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Coaching Staff
Justin Max Head Coach

American Swim Coaches Association (ASCA) – Level 5
SSDC Dryland Certification

Originally from Columbus, Ohio, Coach Justin brings to Beach Cities a long history of competing and coaching at the highest levels of our sport.  Justin joined his first swim team at the age of 4, and competed for his local High School, Club, and Summer League teams all the way through high school.  He attended and graduated from the University of Kentucky where he was a 4-year varsity letter winner on the men’s Swimming&Diving team as well as an All-SEC Community Service Team member, an All-SEC Academic Award Winner, and an inductee into UK’s Frank G Hamm Society of Character.

Coach Justin began coaching professionally for his hometown Greater Columbus Swim Team of Ohio (GCSTO), serving first as an Age Group Coach, then a Head Age Group Coach, and finally the Head National Team Coach.  While with GCSTO, Coach Justin’s athletes achieved numerous Junior National and National qualifying times as well as many team and LSC records, and one of his athletes went on to win a US National Title.

Coach Justin left GCSTO to pursue his passion for coaching with Summit City Aquatics in Fort Wayne, Indiana.  After serving one season as Head Age Group Coach, he was promoted to Head Coach and served in that role for more than 5 years.  During that time, SCA produced several Indiana LSC state records, numerous Junior National qualifiers, and US and Canadian Olympic Trials Qualifiers.  The team also achieved its highest ever national ranking and earned Bronze Medal status in his last two years.  During this time, Coach Justin also served as the Head Coach for Homestead High School’s Boys and Girls Swimming and Diving teams, where he led the Girls to 4 team Sectional Championships and the Boys to 3, as well as earning nearly 30 NISCA All-American awards.

Most recently, Coach Justin coached for the Mission Viejo Nadadores.  With the Nadadores, Justin worked mainly with the Senior athletes but also spent almost a year serving as the 13/14 Division Director.  Coach Justin led Mission Viejo’s Senior Gold and Senior Silver training groups and also served as the National Team Head Sprint Coach.  While with Mission, Coach Justin helped athletes achieve many Junior National, National, and Olympic Trials qualifying times as well as several Junior National Championships and team, LSC, and National records.

Coach Justin believes in a high intensity and high quality approach to the sport with a heavy emphasis on individualized technique.  He also strives to foster an upbeat and positive atmosphere where athletes can step on the pool deck each day ready to work hard AND have fun while chasing their goals.

"I am honored and excited to be joining Beach Cities Swimming, and I look forward to working together with our athletes, families, and staff to lead our team into its best chapter yet.  Go BCS!"

Tim Murphy Head Age Group Coach

American Swimming Coaches Association (ASCA) - Level 4

Now in his 18th season in SoCal Swimming's Pacific Committee and 6th with Beach Cities Swimming, Coach Tim's goal is to keep things fast and fun, with a healthy dose of inspiration.  He encourages each member of his athletic family to be committed to each other (aka teamwork) and to the fulfillment of their individual athletic and academic potential.  His extensive and diverse coaching history has led him work with every level of athlete, from novice to pro.  Beginning way back in his high school days in the Cincinnati Country Club League, his coaching career includes some time as an undergraduate assistant at Kenyon College, three seasons at the CIF level with Harvard-Westlake School and Palisades Charter High School, six seasons with Team Santa Monica, three seasons with Swim Torrance and six seasons with Westside Aquatics.  Coach Tim's athletes have produced SCS records, National Top 10 performances, USA Swimming All-Time Top 100 performances, Junior National qualifying times and, thanks to some outstanding performances by his athletes, he was named one of the Top 50 Age Group Coaches of the Year by ASCA and Fitter & Faster in 2023.  From 2008-2010, he was the developmental coach of a 2016 & 2021 U.S. Olympian and 2015 World Champion.  Throughout his career (thanks to several great mentor coaches), he has been fortunate enough to work with some of the sport's best athletes, which include an American record holder, NCAA champions, U.S. and Australian Olympic Trials qualifiers, International Open Water medalists, National Junior Team members and numerous Junior and Senior National qualifiers.

As an athlete in his hometown of Cincinnati, Ohio, Tim was a U.S. Open qualifier, Junior National qualifier, NAG Top-16 athlete and YMCA National Champion, while representing the Cincinnati Marlins and the M.E. Lyons YMCA.  However, it was his experience as a State Champion and All-American at Cincinnati St. Xavier High School that cemented his passion for the sport.  (Swimming World Magazine recently ranked the St. Xavier High School men's swimming team as the 3rd best high school program in history.)

After graduating from St. X in 1998, he competed for NCAA Division III powerhouse Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio, where he was awarded All-Conference honors.  In 2002, he achieved a B.A. in History from Kenyon.

Coach Tim has given back to the sport as the Pacific Committee's representative to the SoCal Swimming Board of Review from 2011-2016 and 2021-present.  He coached the 2020 (canceled due to pandemic) and 2023 Pacific Coast All-Star Teams,  coached at the SoCal Swimming All-Star Festival and coached at the 2021 SoCal Swimming Age Group Select Camp.

