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About the Coaches

Tom Lebherz

As a lifetime football player and coach, with zero experience coaching swimming, Coach Tom only became involved in the sport because the high school he was teaching at didn’t have a coach and was at risk of cancelling their season.  His passion for student-athletes and the experiences that high school athletics provides, drove him to volunteer to be the coach that season, believing that they would find a more experienced coach later; not knowing that 50 years later, not only would he still be coaching, but swimming would become his greatest passion.

Coach Tom has always had a passion for developing youth both in and out of the pool.  Watching his swimmers grow up over the years to become not only great athletes, but even better people, is one of Tom’s proudest moments as a coach. He will always take the time to get to know his athlete, mentoring them through several aspects of their life.

Tom has produced multiple Sectional, Futures, Junior National, National and Olympic Trial level swimmers over his coaching career. He was named CCS Coach of the year in 1991. He has produced several CCS qualifiers, along with CCS and State finalists/Champions.  For 8+ years he was the Head Age Group Coach for Pacific Swimming’s, Distance Training Camp in Colorado Springs (OTC).  Over a 100+ swimmers have competed at every level of collegiate swimming, including many Division 1 NCAA finalists. Tom has coached over 10 athletes to compete at Olympic Trials. Most recently he was selected as the Head Coach of the United States Deaf Olympic Swim Team in the 2017 Olympics. They came home with 4 Gold, 6 Silver, and 4 Bronze medals.

Outside of swimming, you will often find Tom watching a football game or BBQing. Tom is the proud father of 2 adult daughters and 1 granddaughter. He is a native of San Diego, CA.




Chris Henry

Chris has been coaching for 32 years. His first day coaching was with the MAKOS at Live Oak High School on October 17th, 1989..... the day of the big earthquake. (One might say his coaching career started on shaky ground!). Chris has coached swimmers of all levels as well as those with special needs and disabilities. His focus has been at the age group level as he prefers to work with swimmers at the developmental part of their swimming career.

His favorite motto is “Effort is Always a Choice”.

In recent years, he has much success creating swimmers who have been nationally ranked. In a four year period with the MAKOS, he has had 4 swimmers each make top 4 in the country including one who was ranked 2nd in the country and eventually broke the pacific record. While swimming fast is exciting, his focus is athlete development. Swimmers at all levels learn the values of sportsmanship, goal setting, learning how to cope with disappointments, and how to be a good winner.

With his longevity in this sport, he is now at a point where is coaching “the next generation” right here with the MAKOS..... with many more lined up to join this spring and beyond.







Ryan Gautchi

Ryan is a lifelong resident of Morgan Hill and has grown up as an avid water sports enthusiast representing both Live Oak high school and West Valley Jr College as a swimmer and water polo player, earning All America Honors as a water polo athlete.

Graduating from UC Santa Barbara with a degree in Athropology in 2005, Ryan returned to Morgan Hill where he has continued to work with swimmers of all ages and abilities, from leading a learn to swim program through earning ASCA level 3 coach status with nationally ranked age group swimmers.

Ryan has coached in all capacities from pre-, and early- competitive groups, through most recently serving as Head Age Group Coach. His goals include improving his swimmers’ abilities through fun and hard work. Ryan is a father, coach and teacher.









Brian Pham

Swimming from the age of four, Coach Brian just  found out he was allergic to chlorine! :)

Currently studying at Evergreen Community College, he is continuing his learning after graduating from Live Oak high school with the ultimate goal  to earn his CPA. His commitment to coaching swimming and teaching young athletes to push the limits of their capabilities are his main goal and driving purpose.

Coach Brian believes that through swimming, athletes have the opportunity to learn more about themselves, which improves not only how they train but also how they live their daily lives.