Senior Gold, National
Jack Roach joined TIDE fulltime in January 2017 as Head Coach and Senior Program coach. Jack has over 35 years of coaching experience and is perhaps one of the most accomplished and experienced coaches in USA Swimming. Throughout his long coaching career, Jack has gained experience at every level of swimming – club, age group and senior, college, the USA National and USA National Junior Teams, and the USA Olympic team in 2008, 2012, and 2016.
Jack Roach, a former beach lifeguard and Marine, served as Head Age Group and Junior National coach at Mission Bay Aquatics from 1986-1990 alongside legendary coach Mark Schubert. Together they won nine national team titles from 1986-1989. Jack served as an Assistant coach at the University of Texas women's swimming team from 1990-2000. The UT women won two national championships and were runner up once during his tenure as Assistant coach. Simultaneously, he served as Head Coach and Director of the USA Swimming Club Texas Aquatics in Austin, Texas. Jack coached from 2003-2008 in Mexico as Head Coach and Aquatics Director at La Loma Centro Deportivo. He coached the Mexico National Team and also hosted top international coaches and swimmers for training camps at La Loma. In 2008 Jack was named the National Junior Team Program Director at USA Swimming. Talk with any of the top US coaches and they will point to the creation, administration and execution of this National Junior Team concept as a key to the United State's success in London and Rio.
In preparation for the 2016 Rio Olympics, Jack moved into a role working exclusively to help prepare the coaches and athletes as the Consultant of Athlete and Coach Relations. As SwimVortex.com wrote:
"In the ranks of the quiet contributors to surround-success in swimming, there's a man called Jack Roach, who has led a USA juniors tour and training program for several years – and now has a role doing what he's so good at doing: talking to talent and mentors one-on-one, telling it like it is, honesty harnessed not as a challenge but as a strength."
Team USA's performance in Rio speaks for itself and the role every coach and athlete played, including Jack Roach. Ask any Olympian and they will attest to the key role Jack plays in developing elite swimmers.
Age Group Silver
Coach Sandra Jones founded TIDE Swim Team in 1988 and since that time has been involved in every aspect and level of TIDE Swimming. As Associate Head Coach all TIDE programs benefit from Sandra's wealth of experience in club coaching. Sandra has a special talent for developing quality stroke mechanics at any age. She is able to receive information at an elite level and present information back to swimmers in an age appropriate learning environment. Sandra began TIDE's Stroke Academy for that very purpose. Her team goal is to build a superior age group program that best prepares TIDE athletes for high levels of competitive swimming.
Sandra received a Master's degree in Education (exercise science) from the University of Pittsburgh where she served as an assistant coach for the Women’s Swimming and Diving team. As a student athlete at Penn State University, she was a 4-time Division I All-American.
Senior Gold, National
Coach Richard joined Tide in August 2016. Born in Iowa, he grew up in southern California and swam for the Mission Viejo Nadadores. Richard went on to the University of California at Berkeley and swam for the men’s team from 2004 – 2008. After graduation, Richard joined the staff at Mission Viejo and coached in various capacities from novice to all levels and ages between 8 and 18. Richard primarily served as the 13/14 Division Director, National Team Assistant Coach, and Dryland Programming Director.
“I coach because I am passionate about helping young people discover their own path and goals in life. I feel blessed to be able to help them find enjoyment in the process, not just the end result. “
Age Group Gold
"The key is not the will to win. Everybody has that. It is the will to prepare to win that is important." Bobby Knight
Lead Coach Chesapeake
Great Bridge / Hickory
Coach Abbey joined Tide in August 2016. Abbey was born and raised in southern California and spent as much time as she could in the water! She started swimming for a community club when she was five years old and continued on to swim for her high school varsity team and for Saddleback College. In high school, she began teaching swim lessons and fell in love with the sport in a whole new way. Before coming to Tide, Abbey worked as a lead age group coach for the Mission Viejo Nadadores from 2010-2015. During her time with the Nadadores Abbey realized that a coach’s job isn’t simply to build an athlete, but to help mold a full person. Abbey’s favorite thing about coaching is seeing the development of each individual.
Discovery Program Lead
“The quality of a person’s life is in direct proportion to their commitment to excellence, regardless of their chosen field of endeavor.”
"…The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; … and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat."
Age Group Bronze