Meet our Coaches!
Our coaches are passionate about swimming
and love empowering adults to become stronger swimmers.
Coach Monica Haddad
Coach Monica brings over 20 years of swimming experience to Temescal in addition to teaching P.E. to students in the Bay Area. She really loves being on deck and is happy for having the opportunity to work with the swimmers of Temescal Aquatic Masters. Always upbeat, Monica inspires her swimmers with her humor and work ethic.
Coach Dirk Dino
Coach Jovel Quierolo
Jovel is a high school chemistry teacher by day, and swim coach and swimmer by night! They love going out with swim friends after practice to share food and laughs. In the summer, Jovel can be found swimming with fellow TEME-ians in lakes and the Bay, scoring points in open water competitions. Jovel loves long distance freestyle, and hates kicking.
Dirk Dino is life-long swimmer - swimming competitively from the age of 10 through his first year of college, and then several years of triathlons after college. He now swims with Teme, as well as coaching part-time at Teme and at a local fitness club. Dirk also dedicates several months a year to coaching Special Olympics swimming in Oakland.
Coach Dave Hussein
Dave Hussein has been swimming his entire life. Starting at seven years old, he was a competitive swimmer until graduating from high school. He has developed a multi-faceted career in aquatics that ranges from coaching high school P.E. swimming to managing and supervising pools and even lakes. An avid open water swimmer, Dave often can be found swimming in the Bay. On deck, he engages swimmers with his positive attitude and desire to share pointers about efficient stroke technique.
Coach Katherine Suyeyasu
Second only to being in the water, watching swimmers from the deck is a favorite for Katherine when at the TEME pool. Okay, maybe third if you add eating snacks on deck with fellow teammates after a good workout. Katherine enjoys learning from what she sees from the deck, sharing those observations with the swimmers she is coaching, and, once she is back in the water, playing around with how she might help a TEME swimmer improve or use what she has observed to improve her own stroke.
Being a part of TEME brings Katherine great joy. She is grateful to all of her teammates who, from her earliest years as a Tortuga, have inspired her and continue to support her growth as a swimmer.