Staff
Head Coach
Bonnie Adair

After becoming the first full-time women's swimming coach at LMU, Bonnie Adair enters her 15th season with the Lions in 2017-18, having been named 2008 Pacific Collegiate Swimming Conference Coach of the Year and the 2015 PCSC Coach of the Meet. The Lions returned to the PCSC for the 2014-15 season after four seasons in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation.

Adair joined the LMU program in 2002-03 with a 35-year background in swimming.

In the return to the PCSC, Adair earned Conference Coach of the Meet while guiding senior Kjirsten Magnuson to Swimmer of the Meet. In total, 11 LMU swimmers were selected to the PCSC All-Conference team, led by Magnuson and her record-setting performances over the four-day competition. Magnuson set a new PCSC and LMU record in the 50 freestyle before topping the existing LMU record in the 200 backstroke. Equally impressive, Hannah Calton set new Lion records in the 100 and 200 butterfly. In addition, Magnuson, Hailey Chisholm, Stephanie Schuffels, and Maddie Vanderpoel earned PCSC Academic honors which are awarded to a junior or senior achieving a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher.

The 2015-16 season saw LMU finish third overall at the PCSC Championships, with three LMU swimmers earning first team All-PCSC honors and seven more taking home second team selections. In addition to the All-PCSC honorees, LMU placed nine swimmers on either the All-Academic or honorable mention squad. Hannah Calton, Kristen Brennand and Kristen Clarno all took home first team All-PCSC honors, with Calton earning a trio of top-three finishes. Kristen Brennand not only earned a first team selection in the 100 freestyle, she also earned a spot on the All-Academic squad.

The 2016-17 season saw LMU finish sixth overall at the PCSC Championships. The Lions featured 10 swimmers on the PCSC All-Academic team, while five earned All-PCSC honors. The Lions also claimed a CSCAA Scholar All-America team selection. Hannah Calton, who garnered the WCC Individual Sportsmanship Award, took home three PCSC Swimmer of the Week selections to help LMU to five on the year. Calton finished her career holding LMU records in the 100 & 200 butterfly, and was second in 200 IM and 200 freestyle.

Competing at the 2014 MPSF Championships, Adair saw five of her swimmers earn All-MPSF honors as LMU finished eighth overall. Kjirsten Magnuson earned first team honors in the 50 freestyle and 100 backstroke, breaking LMU records in both events. Rachel Dekar was also a two-time All-MPSF selection, earning second-team selections in the 100 and 200 breaststroke events. Kristen Clarno, who set a new LMU record in the 400 IM, reached the Championship final in the 200 IM to earn her second-team All-MPSF selection. Hannah Calton claimed second-team All-MPSF in the 100 butterfly after breaking her own 100 butterfly record in the morning preliminaries. Finally, Angelina Prat reached the Championship final in the 200 butterfly en route to her second-team All-MPSF selection. At the conclusion of the meet, LMU had set five new program records and landed 15 swimmers on the MPSF All-Academic team.

In her first season as a full-time head coach, Adair added 17 newcomers to the program's roster, which doubled the team's size and jump-started the new era of LMU swimming.

Adair guided a trio of swimmers to All-MPSF honors at the conclusion of the MPSF Championships in 2012-13. Camille Hopp, Rachel Dekar and Kjirsten Magnuson all took home second team honors. Hopp earned selections in both the 100 breaststroke and 200 breaststroke, setting a new LMU program record in the 200. Dekar earned her All-MPSF selection in the 100 breaststroke after setting a new LMU record in the event with a time of 1:02.36, while Magnuson took home the second team selection in the 100 backstroke.

Competing in 12 National Championships (her first at age 13) and two Olympic Trials, Adair became a National finalist in the 100 free and 100 fly and a member of a 400-meter medley relay that established four American records.

She attended UCLA as an undergraduate and then Loyola Law School. During law school, Adair was the assistant coach of the UCLA women's swim team and also coached the Team Santa Monica age group team.

Between 1985 and 1994, Adair came out of swimming retirement to compete in several Masters National Championships and World Games and set national and world records in the freestyle sprint events and 100 and 200 IMs. She has contributed swimming articles to SWIM Magazine and Fitness Swimmer Magazine and was honored as the United States Masters Coach of the Year in 1997.

