Coaches

Coaches
BEAR swimmers practice under the guidance of experienced, United States Swimming certified coaches. Our coaches have all passed background checks, and safety courses, including Safety Training for Swim Coaches, and have been hand picked for their positive coaching style and stroke technique knowledge. All of our coaches are also Red Cross Water Safety Instructors.

We are pleased to present our coaching staff:

Blythe Lucero

Head Coach

Blythe Lucero grew up in Berkeley, California in a large athletic family. She swam competitively in her youth, achieving All-American status in college. As an adult, after introducing her own two children to the world of swimming, she rediscovered her own passion for the water, and found her calling as a coach. Over the past two decades, she has enjoyed working with swimmers of all ages, from novice to world class. As well as being the Head Coach of BEAR Swimming, she also oversees Berkeley Barracudas, and Berkeley Aquatic Masters. In addition, she manages the city of Berkeley’s King Pool, and trains Red Cross Water Safety Instructors. Beyond her time at the pool, she works as a professional graphic designer and is the author of five published books on swimming, including the best selling 100 Best Swimming Drills, now translated into three languages. Her other books are Technique Workouts, Shape Up Workouts, Challenge Workouts, and Masters Swimming – A Manual. Her next book, scheduled to be published in Fall 2011 is entitled Strength Training for Faster Swimming.

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YingYingYuan

Team Coach

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Pat Malaga

Team Coach

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Patrick Malaga is alongtime El Cerrito and U.S. Masters swimmer. A graduate of California College of the Arts in Architecture, Pat designs sound systems for the community through his local business, Sound Advice in El Sobrante.He is father of three sons, sharing his hobbies of swimming and drag racing with them.Pat tutors in the West County Unified School District, provides counsel to the De Anza High School Rotary Interact Club and he enjoys teaching swimmers as a Blue Group Coach. Wherever you may find Pat, you will find a smile and a kind word.

Andrew Alabanza

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