Team Founder and Head Coach
Lois Daigneault has dedicated her life to providing athletes with the opportunity to perform at the highest level of excellence. A two-time member of the Canadian National Swim Team and an Olympic Trial qualifier herself, she also excelled in swimming at the University of Miami, Florida winning 13 All American awards. Her twenty-five year professional experience includes coaching at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta, Georgia as the Head Coach of the Macedonian Olympic Swimming Team; Head Coach of the Chateauguay Aquatic Club, Montreal, Quebec, Canada; Head Coach and owner of Peak Performance Swim Camp in Orlando, Florida; and currently owner of DNA Performance Group in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Coach Daigneault has run several swim camps all over the world including Brazil, Macedonia, Jamaica, Bahamas, France, England, Bermuda, Venezuela, Canada and the USA. She also ran high-altitude training camps for 5 years at the 50-meter pool in Los Alamos during which time she fell in love with New Mexico. Since relocating to Santa Fe more than four years ago, she founded DNA Performance Group and has been working with a variety of highly motivated athletes that have competed on the local, state and national levels. Athletes that have worked with Coach Daigneault have qualified for the Olympic Trials in 2008 and have competed at the Senior National Swimming Championships, US Open, Grand Prix and Sectional Championships. Coach Daigneault has also coached several New Mexico State Champions.
Lois Daigneault uses her background as a sports medicine/psychology major to enhance her coaching skills. Daigneault, who coached Canadian and Macedonian swimmers at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta has had the opportunity to work closely with renowned swimming biomechanics technician Rein Haljand from Estonia, Finland. This work, as well as the above and below filming of her athletes in the water, has provided the very important technical assistance that is needed to perform at the highest levels of excellence.
Coach Daigneault also believes in providing an opportunity for every swimmer to “be the best they can be”. To accomplish that goal, coach Daigneault has developed an individualized nutritional plan and psychological preparation plan that enables every athlete to achieve peak performance. Attention to the quality of training with emphasis on the very important details, such as stroke mechanics, nutrition, flexibility, weight training, dryland program and psychological preparation are the crucial components of swimming that Daigneault believes are the keys to success.
Lois lived most of her life in Montreal, Quebec, Canada and has an 22 year old daughter, Tanya.
Atiba comes to us with a tremendous amount of experience as both a high level swimmer and an experienced coach. Born and raised in Philadelphia, Pa., Atiba began swimming for the Philadelphia Department of Recreation (PDR,under Coach Jim Ellis ) Swim Team at 6 years of age. The story of his swim team was later made into the movie “PRIDE” where Atiba appears as a double in that movie. Atiba’s swimming career at PDR included 2 national age group records, several top 16 rankings, High School All-American recognitions, several Junior and Senior National qualifying times as well as being named one of the nation’s top high school recruits.
After graduating from high school in Philadelphia, Atiba received a full scholarship to the NCAA Division I University of Georgia (under NCAA Championship and Olympic Coach, Jack Baurle). Accomplishments at the University of Georgia included All-American, All-American Honorable Mention status, a member of the highest placing University of Georgia Men’s swim team at the NCAA Championships ( 3rd ) as well as receiving the honor of Men’s team captain in 1999. Atiba graduated from the University of Georgia with a B.A. in Studio Art.
After competing in the 2000 Olympic Trials, Atiba left the University of Georgia and started a career as a high school art teacher in Orlando, Fl. While teaching, a number of Atiba’s students were recognized for their art work at national art shows hosted in Orlando. He also coached high school swimming and water polo and worked for Peak Performance Swim Camp as a counselor in the summer swim camp program. Along with coaching, Atiba continued swimming, hosting clinics, and speaking nationally and internationally as an athlete and ambassador for the sport of swimming in South Africa, Canada, Bahamas and Bermuda.
Still wanting to compete, Atiba set his focus on the 2008 Olympic trials and moved to Santa Fe, New Mexico where he and his coach (Olympic Coach Lois Daigneault) established a high altitude( 7,000 ft ) training camp (DNA Performance Group), providing an opportunity for local, national and international swimmers to train at altitude. Atiba won several individual USS State Championship titles, set several state records and qualified for the 2008 Olympic Trials in 3 events. Atiba was also the boys and girls Head Swimming Coach for the Santa Fe Preparatory School and Assistant Coach and strength trainer for the DNA Performance Group. Atiba is also a certified personal trainer.
Max began swimming at the age of eight in Voronezh, Russia. His very successful swimming career includes two years on the Junior Russian National Team, participating in the Junior European Championships, and two years as a member of the Moscow club swim team. He also graduated from the Russian College of Olympic Reserves in 2009 and the State University of Physical Education, Sports, and Tourism in 2011.
He moved to Santa Fe in 2013 to begin training for the 2016 Olympics. He hopes to help younger swimmers by teaching them toughness needed for swimming and combine that with the excitement and joy he gets from swimming.
Beverly was born in Las Vegas NM and raised in Santa Fe. Swimming has been a passion since she was a young child and her goal has always been to teach young swimmers how to enjoy swimming, while becoming proficient swimmers and also to keep kids active. She believes in the importance of teaching young kids not only how to swim but to be safe in and around the water.
She began her career in lifeguarding at the age of 16. Through this she became a swim instructor for the City of Santa at Fort Marcy Pool. After graduating high school she attended the Santa Fe Community College and Graduated in 2006 with a Certificate of Completion in Architectural Drafting and Construction Management. In 2007 she was a Project Manager for the City of Santa Fe in the Parks division. She continued to pursue he career path in 2008 working as a Civil Engineer Tech for the New Mexico Department of Transportation in the Bridge Design Bureau.
She began her coaching in 2009 as the Head Coach for the AYSO soccer for a season, then continued with Southwestern Youth Sports as the Head Coach for flag football and softball after which she became the cheerleading coach at Cesar Chavez Community School, during this time she was the troop leader for her daughters Daisy troop with the Girl Scouts of New Mexico Trails and on her spare time maintained private swimming lessons. In 2010 she returned to part time lifeguarding and teaching swimming classes for the City of Santa Fe GCCC. In 2013 she came to us with an interest of getting involved with our group and contributing to the growth of our club.
Beverly is currently Attending UNM and working towards her Bachelors in Civil Engineer/PE License her kids Natalia 9, Jennifer 8, Wilfredo 6 are her inspiration.
John began his swimming career as a sophomore at Hope College when he began playing water polo. He tried out and made the varsity swimming team the next two years. Since graduating from college, he has been involved in masters swimming and open water swimming.
When he moved to Santa Fe in 2005, he began coaching swimming for his son’s school, Santa Fe Waldorf School and also Desert Academy. Now that his kids are getting older and he has more free time, he decided to start coaching with SFAC and is learning a lot as a coach and a swimmer from Lois and Atiba.
In addition, John has become a registered swim meet official through USA Swimming and has been working as a SFAC board member.