Nadine Kamel from Beirut, LEBANON – Level 2 – International Age Group

Glauco Frizzera from Miramar, FL – Updated Education

Kirk Stackle from Dallas, TX – Updated Education

Emily Kring from Louisville, KY – Level 2 – Age Group; High School

Helen Gohlke from Kansasville, WI – Level 2 – International Age Group

Carlo Umali from Lipa, Batangas, PHILIPPINES – Level 1 – International Age Group

Michael Purcell from Drexel Hill, PA – Updated Education

Damian Arnall from New York, NY – Updated Education

Shaun Nel from Pretoria, Gauteng, SOUTH AFRICA – Level 2 – International Age Group

Praiya Malasri from Paya Thai, Bangkok, THAILAND – Level 1 – International Age Group

Jacqueline Lim from Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei-Muara, BRUNEI – Level 2 – International Age Group

Ryan Reeves from Henderson, NV – Level 2 – Age Group

Stephanie Snyder from Dallas, TX – Updated Education

Donald Graft from Schaumburg, IL – Level 2;1 – Masters; USA Swimming

Jennifer Martinez from Pueblo, CO – Level 2 – Age Group

Michael Murray from Bellport, NY – Updated Education

Melissa Schulze from Osceola, WI – Level 2 – USA Swimming

Brandt Nigro from Cary, NC – Updated Education and Experience

Beth Grant from Lehi, UT – Updated Education

Brenda Hendricks from Belle Fourche, SD – Level 2 – USA Swimming

Adam Schapiro from Cincinnati, OH – Level 3; 3 – YMCA Age Group; Education

Carl Cembrano from Arnold, MD – Level 2; 4 – Age Group; Education

Tom Harris from Amarillo, TX – Level 3; 4; 2 – Masters; Education; USA Swimming

Zeddie Perry from Atlanta, GA – Level 2 – USA Swimming

Lingard Miller from Lauderdale Lakes, FL – Updated Education

Michael Des Roches from Las Vegas, NV – Level 1 – USA Swimming

Robert Wagner from Everett, WA – Updated Education

Alexander Dehner from Winter Garden, FL – Level 4; 3 – USA Swimming; Age Group

Akanae Okada from Bangkok, THAILAND – Updated Education

Jose Zamora from Lawrence, KS – Level 2 – USA Swimming

Kadesha Culmer from Freeport, Grand Bahama, BAHAMAS – Level 2 – International Age Group

Ted Joosens from Orlando, FL – Level 2 – USA Swimming, High School

Xavier Obregon from Fort Sill, OK – Updated Education

Molly Pilgrim from Smiths, BERMUDA – Level 2 – International Age Group

Ooi Thong Chan from Cheras, Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA – Updated Experience

Mallen Figueroa from Santiago, RM, CHILE – Level 2 – International Age Group

Marta Taddeo from Weston, CT – Level 2 – USA Swimming; Age Group

Gerald McLain from Poulsbo, WA – Level 1 – USA Swimming; Age Group

Erica Devito from Crozet, VA – Updated Education

Tatum Ambrose from Durban, KZN, SOUTH AFRICA – Level 2 – International Age Group

Mary Johnson from Bristol, TN – Level 1 – USA Swimming; Age Group; High School

Regina Brock from Chicago, IL – Level 1 – USA Swimming

Connor Taub from Bloomfield, CT – Updated Education

Shannon McGowan from Bumpass, VA – Updated Education and Experience

Regge Bagano from Abu Dhabi, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – Level 1 – International Age Group

Vic Moore from Jonesboro, AR – Updated Education and Experience

Daveen Macsata from Clovis, CA – Updated Experience

Paul Merritt from Vista, CA – Updated Education

Pradeep Perera from Kelaniya, Gampaha, SRI LANKA – Updated Education

Laura Bransky from Scotch Plains, NJ – Updated Education

Sandeep Sejwal from New Delhi, Delhi, INDIA– Level 2 – International Age Group

Mirko Chavez from Louisville, KY – Level 2 – Age Group

Sameexa Pandey from East Delhi, Delhi, INDIA – Updated Education

Delon Dannhauser from Durban, KZN, SOUTH AFRICA – Level 3 – International

Seth Dippold from Coatesville, PA – Level 2 – USA Swimming

Maribeth Baker from Collegeville, PA – Level 1 – Age Group; High School

Marcel Martell from Miami, FL – Updated Education

Arda Inan Akyar from Dubai, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – Level 1 – International Age Group