Youth coaching is his passion, but he also enjoys coaching adult triathletes of all ability levels, including pros, with the local triathlon swimming club, TOWER 26.
Tim is grateful to have an amazing support system in his wife and daughter, who recently donned a Beach Cities Swimming cap as a first-time team member!
Mary Mitchell Pre-Comp Director

Coach Mary was born and raised in Culver City, CA. She swam competitively, from the age of five, until graduating from Culver City High School in 2008, where she swam and played water polo all four years. She then studied political science at Loyola Marymount University.

At the age of 15, she was lucky enough to have been given the opportunity to learn how to teach swimming and has been doing it ever since. Coach Mary has over 17 years of experience in coaching competitive swimming and has coached/taught swimmers of all ages, abilities, and demographics, including the elderly and people with special needs. She offers a comprehensive knowledge of athletic training as well as an ability to guide and empower each individual to optimum athletic success. One of Coach Mary’s talents is inspiring athletes, at every level, to be the best they can be. She is goal-oriented and talented at motivating others.

Over the last two decades, she has demonstrated focus on cultivating hardworking and dedicated athletes and teams with an emphasis on teamwork and perseverance. In 2016, she successfully started her own business providing private swim training, which has further deepened her knowledge of the sport. She remains consistently committed to providing a safe and enjoyable experience, while helping athletes develop the skills and confidence they need to improve athletically. She possesses a strong mentoring ability and extensive management experience (she managed the Culver City Plunge for almost seven years).

When not on deck or in the pool, you can find Coach Mary in spin class, boxing, hot yoga, or hiking. She is a lover of all things fitness. Coach Mary is also a spin instructor at CycleBar Culver City and CycleBar Santa Monica.

She is honored to be a member of the Beach Cities coaching staff!

Alexandra Isham Assistant Coach

Bachelor of Arts - Psychology

MFA Cinema Production

American Swim Coaches Association  - Level 4

CrossFit L1 Trainer

Ali grew up in Milwaukee, WI, where she always had a love of the water. She started swimming competitively in 4th grade and competed for the local club team SWAT, which is where she got her first experience in teaching swimming with their Swim America program. She swam  on the Franklin High School varsity team all four years, and was MVP for the last two. Ali also competed internationally in Sydney, Australia, with the People to People ambassador group where she was a member of the USA gold medal winning 200 Free relay team, and also took silver in the 50 Free. Ali spent her first two years of college at Wisconsin - La Crosse where she swam for a year and a half before a shoulder injury forced her retirement from swimming.
 
In 2006 Ali graduated with a BA in Psychology from the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee. She then moved to Los Angeles to attend grad school at USC where she earned an MFA in Cinema Production in 2009. Ali started coaching club in 2010 with ZAP, and spent 3 years with La Mirada Armada as their site director in Palos Verdes.  She also coached at Peninsula High School where she led the Girl's Varsity team to Bay League championships from 2012-2015 and many school records.  From 2016-2019 she was  Head Coach at Mira Costa High School where the girl's team won Bay League in 2017, finished 9th at CIF, and the teams combined broke 11 school records and had 4 All American Swims in the first year.  In 2018 the boys finished 4th at CIF and the team had 6 All American swims, 2 CIF champions and 2 CIF records. In 2019 the boy's finished 3rd at CIF with multiple All American times and CIF Champions.  The Daily Breeze named Ali All Area Girl’s Varsity Coach of the Year in 2012, 2015 & 2017 and Boy's Coach of the Year in 2019 .  She currently lives in Redondo Beach where she participates in CrossFit, open water swimming, Spartan Races and runDisney races.  Days off are generally spent at Disneyland where she can found working as reporter for a Disney news site.
Dzenan Kapetanovic Assistant Coach

Born in Tuzla, Bosnia, Coach Latte (real name is Dzenan) moved to the United States at the age of three. He grew up in Culver City where he graduated from Culver City High School in 2011. Latte currently attends Santa Monica College where he is working on his second degree in Chemistry.

Coach Latte’s swimming career began swimming for Coach Monique at the Culver Plunge on a small competitive team called “Competitve Edge.” He also swam in high school and made CIF Finals all four years in the 500 Freestyle and 100 Butterfly. He continued on to swim at Santa Monica College and was a part of the State record holding 4x200 Freestyle Relay.

Prior to joining Beach Cities Swimming, Latte had coaching stints at Team Santa Monica and Westside Aquatics. 

 

 

Melissa Krauth-Villegas Assistant Coach

Melissa has developed a great passion for swimming over the past 16 years. She was a competitive swimmer from elementary school through high school. In college, Melissa was an Assistant Swim Coach for Robinson High school in Fairfax, VA, from 2007-2008. She also helped as a special needs private swim instructors.

