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.

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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 on a national level and loves to coach and help his members achieve swimming-related goals.  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. 

SERGEY MOZHAROV

CSTS Coach

Sergey has been swimming competitively since early childhood. Growing up in Russia, he trained rigorously and accumulated significant mileage with an average of 40 miles per week over 12 practices. He won medals at national and international competitions and remains competitive today.

He immigrated to the UK in 2007 and a few years later to the US. He was fortunate to be part of many swim teams and learned the ways people practice and coach swimming in different parts of the world.

Sergey moved to San Francisco and joined CSTS in 2020. He feels grateful to have met his teammates, who introduced him to open water swimming, which became another dimension of his swimming routine.

Sergey is passionate about perfecting his stroke and has never stopped experimenting with his technique. Being a scientist by training, he enjoys thinking about the physics of swimming and constantly searches for subtle changes in technique that result in speed improvements. This mindset naturally led him to the desire to share his passion and experience with others. Coaching is a new frontier for Sergey, and he is excited to help everybody improve their technique and enjoy swimming more.

LISA SCHERTLER

PPSC Coach

Coach Lisa grew up in Palo Alto and began swimming at age 11. On her first team, the Palo Alto YMCA Swim Team she swam with the 8 and Under’s and then finally worked her way into the Sr. distance lane. Later in High School, she joined the Los Altos Aquatics Club (now LAMVAC), where she swam the later part of High School and through college.

 

In addition to swimming year round, she swam for Gunn High School, qualifying for CCS all four years, and enjoyed participating with the Green Meadow Summer Swim team. After swimming at Junior National’s the summer of her Senior year in High School, Lisa was offered a swimming scholarship to UNLV, where she swam everything “distance” for three years and studied Physical Education.

 

Currently, Lisa is a Certified Coach with US swimming and has been coaching Age Group and Master’s Swimming for various teams in and around the Sacramento and Bay Area since 1987. Although coaching swimming is one of her favorite things to do, Lisa is a Credentialed teacher and has taught K-8 Physical Education and First Grade for over 20 years. The past 6 years, Coach Lisa worked with SUNN, coaching dryland for the Senior group, and everything from novice swimmers to the Jr. Bronze Group (Middle school age, her favorite age group and level; because that’s w age when she started swimming).

Lisa is always very excited to be given the opportunity to teach swimmers of all ages and levels new swim skills and watching them become better swimmers… And people!   

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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. 

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DAVID SPITZLER

CSTS Coach

David is excited to be a part of the CSTS community as a Masters coach (and a swimmer!)!

 

David grew up in Connecticut and began swimming with A.A.U. age group teams (now USA Swimming) when he was eight years old. He continued competitive swimming in high school at Suffield Academy and Division I college at Tulane University. He specialized in distance freestyle and middle-distance freestyle and butterfly events.

 

David has participated in U.S. Masters Swimming for many years, and he competes in open water races throughout Northern California, and particularly enjoys the longer events — 5k or longer. He also completed his first marathon swim in August 2021 with a “True Width” crossing of Lake Tahoe (12 miles), finishing in 5:56:32.

 

His love of coaching goes back to his teenage years when he assisted at an age group program, teaching and coaching young kids to swim and compete.