Niklas Illipe from Kungsbacka, Hallands, SWEDEN – Updated Education

Caitlin Eckman from Louisville, KY – Level 1 – Age Group

James Koval from Morgantown, WV – Level 1 – USA Swimming; YMCA

Victor Garcia from Miami, FL – Updated Education

Edward Patton from New Hope, MN – Updated Education


2019 ASCA Hall of Fame

2019 ASCA Hall of Fame

The 2019 Class of Inductees for the American Swimming Coaches Association Hall of Fame!

Congratulations to these great coaches and a huge thank you from the Coaching Community for all they have done to serve their communities and move our sport forward!

Join us in honoring them on Thursday evening, Sept. 5 at the Annual ASCA Awards Dinner in Dallas!

Coach John Mattos

John graduated from Colorado State University in 1971 with a bachelor’s degree in English.  He was an All-American swimmer for CSU finishing 3rd and 5th in the 100/200 back at the 1969 NCAA D-I Championships and 7th and 5th in 1970.  He was also and Honorable Mention All-American in 1969 in Water Polo.  He came back to CSU and finished his college education in 1975 with his Teacher Certification in English.  He was immediately hired at Fort Collin’s Poudre High School as an English teacher and coached both the girls and boys HS swimming teams.  John began his swim coaching career in 1973 when he was hired as the head age group coach for the Southern California Aquatics swim team.  When he returned to Colorado in the mid 70’s to get his teaching degree, he was hired as the head coach of the Fort Collins Tideriders (currently known as the Fort Collins Area Swim Team – FAST).  John actually fell in love with working with young people during the summer of 1968 when his seasonal beach lifeguard duties at the City of Huntington Beach were changed from Beach Guard to Junior Lifeguard Instructor.  Training young 12 and under boys and girls to be comfortable in the ocean and then learning ocean life saving skills propelled John into a very long teaching and coaching career.


In 1980 John was hired to coach the Colorado State Women’s Swimming and Diving Team and he remained their head coach for 31 years.  He retired in July of 2011.  Mattos had over 200 career dual meet wins.  He guided the Rams to 77 individual conference titles, 2 District VII regional team titles, 5 High Country Athletic  Conference championships, 2 Western Athletic Conference titles and 1 Mountain West Conference regular season team championship.  He was named HCAC’s Coach of the Year 3 times, the WAC Coach of the Year twice and the MWC Coach of the Year once.  In 1994 his team finished 12th at the NCAA Division I Championships as legendary swimmer, Amy Van Dyken, became the first CSU swimmer to win an NCAA individual event championship while setting a new NCAA and US record in the 50 yard Freestyle.  Amy earned Swimmer of the Year honors for her efforts at that championship meet and Mattos was named NCAA Division I Coach of the Year by his peers.  Amy went on to become the first woman from the USA to win 4 Gold Medals at the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta, GA and Mattos helped guide her to 2 more Gold’s at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia.


John was selected as an assistant coach to the US (long course) World Championship swimming team that competed in Rome, Italy in 1994.  He was later named an assistant to the 2004 US (short course) World Championship team that competed at the Conseco Events Center in Indianapolis.  He was inducted into CSU’s Athletic Hall of Fame in November of 2005.  In Oct. of 2016 John received yet another honor, this one was as a recipient of CSU’s prestigious Distinguished Alumni Award.  A very high honor for the man who was in the midst of his retirement trying to keep a low profile.


John was a longtime member of the College Swimming Coaches Association of America and the American Swimming Coaches Association.  He achieved Distinguished Coach Awards, Master Coach Awards and the Richard E. Steadman Award.  He has spoken at the American Swimming Coaches Association, College Swimming Coaches Association of America and the Mexican Swimming annual coaches conventions.  He has also presented at USA Swimming sponsored symposiums around the country to educate young up and coming swim coaches.


Along with wife, Connie, Mattos has lived in Fort Collins since 1975.  They have a 25 year old daughter, Marissa Valorie, who graduated from Fossil Ridge HS where she was elected the girls swim team captain her senior year.