From 1996-1999, Adair was the head coach of the men's and women's swimming teams at Santa Monica College, where she earned the Western State Conference Women's Coach of the Year award in 1997. In 1998, her women's team tied for the conference title and placed sixth in the state. Her men's team also earned a sixth place finish.

Men's Water Polo Head Coach
John Loughran

The 2009 men's water polo season was No. 13 for LMU Head Coach John Loughran. And to say it was a year of change and transition, might be an understatement.
Just three weeks after LMU won its seventh Western Water Polo Association championship in nine years and playing its seventh NCAA tournament in the same time span, Loughran was diagnoised with Acute Promyelocytic Leukemia (APL), a cancer of the blood and bone marrow.

So on Christmas Day 2009, Loughran found himself in a hospital. Like so many of his teams, a complete team effort put Loughran back on the pool deck that very next season and he never missed a beat as he enters his 21st season as LMU's head coach in 2017. He has posted an overall record of 324-230 at LMU, going 399-333 in 26 seasons overall.

He didn't miss a beat in 2010, leading the Lions to their fourth straight WWPA title and eighth in 10 years.

"The only reason I got back on this pool deck is from the support of so many people, many of whom I don't even know. If it wasn't for their donations of blood and blood platelets, I might not be here," said Loughran. "As my recovery moves forward and I continue to remain in remission, it is so important to me, and to this team, to continue to raise awareness on why it is so important to donate blood. There is a great need, and if we continue to team-up, so many will be helped."

Loughran started in the 1997-98 year and by 2001, he had both men's and women's water polo programs winning titles and going to the NCAAs. He has led the Lions to a combined 15 WWPA titles (7 for women, 8 for men) and 15 trips to the NCAA Championship over the last 10 years as LMU has risen to become one of the top programs in the nation.

However, in year 13, Loughran finally had a singular focus, taking over just the men's program when LMU Ahletics' Director Dr. William Husak announced in the summer of 2009 that the programs would have the focus of a head coach the entire year, hiring former assistant Kyle Witt as the women's head coach, allowing Loughran to focus exclusively on the men's team.

In his first year with just the men, Loughran continued where he left off, adding the programs seventh Western Water Polo Association Championship in nine years and advancing to its seventh NCAA championship.

The string of success started in 2001 when they won their first-ever WWPA championship, going 15-14 overall, earning a bid to the NCAA Championship. Two years later the Lions finished 17-14 and returned to the NCAA Championship with their second WWPA title in hand. Both teams finished third in the NCAA tournament. In 2004 he had his first repeat in men's water polo with a 21-11 mark and another third place finish at the NCAAs. In 2005, LMU men's water polo became just the fourth program in school history to win three straight conference crowns, defeating UC San Diego in the WWPA final at the Burns Aquatics Center. They added to their resume with the fifth title in 2007 with an impressive run through the WWPA tournament. In 2008, the Lions dominated from start to finish, going 11-0 against WWPA foes and claimed a second back-to-back title stretch with the 12-10 win over UCSD for the 2008 title.

Then in 2009, the Lions became the first program in LMU history to win three straight conference championships on two different occasions when they once again defeated UCSD, this time 5-4. That win gave the Lions 31 straight wins over WWPA competition. They followed that with a 9-6 win over UC Davis in 2010 to earn the program's eighth trip to the NCAA tournament.

Adding to his impressive resume, Loughran has won nine WWPA Coach of the Year honors, four in women's water polo (2001, 2002, 2003, 2004) and four in men's water polo, including the honor in 2010 (2001, 2003, 2005, 2008, 2010).

Additionally, Loughran has coached 13 different players to 31 All-America honors while having six players earn seven WWPA Player of the Year honors from the men's team, including Andy Stevens in 2008 and 2009, Ikaika Aki in 2010 and Edgaras Asajavicius in 2011. On the women's side he coached players to 20 All-American honors and seven WWPA Player of the Year winners.

Loughran came to Los Angeles after five years as head coach for the men's and women's water polo and men's swim teams at Queens College in Flushing, NY. He led the Queens College men's water polo team to a 75-63 overall record in five seasons. In 1995 and 1996 Queens won the College Water Polo Association (CWPA) North Division title. Queens finished each of Loughran's last two seasons ranked 15th nationally, the highest rankings in program history.

