2015 Clinic Registration & Welcome!

Dear Women In Coaching Clinic Supporters and Participants,

We would like to announce the opening of enrollment for this year’s clinic! We wanted to take this opportunity to highlight the benefits of clinics such as 2015’s Women in Coaching Clinic! We value the ability to network, ask questions, address specific community topics, and discuss issues that are affecting all of us, as both coaches and people.  Large and small group settings allow for relationships and mentoring that are harder and harder to find in the coaching world. This clinic will focus on making sure that those who attend the clinic leave with the feeling that they were as much an integral part of the clinic as the speakers and organizers, so come ready to participate!

This year’s clinic will feature a one and a half day format with in-the-water sessions where coaches can watch or participate in coaching and teaching swimmers across all levels. This year’s participants can also choose to work with our “learn to swim” presenters who will take small groups of very young swimmers and run through programming designed to teach the basics of the strokes to our most beginning level of swimmer. The 2015 WICC will also feature presenters opening up about their experiences, philosophies, and aspirations as they present forum talks on subjects that they truly value.

Our Highlighted Speakers:

  • Speedo Spotlight Speaker: Andi Kawamoto-Klatt (Irvine Nova Aquatics)
  • Master’s Track: Cokie Lepinski (USA Masters Swimming) speaking on “How to Form Your Own Venture”
  • Athlete Representative: Rachel Acker (PASA/University of California Berkeley)

Age Group Speakers:

  • Annie Stein (DACA) speaking on “Leadership Roles”
  • Carlene Takaki (PASA) speaking on “Creating the Team Dynamic You Want”


  • Dana Kirk (PASA)
  • Laura Mitchell (PASA)

2015: Spotlight on Andi Kawamoto-Klatt

2015 Speedo Spotlight Speaker, Andi Kawamoto-Klatt commits to 2015 Women In Coaching Clinic!

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The speakers for the 2015 Women In Coaching Clinic continue to commit and they are looking forward to meeting all of you at this year’s clinic. Speedo has a long history of supporting the best swimmers and coaches in the sport and continues its commitment to coaches’ education, training and recognition by sponsoring Nova Coach, Andi Kawamoto-Klatt’s talk at the 2015 Women In Coaching Clinic. Kawamoto-Klatt’s specialties exceed beyond working with kids in the water as she brings the knowledge and experience earned through a Master’s degree in Psychology to the pool every day as well as a background in Pilates as a certified instructor. We are so excited to listen toKawamoto-Klatt’s vision of the sport and how she, and the coaches at NOVA, are moving toward that vision!

2015: Spotlight on Cokie Lepinski

Cokie Lepinski, Head Coach of the Swymnut Masters has built two Masters teams from the ground up.

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Cokie writes regularly for U.S. Masters Swimming, is Vice Chair of the Coaches Committee (and former Coaches Chair for Pacific Masters Swimming) and was the 2014 USMS Coach of The Year. She is a USMS Level 4 certified coach who is very passionate about technique and committed to making sure swimming is fun and sustainable as a life long pursuit. She has authored an e-book, “There’s A Drill For That” on swim drills for all strokes.

She loves to compete in both pool meets and open water events and holds Pacific Masters and National records in breaststroke.

She is an award winning coach whose passion for swimming is all encompassing. In 2014 she was named the U.S. Masters Swimming Coach of The Year! Not only does she love to compete, she loves even more to coach and to be involved in the administrative side of Masters swimming, serving locally with Pacific Masters and on the national level with U.S. Masters Swimming. Her awards include the:

2010 U.S. Masters Swimming Kerry O’Brien Coaching Award
2011 Pacific Masters Coach of the Year Award
2011 Pacific Masters Distinguished Service Award
2013 Pacific Masters Contributor of the Year Award
2014 .S. Masters Swimming Dorothy Donnelly Service Award
2014 Speedo/U.S. Masters Swimming Coach Of The Year Award

She was one of four coaches to serve as the National Team Coach for the 2010 FINA World Masters in Sweden and served two years with the USMS High Performance Camp (in 2012 and 2013 where she was the Head Coach).

Find our more about Cokie online!

2015: Spotlight on Annie Stein!

2014 ASCA Fellow Annie Stein to speak at 2015 Women In Coaching Clinic!


De Anza Cupertino Aquatics Coach Annie Stein has committed to bringing her knowledge and leadership experience to the 2015 Women in Coaching Clinic. During her tenure as an internationally ranked distance swimmer, Annie excelled not only in the pool, but also as a leader for her teammates. At the University of Michigan Annie was the Vice President of the Michigan Student Athlete Advisory Council. After graduation, Annie joined the DACA coaching staff where she has excelled on deck coaching athletes to the elite levels, both locally and on the national stage. Over the years,  Annie has never lost her passion for working as a leader in the governance of our sport and has contributed as a volunteer at the zone and LSC levels.  In 2014, Annie was named an ASCA (American Swim Coaches Association) Fellow and researched the role of Leaders and Leadership in American and International Swimming.

Today, Annie is continuing her research for ASCA and continue to move to the top of Pacific Swimming Leadership. Annie will be presenting her findings about coaching leadership from the ASCA fellowship at the 2015 ASCA Convention . We look forward to hearing her story and getting introduced to the ways that we, as coaches, can advocate for our athletes, teams and self!

Find out more about Annie online!

2015: Spotlight on Rachel Acker

NCAA Qualifier Rachel Acker Commits to Speaking at the 2015 Women In Coaches Clinic!


Rachel Acker is a truly multifaceted swimmer. She started off her swimming career as a Summer League swimmer mainly focusing on Ballet and did not become a “serious” swimmer until she started swimming for Gunn High School during her freshman year. In high school, Rachel began training with Palo Alto Stanford Aquatics. Since then, she has made a name for herself as a one of college swimming’s top sprint to middle distance freestylers as well as pursuing her educational dreams at the University of California Berkeley.

We are so excited to have Rachel speak at the 2015 Women In Coaching Clinic! She brings a new voice of a truly successful swimmer who came into the sport at an age considered late by most coaches. Rachel has been able to nurture her talent and improve as her knowledge and love of the sport continues to grow. Her unique insight into the sport will be something all of our coaches are truly looking forward to at this year’s Clinic.

Rachel Acker Biography: Cal Women’s Swimming & Diving

Rachel Acker: SwimSwam

Cal Olympic Sports Report: Rachael Acker

2014: Spotlight on Aimee Lehr!

Aimee Lehr is the Head Age Group Coach at AquaSol.

Aimee Lehr has over 20 years of coaching experience at the recreational, high school, and USS level. Referred to as one of the top age group swim coaches in the area for her technical stroke development, Coach Aimee shares her experience and knowledge of swimming by leading numerous stroke clinics and private coaching. A former Stanford Varsity swimmer and Masters National Champion, she finds tremendous satisfaction in working with swimmers of all ages to help them become proficient swimmers.


After graduating from Stanford University where she was a member of the Women’s Varsity Swim Team, Coach Lehr was the head coach of Stanford Covington Racing Aquatics. Very interested in the technical details of swimming strokes, she enjoys working with swimmers on their technique and this is a cornerstone of her coaching philosophy.