Coach Kathy McKee







With SwimMAC Coach McKee guided pre-competitive swimmers all the way up to the national level – including swimmers named to the USA National Junior Team; awarded opportunity to serve as coach for 2007 National Junior Team. Three time Georgia Age Group Coach of the Year recipient and Phillips Outstanding Service Award Recipient. With NCAC Coach McKee Coached swimmers to numerous team and state records, including one National Junior team member. Honored as the North Carolina Swimming Age Group Coach of the Year in 2014. With Dynamo Coach McKee helped develop many great national level swimmers including Mary Ellen Blanchard, Carlton Bruner and Eric Wunderlich. Has served on numerous committees with USA Swimming, North Carolina Swimming and Georgia Swimming, served on ASCA Board for six years; spoken at the World Clinic numerous times as well as US and international clinics.


Coach Mike Parratto




Head Swimming Coach, Riptide Swim Team             Apple Valley, Minnesota         2012-present

Head Swimming Coach, Lawrence Swim Team          Lawrence, Indiana                  2010-2012

Head Swimming Coach, Seacoast Swimming             Dover, New Hampshire          1984-2010



USA National Team Coach                                                      1987-2006 and 2015-2019

USA Assistant Coach, Pan Pacific Team                                  2018 Tokyo, Japan

USA Assistant Coach, World Junior Team                              2017 Indianapolis, IN

USA Olympic Team, Advisory Coach                                      1992 Barcelona, Spain

USA Olympic Team Camp                                                       1992 Colorado Springs, CO

USA Coach, International Distance Camp                              1991 Honolulu, HI

USA Coach, USA National Junior Team                                  1993 Paris, France

USA Coach, National Team Distance Camp                            1994 Colorado Springs, CO

USA Coach, USA National Junior Team                                  2006 Melbourne, Australia

USA Coach, USA National Junior Team Camp                        2018 Colorado Springs, CO

USA Coach, USA Butterfly Summit Camp                               2018 Colorado Springs, CO

Head Coach, USA Olympic Festival                                         1991 Los Angeles, CA

Head Coach, Girls Silver Select Camp                                     1991 Colorado Springs, CO

Assistant Coach, Boys Bronze Select Camp                            1990 Colorado Springs, CO

Head Coach, Girls Gold Select Camp                                      1999 Colorado Springs, CO



ASCA World Clinic Speaker                                                     5 Clinics

ASCA New England Swimming AG Coach of the Year            2003

ASCA Level 5 Coach / Age Group and Senior

Olympic International Operations Committee                       1992-2000

New England Swimming Board Member                               1986-2010

New England Swimming Senior Chair                                    many years

New England Swimming Coaches Rep                                   many years

Minnesota Swimming Senior Committee                              2012-present

Minnesota Swimming Competitive Excellence Committee   2016-present


Coach Maureen Sheehan








Maureen has been a mainstay of swimming and coaching In Illinois for 40 years now, and has produced USA Team Members and Olympians as their formative years coach. In addition to an incredible record of team success. She is now battling a serious Illness and we wish her all the best in that battle, and she is in our prayers daily. Her positive influence in the lives of countless athletes stands as a huge contribution to our sport, far in excess of her considerable competitive coaching success. Coach Mo was a unanimous selection by ASCA Board of Directors.


New ASCA members from the week ending 1/11/19

New ASCA members from the week ending 1/11/19

Welcome to ASCA’s newest members, from the week ending January 11, 2019:
  • Miller Albury – Charlotte, NC
  • Olga Bellah – Las Vegas, NV
  • Patrick Delaney – St. Johns, FL
  • Victoria Durand – Brooklyn, NY
  • Dzahri Dzulkifly – Jurong West, Singapore
  • Jana Fiorito – Sonoma, CA
  • Rachel Hall – Ocoee, FL
  • Riana Harrinauth – Couva, Trinidad & Tobago
  • Brian Healy – Baltimore, MD
  • Maxsim Khmel – Kallang, Singapore
  • Erin Kring – Ada, MI
  • Phuc Sang Ngo – Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
  • Jeremiah Pickett – Detroit, MI
  • Craig Selig – Dothan, AL
  • Chase Simmons – Elizabethtown, KY
  • Deborah Soukup-Irons – Olalla, WA
  • Tina Tarpen – APO, AE
  • Rebecca Tovar – Granbury, TX
  • Taryn Zeidman – Fairfax, VA


