Dave Kelsheimer

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Coach Dave Kelsheimer, Jordan Wilimovsky, and Brendan Casey of Team Santa Monica at the 2014 USA Swimming National Open Water Swimming Championships

Dave Kelsheimer is the head coach of Team Santa Monica in Santa Monica, California and a 2016 Olympic coach for USA Swimming. He is an age-group and elite swimming coach who has guided athletes to success in Australia, the Cayman Islands and America. Coach Dave has enjoyed a successful international coaching career having coached swimmers at World Championships, Olympic Games, Commonwealth Games and Pan American Games. He was the head open water swimming coach for the 2014 Pan Pacific Swimming Championships on the Gold Coast of Australia and the 2014 Junior Pan Pacific Swimming Championships in Kihei, Maui, Hawaii.

Kelsheimer has overseen the successful Stingray Swim Club and was the Cayman Islands national swim coach and is now the head coach of Team Santa Monica in Southern California.

Coach Kelsheimer’s resume touts leading swimmers to National and World Championship successes as well as several bids for Olympic medals. His track record also includes achievements during a four and half year stint in Australia where open water swims can be counted amongst his athletes successes as well as recognition for leading his swim club to National and State championships, finally culminating in Gold Medal recognition for the club. In addition to these achievements, two of Kelsheimer’s former athletes are now star performers at University of Florida, including triple NCAA winner Shaune Fraser.


With six ‘coach of the year’ awards under his belt, Kelsheimer is a much beloved, but tough taskmaster. In a thank you letter from his previous team’s board of directors they point out the foundation for the Stingray’s success: “[Kelsheimer has] set precedents and standards, hopes and expectations…and has taught us hard work…[is] nothing to be afraid of, the kids are worth it.”

Kelsheimer received the 2015 Glen S. Hummer Award, given by USA Swimming for the greatest contributions to open water swimming together with Catherine Vogt, Dr. Josh White, Eric Posegay, Laurel Liberty, and Bryce Elser.

He was honored by FINA in 2016 and coached Jordan Wilimovsky to qualify for the 2016 US Olympic Swim Team in both the pool (1500m) and open water (Olympic 10K Marathon Swim).

USA Swimming Open Water National Championships

He coached numerous athletes to top finishes at domestic championship events including Jordan Wilimovsky to victory at the 2015 USA Swimming Open Water National Championships in Fort Myers, Florida.

USA Swimming Junior National Open Water Swimming Team

Coached by Bruce Gemmell and Kelsheimer, the USA Swimming Junior National Open Water Swimming Team will compete at the first FINA World Junior Open Water Swimming Championships held in 12-20 August 2012 in Welland, Ontario, Canada against swimmers from more than 30 nations, including Russia, Great Britain, Germany, Spain, Brazil, Argentina and South Africa. Kelsheimer coaches three swimmers on the team: Liliana Casso, Brendan Casey and Jordan Wilimovsky.

14-16 Team
Nicholas Norman | Mission Viejo Nadadores
Brendan Casey | Team Santa Monica
Jessica Arnold | Shenandoah Marlins Aquatic Club
Regan Kology | Cougar Aquatic Team

17-18 Team
David Heron | Mission Viejo Nadadores
Jordan Wilimovsky | Team Santa Monica
Brooke Lorentzen | Mission Viejo Nadadores
Liliana Casso | Team Santa Monica

Olympian Jordan Wilimovsky

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