Danica R Burge-Garside
CEO & Head Coach
Danica Burge is a native to San José, born and raised in East San José. She has also been a coach of several high schools within the San José area for over 10 years including Branham high school, James Lick and currently Evergreen Valley High school. She has taken many of those teams to league championships, CCS Championships, trained an athlete to a two years CCS title, and had many relays and individuals place in the top five at CCS for the past 4 years in a row.
Coach Danica grew up as a WEST swimmer, swimming for West for over 15 years. She is deeply routed in the succes of this team and the community. She was a member of WEST's Senior Gold group and swam for Head Coach Paul Weiss. She has been able to experience the success that comes with being part of a competitive USS club team, traveling to elite meets, swimming in Nationals, and later being awarded a swimming scholarship to a Division I University. She is a graduate of San José State University with a Bachelors of Arts in Kinesiology and Masters in Education with an emphasis in Administration and Counseling.
Director of Age Group Programs
Steve Clossick comes on as the Director of Age
Group swimming. He has over 20 years of swim team and aquatic
experience. Born in Kansas City, Missouri, Coach Steve started his swim coaching
career as the head age group coach for the YMCA Piranhas from
1990-1996. He was also the head coach and aquatic manager of
the Gladstone Gators from 1991-2004. From 1996 -
2005, Coach Steve founded two swim clubs (Swim Stars and Blue
Wave) and was instrumental in directing the hiring process for 3
other swim clubs. Since 2007, Coach Steve has coached masters' programs in Redwood
City, Santa Clara and Menlo Park. He is very excited about
the opportunity at West Coast Aquatics and is looking forward to
working with all of the swimmers and families.
In his spare
time, Steve likes to
travel, read, listen to music, and spend time with his
family. Steve is a
retired triathlete who has finished 7 Ironman triathlons. His
best Ironman finish was 9 hours and 35 minutes.
Director of Novice Programs
Mary came to West
Coast Aquatics from Florida by way of the Virgin Islands. She has
been involved with swimming for over 40 years. She began as a
competitive swimmer at the age of 5, continuing to swim for various
teams for the next 20 years.
career began in 1976 with the AAU in the New York tri-state area.
Through the years she also coached for the YMCA, the YWCA, the
Florida High School Athletic Association, the Space Coast Novice
Swim League, USA Swimming, the Virgin Islands Swimming Federation
and the Virgin Islands Scholastic Swim League.
Through the years,
Coach Mary continued her education in exercise science and
aquatics. Her certifications include the American College of Sports
Medicine, the National Strength and Conditioning Association, USA
Swimming, the American Swim Coaches Association, the Aquatic
Exercise Association, the Arthritis Foundation, the National
Multiple Sclerosis Society and the Aquatic Therapy and
Kristin J Fific
Director of Learn-to-swim Program
Kristin Fific grew up in Santa Maria, CA. She swam competitively for the Santa Maria Swim Club from age 8 until she graduated high school. Her favorite stroke is Butterfly, and her favorite events are the 200 IM and 200 Fly. After high school, Coach Kristin went on to attend and graduate from the University of the Pacific where she played intercollegiate water polo, worked as Business Manager for her collegiate paper, The Pacifican, and was a member of Delta Delta Delta’s. She moved to San José with her husband, and has been enjoying teaching and coaching her favorite sport ever since.
Ryan K Richardson
Assistant Coach-Age Group Silver
Ryan has been a
part of the swimming world for almost 20 years. He started swimming
competitively for Sun Devil Aquatics, a year-round swim team based
in Phoenix, Arizona. In 2005, he walked on to the University of
Arizona Men's Swim Team and swam under one of the world's premier
sprint coaches, Rick DeMont. In 2008, he anchored the 2nd Place 200
Freestyle Relay that helped the Wildcats win their first NCAA
Championship. The following summer, he went on to compete at the
Olympic Trials in the 50 Meter Freestyle. Ryan graduated from the
University of Arizona in 2009 with a Bachelors degree in
In 2012, Ryan
moved to San Jose to join the coaching staff at West Coast
Aquatics. This is the first team he has coached for and continues
to enjoy racing competitively in his spare time.
Assistant Coach-Super Swrs., SR Bronze
Bee grew up in Los
Angeles, CA. She swam competitively for 13 years starting at
the age of 5. Her favorite stroke is backstroke and her
favorite events are the 100 and 200 backstroke. She started
teaching lessons first at a city pool near her house and then later
moved on to coaching at her old team, Elite Aquatics. Bee
attended San Jose State University and got her Bachelors of Science
in kinesiology and a minor in psychology. In the future she
plans on get a Doctorates degree in Physical Therapy. In her
spare time she likes to travel, go to the beach, and go home to