Jim Wood: A Life of Offering A Fork in The Road

Jim Wood: A Life of Offering A Fork in The Road

Jim Wood: A Life of Offering A Fork in The Road

By Chuck Warner


If we are fortunate in our personal lives, we meet an individual or two that offer a fork in the road to our principle opportunities and purpose. In conducting the sport of swimming “path creators” are also rare. Jim Wood offered a fork in the road to many people personally and to all of those involved in competitive swimming.

The instincts of this fearless, big-thinking leader, were molded at Union High School in New Jersey where Jim studied, ran track and served on the student council. His junior year he and his friends invited and secured the rock band “Cream” (with leader and rock legend Eric Clapton) to perform at the fund raiser for their tiny student body. His senior year they went a step further and brought the rock hall of fame group “The Who” to their school. Jim Wood was never shy around big ideas.

His employment was the casualty of a change in athletic directors, while he was a very young head coach at the University of North Carolina completing graduate school. He retreated to his family home in New Jersey and set a course to own his future. He became sole owner of the Berkeley Aquatic Club (BAC), and purchased his family home where he lived to his passing.

For many years, he served then “US Swimming” as the chairman of the Olympic International Operations Committee. Tirelessly, he prepared a process and procedure for American international teams to compete successfully around the world with nothing personal to gain from it except to fulfill his sense of service–a demand he has made on everyone who works for him.

When Jim decided to run for USA Swimming president one national supporter said, “We have the right man, but the wrong candidate.” Jim was never a politically minded candidate, just a person of the highest integrity and intelligence willing to let the USA Swimming membership vote for him or not, based upon his record of service, his character and his vision for the organization. Standing on that platform he was elected the first coach president of USA Swimming. Then re-elected. Then elected president of US Aquatic Sports. Then re-elected.

Coach Wood showed us a path in everything from the conduct of a meeting, to a four-year plan, that was informed from our past and created more opportunity for our future.

When disagreements arose, Jim’s only sword to fight the battle of what he believed was the right course (which almost always proved to be right for you and I and the sport of swimming) was preparation, principal and the brilliance with which he could convey his point. One example, was his role in successfully stopping the “big suits” from stealing the effect of out-preparing the opposition from swimmers around the world. Closer to home, when Rutgers University decided to drop men’s swimming and five other sports, the coalition of the affected sports asked Jim to be their spokesman in a meeting with the university athletic director and representatives of the Rutgers Board of Trustees. When the university noted that there was a shortfall of $35,000 in our plan to self-finance men’s swimming, Jim offered to pay the sum annually from his own pocket to continue to offer the opportunity to New Jersey’s boys to swim at their state university.


Never married, Jim’s children were his swimmers. For nearly his entire career he coached his morning practice, then his senior group from 3-6 pm and another group of the best age-groupers until 8 pm. In the summer, 60 swimmers would greet him most mornings at 6 am to giggle, update their lives from 10-12 hours before and work. The only light glistening brighter than the sunrise sparkling on the water was the smile on his face. He loved the girls, and hugged them judicially and appropriately. As most American swim teams saw the decrease in boys over the decades, not so at BAC. His guys found a role model to look up to outside the home. Each year Jim designated a night for the senior boys to get together for beans and steak where they could joke and just be boys. Nothing speaks more fondly about his coaching, than the annual Thanksgiving practices where more than 100 alums and college students would visit the team and their coach.

If you were Jim Wood’s friend, you were most fortunate. He loved his Yankees, Giants and could pick up a golf club whenever he liked and play like a seasoned amateur. A few years ago, his New Year’s Day wasn’t spent on any of those activities, but instead he spent the entire day visiting with his friend Chuck Wielgus, ailing from cancer in a New York hospital. 

