2017-2018 celebrates the beginning of Coach Pete Raykovich' 24th year as Director/Coach at DACA. While widely known for developing and managing DACA into one of the most comprehensive aquatic programs in the United States, Coach Raykovich has been a renowned swimming coach for far longer, with credentials exceptional in both diversity of experience and consistency of accomplishment.
Coach Raykovich has been selected as a USA National coach on numerous occasions, most recently in 2009, as Head Women's Coach of the National Youth Team competing at World Cup meets in Stockholm, Sweden, and Berlin, Germany. He has twice been honored as Pacific Swimming's George Haines Senior Coach of the Year and holds ASCA Level 5 certification, the highest level attainable. Raykovich is a highly sought after speaker, featured at the 2008 American Swim Coaches Association World Clinic, and a USA National Team Coaches member.
Prior to his career at DACA, he was the Head Coach of the Women's Swimming program at the University of Tennessee from 1990 - 1993.
Under Coach Raykovich, DACA has been a fixture at the United States National Championships, consistently placing top - 10 in team scoring. In 2009, DACA placed top - 10 in all three team scoring races (men's, women's, and combined team) at the highest level of competition in the United States.
Mr. Raykovich has coached athletes that have represented the United States and other countries at every major swimming championship including the Olympic Games, World Championships, World University Games, and Pan Pacific Championships. Under his leadership, DACA has built a reputation for consistently developing elite young athletes that make an impact representing the United States on National Youth Teams. DACA student - athletes have been accepted to and have earned college swimming scholarships at every prominent school in the United States. Collegiate and High School Academic All - Americans from DACA make the honor roll every year.
Coach Raykovich' philosophy, in and out of the water, is one that allows the ambitious student - athlete to excel both in the pool and in the classroom. In this philosophy, goals and preparation must match and athletes are taught and expected to budget their time effectively. The ability to tailor a program for individual achievements in combination with team goals makes DACA's National Team a special place to train.
In addition to his coaching duties, Raykovich participates actively in swimming legislation and political bodies. A member of the Olympic International Operations Committee, Coach Raykovich has served as Chairman and member of a wide variety of National and local USA Swimming committees for over 25 years.
Since joining the competitive staff 15 years ago, Coach Tammy Hopkins has led and developed DACA into one of the largest and most successful swim teams in the country. Under her leadership, DACA has been a force at the country's most elite age group competitions, capturing five Far Western and seven Junior Olympic team titles. With Hopkins' direction, the age group program has laid the foundation for DACA's top - ten finishes at the United States Swimming National Championships.
Coach Hopkins' swimmers have been amongst the country's elite, achieving national rankings, age group national championships, and junior national qualifying standards. She has guided athletes to Far Western titles, Western Zone Championships, national age group records, and high school All - American honors. Most importantly, Hopkins' swimmers have the technical and training background to compete successfully senior athletes at national and international level meets including the Olympic Games and the United States Olympic Trials.
Coach Hopkins' track record of excellence has been honored several times, most notably with the 2005 Pacific Swimming Age Group Coach of the Year award, and invitations to present at several
coaching clinics, including the American Swim Coaches Association World Clinic. In addition, she has served as coach for multiple all - star and Western Zone teams.Coach Hopkins came to DACA in 2000 with a rich background in both coaching and education. Prior coaching positions included years with Conejo Simi Aquatics and Canyon Crest Swim Team in southern California, Klamath Falls Swim Team (Klamath Falls, Oregon), and Bakersfield's Garces High School. Hopkins also served as Age Group Director of Bakersfield Aquatics while teaching the 3rd and 4th grade at St. Joseph's in Waso, California.
Coach Hopkins believes that the key to DACA's success is the careful development of student - athletes at the age group level, with a focus on long term development and enjoyment. A solid foundation provides the platform on which Olympians stand.
Tammy currently resides in San Jose with her husband Sage, son Gunner, daughter Summer, and dog Belle.
Coach Mike Allegretti joined the DACA staff in 2000 with a strong athletic background and passion for coaching. After working with all levels of the DACA program, Mike began with the competitive team in 2003, working with athletes of all ages and abilities. His swimmers have seen incredible success, capturing Junior Olympic Championship titles and National top-16 honors, as well as appearances in Junior Olympic and Far Western Championship finals.
