The Terrapins boast one of the most experienced coaching staff’s in the United States. The team has consistently ranked as one of USA Swimming’s best Club teams and has earned the prestigious GOLD MEDAL status numerous times. There are very few teams in the USA, if any, which can show the consistency of excellence and consistency of coaching than the Terrapins. Most coaches on the staff have been coaching together for over 20 years, an impossible feat in these days of "team jumping”. This is what sets the Terrapins apart from most USA Swimming clubs; A consistent staff, philosophy and program for over 20 years. Our coaching staff has the experience of years and years, having developed thousands and thousands of young men and women. This level of experience is quite unique in our sport and the main reason the Terrapins remain a force in American swimming. Most of our swimmers go on to compete in College and have become some of the United States premier collegiate swimmers, with most on College Scholarships.
There is NO substitute for experience and our results speak for themselves.
Ray has coached for 44 years at all levels of competitive swimming; USA Swimming, High School, Collegiate and summer league. He formed the Terrapins Swim team in 1989. Ray was the USA Swimming Developmental Coach of the Year for 1998, 1999 and 2003 and the Pacific Swimming Coach of the Year in 1998 and 2003. He has coached National Champions such as Kate Dwelley, Lauren Rogers, Laura Davis, Natalie Coughlin and International Champions Andrei Minakov and Alexei Sancov. His swimmers have qualified for USA Swimming National "A” and "B” teams, World Championships, Pan Am games, World University Games, Pan Pacific Games and Goodwill Games teams. Since 1989 his teams have racked up over 32 top ten finishes at the Junior and Senior National levels, winning National titles in 1997 and 2000. He has developed over 195 High School All-Americans, over 360 NAG ranked swimmers and many National, International and Olympic trial finalists. He has served as the Head Women’s coach for the USA National Junior team, coached numerous USA World Cup teams and also served on the USA Swimming Club Excellence task force and the Athlete Tracking task force. Ray administrates the club’s business affairs, directs the International program, helps on the team’s Sports Science Program and works with College placement and recruiting. He and his wife Cindy have a son, Chase.
Coach Reed joined the Terrapins staff as a full time coach in 2004, and has been Head Age Group Coach of the team since 2009. Doug began teaching swimming and coaching at the age of 16 with swim programs for the Pleasant Hill Park & Recreation District. He has received awards from the Mayor of Pleasant Hill and the Pleasant Hill City council for his outstanding work with the youth of their community. Also, before coaching with the Terrapins, Doug was head coach of College Park High School for 6 years and during this time he was awarded boys coach of the year in 2004 by the Contra Costa Times. Doug attended Cal Poly San Luis Obispo where he majored in Physical Education & Kinesiology, and was a member of the Men's Swim Team. Doug was not only an experienced competitive swimmer but also an Elite gymnast for many years. Doug has made a tremendous impact at the club with his swimmers showing consistent and rapid improvement in their skill level and times. Coach Reed is the consummate professional who approaches his duties in a very serious and organized fashion. He expects his swimmers to be dedicated and focused in pursuit of their individual goals. Doug is a great "stroke coach” and has the reputation for maximizing each swimmers skill level in a fun, challenging and exciting program. Doug has developed some of the top age group swimmers in Pacific Swimming, such as Justin Lynch, and numerous top ten NAG swimmers, Far Western Champions, Zone and PC All stars, Junior and Senior National qualifiers, and Olympic Trials qualifiers.
Dan Cottam has been coaching for 20 years at the USS club, recreational, and high school level. Dan was the co-founder for the Diablo Aquatics Devil Rays where coached for 7 months (June 2015- December 2015). Dan was also the co-founder/Head Coach for the Crow Canyon Sharks (2005-2015). Dan led the Sharks to 5 Silver Medal National Club Excellence Awards (2010-2014) and 1 Bronze Medal National Club Excellence Award (2015). In addition, coaching accomplishments include: coached at 2 Olympic Trials (2008,2012) and had a semi-finalist in each one, a Top 5 Team finish at the 2011 and 2012 Short Course Junior National Championships, multiple individual Junior National Champions and a Junior National Record breaking 400 Medley Relay Team, a LC Sectional Team Title and Coach of the Meet (2014), a Far Western Team title (2010 LC), multiple Top 3 Team finishes at Short Course Far Westerns, 5 Junior Olympic Team titles (3 Short Course, 2 Long Course), multiple individual Pacific Record breakers and relay record breakers, multiple individual/relay Far Western and Junior Olympic Champions, and has prepared 70 kids to swim at the college level. Dan also served as Pacific Swimming All-Star Coach in 2008 and Head Coach in 2009. Dan has also been nominated for Pacific Swimming Senior and Age Group Coach of the year. Dan was Co-Head Coach of the Crow Canyon Sea Lions summer team and helped lead them to Contra Costa County titles from 2005-2008. Additionally, Dan was the Athletic/Aquatic Director for Crow canyon Country Club (2004-2015). Previously, Dan served as the Head Coach of the men's and women's swim teams at Acalanes High School in Lafayette (2005-2007). Dan directed the Dons' squads to Top 10 finishes in the of North Coast Section all 3 years (3rd place with Men's Team in 2007). Dan began his coaching career with LMYA Swim Team where he was an Assistant Coach for 2 years and then Head Coach from 2002-2004. The East Bay native started swimming at 5 years old (Forrest Park Swim Club) and began year round swimming with the Terrapins at 9 years old and continued with them through college (14 years, 1986-2001). At the Terrapins Dan was a Junior National qualifier in the Distance Freestyle events.
Cindy started working with kids as an Assistant Yard Supervisor at North Creek Academy. She also Organized sports and activities for students during breaks as well as, organized parents for volunteer duties. She continued her work with children in Texas as a Paraprofessional, Teacher Assistant at Brewster Elementary School working as an English and math assistant and was in charge of the CEI Dyslexia program at Brewster. Cindy began as a swim coach at the University of Texas Pan Am as a on deck manager for the Learn to Swim program of the new Aquatics Department. She also was an age group coach for the Bronc Aquatics team at UTPA. Cindy is the Terrapins Administrative Director and handles membership,social events, team communication, team travel, LTS outreach and the TERA business Office.
Justine Trimble has been swimming for 10 years and coached for 3 years. Justine joined Terrapins staff in 2015. Prior to coaching at Terrapins, Justine taught swim lessons to children of all ages as well as adults all starting at the age of 13. Justine attended Clayton Valley and swam her freshman year. While swimming on Dana Hills Swim team Justine broke three individual records for IM and butterfly. At the age of 14 Justine won the County Championship Meet as high point winner, Justine was also a high point winner for the City Championship Meet ‘08 ‘09 ‘10 ‘11. Justine has had a love and passion for swimming from a very young age. Justine believes in teaching proper technique and passing down stroke knowledge to children is the foundation for swimming. Justine was born and raised in Clayton, California. Justine has two dogs Otis and Lola.
Coach Oleg has been coaching swimming for over 30 years. He has taught all levels of swimmers from novice to professional. Oleg joined the Terrapins staff in 2013. Before coaching Terrapins, Oleg had been teaching small youth groups and on on one lessons. Oleg attend the University of Moscow and has a Bachelors of Science degree in Kinesiology and Athletic Coaching. Oleg swam at Nationals at the age of 17th in the former Soviet Union and has placed 2nd in 200 meter Butterfly, being the youngest swimmer on the team. Oleg has a passion for coaching swimmers. He believes that everyone should know how to swim before they learn how to walk. Oleg immigrated from Moldova in 1996 and has lived in the Bay Area since. Oleg currently resides in Concord and is married and has 2 children, 1 dog and 1 cat.