Vladi is a career swim coach with 40 years of experience. He was the Olympic Swim Club Director and Head Coach for the Soviet Union; his swimmers attended the Olympic Games in Barcelona, Atlanta, and Sydney. He had 2 Olympic medalists in the 1988 & 1992 Summer Olympics. He has had 3 swimmers in the Junior National finals and 12 age group swimmers nationally ranked in the top 16.
He is an expert in Advanced Teaching and Coaching Techniques for all age swimmers and in Olympic Games preparation techniques. He has extensive experience in building world class swim teams from the ground up including gathering young swimmers, developing these swimmers to reach their full potential, ultimately reaching the international elite level.
He has a tremendous sense of family and community loyalty by building relationships with his swimmers and families, by coaching his athletes as individuals. His swimmers do extremely well in a small group environment where he can personalize the workouts to align with the swimmers talents and work ethic. Each swimmer is coached to effectively strengthen their skills. As the GWSC Associate Head Coach he fosters the talent and training from the youngest swimmer all the way to his most experienced swimmer. Many of his swimmers have become career coaches.
Vladi is a lifetime member of the America Swim Coaches Association and regularly attends World Coaching Conventions. He has been the head coach in Southern California at Green Valley Association Swim Team, Fountain Valley Aquatics Swim Team, Lakewood Aquatics Swim Team, Orange County Riptide Aquatics Club, and Long Beach City College for both men and women.
Coach Alec began swimming competitively at age 5 for Bellflower Swim Club and his best events were 100 breaststroke and 50 freestyle. He competed in high school and college where his highest achievement was making the California Community College State Finals in 100 Breaststroke.
Alec has an Associate of Arts degree in Physical Education from Long Beach City College as well as a Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology; Sport Psychology & Coaching from California State University, Long Beach (CSULB). While teaching high school P.E. and Health he returned to CSULB and completed a Master of Arts degree in Kinesiology; Coaching.
He has been a swim coach since 1997 and has coached many successful swimmers with numerous teams in the area. He first worked with Lakewood Aquatics for 4 years and also assisted coach Vladi and the Green Valley Dolphins for 10 years. He was an Age Group Head Coach with Riptide Aquatics for 5 years and is currently also the Head Coach with the Greenbrook Gators for 4 years. In addition to club swimming, Alec coached high school wrestling, swimming and water polo from 1996 to 2006. His philosophy of coaching is to help athletes achieve personal goals by focusing on correct technique and providing positive corrective feedback.
Coach Alex was introduced to competitive swimming at age of 11, swimming for Lakewood Aquatics with his father, a long time Coach in Long Beach California. He made quick progress within his swimming career and soon swam varsity during his freshmen year in high school. His swimming career was cut short in his Junior year due to health complications and he never competed again. It was a devastating loss, but it soon turned for the better. Coach Alex began teaching swimming at the age of 16 for Lakewood Aquatics; it was a remarkable way to stay involved without having to race.
In 2007 he began coaching with the City of Long Beach and the LA84 Foundation. Also with the Green Valley Dolphins, he came under the mentoring of his grandfather Coach Vladi while working by his side. His goal was to introduce new and novice swimmers with proper forms and techniques of all 4 strokes. It laid a solid foundation for the young swimmers to build on as they progress through their swimming career. Coach Alex believes “if you can swim fast or as fast as others with correct yet simple, efficient stroke mechanics, that leaves us with lots of room for improvement in the future.”
When Coach Alex is not on the pool deck he enjoys his time at the beach body surfing and chasing seagulls.
Diego grew up in Bogotá, Colombia, swimming age group and playing water polo. After graduating from college, he moved to the United States where he has worked in advertising and marketing, never losing his love for swimming. A triathlete for 10 years and a Masters swimmer, he continues competing in regional and national meets. Diego began coaching two years ago as a natural next step in his passion for the sport. He’s been married to Teresita for 27 years and has 3 children.