A multi-sport athlete at Pioneer High School, Mike excelled in both swimming and soccer. In the pool, he was a CCS qualifier as a senior in 200 Freestyle and 100 Butterfly, and a Far Western qualifier for DACA coach Bill Thompson at San Jose Aquatics. He then moved on to De Anza College, where he captured Coast Conference Championship titles in the 200 and 1650 Freestyles. Mike was equally successful on the soccer pitch, helping Pioneer to a CCS title as a junior. Named most inspirational and most dedicated athlete several years, he served as Captain his senior year, leading his team to a runner up finish in the CCS Playoffs.
After earning his Associates degree at De Anza College, Mike moved on to San Jose State University where he earning his Bachelors of Science in Aviation Operations. Since earning his degree, he has gone on to Delta Flight School, where he was certified as a flight instructor and earned his commercial license for single and multi-engine aircraft.
Coach Gordy Smith began his coaching career in 1977 after finishing his swimming career as an All-American at University of the Pacific. After getting out of college he started his own club, Santa Clara Aquatics, and took it from inception to over 100 swimmers.
In 1981 Gordy spent the next 28 years at San Jose Aquatics. He started as an age group coach. He spent most of his career there as the Head Age Group Coach and finished the last 3 years as the Head Coach. During this time Gordy coached athletes from age group to Olympic Trial qualifiers. Gordy was also twice voted Pacific Swimming Age Group Coach of the Year and also qualified as an ASCA Level 5 coach.
Recently retired from teaching, Gordy worked at the Junior High and High School levels for over 30 years. During this time, he also coached the Men’s and Women’s Swimming and Women’s Water Polo at Pioneer High School.
Gordy lives in San Jose and enjoys spending as much time as possible with his grandchildren.
Coach Christian Bonner has been involved with the DACA program since 1999. Since, Christian has worked with swimmers of all levels, including Far Western Finalists and Champions, and NRT athletes.
As the head men's swimming and water polo coach at Saratoga High School, Christian has had extraordinary success, culminating in 2009, when the Saratoga Men's Swimming Team finished 2nd at CCS, and was named the United States Mythical High School National Champion by Swimming World Magazine. Under Christian's leadership in 2009, Saratoga swimmers captured 6 individual CCS titles, and 2 relay titles, including the national public high school record setting 400 Free Relay.
Off the pool deck, Christian earned a bachelor's degree in anthropology from San Jose State University. He then moved on to the prestigious New York University, where he completed his master's degree in Museum Studies. After graduating from NYU, Christian spent time in Japan, as an Artist in Residence, where his work was displayed in museums. Currently, he is on staff as a ceramic tech at De Anza College.
Christian resides in San Jose, with wife Jamie, whom he met swimming for Pete Raykovich at De Anza College, and daughter Crimson.
Coach Annie Stein begins her tenth year with the DACA Competitive Program, bringing with her extensive national and international swimming experience.
Since joining the DACA program in the Fall of 2007, Annie has coached swimmers to elite levels, both locally and on the national stage. She has guided athletes to Far Western Championship titles and high point distinctions, Western Zone Championship titles, Pacific Swimming Records, and National Age Group individual and relay top-10 rankings. She was a Finalist for Pacific Swimming's Age Group Coach of the Year in 2013 and 2016. More importantly, her swimmers have consistently moved on with the technique and training background to successfully compete at the senior level. Annie has been extremely involved within the Zone and LSC, and is currently serving as the Pacific Swimming Meet Management Coordinator. As an American Swim Coaches Association (ASCA) Fellow, Annie has had work published in the ASCA Newsletter and gave a featured talk at the 2015 ASCA World Clinic.
Prior to joining the DACA Staff, Annie enjoyed an illustrious swimming career spanning 17 years. A senior national qualifier at age 13, Annie was a two-time Olympic Trials competitior, placing 8th in the 400 IM and 11th in the 800
Free in 2000. The 1999 Junior National West High Point winner and Colorado Female Swimmer of the Year, she was a multi-time finalist at the United States Senior Nationals. A 2nd place finish in the 5K at the 2000 Open Water Nationals earned her a spot on the 2000 Open Water World Championship Team where she finished 8th in the 5K. As a member of the 2001 United States National Junior Team, Annie earned bronze medals in both the 400 IM and 1500 Freestyle at the 2001 Australian Youth Olympic Festival in Sydney.
