Diversity Coach Mentorship Program

The USA Swimming Diversity Coach Mentorship Program focuses on active coaches that are from or serve underrepresented populations. The program is designed to further develop coaching skills and expertise. Coaches muse be USA Swimming members and have shown a commitment to the sport, as well as a desire to improve in their role. Applicants are reviewed by the USA Swimming Diversity and Inclusion staff.

To access the application click here.

For questions about the program email diversitycoachmentorship@usaswimming.org.



Helen Garcia – Head Coach – Albany Armada, Albany, CA. 

“It is amazing to have the support of USA Swimming and the mentoring program is making it easier for the next generation of minorities coaches,” said Garcia. “Swimmers need to see you in themselves and growing up I had both minority and female coaches who I aspired to be like and now that I’m in their position, I’m using coaching to give back to a sport that has given me so much.”



Felipe Cortes – Associate Head Coach, JCC Aquatic Club, Birmingham, AL.  Felipe Cortes

Coach Felipe is originally from Mexico, but calls Birmingham, Al home. He is a graduate from the University of Memphis with a B.S. in Exercise Science. Felipe began his coaching career in 2005 and has included time with Memphis Tiger Swimming as Associate Head Coach, Germantown Swim Team as Head Age Group Coach, Windyke Country Club Swim Team as Head Coach, and several middle and high school swim teams in the Memphis, TN Area. He has worked with Tennessee and Alabama state finalists, age group sectional finalists, senior sectional qualifiers, and junior national qualifiers. Felipe has been selected to coach for the Southeastern Zone All-Star team in 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016. He was also selected to be on the coaching staff of the 2016 Central Zone Diversity Camp. Felipe has also been involved with LSC governance as Age Group Chair for Southeastern Swimming in 2016. He is currently coaching at JCC Aquatic Club in Birmingham, AL


Jarod Hunte – Head Coach – Makos Swim Team, Valparaiso, ID.

Joe Turner – Head Coach – Neptune Aquatics, Detroit, MI.

Christiane Angelo – Associate Head Coach – Neptune Aquatics, Detroit, MI.

Felipe Cortes- Associate Head Coach- JCC Aquatic Club, Birmingham, AL.

Eddie Kim- Head Coach- Morningstar Swim Club, Long Beach, CA.

Mario Peggins- Assistant Coach- Morningstar Swim Club, Long Beach, CA.

Jose DeJesus Aguirre- Assistant Coach- Morningstar Swim Club, Long Beach, CA.


Justin Correia – Head Coach – South West Stars, Orlando, FL.

Beth Winkowski – Associate Head Coach – Dynamo Swim Club, Atlanta, GA.

Ash Milad – Head Coach – King Aquatic Club, Seattle, WA.

Kevin Zacher- Head Coach- Scottsdale Aquatic Club, Scottsdale, AZ.

Fernando Canales- Head Coach, Pitchfork Aquatics, Tempe, AZ.

Once applications are submitted and reviewed, a screening process takes place, which could include multiple meetings and practice observations, the qualified coaches are selected for an on-site visit with a mentor coach. The on-site mentoring is facilitated by a USA Swimming D&I staff member. Variations of how the program is administered are considered, but the program typically begins with a Thursday afternoon meeting followed by shadowing of all the mentor coach's practices from Thursday through Saturday, as well as office time. At the conclusion of the on-site visit the mentee coach receives additional post program follow up visits and program observations from USAS staff.


Feedback from this program has been very positive, with all participating coaches reporting gains in both knowledge and confidence. Post program observations from USA Swimming staff include improvements in organization, technical knowledge, and structure of practices. If you have any questions or to send completed applications, please email: diversitycoachmentorship@usaswimming.org.

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