Following the 1994 and 1995 seasons, Loughran garnered Eastern Championship co-Coach of the Year honors and received CWPA North Division Coach of the Year accolades in 1994, 1995 and 1996. The men's swim team at Queens won the dual meet title for the Metropolitan Collegiate Swim Conference (MCSC) in each of Loughran's last three years.

Camp Instructor
Octavio Alesi

Octavio Alesi, a two-time Olympian at the 2008 Beijing (100m butterfly) and 2012 London (4x100m Freestyle Relay), is the founder and head coach of Alpha Aquatics. His involvement with LMU began in 2016 as an Assistant Coach for the Women’s Swimming team and one of the coaches for LMU’s Masters swimming program. Last summer, Alesi served as an Advanced Group Instructor with LMU Swim Camps, leading the Advanced Camp and conducting filming and stroke analysis.

Alesi's swimming career began at age five in his home country of Venezuela. As a high schooler, he won Gold Medals at South American and Central American Championships (2003). After moving to the United States, he continued his success earning Gold Medals (18 & under) in the 50m and 100m Freestyle at the 2005 US Long Course Nationals (Irvine, Calif.), becoming the fastest Age Group swimmer in America. While a student-athlete at University of Tennessee, Alesi raced to a total of 15 NCAA All-America Honors and set new school records in the 100 Butterfly and the 4x100 Freestyle Relay. After earning his Bachelor's degree in International Studies, Alesi moved to Los Angeles to join the Trojans Swim Club led by International Swimming Hall of Fame and USC Head Coach Dave Salo. As a established world class swimmer, he participated in a total of six FINA Long Course and Short Course World Championships, reaching the Semi-finals in 2006 (Shanghai, China) and placing among the fastest swimmers in the planet numerous times in the stroke of Butterfly. He took part and earned medals in three editions of the Pan American Games, setting a new record in the 100m Butterfly (2007) which qualified him for the 2008 Olympic Games.

Assistant Coach
Jackie Leung

Jackie Leung enters her fourth season in 2017-2018, working primarily with the distance swimmers. She joined the program as a volunteer assistant swim coach during the 2014-2015 swim season as a way to reconnect with the swimming community and explore her passion for working with student-athletes. Outside of the pool, Leung works as a full-time staff member within LMU's Academic Resource Center as a University Advisor. There, she has the opportunity to equip LMU students with the knowledge, tools, and resources to be agents of their own academic success.

Leung brings 14 years of competitive swimming experience to LMU. At the University of Denver, she specialized in the distance freestyle, IM, and butterfly events. In 2011, she helped the Pioneers to their first-ever Sunbelt Conference Women's Team Title and the team won its second title the following year. In 2012, she became the first student-athlete at DU to be awarded NACDA's John McLendon Memorial Minority Postgraduate Scholarship to pursue a graduate degree in athletic administration. She was also named Most Outstanding Student of her senior class and graduated with summa cum laude honors. Prior to her career as a Division I student-athlete, Leung grew up swimming competitively in Gresham, Oregon earning high school 6A state titles in the 500 freestyle and 200 individual medley as well as qualifying for the U.S. Spring and Summer National Championships.

Leung moved to Los Angeles in 2012 to teach high school biology as part of the Teach For America program and completed her Masters in Urban Education in 2014 at Loyola Marymount University.

Graduate Assistant
Jake Carmen
Director of Operations
Joanne Reierson

Joanne Reierson enters her 14th season at LMU in 2017-18, working with the distance freestylers and breaststroke specialists.

Reierson grew up in Indianapolis, Ind., and started swimming breaststroke and IM in high school. Much to her dismay, her coach entered her in the 500 as a junior, and so began her distance freestyle specialty.

Reierson swam at Dartmouth College, where she majored in economics and math, and was captain her senior year. After graduating in 1993, she moved to New York City, where she joined the Asphalt Green Masters team and met her husband, Lars. They lived in Singapore for three years before moving to L.A. in 1998 and joining the SCAQ Masters. There, Reierson met LMU coaches Adair and Evans.

Reierson has competed at the Masters short course National Championships off and on for the last 15 years. Her national titles include the 50 breaststroke in 1994 and the 1000 freestyle in 2002 and 2004.

The Reiersons have two sons, Nils, who was born in September of 2005, and Reese, who was born in June of 2008.