"Now, this is a story all about how
My life got flip-turned upside down
And I'd like to take a minute
To tell you all
How I ended up coaching in the town of Temescal

From west of Philadelphia, born and raised, 
By the pool is where I used to spend most of my days. 
Workin' out maxin' my laps in the pool
And doin' my fly each day after school
In college a few of us guys were pretty good
Sent a relay to nationals from my neighborhood
We got one little medal and wore it proud
So I moved to California with the Oakland crowd"

Dave was born and raised just outside Philadelphia where he was unable to make the swim team at his high school (which was in the midst of setting a national record for consecutive duel meet wins). When he got to college, he walked on to the swim team and set his own record, for the slowest 100 free in school history.  Four long years later, Dave was on a record-setting relay, but the good kind of record this time, and won the "most improved swimmer" award, the type of award that should only be possible to win once, for the second time.

Dave has coached a youth team in Richmond, VA and the masters swim program for the DC triathlon club in Washington, DC. His experience going from worst to first... ok, second... has given him a great foundation for helping swimmers of all ability levels to improve. Outside the pool, you can find him playing music or chess, sometimes simultaneously, and hanging out at a good winery or brewery with his wife, dog, and son.


 I grew up in Chicago and started swimming lessons at 5. When my family moved to Winston-Salem, NC, my parents decided that getting involved in summer league swimming would be a great way for us to connect to our new community. I started off my summer league years on the Stingray team, winning many blue and red ribbons but loving the team camaraderie and new friendships most. After moving to a new neighborhood, my family helped found the Chadwyck Flyers swim team. My dad was the DQ judge and a board member, my mom was a ribbon writer and on the social committee, and of course all three kids swam at every available practice. I eventually coached the team the last two seasons I lived there and brought us to a championship that last year. 

 

In college, I trained with the Elmhurst College swim team but never chose to compete but rather cross train with other sports. I was the Aquatics Coordinator for a year at the Elmhurst YMCA overseeing all swim instructors and improving our children and adult programs for swimming education. Throughout my years of pursuing additional degrees and competing in other sports, swimming has always been a part of my training regimen. 

 

After living in California for 4 years, I finally found my community at Teme. I joined the team in 2014 and fell in love with the people, practices, and especially all the support I see across the team. I really wanted to get back into coaching and one day in 2016 the stars aligned and I started coaching. To me, swimming is a key component to any training regimen because it’s a safe, full body workout. Beyond that, you get awesome accountability partners who hold you to showing up and getting through practice in a very supportive way. At Teme, our community keeps me committed to showing up each day. 

 

I look forward to helping all of our swimmers meet and exceed their personal goals in the sport!


Jeremy Cohen is a lifelong swimmer. He has swum age group, high school, club swimming and division I college swimming (Univ. or Michigan). However, the most important part of his swimming career is Masters Swimming. In 1980, he discovered Masters swimming and has been swimming and competing ever since. “Masters swimming is much more fun than high school, club and college swimming. There is no pressure and the only goals are to be fit and have fun,” he says. In 2009, he achieved a lifetime goal of medaling at the national level. “What next,” he thought. As a swimmer and student of the sport, he decided to begin coaching because he felt that he had much to share with other swimmers. He has coached at Strawberry Canyon Aquatic Masters (now known as Cal Aquatic Masters), in Rhode Island at the Brown University Masters team and his old high school, and at Alameda Aquatic Masters.

Jeremy's humor, excitement and dedication shine through his workouts, and his knowledge is incomparable.   


Coach MonicaMonica comes to Temescal Masters from Brazil, having lived in the Bay Area since 2004. She holds a degree in Physical Education from the Federal University of São Carlos. She brings over 20 years of swimming experience to Temescal, including coaching a masters team in São Paulo, coaching children's swim teams, instructing water aerobics, and working as assistant to the head coach of Clube Paineiras do Morumbi, the Brazilian national synchronized swim team. She also has years of her own competitive swimming to give her perspective. She says "I really love what I do and I am very happy for having the opportunity to work at Temescal."


Orin BentleyI grew up in Vermont and began competitive swimming at age 8. I swam on the team at my prep-school in Massachusetts, and earned a college scholarship to swim for The Evergreen State College in Washington. I love competing, and participate in as many Masters meets and open water swims as I can.

At Evergreen, I earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree and then moved to the Bay Area in 2006. I recently earned my California teaching credential at SFSU, and have been teaching P.E. at the elementary level here in the Bay Area for 3 years now.

I began coaching swimming right after high school for my local age group team, and am currently the Assistant Varsity Swim Coach and the Head J.V. Coach at Castro Valley High School.

I love coaching and instructing swimmers of all ages and levels. To me, swimming is the ultimate exercise because not only is it a great workout, but it can also be enjoyed for an entire lifetime. I've been swimming and/or coaching in one form or another all my life and plan to continue for the rest of it!