Woodbury Waves

An Irvine Community Swim Team


Ed Carrera
Ed began his swimming career as a 7 year old in Irvine swimming for coaches Flip Darr, Dave Salo, Ken Lamont, Mindy Doherty, Ed French,  and Lydia Abshier.  Carrera was a four-year letterman at Irvine High School (swimming for Scott Hinman and Ken Dory), and qualified for CIF by the time he was a sophomore. Carrera also earned his junior national time standards for the 200yd breaststroke. In 2010-2012, Carrera was the Aquatics Director at Vanguard University, where he was the Head Coach for both Swimming and Water Polo (Men’s and Women’s). In addition, Ed Carrera is a 2010 and 2012 Member of the Ecuador SR. Men’s National Water Polo Team. Ed has been the head coach for the Woodbury Waves (Irvine Swim League Team) for the last 9 years, and guided the Waves to a 2011 Division 4 Championship, 2012 Division 3 Championship, 2013 Division 2 Championship, and back to back Division 1 Championships in 2015 and 2016. Coach Ed is a graduate of Concordia University where he received his Bachelors Degree in Business and Leadership.

Sebastian Cordoba
Sebastian Cordoba is a Vanguard University graduate, and was the team captain of the water polo and swim team in 2011 and a part of Vanguard freestyle relay in 2010 that placed 7th in the nation. In Junior College (ARC) he was a 2x All-American, and team MVP. Sebastian graduated from Salazar Y Herrera in Medellin, Colombia, and has been swimming for 20 years. Coach Sebastian has had a positive impact in our program for the last 7 years.

Amanda Doran
Amanda Doran has worked as a swim coach for many years. Amanda brings extensive knowledge to our program with her background in learn to swim classes. Her organization and great attitude has made her a favorite among the swimmers and parents. Amanda also coaches the Speed Aquatics Swim Club.

Samantha Eckroth
Sam has loved the water since the age of two and a half when her mother watched in amazement as she chewed through her floaties. After deflating the water wings she was free to swim on her own. From that moment on it was apparent that swimming would be her sport of choice. Sam’s parents enrolled her in an Irvine Summer League swim team, the Courtside Stingrays, when she turned five. Then at the age of nine she joined NOVA, a year round club team. She started coaching for her old ISL swim team her sophomore year of high school and was later head coach for the Courtside Stingrays. Sam swam on the varsity swim team all four years of attendance at Northwood High School and was part of the girls 2nd place division II CIF team her freshman year. She has taught for the city of Irvine, Water Works, and Blue Ray aquatics over the past nine years. Sam has a tremendous passion for the water and teaching others. We are happy to welcome her to the Waves Coaching Staff!


From left: Coach Sebastian, Coach Amanda, Coach Sam, Coach Ed


Carey Aoki: Varsity swimmer at Northwood HS

Nicholas Kim: Swimmer at Irvine HS

Ami Jurado: Swimmer at Irvine HS

Cathleen Nguyen: Varsity swimmer at Irvine HS

Nicholas O’Neill: Swimmer at Northwood HS

Lahni Nguyen: Swimmer at Irvine HS

Julia Goldstein: Swimmer at Irvine HS