After graduating from Germantown Academy as a multi-time High School All-American, Annie attended the University of Michigan on a swimming scholarship, where she scored each year at the Big Ten Championship and had the honor of working with legendary coaches Bob Bowman, Jon Urbanchek, and Jim Richardson. After co-captaining the Wolverines, and serving as Vice-President for Michigan Student Athlete Advisory Council as a senior, Annie, along with her fellow senior women was awarded the Frank E. Barnhard Award for Leadership in 2007. A passionate sports fan, Annie received a bachelor's degree in Sports Management from the University of Michigan.
Coach Golda Marcus joined the DACA Coaching Staff in 2008 after 22 years as a stand out swimmer. Swimming for her native El Salvador, Golda competed on the world stage, highlighted by appearances at the 2004 & 2008 Olympics, the 2007 World Championship, the 2008 Short Course World Championship, and multiple Central American & Caribbean Games. It was at the Central American and Caribbean Games (CCAN) where Golda truly made her mark, winning 22 medals over her career, including 12 gold. Known as one of the greatest athletes ever to swim for El Salvador, Golda is the current Salvadoran national record holder in the 400, 800, and 1500 Freestyles.
Golda attended and competed for Florida State University, where she was a consolation finalist at the Atlantic Coast Conference Championship every year (200, 500, 1650 Freestyles). After earning her B.A. in Creative Writing at Florida State, she moved on to compete as a post-grad for Peter Banks at Brandon Blue Wave and earn her Masters in Creative Writing from National University.
As a coach, Golda enjoys watching her swimmers exceed their own expectations and believes in developing the person as well as the athlete. One of three children, Golda has two brothers: Jay, a current US Marine, and Evan, a distance swimmer at USC.
Celebrating the start of his third year with the DACA program, Coach Adrian brings a unique passion and love for competitive swimming hoping to spark a similar flame in each and every one of his swimmers. He began working for the DACA program in the fall of 2014 before being added to the DACA Competitive Coaching staff in the fall of 2015.
Born and raised until the age of nine in Guatemala, Coach Adrian’s love for the water was a result of his mom taking consistent trips to the beach, water parks, and pools in his native country with his extended family. In 2002 Adrian moved to the United States to a Southcentral Los Angeles town by the name of Lynwood where he joined the Lynwood Marlins Swim Team in 2004 at the age of ten. His passion for the sport was kindled when he joined the varsity ranks at Artesia High School, in
Lakewood, CA, as a freshman in 2008; as a sophomore his passion was at an all-time high being named Junior and Senior captain of Swimming and Water Polo during the respective school years. Pending his move to San Jose State University for the fall of 2012, he suffered a near-fatal hiking accident near Pasadena, CA that took him out of competitive swimming for two years.
After realizing that his life was not complete without competitive swimming, Coach Adrian returned to the sport, that he learned to love, in 2015 as part of De Anza College’s Swimming and Diving squad. He then joined DACA’s Senior Select group to train for the 2016 season with De Anza College this past spring where he swam 3 life time best records at the 2016 Coast Conference Championships placing 6th in the 100 Butterfly and 200 Backstroke, and 5th in the 200 Butterfly finals. He will continue to compete in the coming years, hoping to represent his country of birth at the international level, as he continues going to school as a full time Mechanical Engineering major and coaching at DACA.
Coach Adrian’s renewed love and passion for competitive swimming in recent times is the legacy that he hopes to pass on to his swimmers, along with the understanding that developing good habits, employing an unparalleled work ethic, and embracing their accomplishments will lead them to live fulfilling lives in and out of the pool.
A Bay Area native, Coach Ray Laughlin brings 24 years of coaching experience to the DACA Competitive Coaching Staff. Coach Ray begin his coaching career with the Pinole Seals in 1986 before moving on to coach at Valley Vista from 1989-1991. 2001-2008 marked Coach Ray’s first stint with DACA, before spending 7 years as an age group coach at Burlingame Aquatic Club, and returning to DACA in 2015.
