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Helen Salcedo Garcia

Head Coach

A University of California, Berkeley graduate, Helen competed at the National level as a youth swimmer. Her highest achievement came in the 200 breaststroke where she was ranked among the top 100 in the world and qualified for Olympic Trials in 1992. Helen was recruited by Coach Teri Mckeever at the University of California, Berkeley and earned a scholarship to swim for Cal. Under Coach Mckeever, the head coach of the 2012 US Olympic swimming team, Helen trained and competed at Cal for four years 1994-1997. As a senior Helen was elected team captain and led her team to an NCAA top 10 finish. As her swimming career ended her coaching career began and led the Cal Aquatics Masters Team in Berkeley for five years as head coach. After coaching masters Helen moved on to coach youth athletes for the Piedmont Swim Team (PST) and Piedmont High School Team. Helen built a competitive program at PST and raised the level of competition at Piedmont. Helen has coached athletes that have gone on to swim competitively at the college level at Amherst, Cornell, UCLA, UC Santa Cruz Tufts and Wesleyan University. In 2008 Helen earned a Master’s Degree from the University of California, Berkeley in Education and in 2011-2016 operated a summer swim school in Oakland, Helen’s Happy Swim School. Coach Helen works with the Mini Blue, Blue & Gold Group Swimmers.

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Jesus Salcedo

Head Age Group Coach

A Cal State East Bay graduate, Jesus studied human development specializing in children ages 9-14. Jesus grew up swimming and playing water polo in Southern California and has been coaching and training swimmers for over 12 years. As a coach with the Orinda Country Club Jesus coaches the 10&under swimmers and has helped lead the team to 12 OMPA championship titles. Jesus joined the coaching staff with his sister Helen Garcia at the Piedmont Swim Team and has been instrumental in developing and elevating the competitive nature of the program. Jesus was selected as Head Coach of the developmental All Star Team and has presented at USA Diversity and American Swim Coach Association Clinics. Coach Jesus works with the Mini Blue, Blue Group & Junior Group.

Assistant Coach, Dan McGarry
A Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo graduate, Dan competed for 3 years earning NCAA Div II National times. During college Dan began his coaching career with a Summer league team in the Marin Swim League. After college, Dan was the head coach of San Mateo Aquatics Club and Aragon High School Men’s and Women’s coach for 10 years. Where his swimmers earned 9 High School All American honors, 43 USS National Reportable times and 5 Junior National finalist. Dan moved on to the business world where he still managed to coach 3 different summer league teams and from 2000 thru 2018 worked with the Berkeley High Swim team as a volunteer coach. Coach Dan leads the Yellow and Navy Groups.

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Dan McGarry

Assistant Coach

A Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo graduate, Dan competed for 3 years earning NCAA Div II National times. During college Dan began his coaching career with a Summer league team in the Marin Swim League. After college, Dan was the head coach of San Mateo Aquatics Club and Aragon High School Men’s and Women’s coach for 10 years. Where his swimmers earned 9 High School All American honors, 43 USS National Reportable times and 5 Junior National finalist. Dan moved on to the business world where he still managed to coach 3 different summer league teams and from 2000 thru 2018 worked with the Berkeley High Swim team as a volunteer coach. Coach Dan leads the Yellow and Navy Groups.

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Tim Wisniewski

Strength & Conditioning Coach

Timothy Wisniewski has over 25 years of professional experience with a Masters Degree in Health Education and a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Physiology/ Physical Education. Tim is nationally certified by; NSCA (National Strength and Conditioning Association) as a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS), USAWL as a USA weightlifting club coach and by TRX suspension training systems. “Foundation Training”, and “Animal Flow” certifications have been essential in maintaining athletic mobility, strength and “healthy tension”. Tim has taught lifetime fitness strategies to children/ adolescents in and out of public schools for 25 years. Whether teaching sport-specific workshops, large groups, or personal training one-on-one, Tim knows the importance of creating a safe/dynamic and engaging learning environment. In the corporate sector, Tim has infused this approach with companies such as; Academy Award winning local Animation Studios, Kaiser Permanente, F’real Foods, and Albany Armada Aquatics . Check the Albany Armada Aquatics calendar for upcoming workshops from Tim! Coach Tim works with the Navy & Gold Groups.

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Carol Nip

Armada Masters Head Coach

Carol Nip works with all kinds of swimmers in achieving fitness and competitive goals through USA-Swimming, High School and US Masters Swimming. As Team Manager and Interim Head Coach of USA-S team, BEAR 2006-2011, Carol has experience with team management, organizing swim meets and coaching kids. Head Coach of high school teams, 2008-2017, resulting in five college swimmers, Carol has developed a passion for coaching teenagers. Head Masters Coach of Albany Armada Aquatic Masters, 2012-to-date, Carol has experience bringing forth an adult swim team from zero existence to a 4th place finish at the 2018 SCM championships with fitness, new competitive and college swimmers. She has to pinch herself with recognition for her work with these awards: 2017 Pacific Masters Coach of the Year, 2018 Kerry O’Brien Award, and 2018 June Krauser Communications Award presented to the Pacific Masters team of Update Editors. Carol’s cup runs over with gratefulness for swim. Coach Carol works with Armada Masters Group.

Jessica Getz

Billing Clerk

Locations

Albany Aquatic Center

Albany Aquatic Center located adjacent to Albany Memorial Park on the Albany High School campus.

1311 Portland Avenue, Albany, California, US