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MEET THE COACHES

All of our coaches, as members of USMS or USA Swimming, have access to the most comprehensive training and certification programs for youth coaches of any sport in the United States. They provide assurances that the time spent in the pool will be quality time with a focus on improving their techniques.

July 2023: We are currently looking for new or experienced coaches to assist with morning and/or evening workouts. This is a paid position. Please contact Coach Brad with inquiries.

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BRAD PENCE

Founder, Head Coach

Coach Brad is passionate about swimming. He has been an active swimmer for most of his life, competes and holds records on a national level and loves to coach and help his members achieve swimming-related goals.  He is a certified USMS Level 3 Coach and started Terra Nova Aquatics from scratch in 2013. Coach Brad was recognized for his devotion to the development of the sport in Pacifica and was inducted into the Pacifica Sports Hall of Fame in February 2020! Congrats to our inspirational coach!

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WILLY AMUNDSEN

CSTS / PPSC Coach

Coach Willy competed in youth swimming for 10 years, including 4 years of varsity swimming with the Terra Nova Tigers, and as a founding member of PPSC when it first became an official team. He graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 2020 with a Bachelor's degree in Ecology & Evolution, and now works in a fish biology lab at San Francisco State University. He is an avid SCUBA diver, and enjoys spending time in the water any way he can. 

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PETE SONG

PPSC Coach

Pete coaches the older swimmers and has great rapport with the team.  He emphasizes the key stroke skills, and encourages them to push a little harder as they grow and develop as competitive swimmers. Pete has been coaching for many years and has enjoyed watching the team grow. 

KRISTINE BUCKLEY

CSTS Coach

In 2001 Kristine swam the English Channel in Force 5 conditions (17-20 knot winds) and was named the English Channel inspirational swimmer of the year for her accomplishment. She is the only female to have completed 1,000 swims from Alcatraz, which she did in 2017. She has also swam Catalina and the length of Lake Tahoe, and she does all this without a wetsuit (burr!)

Kristine took up swimming to rehab a broken hip and once she started she was hooked for life. She is a founding member of the Alcatraz Swimming Society and a member of the South End Rowing Club. On any given Wednesday, you will find her swimming Alcatraz before she is off to work.

We are so fortunate to have her coaching on deck Tuesday nights!

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