My last team picture. Marina Park – 1999

Masters swimming got me interested in coaching.  I hooked up with the Buenaventura Swim Club in 1986. The club found a home for me working with beginners. I had such a good time I coached until I got married in 1999.

My job: teach the strokes, spark some interest in competing, but most important of all – have fun. We had special summer programs, intramural meets and went to US swim meets across the county. Kids, parents and coaches became my family. It’s an extraordinary experience seeing kids you’ve worked with become state champions or being recognized by a former swimmer or parent years later.

The girls

Coach Don

Hot Beginner Boys
Girls Relay
The fast guys
I want to swim more
Cool Girls
Trouble Brothers
Getting some race hints
Best Friends
Rebecca Gilman & Nicole Beck: CIF Swimming Champions & Olympic Trials Qualifiers
Ready to race

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