There were swim coaches before me and after me that looked to Jim for help when their career took a tough turn. Five years ago, he and I formed a business partnership. A former partner in owning the Metro Swim Shop, Greg Eggert advised me, “Jim has a better business sense than any of us.” There was an element of risk to a major deal I wanted to make and Jim deliberated carefully and analyzed it at length. When we came to our own crossroads to make a commitment we simultaneously agreed that “we wanted to do something for our community that would outlive our lifetime.” (He has done that many times with other partnerships, and in particular, creating the amazing Berkeley Center of Excellence in his home town of New Providence, NJ). When Jim agreed to move forward, I said to him, “thanks a million.” He said carefully to me, “no, thanks…” and reiterated the exact number of dollars that he had shared a commitment to.

In August of 2018, Jim finally visited Cuba, a bucket list item for him. His health had been suffering for some time, but no one told Jim Wood how to live his life.  Off he went by himself and we texted and emailed back and forth during the trip. When they docked in Havana a surprise awaited him. He shuffled into the town square and heard his name being called by someone with a Cuban accent, “Coach Wood! Coach Wood!!” Much to his surprise a boxing coach he had met and helped at a recent Olympics, recognized him. The coach provided Jim a two-hour private tour of Havana and his club; quite simply a small return on the investment Jim had made into the world of sport.

When it came to the governance of swimming and it’s effect on us all “The Wood Edict” has been: if we act in the best interest of the sport around the world, we will also best affect the sport in the United States. So at times he has been sent on his own from the USA to the powers there are internationally to talk sense about suits, about drug testing and other critical topics. With him he packed only his sword (preparation, principal, brilliance) to argue for whatever he believed was right. Through his efforts, we have been offered a fork in the road for our sport, just as he has done for friends like me. Most importantly, he has offered a model to his beloved swimmers of how to choose a life of purpose and service.

Where is the next person with the metal of Jim Wood? Is she or he out there now, waiting to decide whether to serve? If so, please pick up your sword and step forward. We need you.

Eight years ago, Jim, and his swim school director Towney Brewster, introduced me to a young woman named Lisa Rivera, who has become my right-hand person in developing a key venture for our community, the Little Dolphin Swim Academy. As night dropped the curtain on New Year’s Eve 2018, Jim fought a losing battle to stay in this life. A the very same time Lisa bore Kaitlin Iris Rivera into the world and the year 2019 began. Is it you, Kaitlin, that will open forks in the road to others?

As the poet said, “He took the road less travelled by, and that has made all the difference.”

Thanks for my fork Jim. Thanks for all of ours in swimming.

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New ASCA members from the week ending 1/4/19

New ASCA members from the week ending 1/4/19

Welcome to ASCA’s newest members, from the week ending January 4, 2019:
  • Sanja Apostolovic – Belgrade, Serbia
  • Regge Bagano – Abu Dhabi, UAE
  • Regina Brock – Chicago, IL
  • Meaghan Conway – Reno, NV
  • Daniella Camyl Evangelista – Paranaque, Philippines
  • Petros Grigorakis – Athens, Greece
  • Elpedio Gulane Jr. – Abu Dhabi, UAE
  • Mary Johnson – Bristol, TN
  • Kim Leslie – Vallejo, CA
  • Esmond Lim – Punggol, Singapore
  • Krista Luiten – Monrovia, CA
  • Carlos Macuacua – Huelva, Spain
  • Katie McAlpin – Hastings, MN
  • Shannon McGowan – Bumpass, VA
  • Rachel Meadow – Las Vegas, NV
  • Brien Moffitt – Rochester Hills, MI
  • Karin Clashing O’Reilly – St. John’s, Antigua & Barbuda
  • Edward Patton – New Hope, MN
  • Everett Plocek – Louisville, CO
  • Cameron Redd – Oakland, CA
  • Ann Sims – Asheville, NC
  • Kristen Skroski – Houston, TX
  • Connor Taub – Bloomfield, CT


ASCA Newsletter | Vol. 2018 | Issue 12

ASCA Newsletter | Vol. 2018 | Issue 12

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American Swimming Coaches Association Endorses Hammer Head® Swim Caps

American Swimming Coaches Association Endorses Hammer Head® Swim Caps

Certification for the Week Ending in 12/7/2018

Certification for the Week Ending in 12/7/2018

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ASCA Newsletter | Vol. 2018 | Issue 11

ASCA Newsletter | Vol. 2018 | Issue 11

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