Meet our Coaches!
They are passionate about swimming and love empowering adults to become stronger swimmers.
Head Coach Dave Croushore
Coach Monica Haddad
I bring over 20 years of swimming experience to Temescal. I really love what I do and I am very happy for having the opportunity to work at Temescal.
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.
Head Coach Dave is an athletics junkie. A former collegiate All-American swimmer, sometimes triathlete, and avid crossfitter, Dave is obsessed with unlocking athletic potential in himself and others. When he's not at the pool or the gym, Dave is a start-up finance professional by day, and the father of 2 young boys.
Masters swimming is much more fun than high school, club and college swimming. There is no pressure. The only goals are to be fit and have fun!
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 Dirk Dino
Coach Jovel Quierolo
Growing up in the cold winters of Chicago, Illinois, Michelle swam competitively for 20 years on three teams, and dove in college. After a schedule like that, she won't be scared to bring the heat in the morning! Throughout her swimming career, coaches preached good form in all four strokes, and she has some cool drills up her sleeve to share.
Newly transplanted to Oakland after graduating from USC in 2017 with her Masters of Landscape Architecture, she worked previously as a Project Manager for Architectural development and is currently teaching 7th grade science. In her free time, Michelle enjoys all the out-doorsy stuff the Bay Area has to offer, including gardening and designing horticulturally. She lives with her fiancé and their bad cat in Adams Point.
Jovel is a high school chemistry teacher by day, and swim coach and swimmer by night! She loves 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.