One of my passions is to work with children who have Down syndrome, Autism, Asperger’s, ADHD, ADD, and with children who have other multiple disorders or handicaps. I have a great deal of experience with teaching water safety to these swim students and was the person my boss would send these pupils to at my former swim instruction job. 

This past High School season Melissa was an Assistant Swim Coach for the JV team at Mira Costa High School.  Before joining Beach Cities she was a Lead Senior 2 Coach at Swim Torrance and assisted with the rest of the groups from Sharks to Age Groups from Oct 2018 to April 2019.

I graduated with my B.A. in Sociology from George Mason University in 2009. After college I was a substitute teacher, predominately with special needs children for K through 12th Grade. I have taught all levels of American Red Cross classes: Baby and Me, Toddler and Me, Levels 1 to 6, Stroke Mechanics 1 to 5, and Adults Classes. Melissa strives on being patient with her athletes and also adapting to their needs. She looks forward to helping BCS continue to grow in the South Bay. 

Greg Manvelian Assistant Coach
Greg started out his competitive swimming career at Crescenta Valley High School while swimming club at the YCMA of the Foothills. He was inspired by his club team and began working there during his senior year of High School where he taught children of all ages.

After teaching at the YMCA for 5 years, Greg pursued other career avenues, but ultimately realized that teaching swim and developing athletes was his passion. He returned to the YMCA of the Foothills in 2019 as the new Head Coach. He took a swim team with 10 swimmers and turned it into the largest and most competitive YMCA swim team in Southern California. During his time as Head Coach, he learned how to develop all aspects of a successful aquatics program.

Coach Greg strives to have a positive impact on the lives of his swimmers and believes in working with all swimmers on an individual basis regardless of ability.
Meriel Mitsakos Assistant Coach

Meriel Mitsakos was born and raised in the South Bay. She started swimming competitively at age 6 on the Westchester Orcas. After she qualified for Junior Olympics and medaled at age 8, she moved to Team Santa Monica. On TSM, she not only continued to medal in Junior Olympics her following years, but medaled in sectionals, CIF, and many other meets.
While swimming for Mira Costa High School, she broke four records and still hold some of those records to this day. She was a medalist all four years at CIF division 1 and 2 in both individual events and relays. She was a varsity letterman all four years and was team captain her senior year. She also received the leadership, excellence, and most inspirational awards on the varsity swim team.

Meriel was not only a swimmer in the pool, but also in the ocean. She was a six-time National Gold Medalist for the United States Lifeguarding Association and seven-time Regional Gold medalist for the California Surf Lifesaving Association for Junior Lifeguards in the distance swim, run-swim-run, Ironman (swim, run, paddle), and swim relay. She was two-time Gold medalist in the Seal Beach rough water swim and Silver medalist in the Waikiki Rough water swim in her age group. She has swum many other open water events, but these are some to name a few.

Meriel was on track for collegiate scholarships, when an injury sent her into early retirement. What seemed like the worst possible outcome, turned into a life-changing experience of coaching and teaching kids of all ages and skill level.
Instead of taking her swimming career to the next level, she took her extensive swimming background to start her own swim lesson business a little over a decade ago. She has taught over 1000 kids how to swim. She has taken many of those students who share the same love of the water as she does and coached them all the way to where they are now swimming competitively for clubs around SoCal including Beach Cities. She has also coached multiple seasons as a USA swimming coach and looks forward to many more seasons with Beach Cities.

Currently, she’s on the road to getting her Masters in Sports Psychology to help kids in the sport of swimming and expanding her swim business into the ocean.

Umberto Moreno Assistant Coach
 
Cal Lutheran '22 - B.S.  Exercise Science, emphasis Human Performance
 
Concordia University, Irvine '24 - M.A.  Coaching and Athletic Administration
 
American Swimming Coaches Association (ASCA) - Level 3

From a very young age, Umberto has always been around and loved the water. He started out 
at the Westchester YMCA, progressing from swim lessons to the swim team where he would qualify for Winter/June Age Groups and Junior Olympics. In addition to the YMCA, he swam and finished his club career with Royal Swim Team. He attended Notre Dame High School in Sherman Oaks where he swam varsity all four years and played water polo for one year, earning a varsity letter. He went on to swim collegiately at California Lutheran University where he specialized in butterfly and IM. During his time at CLU, he started coaching for South Coast Aquatics and discovered the passion he had for teaching and coaching swimming. Soon after, he started at Daland Swim Team in Thousand Oaks where he worked with a variety of skill levels ranging from pre-team to Sectional level swimmers in addition to designing and running a strength and conditioning program.

Outside of the pool, hobbies include weightlifting, video games, playing basketball, and going to 
Disneyland with his family whenever possible. Umberto is very excited to join a renowned program that is Beach Cities and share the lessons and experiences from being a lifelong student-athlete.
Board of Directors
Mark Nicholas President
Mel Kuo Treasurer
Billy Tieman Secretary
Justin Max Head Coach
Brett Bennett Member at Large
Tracy Cross Member at Large
Denise Kwok Member at Large