13 and Over Advanced and Intermediate
11 and Over Intermediate
8 and Under Developmental
Masters Level 2 Coach
Coach Bob has over 17 years of coaching age group, high school and Masters swimmers.
In 2011 Coach Bob started the Palm Desert Swim Club with 12 swimmers. On the team's second anniversary the team had over 120 swimmers.
Coach Bob is committed to making the Palm Desert Swim Club an elite level team that will compete at all levels of amateur swimming while promoting the lifelong values of commitment, good sportsmanship, discipline and team work.
Asst. Head Coach
Head Age Group Coach
9/10 & 11/12 Advanced and Intermediate
11 and Over Developmental
Coach Mitch has a 15 year history of success coaching athletes of all ages and abilities. As an age group swim coach, he has guided dozens of swimmers to the Junior Olympic level including several finalist and a JO Age Group Champion/SCS Club Championship qualifier. Coach Mitch is an ASCA Level 3 Coach (pending athlete achievement to be certified) and a member of the Positive Coaching Alliance. Mitch brings an extensive background in physiology and sports psychology, as well as an elite level structured and positive coaching style to the Palm Desert Swim Club.
Mitch is retired Marine Officer and University of Maryland graduate, currently pursuing a M.S. in Sports Psychology
As an athlete with a National caliber running background, Coach Mitch is also a multiple USAT All-American, 13-time World Triathlon Championship Qualifier and two-time Armed Forces Champion of the World Triathlon Championships.
Assistant Coach - Senior
Coach Thomas comes to us from San Antonio, Texas where he coached high school and age group swimmers at the Alamo Area Aquatics Association.
During his coaching career he has been a part of a Junior National Team Championship, coached numerous Junior National Champions, UIL Champions, USA National Team Members, Olympic Trials qualifiers, a World Championship gold medalist and over 100 high school and collegiate All-Americans.
A lifetime member of the American Swimming Coaches Association and Instructor of the ASCA Stroke School, Coach Thomas has been nationally recognized with a Counsilman Creative Coaching Award. He has also written and published numerous articles in the areas of Coaching and Leadership.
Coach Thomas is a native of Oregon where he was a high school state champion, collegiate All-American and National Championship competitor in the freestyle. He also played collegiate water polo and holds a Master of Science degree from Southern Oregon University.
Coach Thomas is developing and implementing a plan for and training of the Club’s Senior Group and is also the Aquatics Director at Rancho Mirage High School.