As a swimmer himself, Coach Ray competed for the Pinole Seals from 1974-1987, excelling as a breaststroker. He went on to earn his Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from San Francisco State University in 1992.
Ray coaches his athletes with the philosophy that “If they have fun they will come again tomorrow. If they come again tomorrow, they will get better.” Coach Ray resides in San Bruno with his wife (Michelle), two children (Gabrielle, 19, and Jack, 10), two dogs (Copper and Soxx), and cat (Zoomer).
A former DACA Swimmer, Coach Mike Dellamano brings a unique perspective, as well as collegiate experience to the competitive coaching staff. As a DACA student-athlete from 1994 - 2001, Mike was a member of the National Group for three years, competing for Coach Pete Raykovich. He was an elite level high school swimmer, capturing the 2001 Team MVP award at St. Francis High School, following a 3rd place finish in the 100 Butterfly at the CCS Championship and contributing to the National High School Record setting 200 Freestyle Relay. As a senior, Mike also served as the 2001 Lancer's Team Captain.
After graduating from St. Francis, Mike attended Boston College as a member of the Men's Swimming & Diving Team. He was a standout both in the water and the classroom, earning student-athlete honor role distinction, and finishing as a Top-16 finalist at the Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference Championship.
Prior to joining the DACA Competitive Staff, Mike spent 2 years as the Head Varsity Boys and Girls Swimming Coach at Brookline High School (Massachusetts). As Head Coach at Brookline, Mike implemented highly successful training programs for both varsity teams. He was also involved with Charles River Aquatics as an Associate Swim Coach and
Assistant Aquatics Director. Mike brings an infectious energy to the pool deck and believes that focused workouts along with a fun environment are the key to success in the water.
With over 30 years of coaching experience ranging from Age Group to Masters, Coach Bill brings a wealth of knowledge to the DACA Program.
Prior to joining the DACA Staff, Coach Bill was owner and Head Coach at Rio Mesa Swim Club in Ventura County, California from 2004-2017. While with Rio Mesa, Bill worked with swimmers age 5-22, developing successful student-athletes at all age levels. His athletes included JO Finalists and Champions, CIF Finalists, Sectional Qualifiers, and an Olympic Trials qualifier. Coach Bill developed student athletes who went on to swim in the NCAA at the Division I, II, and III levels, including an NCAA Division III event finalist and champion. Prior to his time with Rio Mesa, Bill was Interim Head Coach and Age Group Coach at Pleasant Valley Swim Team (Camarillo, California) from 2003-2004, Assistant Head Coach/Head Age Group Coach/Masters Coach at Buenaventura Swim Club (Ventura, California) from 2000-2002, and Head Coach at Temecula Swim Club (Temecula, California) from 1998-2000.
Coach Bill has worked with several Masters Clubs as well, including Lynbrook Masters (San Jose, California) from 1997-1998, Pacific Athletic Club (San Carlos, California) from 1992-1996, and Los Altos Masters (Los Altos, California) from 1989-1993. His time with Los Altos Masters was particularly successful. As Head Coach and Program Director, Bill managed over 350 swimmers. Los Altos Masters were crowned USMS Short Course Division II Champions in 1993 and included 10 masters world record holders.
Coach Bill is a native of the Bay Area, competing as a student-athlete with Santa Clara Swim Club and San Jose Aquatics. A High School All-American and 4 year Varsity Letter winner at Bellarmine College Preparatory, Coach Bill earned a Bachelor of Science degree from San Jose State University. When not on the DACA Pool Deck, Bill is a masters swimmer, stamp collector, chess player, and auto/motorcycle enthusiast.
Coach Alberto joind DACA in December and is very excited to start coaching the Senior Select group in Saratoga.
He started swimming at age 4 and went through all the competitive swimming levels available including college swimming and master swimming. He still swims with the master swimming. Coach Alberto is a active triathlete. He as been supporting all the dry-land activities for the team for the past few years.
He lives in Cupertino and with is wife and kids Diana and Cristian.
Bio coming soon!
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