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Men's/Women's Swimming and Diving

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Head Coach: Terry Stoddard (626-585-7785)

Office: W105-C (adjacent to Aquatic Center)
Year at PCC: 17th season in 2016

3-Time South Coast Conference Women's Coach of the Year
2003, 2013, 2015

SCC Dual Champions, 2003, 2015
SCC Finals Champions, 2003
SCC Men's Coach of the Year, 2011
Coached 6 CCCAA State Individual Men's Champions
Coached 2 CCCAA State Individual Women's Champions
Coached 6 Consecutive SCC Men's Swimmers of the Year (2006-2011)
Coached 5 SCC Women's Swimmers of the Year (2003, 2013, 2014, 2015)
Coached 7 PCC Men's Athlete of the Year Award Winners (2006-2011 and 2013)
Coached 1 PCC Women's Athlete of the Year Award Winner (2014)

Going into his 17th season in charge of the men's and women's swimming and diving teams at Pasadena City College, head coach Terry Stoddard has been the only director of the school's Aquatic Center since it came into use in 2000. A man of many hats, Stoddard also coaches the Lancers women's water polo team in the Fall season.

From 2013 through the 2015 season, Stoddard has raised the level of PCC women's swimming to elite staus in the state. The Lancers beat their highest finish in school history three years running with their fifth place at the '15 CCCAA State Meet after a sixth in 2014 and eighth in 2013. In the process, the team's success has produced numerous state top 8 individual medals, including a PCC record 11 in 2015. PCC went undefeated at 8-0 to win the dual season conference title before taking second at the SCC Finals in a fierce battle against champion El Camino. Connie Peng and Ariahn Givens were named SCC Tri-Swimmers of the Year (with Mt. San Antonio athlete).

Peng and Shannon Cheung are back-to-back Swimmers of the Year from PCC in 2013-14 and 2014-15. Peng and Cheung shared the '14 award. Cheung was named the '13-14 PCC Women's Athlete of the Year for all sports and now is swimming at UCLA.

In 2014, Cheung performed a PCC first in winning the first two state titles ever by a Lancers woman when she was the class of the 200-yard individual medley and 1,650 freestyle events. Peng won the silver medal in the 100 backstroke and 100 butterfly. The Lancers shattered an amazing six conference records at the SCC Finals. In the last three years '13-15, PCC has rewritten nearly every school record.

In 2013, despite carrying a tiny roster of four swimmers and one diver, Stoddard's troops won an unprecedented 10 events at the South Coast Conference Finals, led by SCC Women's Swimmer of the Year Cheung, who became the first PCC swimmer to break a conference record with her mark in winning the 200-yard individual medley (2:08.51). Cheung would go on to post the then highest Lancer women's finish ever in a CCCAA state event, taking second place in the 200 IM.

Overall, the '13 women's team recorded 14 school records, including all five of the relays. All 14 marks were among the top 100 times in state history, including Cheung's eighth-best state mark in the 200 IM (2:06.58, busting her conference record). Cheung, who earned the President's Award at the season-ending PCC Athletics honors, holds school records in the 200 IM, 500 freestyle, and 50/100 backstrokes. Teammate Emily Frederick, who also won three individual events at the SCC Finals, set new PCC school records in the 50/100 Freestyle and 100 IM. Arolyn Basham is the new school record holder in the 50/100 breaststrokes. Cheung, Frederick, Basham, and Paige Watroba made up the "Fearless Four," a quartet that holds the 200, 400, 800 freestyle relay and 200/400 medley relay school records.

The team's diver, Gwen McKinley, was a school valedictorian with a 4.0 GPA, a rare accomplishment for a PCC student-athlete. All five women's team members carried a GPA above 3.4, including Frederick matching McKinley as an 4.0 honors student.

Stoddard guided the 2010 SCC Women's Diver of the Year in Merry Sanders.

Stoddard coached the women's swim team to the school's first-ever South Coast Conference Finals championship in 2003. He coached the SCC Swimmer of the Year in Lancer Lorean Mapp. She was later honored by the state as a Pepsi Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll selection and went on to swim at Cal State Northridge.

In 2015, the PCC men's team featured a double SCC champion in sprint freestyler Mohammad Esmaeilian and later a sixth place medal for freshman Samuel Sanchez in the 1,650 freestyle. Stoddard has coached a double conference champ on 12 different occasions.

