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Golden Road Aquatics Family
Meet Our Coaches


Coach Mike Lucero

Verdugo Pool

Mike is a Southern California native, where he began competitive swimming at the age of 15. A natural at swimming, he instantly became a high school All-American in swimming, setting high school records and competing in the CIF Finals. He accepted a swimming scholarship to California State University of Los Angeles and California State University of Northridge, where he studied Sports Medicine, competed on Division 1 and 2 level and swam at NCAA’s. A few of Mike’s biggest accomplishments are breaking high school and college records, swimming at Nationals and holding records that currently stand going back to 1988. Mike also coaches swimming for his USA National Team, The Buckley School, Disney Triathlon Team (DTT). Mike is the owner and founder of Golden Road Aquatics, established in March 2015. Mike is very active and well-known in the swimming community. Mike’s personality is as bright as his smile, loud as his whistle and unique as his tattoos!  Mike’s passion for the sport has and will always motivate those around him with his vast knowledge, hands on approach and lively personality.


Coach Tim Pierce

Verdugo Pool

Tim Pierce, Coach, and father of Jonny Pierce. Tim is a former PGA Golf Professional.  Tim got into swimming when his son Jonny started swimming for the Swim Torrance Club Team.  At that time Tim found he himself had a great interest in swimming and I found the technique to swimming so interesting.  In 2010, Tim got his certifications as a USA Swim Coach, American Swimming Coaches Association (ASCA) Level 2 and ASCA certification for swimmers with disabilities. He was an assistant coach for the LA Mirada Armada from 2011-2015, working with high school age groups and younger age groups. In 2016 his son Jonny became a member of the US National Paralympic Team and since then his focus has been working with Jonny to make the Paralympics. Tim met Coach Mike at several Masters Meets over the last 6 years and felt the Golden Road Aquatics team would be a great place to add to Jonny’s swim program. Tim and his wife Irene (Jonny’s mother) are both USMS members with the Los Angeles Peninsula Swimmers (LAPS) in Torrance as is Jonny. They both are volunteer coaches for Southern California Special Olympics, and they coach athletes with special needs. Thanks to Jonny, they have developed a love for swimming

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