Meet our Coaches
We're passionate about swimming and empower people to become stronger swimmers.
Coach Monica Haddad
Monica brings over 20 years of swimming experience to Temescal in addition to teaching psychical education to Bay Area students. She 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 strong work ethic.
Coach Dirk Dino
Dirk 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 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 physical education 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 at the TEME pool. Okay, maybe third if you add eating snacks on deck with 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's 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's 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.
Coach Nkosazana Nkulueko
Nkosazana Nkululeko is an Oakland native whose love for swimming began at Defremery pool where she took her first strokes. Her passion for swimming continued to grow as she swam competitively from the age of 8 through college. In addition to being a part-time coach at Temescal, she is also a coach for the Oakland Undercurrents, the swim team that she swam for from 8 through high school. Sharing the sport of swimming with others truly brings Nkosazana joy. Not only is swimming a life skill but it is a sport that we can continue to enjoy for the rest of our lives.