STAFF

NATHAN ADRIAN

CO-OWNER

Following in his older siblings’ footsteps, Nathan started swimming on a team when he was just five years old. He had success early and set Washington state records before committing to Cal-Berkeley. His work ethic and natural ability culminated in setting American records and winning a combined five individual NCAA championships in the 50 and 100 freestyle. Before his sophomore year, he took a year off from school to train for the 2008 Olympics, which resulted in him making his first Olympic team, and winning a gold medal in the 400 freestyle relay. This was just the start of his 12+ year international career where he’s won 32 medals in major international competitions (20 gold, 7 silver, 5 bronze) including an individual gold medal in the 100 freestyle at the 2012 London Olympics, and a pair of bronze medals in the 50 and 100 freestyle in the 2016 Olympics. Nathan is one of the most decorated sprinters in American history, and still training at Cal with his eye on making his fourth Olympic team in 2020. During his swimming career he’s had the opportunity to work with the USA Swimming Foundation’s Make-a-Splash program, where he learned the importance of early swim lessons and teaching a healthy respect for the water. Partnering with Will, he drew on that experience and will continue to inspire and teach children for years to come.

WILL COPELAND

CO-OWNER

Will’s first memories include swimming in his backyard pool before he was three. He joined the swim team at eight, but didn’t start swimming seriously until he was 16, and improved enough to earn a scholarship to Cal-Berkeley in 2004. He was team MVP his senior year, and went on to swim professionally for 6 years, winning medals while representing the United States at major international competitions including the Pan American games and the World University Games. After retirement from competition in 2016, Will moved to New York to learn the ins and outs of operating a swim school from his friends at Imagine Swimming. He returned to the Bay Area in 2017 and promptly started looking for available pools to begin teaching lessons. Two years later he purchased the Ann Curtis Swim Club with Nathan and his dream became a reality.

JANICE GOSTLIN

OFFICE MANAGER

Janis has a long history with ACSC. In fact, it started before the pool was even built! When Janis was 11 she failed her Red Cross swim lessons. Her mother took her to Ann to learn how to swim, and Ann had her swimming with confidence in no time. Janis’s lessons paid off, as she went on to become a member of the ACSC synchronized swim team for six years. She also worked as a swim instructor, head lifeguard, and in the office throughout her high school and collegiate summers. After teaching at Terra Linda High School for 32 years, she hurried back to the pool to begin working as the office manager, where she remains today.

BRANDON FRANKLIN

OPERATIONS

Originally from the Bay Area, Brandon attended UCLA and went on to earn his CPA. He’s amassed 25 years of financial and operational experience at PricewaterhouseCoopers, Morgan Creek, and NBC Universal. He’s an avid masters swimmer and serves on the board of the Swimming Saves Lives Foundation, the charitable arm of United States Masters Swimming. Brandon and his wife, Leanne, have two daughters, Emily and Hannah, who are in swim lessons in the L.A. area. Brandon was integral in the acquisition process for Nathan and Will, and continues to assist ACSC with behind the scenes administrative work.