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Helen Salcedo Garcia

Head Coach

A University of California, Berkeley graduate, Helen competed at the National level as a youth swimmer. Her highest achievement came in the 200 breaststroke where she was ranked among the top 100 in the world and qualified for Olympic Trials in 1992. Helen was recruited by Coach Teri Mckeever at the University of California, Berkeley and earned a scholarship to swim for Cal. Under Coach Mckeever, the head coach of the 2012 US Olympic swimming team, Helen trained and competed at Cal for four years 1994-1997. As a senior Helen was elected team captain and led her team to an NCAA top 10 finish. As her swimming career ended her coaching career began and led the Cal Aquatics Masters Team in Berkeley for five years as head coach. After coaching masters Helen moved on to coach youth athletes for the Piedmont Swim Team (PST) and Piedmont High School Team. Helen built a competitive program at PST and raised the level of competition at Piedmont. Helen has coached athletes that have gone on to swim competitively at the college level at Amherst, Cornell, UCLA, UC Santa Cruz Tufts and Wesleyan University. In 2008 Helen earned a Master’s Degree from the University of California, Berkeley in Education and in 2011-2016 operated a summer swim school in Oakland, Helen’s Happy Swim School. Coach Helen works with the Mini Blue, Blue & Gold Group Swimmers.

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Jesus Salcedo

Head Age Group Coach

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 12 years. As a coach with the Orinda Country Club Jesus coaches the 10&under swimmers and has helped lead the team to 12 OMPA 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. Jesus was selected as Head Coach of the developmental All Star Team and has presented at USA Diversity and American Swim Coach Association Clinics. Coach Jesus works with the Mini Blue, Blue Group & Junior Group.


Dan McGarry

Assistant Coach

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. Where 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 2000 thru 2018 worked with the Berkeley High Swim team as a volunteer coach. Coach Dan leads the Yellow and Navy Groups.

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Carol Nip

Armada Masters Head Coach

Carol Nip works with all kinds of swimmers in achieving fitness and competitive goals through USA-Swimming, High School and US Masters Swimming. As Team Manager and Interim Head Coach of USA-S team, BEAR 2006-2011, Carol has experience with team management, organizing swim meets and coaching kids. Head Coach of high school teams, 2008-2017, resulting in five college swimmers, Carol has developed a passion for coaching teenagers. Head Masters Coach of Albany Armada Aquatic Masters, 2012-to-date, Carol has experience bringing forth an adult swim team from zero existence to a 4th place finish at the 2018 SCM championships with fitness, new competitive and college swimmers. She has to pinch herself with recognition for her work with these awards: 2017 Pacific Masters Coach of the Year, 2018 Kerry O’Brien Award, and 2018 June Krauser Communications Award presented to the Pacific Masters team of Update Editors. Carol’s cup runs over with gratefulness for swim. Coach Carol works with Armada Masters Group.

Jessica Getz

Billing Clerk & Executive Director, Armada Abroad Program

A recent graduate of the University of Chicago, Miriam swam competitively for 14 years. As an age grouper with the Walnut Creek Aquabears, Miriam represented Pacific Swimming at the North American Challenge Cup and Western Zones, winning the 400 free at the latter. She was also an avid open water swimmer, traveling to Florida in 2012 and 2013 for the US Open Water Nationals. Miriam qualified for NCS all four years while at San Leandro High School, finaling in 2012. In her freshman year at UChicago, Miriam was selected for the UAA Championship Team, scoring points in the 1650 and the 200 breastroke. She received the Coaches’ Award the same season. Miriam is a former instructor at Canyon Swim School in El Sobrante and at the University of Chicago Swim School. Miriam works with the Mini Blue, Yellow, and Navy Groups, and is Coach Jesus’s assistant at Albany High.

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Tom Hodge

With a B.S. in Kinesiology from the University of California, Los Angeles, and over 30 years of racing under his belt, Tom has completed over 300 multi-sport events including 23 Ironman’s. He is a six-time Hawaiian Ironman participate and two-time Team USA Member. What sets him apart is not only his impressive finishing times but also his involvement and leadership in the triathlon and athletic community.

Tom Hodge has been coaching triathletes, cyclists and runners for over 30 years. Specializing in endurance athletes of all levels and abilities, Tom enjoys coaching everyone from first timers to pros. As a former pro triathlete himself, Tom understands the demands of endurance sports and has the experience and knowledge to help others achieve their athletic best.

Clients include: Stanford Athletics, Olympians, Marathon Athletes, Moms, High School Athletes in soccer, baseball, football, swimming, and soccer.


Albany Aquatic Center

Albany Aquatic Center located adjacent to Albany Memorial Park on the Albany High School campus.

1311 Portland Avenue, Albany, California, US