In 2007, he left his home country in order to pursue his goal in becoming a great swimming coach. He has a total of 12 years of coaching experience; 4 years in Japan and 7 years in the US. His passion for swimming and his cultural awareness makes him a unique and creative minded coach. In the few years that he has been here, he has adapted to the diverse coaching and managing styles of the American culture. His willingness to stand by the poolside 365 days shows his love and dedication to help his swimmers improve and overcome their challenges.
He has a special working visa that no one normally gets because one needs to get approval from the government. He is the only coach from abroad who is a H1-b visa holder also working at a swim club legally in USA. Kohei did not know any English when he moved to the United States. Now he can talk to everyone fluently. You will be surprised to know how much he was challenged to add English as a second language.
He appreciates all of the coaches who trust him by giving him the opportunity to coach the varsity group for the past 5 years. In addition to his responsibilities as the varsity group coach, he will continue to be the assistant to all coaches - Tony, Tisha, Carlene, Janet, Hilary and PASA pro team during the 2016 season. He will also be supporting all of Rinconada‘s programs this season.
Kohei is a fun and humorous guy with a lot of passion for swimming. He enjoys socializing with his Japanese and American friends during the weekends. He often attends BBQs and goes to the popular ramen joints in the bay area. He also enjoys watching mixed martial arts and professional wrestling and has an ever-growing collection of sneakers. He is married to his Japanese wife and they had their first baby this year. His son was born here, in the USA and his name is Kento. Kento is an American citizen!
Congratulations to everyone as PASA pulled out an exciting finish to win this year's SC Far Western Championships this past weekend in Morgan Hill. We finished just 20 points ahead of Irvine Nova and Santa Clara was third.
Individual Finalists from Rinconada were
9-10 - Olivia Watson and Ryan Kim
11-12 - Sophia Balmaceda, Aaron Kuo, David Shau, Kelvin Tay
13-14 - Maegan Rudolph, Michelle Simpson, Vicky Wong, Kenny Joseph, Michael Ma
15-16 - Kindle Van Linge, Heidi Katter, Elee Wong, Lindsay Miller, Daichi Matsuda, Joe Molinari, Jeremy Babinet
17-18 - Ally Howe, Maddie Pont, Masha Toulokhonova, Andrew Liang, Willy Lee
Many others came and swam relays to add more points. We also had many new team and meet records, new time standards, and best times. Kindle Van Linge was a high point winner, but I don't know if we had others as the results aren't posted yet.
A full list of swim results can be found here http://www.pacswim.org/1304fwchamps.htm. パサのサイトより
Tonight's Champions Andrew Liang - 17-18 200 Fly - 1:48.44 - New Meet Record, also under the record in 100 back, but 2nd Jenna Campbell - 15-16 200 Fly Daichi Matsuda - 15-16 200 Fly Aaron Kuo - 11-12 100 IM Heidi Katter - 15-16 100 Back Joe Molinari - 15-16 100 Back
13-14 Girls 200 Medley Relay - and new Team Record Vicky Wong, Hana Brett, Meagan Rudolph, Claire Lin
10/Under Boys 200 Medley Relay - new Team Record by 4 seconds! Chris Cook, Ryan Kim, Guy Zamir, Jerry Yang
Sorry the results for the later relay are not up yet.
Great Job everyone! One more night to GO PASA!!! パサの速報メールより