Russ Van Cleave


I have many wonderful memories as a swimmer in the San Jose area where I grew up, went to high school, attended West Valley College and then San Jose State.

I coached for 10 years in the San Jose area and the Central Valley, took a 14 year break with a few years of coaching interspersed, and currently am the head coach in Oakdale, CA for California Gold of Oakdale and Oakdale High School. I am also a high school mathematics teacher at Oakdale High School and teach part-time at a local private college weekly. I have been married for since 1989 and have 3 sons.

Our goal is for our swimmers to be resilient, content, and improve each year.