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Palm Desert Coaching Staff


 

Head Coach

Mitch Gold

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Mitch was named the Head Coach of the Palm Desert Swim Club in March, 2016

Over the past 4 years Mitch has been the Assistant Head Coach of the Palm Desert Swim Club and has over 15 years of experience successfully coaching athletes of all ages and abilities. As an age group swim coach he has guided dozens of swimmers to the Junior Olympic/Southern California Level. Coach Mitch is an American Swimming Coaches Association (ASCA) Level 3 Coach 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.

During a breakout season in 2015, Mitch proudly took four athletes to the Southern California Swimming Club Championships earning two medals (Erin Shen/50 breast and Lucas Brunett/50 back with a National Top Ten Time). Mitch also had 8 swimmers qualify for the Winter Junior Olympics in 41 events and earned 12 medals, including the crowning of a Junior Olympic Champion in the 100 IM (Lucas Brunett).Mitch also took 19 of athletes to the June Age Group Championships and Summer Junior Olympics.

Mitch brings a wealth of coaching experience to PDSC. Before joining the PDSC staff, Mitch filled the Head Age Group Coach with the Palm Springs Piranhas. Mitch also served as Head Coach for Palm Desert High School Boys Team.

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.

Mitch is retired Marine Officer and University of Maryland graduate, currently pursuing a M.S. in Sports Psychology from California Southern University.

Tom Burbank

Assistant Coach

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Tom came on board as an Assistant Coach in May, 2016.  He is retiring in June after spending the previous 25 years as a high school social studies teacher with the Desert Sands Unified School District.  During four of those years, he served as the president of the Desert Sands Teachers Association.  In 2016 he coached the JV swimmers (both boys and girls) for Palm Desert High School.

Prior to his career in public education, Tom spent 15 years as a swimming coach, literally from Maine to California, and is an ASCA Level 3 certified coach.  His successful experience includes being head coach of two club teams, head age group coach of a third, and head coach of three high school teams.  His swimmers competed at local, state, regional, and national levels.  His teams have won state championships, and individual athletes training with him have gone on to become national collegiate champions.  At every turn, Tom has been involved in the administration of the sport as well as the advancement of the coaching profession.  Between 1988-90, he served as the first National Director of ASCA’s SwimAmerica program.  He also was selected to the coaching staff of the Southern California Swimming Western Zone team in 1986.

Before becoming a coach, Tom swam competitively on interscholastic, club, and intercollegiate teams, specializing in middle-distance freestyle, breaststroke, and individual medley events.  He is a 1975 graduate of Union College, Schenectady, New York, where he earned a B. A. in Political Science and was captain of the swimming team.  He was born and raised in South Portland, Maine.  Tom is married to Julia Alberg-Burbank, with whom he shares six children and stepchildren as well as three grandchildren.

Bob Krom

Assistant Coach

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Ann-Britt Holm

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Board of Directors

Julie Brunett

Director-President

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Jennifer Carlsson

Director-Vice President

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Shay Funk

Director-Secretary

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Mitch Gold

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Bryan Ozur

Parent Representative

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