Wind N Sea Swim Team Coaches
Paton McClung joins the Ospreys with a depth of swimming experience as a coach and as an athlete. Paton moved to the area from Tacoma, Washington where he has been coaching for the past 12 years. In Tacoma Paton was the Head Coach for the University Place Aquatic Club (12 years), the assistant swim coach for the University of Puget Sound (7 years) and assistant coach for the Curtis High School water polo team (5 years).
Paton is a member of the American Swimming Coaches Association (ASCA). ASCA requires its members to continue their education through classes, clinics, books, and journals. Within ASCA, Paton is certified at Level 4 for USA Swimming, NCAA Division III, and NAIA. He is also certified at Level 2 for Masters swimming.
Paton’s background as an athlete began as a freshman in high school and took off during his junior year. That year, he was named All-American as a water polo player. His senior year, he was again named an All-American for water polo as well as earning All-American honors in three swimming events. Paton’s combination of grades, test scores, and athletic abilities earned him the opportunity to study and swim at the University of California, Berkeley.
During his 5 years at Cal, Paton overcame many obstacles, including a broken femur, to earn All-American status in seven relay events, two of which established new school records. At Pac-10 Conference Championships, Paton was a member of the winning 400 free relay where he split a 43.61 to help his team hold off Stanford. During all 5 years, Paton qualified to compete at USA Swimming’s Senior National Championships.
His love of the sport extends from the deck into the water as Paton also trains with the La Jolla Swim Masters 4–5 days a week.
Jessica moved to San Diego in 2012 from the east coach after finishing her Masters program at American University. She grew up swimming and playing soccer in North Carolina; by the time she was in college at UNC, she transitioned to swimming only. If you’re ever curious, ask her about her ACL and facial reconstruction injuries… no more soccer for her!
This is her first California swim coaching position. When she graduated from UNC (Go Tar Heels!!), she moved to Connecticut to coach full-time. While in Connecticut she coached for two USA swim clubs – Weston Swimming as head coach and the Wilton Y Wahoos as an assistant coach. During the 2010 Long Course season, the Wilton Y Wahoos won Y Nationals! During her time with both clubs she worked with swimmers of all ages and abilities – age group, senior swimmers, the Wahoos National Squad, and Masters team. In addition to USA swim club coaching, she has also coached for Aspetuck Valley Country Club, Weston High School, and American University. She is ASCA Level III certified, ASCA Paralympic Level I certified, and also attended the ASCA World Clinic in 2008.
Jessica currently works full-time at UCSD, but loves being on deck with Wind n Sea a few times a week. Her main focus is always stroke technique, but also enjoys the challenge of creating creative and difficult sets!
mostly as a substitute
Jackie Freeman, raised in Evergreen Park, IL, started swimming at the age of 5 and never stopped. She swam AAU since the age of 7, attaining a ranking in the upper 4th in the Nation at the age of 13 and attended college to swim, but rather chose synchronized swimming rather than stay in competitive racing. She has been a year round ocean swimmer for approximately 30 years.
Jackie is a Water Safety Instructor and swim coach, currently on staff at the LJ Coggan Pool as well as the Coronado Aquatic Complex. Years of experience has taught her respect, patiences and empathy to those who try so hard to accomplish their swimming goals.
Jackie brings to us a world of knowledge on swimming skills, as well as safety in and around the pool and ocean. Her swimming talents and years of participating as an AAU swimmer has given her an edge on placing confidence in other swimmers.
Her enthusiasm and positive attitude is well appreciated by all!