Coach Troy Nissen

Red Group Coach

Coach Troy
Coaching Philosophy:Technique is the top priority to maximizing potential in the water. Reducing drag while maximizing propulsion in the water and fine-tuning the many skills for fast swimming is the key to achieving top speed. Teaching attention to detail is one of Coach Troy’s most important missions.
  • Fun with the Process- swimming is a rewarding long-term commitment that is very challenging at times. Learning to have fun with the daily approach is key to success.
  • Goal-Oriented: swimmers should constantly be setting short and long-term goals to stay engaged and break up the process.
  • Teamwork: there is more to swimming than getting a personal best time. When a group of athletes comes together under a unifying mission of pursuing excellence, everyone gets better. Coach Troy works to foster an environment of lifelong teammates.
  • Commitment and Self-Discipline are crucial to finding long-term success in this challenging and rewarding sport!  

On Deck:

  • Olympic & Pro Swimming: Coach Troy spent the last two years working with Olympic and Pro swimmers from USA, Greece, Israel, Germany, and Belarus
  • USA Swimming: For over 12 years, Coach Troy has coached athletes of all ages in competitive swimming. From individual Junior Olympic Champions to 2020 Olympic Trials Qualifiers.
  • High School: Over 6 years of experience, 3 as a Head Coach. Several individual CIF Section Champions, CIF State Finalists, and All-American Student-Athletes.
  • Recreational: Coach Troy has more than 5 years of experience teaching athletes to swim all legal competitive strokes.
  • Masters: Coach Troy has 2+ years running fun and challenging workouts for masters swimmers of all ages and backgrounds.
  • Learn to Swim: Coach Troy has worked with athletes as young as 3 and as old as 60 years teaching water safety and basic swimming technique. It’s never too early nor too late to start hopping in! 

In the Pool:

  • Consistent National Top-16 ranked swimmer as an age-grouper
  • Former 17-18 Male LSC Record Holder in 100 (SCY) & 200 (SCY + LCM) Breaststroke
  • 3-Time CIF Sectional Individual Champion, 2-Time CIF Sectional Team Champion
  • Junior National and Senior National finalist
  • Olympic Trials Qualifier 2008
  • USA Swimming National Junior Team Member 2006
  • Formerly World-Ranked 200 Meter Breaststroker
  • 4-Year NCAA Division I Student-Athlete at UC Berkeley (’79, ’80, ’11, ’12, ’14, ’19 NCAA Division I Team Champions)


  • David Marsh (International Swimming Hall of Fame , 2016 USA Olympic Head Coach)
  • Nort Thornton (Legendary Collegiate and Internationally Renowned Coach)
  • Mike Bottom (Current Head Coach of University of Michigan Swimming)
  • Dave Durden (Cal Men’s Swimming Head Coach, 2020 USA Men’s Olympic Head Coach)
  • Greg Meehan (Stanford Women’s Swimming Head Coach, 2020 Women’s USA Head Coach)