Swimming | Staff

Tom Sweeney, Head Coach

Gadi Shamah
Aquatics Director/Head Coach

Gadi has over seventeen years of coaching experience and an ASCA Level 4/3 certification. He is rated in the top 15% of coaches nationally. He received a Bachelors of Arts from Dominican University in San Rafael, California. A native of Marin County, Gadi has strong connections to the swimming community in the area. Gadi swam with the Marin Pirates, Marin Water Polo and at Terra Linda High School. Gadi has spent the majority of his professional career coaching multiple levels, including Learn-to-Swim programs, Head Coaching Summer League programs, Head Coaching for Drake High School (4th place at NCS 2006), two years coaching U.S. National Qualifiers at Marin Pirates, interning with Australian National and Olympic Trials Qualifiers, Head Coach at the Presidio Aquatic Club, Head Coach of Piranha Swimming a year round USA Swim Team. Gadi was most recently the Director of Aquatics and Manager at Western Athletic Clubs of San Francisco. He lives in Kentfield with his wife, Sarah, and two sons. Both boys are avid swimmers.

Paul Lundgren
Masters Coach Swim Instructor

Paul Lundgren grew up a competitive swimmer in Idaho, raced triathlons professionally in Southern California and coached countless triathletes through the 90’s and into the new century. Paul’s goal as a coach is to inspire an appreciation for the technical and physical nuances of swimming and its relationship to the mind/body experience. Paul is currently training to swim 100 miles across the Sea of Cortez and would like nothing more than to share the lessons from his experience through coaching and private swim instruction. Paul is available for adult swim lessons and can be contacted by email.

Kayla Burton

Assistant Coach/Swim Instructor

 

 

 

My love for swimming began at a very young age. I can still remember my first swim lesson and how much I loved being in the water and learning how to be more efficient. Every summer involved either going to the pool or swimming in a river or lake. I joined the swim team in high school and fell in love with racing! When I was 16 I took my first lifeguard job and did that every summer until I was 23. I got my WSI in 2011 and have been teaching private and group swim lessons ever since then! Outside of the pool, I work as a personal trainer at Body Kinetics in San Rafael. Fitness and aquatics are two things that I am most passionate about, and I am lucky to incorporate both into my work. I love coaching; whether it’s learning how to squat or learning how to back stroke, I love helping people learn new skills and gain confidence!



 

Greg Myers
Assistant Coach

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Swimming has always been a part of Greg’s life. He started swimming in his youth at the Tiburon Peninsula Club and swam locally through his first two years of college. His first coaching experience was at TPC and coached summer league for over 12 years, both in Lucas Valley and Scott Valley. Over the years he also coached with Don Schwartz at the Marin Aquatic Club and high school swimming at both Terra Linda and Redwood. Most recently he coached at North Bay Aquatics. It was his love of swimming and kids that got him involved in coaching and teaching. He taught and headed up the middle school at Ross School for many years. After retiring as an educator, Ken DeMont and Don Schwartz lured him back to coaching for North Bay Aquatics and a couple of his former Scott Valley swimmers encouraged him to consider being the assistant at Scott Valley. He is thrilled to be back to have the opportunity to coach in such a positive and healthy environment. Greg got himself back in the water about 20 years ago after not being able to run the trails on the mountain. He has been doing open water swims since, with the most notable to date being an English Channel crossing in 2011 with four buddies from the Olympic Club. His favorite open water swims are the Maui Channel Relay and Trans Tahoe Relay (which include former Scott Valley Swimmers Greg coached). Greg thinks it is fantastic to have the opportunity to come back and coach a second generation of Scott Valley swimmers.