Coaches & Directors

We are here to support your needs. If your questions are related to workouts, meets, events, goal setting, and other swimming related needs, please contact one of the coaches. For all questions related to administrative, such as dues, safety, or policy issues, please contact one of the board members.

Coaching Staff

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. 

Steven Clossick

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.

Mary Malone

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.

Her coaching 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 Rehabilitation Institute.

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 Economics.

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.

Tanida Rojanachaichanin

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 visit family.     

Phillip Nguyen

Assistant Coach