Long Beach State Masters provides high quality coaching and structured workouts so you can meet and exceed your fitness or competitive expectations.
Carri Cook- Coach
Carri Cook joins Long Beach State Masters from the Santa Barbara Aquatic Club, where she coached alongside Olympic open water swimmer Mark Warkentin. Carri graduated from UC Santa Barbara and swam four years with the NCAA DIV I UCSB Women's Swim Team. In addition to being a member of the team that won three consecutive Big West Conference titles. Carri was a Big West conference finalist in both the 100 and 200 breaststroke.
Originally from Orange County, California, Carri grew up swimming on Nova. She has over fifteen years of swimming experience and has coached children, adults, beginners, and champions. "Being able to engage, instruct, and motivate swimmers is such a rewarding experience. Coaching allows me the opportunity to be creative and develop a workout that swimmers enjoy, and want to be a part of. I love being able to push swimmers to their potential!" -Carri Cook
Carri has a Master's Degree in Sport Management from Cal State Long Beach. Carri has not only enjoyed the coaching side of swimming but has also enjoyed the event management of the sport working as the Assistant Meet Director for the MPSF and Men's Pac 12 Championship swim meets.
Kaia Hedlund- Coach
Kaia Hedlund has been with the Long Beach State Masters swimming program since 2001. She began competitively swimming when she was 8 and continued all the way through college where she was the USC women's swim team captain. While at USC, Kaia earned her B.A in Physical Education/Recreation and later earned her M.S in Physical Education/Sport Management at Cal State Fullerton in 1986. Kaia began her coaching career in 1978 at USC as the assistant coach for the women's swim team. In 1979 she took the head coaching position for the Los Alamitos Aquatic Association, and then went on to hold the position as the head coach for UCI women's swim team from 1980-84. In addition to her UCI coaching position, Kaia also began the UCI Masters swim program in Irvine California, where she served as the head coach from 1982-1984.
Outside of coaching, Kaia has been very involved in the aquatic industry. In 2004, she was Executive Director of the Long Beach Aquatics Festival and oversaw all aspects of the 2004 U.S Olympic trails. Kaia is currently the president and race director for the Waikiki Roughwater Swim Committee, Inc, as well as the director for Swim with Mike, an organization that raises scholarships funds for physically challenged athletes, and president of Kaico Sports. Kaia is very well known in the swimming world, and brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to LBSM.
Elissa Seitz - Coach
Elissa Seitz, comes to Long Beach State Masters from a long background in swimming. Originally from Palm Desert, CA , Elissa swam competitively for Piranha Swim team. In 2004, Elissa moved to Orange County to attend college at Vanguard University and a few years later began a career in coaching. She started out as a pre-competitive coach/ swim instructor teaching 3-6 months babies to adults how to swim efficiently, concentrating on proper stroke technique. Throughout her coaching career Elissa has transitioned through many different levels of swimming and is currently coaching several different level groups on a competitive age group team in Orange County.
Danny McClary- Coach
Danny McClary, joined Long Beach State Masters as an assistant coach in May, 2012, and has over fifteen years of swimming experience. Danny graduated from UC Santa Barbara, where he swam for four years on the UCSB Men’s Swim Team. A butterfly and individual-medley specialist, Danny competed in the 100-meter butterfly at the 2008 U.S. Olympic Trials, was the 2010 Big West Conference Champion in the 200-yard butterfly, and was a member of multiple conference-winning relay teams.
In addition to coaching for LBSM, Danny recieved his Master's Degree from CSULB in 2014 and currently works as a mechanical engineer at Boeing in Huntington Beach.
Tony Gale - Coach
Tony Gale, is a Southern California native and currently resides in Los Alamitos. He grew up Palos Verdes were he swam and played water polo with the Rolling Hills Titan. Tony attended the University of Southern California and received his undergraduate degree in Architecture, then went on to Loyola Marymount and received his graduate degree in Business.
Tony is now currently a licensed architect and works for Kaiser Permanente as a Sr. Manager for Capital Projects. Tony has over 20 years of experience swimming with masters, and has been coaching with Long Beach State Masters since 2008 and continues to enjoy the challenge of motivating swimmers at 5:30am.
Joe Del Rosario - Coach
Joe Del Rosario, a Long Beach State Masters assistant coach since 2008, brings over twenty years of swimming and lifeguarding experience to LBSM. Still an active participant in regional Masters swim meets, Joe has swam with various Masters programs including Westside YMCA, Cal Tech Masters, and SCAQ. Joe has experience coaching swimmers of multiple age groups, ranging from toddlers to adults.
In addition to coaching, Joe currently owns and manages his startup company, design HORIZON, and teaches design courses at CSULB and Art Center College of Design in Pasadena. Joe earned his BSME from UCLA and a BS from the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena.
Lexie Kelly - Coach
A former NCAA swimmer and a current world open water swimming record holder, Kelly profoundly understands the DNA of the aquatic world. After her successful pool swimming career, Kelly transferred her passion and talents to open water swimming after she moved to Long Beach, California. She is also a beach lifeguard for OC Lifeguards in Orange County, California. She was also the 25-29 age group winner of the 2012 SPMS Open Water Series in Southern California.
She holds two world open water swimming records - one from swimming from Cayman Brac to Little Cayman in the Cayman Brac Channel and one as part of the Long Beach Swim Focus Catalina Relay in October 2011 that set the overall Catalina Channel record of 6 hours 53 minutes 4 seconds. She also won the women's overall title at the 2013 U.S. Masters Swimming national 10 km open water swimming championships in Lake Mead, California.She was nominated for the 2012 World Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year award and is one of the top masters swimmers in the Go The Distance program at U.S. Masters Swimming. Kelly been coaching since 2010, and we are happy to have her on staff.
Michael Farrell - Coach