A University of California, Berkeley graduate, Helen competed at the National level qualifying for the Olympic Trials. Helen was recruited by Coach Teri Mckeever and earned a scholarship to swim for the University of California, Berkeley. She was the first signed recruit under Coach Mckeever. Under Coach Mckeever, who was head coach of the 2012 U.S. women's Olympic swimming team, Helen competed for four years and was elected team captain as a senior. When her swimming career ended so began her coaching career. Her first head coaching position was with Cal Aquatic Masters in Berkeley. Five years later, Helen moved on to age group and high school coaching for the Piedmont Swim Team and Piedmont High School Team. Over ten years as head coach of the Piedmont Swim Team, Helen built a competitive program and increased the membership to over 100 swimmers. In 2008 Helen earned a Master’s Degree from UC Berkeley in Education and in 2011 started a summer swim school in Oakland called Helen’s Happy Swim School. Most recently Coach Helen was featured in a national publication by USA swimming Read article detailing her swimming career and coaching career. Coach Helen & Coach Jesus founded Albany Armada Aquatics in 2012. Coach Helen works with the Senior level group.
A Cal State East Bay graduate, Jesus studied human development specializing in children ages 9-14. Jesus grew up swimming and playing water polo in Southern California and has been coaching and training swimmers for over 17 years. Jesus coached with the Orinda Country Club for 12 years, there he coached the 10&under swimmers and has helped the team to 12 championship titles. Jesus joined the coaching staff with his sister Helen Garcia at the Piedmont Swim Team and has been instrumental in developing and elevating the competitive nature of the program. Currently, Jesus is the technical director for Orinda Park and cofounder for the Armada program. Jesus coaches the Stroke School, Junior I & II level groups.
Coach Verónica has served as Meet Director for such meets as Western Zone All-Star Championship, Long Course Junior Olympics, Long Course Far Westerns, and the BVAL High School League Championships. She served a two year term as elected Vice-Chair of Zone 1 South, and then moved on to a two year term as elected Age Group Vice-Chair of the Pacific Swimming Executive Board. She is now serving as assistant to the Age Group Vice-Chair and is an elected Member-At-Large to the Pacific Swimming Board.
Having started in 2005, Coach Verónica is one of the longest standing All-Star coaches in Pacific, having coached on all four of the different All-Star meets that Pacific Swimming offers. She is also an active member of the Pacific Diversity Committee, and has been the Camp Director for all of the LSC Diversity Camps to date, as well as having coached the National Diversity Select Camp at the US Olympic Training Center.
Coach Verónica attended San José State University, and double majored in Economics and Anthropology. Verónica’s further education in swimming has earned her Level 3 Coaching status in the American Swimming Coaches Association. Coach Ver ónica coaches the Blue Group & Gold Group and assists the Junior I & II Groups.
A Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo graduate, Dan competed for 3 years earning NCAA Div II National times. During college Dan began his coaching career with a Summer league team in the Marin Swim League. After college, Dan was the head coach of San Mateo Aquatics Club and Aragon High School Men's and Women's coach for 10 years. His swimmers earned 9 High School All American honors, 43 USS National Reportable times and 5 Junior National finalist. Dan moved on to the business world where he still managed to coach 3 different summer league teams and from 1999 thru 2008 worked with the Berkeley High Swim team as a volunteer coach. Dan assists with all groups.
Tim Wisniewski, MSE, CSCS
Timothy Wisniewski has over 20 years of professional experience, with a Masters Degree in Health Education, Bachelor of Science in Exercise Physiology/ Physical Education. Tim is nationally certified by NSCA (National Strength and Conditioning Association) as a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS), by USAWL as a USA weight lifting club coach, and by TRX suspension training systems. He has taught lifetime fitness strategies to children/ adolescents in and out of public schools for 18 years. Whether teaching large groups or personal training one-on-one, Tim knows the importance of creating a safe, dynamic and engaging learning environment. In the corporate sector, Tim infuses this approach with companies such as Academy Award winning local Animation Studios, Kaiser Permanente, F’real Foods. Team works with Albany Armada as our dry land trainer and works with the Junior I & II and Senior I & II Groups.
Head Masters Coach, Carol Nip
Carol has coached all ages and levels through masters, high school and age group swimming. She swam competitively during her high school years in Kingston, Jamaica and returned to the pool in 2004 when her three children began swimming year-round with BEAR, a USA-Swim team. Through those early formative years, she worked as team manager, meet director, and eventually as BEAR's head coach. For several years, Carol swam with Walnut Creek Masters, mentored by their coaching staff. As a USA-S Level II and ASCA Level III coach, she is especially proud of the accomplishments of each athlete as they progress to swims they had never dreamt possible. “Better everyday” is a reality with Carol in coaching, teaching, personal swims, life as a cook, mom and wife.