Terry Stoddard
Terry Stoddard
Title: Head Coach
Phone: 626-585-7785
Email: twstoddard@pasadena.edu
Year: 24th Season in 2024

Terry Stoddard begins his 24th season in charge of the Pasadena City College men's swim team in 2024. 

In 2022-23, Sam Regan was his top swimmer as he took 12th overall in the 1,650-yard freestyle in both years at the 3C2A State Championships after placing second in the 500 freestyle at the 2022 South Coast Conference Championships.

Coach Stoddard, as well as all PCC coaches, had the entire 2021 sports season cancelled because of the COVID-19 pandemic. His team's 2020 season was cut short prematurely due to the pandemic. He is in his 24th year running both the men's and women's swim programs. 

In 2019, his program saw a winning streak of 13 consecutive South Coast Conference dual meets end in the season finale v. Mt. San Antonio. Michael Humphrey scored a bronze medal (third place) in the 400-yard individual medley at the CCCAA State Championships held at De Anza College. He also picked up a fourth place medal in the 200 butterfly. The team finished in 21st place after scoring its third consecutive third place finish at the South Coast Conference Championships. 

In a remarkable 2018 season, Stoddard guided PCC to its first SCC dual meet title with an undefeated 7-0 record. The Lancers went on to place third at the SCC Championships for the second straight year, then performed the highest finish in the coach's tenure at the state meet in placing sixth. Samuel Jo became a repeat state champion in the 100-yard backstroke and shattered his own school records in both the 100 and 200 backstroke events. In all, PCC set six school records and performed 15 All-American swims. Jo became the sixth men's swimmer under Stoddard to win the PCC Men's Athlete of the Year for all sports in the 2017-18 season. He also was a repeat SCC Swimmer of the Year.

Other 2018 highlights included state silver medals by both Jo in the 200 backstroke and Roman Rostomyan in the 200 butterfly. Rostomyan also broke a 40-year-old PCC record set by Lancers Hall of Famer Eric Marks (later tied by Tai Nuntapramote in 2009) in the 100 butterfly. Also at the state meet held at De Anza College, Ryan Wang's bronze and Sydney Odent's fourth place each broke the school record in the 400 individual medley. For the fourth time under Stoddard, the Lancers finished in the state top 10. 

In 2017, Stoddard directed a PCC coaching first for himself as Jo won two state titles at the same CCCAA Championships meet. Jo was the first PCC swimmer to accomplish that feat since Ernie Lee in 1991. Jo had earlier achieved SCC Co-Swimmer of the Year honors, the first time a PCC men's swimmer won the award since 2012. 

PCC took ninth place as a team at the state meet. It's third place at the SCC Championships was the highest finish by a PCC team since the conference became eight teams in 2002. In 2017, for the time in the program's history of making an annual trip to Northern California, PCC defeated region power Diablo Valley in a non-conference dual meet. Odent grabbed a silver medal in the 1,650 freestyle at the '17 state meet and broke a 39-year-old PCC school record in the 200 individual medley at the meet.

In 2016, he coached 2-time South Coast Conference champion and backstroke specialist David Jimenez. In 2015, the PCC men's team featured a double SCC champion in sprint freestyler Mohammad Esmaeilian. Stoddard has coached a double conference champ on 17 different occasions. Overall, the coach has totaled 63 individual conference men's titles. He has guided 140 conference titles combined in men and women.

From 2004-2013, Stoddard coached the Lancers to a 10-year streak in which the team produced at least one SCC champion.

Stoddard guided PCC Men's Athlete of the Year for the 2012-13 sports season--Stephen To, who was a double SCC champion in the 100 and 200 butterfly events for the second straight year, and later placed fourth in the 100 and sixth in the 200 at the CCCAA State Championships.

At the 2012 CCCAA State Championships, Stoddard coached his sixth individual state champion in a span of six years. To, then a freshman, rallied to win the 200-yard butterfly state title as he joined Sharif Alaoui (200 freestyle, 2010), Nuntapramote (200 butterfly, 2009), Keisuke Yagi (100 breaststroke, 2008; 200 breaststroke, 2007) and Nick Lao (50 freestyle, 2007).

In 2011, his Lancers men's team finished in eighth place at the CCCAA State Championship Meet. PCC also took eighth in the 2008 state meet. The '11 men's swim team finished in second in conference dual meets at 6-1. He was selected SCC Coach of the Year for his accomplishments.

Besides his tireless work as a coach for three of PCC's 16 intercollegiate teams (women's water polo in the Fall and women's swim), Stoddard hosts several tournaments and invitationals. His annual Pasadena Invitational features several of the top programs in the state. In 2006, the state championships were held at the Aquatic Center with Stoddard as director of the event. In 2012, PCC was the host venue for the South Coast Conference Championships for the third time (also 2005, 2008). 

In 2011, he guided Cario Liu to break the school record in the 400 individual medley when he took third place in the event at the CCCAA State Meet.

In 2009-2011, Stoddard coached Alaoui, the 2009-2010 PCC Men's Athlete of the Year. Alaoui was a two-time, SCC Swimmer of the Year, marking a remarkable sixth straight year in which a Pasadena athlete captured that award (ended in 2012). The program held a streak of four straight years (2007-2010) in which a PCC swimmer won a state title.

In 2009, he directed Thailand's Nuntapramote to become the fourth straight SCC Swimmer of the Year.

Stoddard coached the stellar performances of PCC Co-Men's Athlete of the Year Yagi for 2007-2008. From Japan, Yagi became the first Lancer swimmer in 30 years to win state titles in consecutive seasons. He medaled five times at the '08 meet in Mission Viejo, including a school-record 56.85 seconds swim to win the 100-yard breaststroke state title. Yagi was selected SCC Swimmer of the Year.

In 2007, Stoddard directed two state champions in Lao (50-yard freestyle) and Yagi (200-yard breaststroke). It was the first time PCC had a swimmer win a state title since 1991 when All-American Ernie Lee won two events. Lao was a two-time SCC Swimmer of the Year in 2006 and '07. He is the school record holder in the 50 free.

Stoddard served as President of the California Community College Swimming and Diving Coaches Association, a term that ran from 2007-2009.


Before coming to PCC, Stoddard served as the head coach for Rose Bowl Aquatics in Pasadena from 1992-97. On the national level, Stoddard was an assistant coach for the U.S. women's team at the Pan American Games in 1991. An adviser for the Polish Olympic swim team, he coached two medalists in Rafel Szukala (1992, silver medal, 100-yard butterfly) and Artur Wojdat (1988, bronze medal, 400-freestyle).

A club coach in Mission Viejo, Stoddard directed back-to-back U.S. junior national championship teams for men and combined in 1986-87.

At the prep level, Stoddard was head coach at Buena High School (1977-78) and later a coach at Capistrano Valley High from 1978-85. The Capistrano girls' team finished as CIF runner-up five times and the '81 team set a then national prep record in the 200-yard medley relay. He directed seven individual CIF champions in his tenure there. He also coached boys water polo at Capistrano Valley from 1978-80.

Coach Stoddard File
2011 South Coast Conference Men's Coach of the Year
Coached 9 CCCAA State Individual Men's Champions
Coached 9 SCC Men's Swimmers of the Year (2017-2018, and 2006-2011)
Coached 6 PCC Men's Athlete of the Year Award Winners (2008-2011, 2013, 2018) 
Coached 63 Individual Men's Conference Champions (146 combined men/women)