Oct 15, 2019

Derek Beller

  • Swim Coach
  • South Lake Tahoe, CA, USA
Full time Head Coach Assistant Coach Masters Coach

Personal Summary

An independent, intelligent, and problem solving swim coach who is dedicated and working hard to improve the skill and ability of swimming athletes.

My philosophy is anchored in self responsibility and putting in good effort.

I am committed to this sport because it is my calling and I am good at it.

I am a clear communicator and too the point.

My value is found in my knowledge base, my personal experience as a competitive swimmer, and my ability to communicate clearly what I am asking of swimmers to do.

I have high expectations of myself and others.

Work Experience

Recreation Coordinator/Head Lifeguard/Instructor/Coach
Jun 1996 - Oct 2019 City of South Lake Tahoe, Recreation Services

A head lifeguard performing duties of a recreation coordinator; training lifeguards, preparing in-services, instructing lifeguard classes, instructing CPR, AED, First Aid, and implementing aquatics programs for the City of South Lake Tahoe.

A head lifeguard training and managing a staff of lifeguards on a year-round basis.

An instructor conducting water exercise classes and instructing swim classes for children.

A swim coach conducting clinics for adults wanting to improve their swimming technique and speed.

Swim Coach
Jun 1997 - Oct 2001 City of South Lake Tahoe, Recreation Services

A Masters swim coach designing, preparing, and implementing workouts for a group of triathletes and swimmers.  In addition, providing stroke analysis for each athlete. 

Continued working as head coach 2017-current.

Swim Instructor
Jun 2003 - Jun 2004 Lake Tahoe Community College

An instructor planning, preparing, and executing lesson plans designed to improve the swimming ability of students whose skill ranged from novice to advanced.

Continued working as an instructor 2006, 2014-2016.

Assistant Swim Coach
Oct 2003 - Mar 2005 South Tahoe High School

An assistant swim coach working with high school swimmers to improve their strokes, turns, and dives.

Continued working as an assistant coach 2018-2019

Swim Coach
Jun 2005 - Jun 2007 Tahoe Swim Club

A swim coach instructing age group swimmers (age 8-17) in competitive strokes, dives, turns, and at swim meets.

Continued to coach 2009-2011, 2015-2017.


Environmental Studies
Sep 1985 - Jan 1990 UCSC


Kelley Edwards, Recreation Supervisor, City of South Lake Tahoe, 530-542-6059

Larry Phippen, Swim Coach, Tahoe Swim Club, 530-933-1807

Will Davenport, Head Coach, South Lake Tahoe High Swim Team, 775-291-8109

Walter Morris, Department Chair of PE, Lake Tahoe Community College, 530-541-4660 x246