Head Coach: Senior Gold / Blue Seniors
Patrick is originally from Kent, Ohio and grew up swimming in the Northeast Ohio area. He was a member of a Prep School All-American 400 Freestyle Relay team as well as a High School Academic All-American. Upon graduation from Johns Hopkins in 1992, where he swam and played water polo, he became an assistant for the NCAA National oriented men's and women's swimming programs as well as men's water polo. While at JHU he became the Head Assistant Swimming Coach in charge of the distance group and Aquatics Director.
Also at this time Patrick began assisting Ted Bresnahan at the Goucher Branch of GBSA and two years later with the Catonsville Branch. In the fall of 1999 Patrick took the role of Head Coach for GBSA South. In his time at the Catonsville Branch (which became the sole GBSA site in 2001) the program has grown considerably in numbers as well as having increasingly greater successes in the pool. His program is built around technique improvement and a flexible, positive environment in which athletes may choose to commit more and more time to the sport as their desire grows. Each year the club improves in all aspects of operation and continues to provide an excellent place for development of talent.
We as a coaching staff look to encourage each swimmer to become the best they can be and take what is most positive from the sport of swimming. We hope to see greater numbers of GBSA swimmers dedicating themselves to excellence and help them attain higher and higher levels of accomplishment. This is done by constantly trying to achieve perfection in competitive swimming skills in all levels of athlete, from the 6-year-old novice to the 17-year-old Sectional qualifier. As the athletes become increasingly excited about their improvements they naturally want to dedicate more of their time for even better results.
Assistant Coach: Blue Junior
Sara began swimming competitively at age 8 and she swam through her senior year of high school. Sara has been coaching since 1992. She is a Level 2 ASCA certified coach and has also been trained as a Red Cross WSI. She has coached for USS, CMSL, IAAM and Masters teams.
Sara loves swimming and strives to provide an atmosphere of encouragement for swimmers to help better refine their techniques, build endurance, learn from past experiences and improve competitive performances. She believes in starting with small, fundamental elements and building upon that foundation with the goal of helping swimmers persevere to reach their fullest potential. Sara enjoys coaching and looks forward to gaining more knowledge and experience while promoting team unity and encouraging swimmers to strive to meet their goals.
Assistant Coach: White I
Michael Brocenos began swimming competitively at age 8 for the Hammond Park Stingrays in the Central Maryland Swim League where he returned to coach for a short in summers between college. He swam for a brief period at the collegiate level as well for Franklin & Marshall College. GBSA is proud to have Michael back, as he swam for GBSA during his high school years.
He focuses on technique improvement as a base to build upon, while stressing hard work, dedication, and perseverance. By developing and achieving goals he believes swimmers can have fun and remain passionate about swimming.
Assistant Coach: Minis
This is Kellian’s second year at GBSA. Previously she coached at the Taylor Village Tigerfish summer swim team. She is a lifelong swimmer, joining her first swim team at age 5.
As the Mini coach, her main focus is to help swimmers enjoy and love swimming while learning good technique, gaining endurance, and improving speed. She enjoys working with younger swimmers and helping them find success and challenges at practice and competitions.