In 2014, the Lancers had a streak of 10 straight years with at least one SCC champion came to an end.

Stoddard guided PCC Men's Athlete of the Year for the 2012-13 sports season--Stephen To, who was a double SCC champion in the 100 and 200 butterfly events for the second straight year, and later placed fourth in the 100 and sixth in the 200 at the CCCAA State Championships.

At the 2012 CCCAA State Championships, Stoddard coached his sixth individual state champion in a span of six years. To, then a freshman, rallied to win the 200-yard butterfly state title as he joined Sharif Alaoui (200 freestyle, 2010), Tai Nuntapramote (200 butterfly, 2009), Keisuke Yagi (100 breaststroke, 2008; 200 breaststroke, 2007) and Nick Lao (50 freestyle, 2007).

In 2011, his Lancers men's team finished in eighth place at the CCCAA State Championship Meet, matching the highest finish by a PCC team under Stoddard's direction. PCC also took eighth in the 2008 state meet.}. The '11 men's swim team finished in second in conference dual meets with a Stoddard-best coached 6-1, South Coast Conference record.

Besides his tireless work as a coach for three of PCC's 16 intercollegiate teams (women's water polo in the Fall), Stoddard hosts several tournaments and invitationals. His annual Pasadena Invitational featured several of the top programs in the state. In 2006, the state championships were held at the Aquatic Center with Stoddard as director of the event. In 2012, PCC was the host venue for the South Coast Conference Championships for the third time (also 2005, 2008).

In 2009-2011, Stoddard guided the progress of Alaoui, the 2009-2010 PCC Men's Athlete of the Year. Alaoui was a two-time, SCC Swimmer of the Year, marking a remarkable sixth straight year in which a Pasadena athlete captured that award (ended in 2012). The program held a streak of four straight years (2007-2010) in which a PCC swimmer won a state title.

In 2011 , he guided Cario Liu to break the school record in the 400 individual medley when he took third place in the event at the CCCAA State Meet.

In 2009, he directed Thailand's Nuntapramote to become the fourth straight SCC Swimmer of the Year.

Stoddard coached the stellar performances of PCC Co-Men's Athlete of the Year Yagi for 2007-2008. From Japan, Yagi became the first  Lancer swimmer in 30 years to win state titles in consecutive seasons. He medaled five times at the '08 meet in Mission Viejo, including a school-record 56.85 seconds swim to win the 100-yard breaststroke state title. Yagi was selected SCC Swimmer of the Year.

In 2007, Stoddard directed two state champions in Lao (50-yard freestyle) and Yagi (200-yard breaststroke). It was the first time PCC had a swimmer win a state title since 1991 when All-American Ernie Lee won two events. Lao was a two-time SCC Swimmer of the Year in 2006 and '07. He is the school record holder in the 50 free.

Stoddard served as President of the California Community College Swimming and Diving Coaches Association, a term that ran from 2007-2009.


Before coming to PCC, Stoddard served as the head coach for Rose Bowl Aquatics in Pasadena from 1992-97. On the national level, Stoddard was an assistant coach for the U.S. women's team at the Pan American Games in 1991. An adviser for the Polish Olympic swim team, he coached two medalists in Rafel Szukala (1992, silver medal, 100-yard butterfly) and Artur Wojdat (1988, bronze medal, 400-freestyle).

A club coach in Mission Viejo, Stoddard directed back-to-back U.S. junior national championship teams  for men and combined in 1986-87.

At the prep level, Stoddard was head coach at Buena High School (1977-78) and later a coach at Capistrano Valley High from 1978-85. The Capistrano girls' team finished as CIF runner-up five times and the '81 team set a then national prep record in the 200-yard medley relay. He directed seven individual CIF champions in his tenure there.

He also coached boys water polo at Capistrano Valley from 1978-80.







Coach Terry Stoddard
Personal Highlights

  • Married to wife Sheri, the couple have two daughters in Michelle and Dana, who works as an equipment attendant at PCC
  • Stoddard earned both his bachelor's and master's degrees at Eastern Kentucky University in 1976-77. He attended the college on a swim scholarship and went on to set then school records in the 200, 500, 1,000 and 1,650 freestyle events.
  • Stoddard was hired as the full-time aquatics coach at PCC in August, 1999.


Lorean Mapp
SCC Swimmer of the Year, 2003
(Cal State Northridge)