Our Coaches

 

  Loren McCoy / Head Coach - Gold/Silver/Advanced Novice Coach

Loren is the husband to one (Maria) and father to three (Ian, Rachel and Roy Diego,) in 1978 he graduated from the University of Kentucky which he attended on a four year athletic scholarship for swimming. After college Loren was the Head Age Group Coach for the Coronado Swim Association from 1979-1981, he was the Guatemalan National Swimming Coach where he developed eight Guatemalan swimmers for the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles. Loren is also the 100th person to swim successfully from Catalina to the Coast of California in eighty years (SwimCatalina.org).

 

 Elissa Kirkland / Bronze Coach

Elissa Kirkland began competitively swimming later in life when she was 10 years old. She swam for Bloomington Barracudas and briefly for Redlands Swim Team. She swam competitively in high school for all 4 years and continued on in aquatics playing water polo at California State University, San Bernardino. Elissa was Head Coach for Colton High School Swim Team for 5 years before Grand Terrace High School was opened. Once GTHS opened, Elissa moved from teaching special education at Birney Elementary School to teaching Algebra at GTHS for students with disabilities. Elissa has been Head Coach at Grand Terrace High School for their swim team since they opened in 2012.

 

 Randy Souza / Weights and Dryland Coach

Randy served 34 years in the fire service and retired from Los Angeles Fire Department at the rank of captain. He received a bachelor's degree in professional studies from Long Beach State. He has also won the California mixed pairs bodybuilding championship, then moved on to take second in the national championships as well as second in the North American championships. Moved on to powerlifting and was more successful than bodybuilding. Winning all but 2 events ever competed in and ranked in the top 10 in California and the top 25 in the United States for a 220-pound class.