Coaches

Our goal is to raise the level of competition swimming in the central valley.

Ellis Aquatics is a year-round Level 3 USA Swimming club serving the Tracy & Mountain House area. We are a coached owned team founded by Clay Basepayne, Pat Windschitl, Candy Windschitl and Erin Mann. Since 2010 we've worked hard to make our part of the central valley a force in swimming. We've built a team of 30 swimmers to one of the largest teams in Pacific Swimming and earned Level 3 in USA swimming's club recognition program, an accomplishment only met by 6% of clubs nationally! As coaches our goal is to train local youth to become lifelong athletes who love the sport and the experiences it brings.

Clay Basepayne

Founding Coach - Senior

As an age group swimmer Clay won Far Westerns, and Western Zones and as a national swimmer he finished in the top 16 for both Jr. Nationals and the US Open. He was also a 2 time High School All American and was the Valley Oak League record holder in the 200 IM for over a decade.

In college Clay was the top swimmer in Breaststroke for the University of the Pacific and a finalist in Big West Swimming at his college conference champions. That year he and his team won the Big West Conference, upsetting UC Santa Barbara for their first conference loss in more than 24 years to UOP.

Clay has also coached at Bear Creek High, Sierra High, Merrill West High, Weston Ranch High and for the MDST. While at Sierra the varsity girls team took VOL Championships in 2007, 2008, & 2009, the first swimming championship wins in the schools history.

Pat Windschitl

Founding Coach - Age Group & Senior

Pat started swimming with an area recreation team at 5 years old and swam through high school at Sierra High under Coach Dave Breitenbucher. At Sierra he broke Coach Clay's record in the 100 Fly. He later went on to work for Coach Dave at Sierra. Since then he has coached with the MDST, the now defunct Manteca Aquatics, and is at West High. At Sierra he helped coach the girls team to take first in the VOL Championships in 2007, 2008, & 2009, the first swimming championship wins in the schools history.

With Ellis, Coach Pat has helped athletes find success at both the national and local level with swimmers winning far westerns and junior olympics, as well as being ranked top 10 in the nation.

Candy Windschitl

Fundamental Coach, Red Cross CPR & First-Aid Instructor

Coach Candy has been associated with swim programs in the central valley in one way or another for for nearly the past twenty years. Starting as a parent volunteer she wrangled age group goobers and got them to their events unharmed. She has also served as a board member, club president, league representative and league president over the Mid-valley Swim League before stepping down to exclusively help coach our youngest athletes.

Coach Candy started with our program by helping to coach the siblings of swimmers who hadn't yet been able to qualify to swim with the recreation teams. Since then, these swimmers have gone on to become accomplished age group swimmers, and Coach Candy has taken on her own groups becoming an even more essential and appreciated part of our program.


Julie Verjwist

Assistant coach // Tracy High Head Swimming & Girls Water Polo Coach

Jacob Lawson

Assistant coach // Lathrop High Head Swim Coach

Jason Bussey

Assistant coach

Johnny Buonauro

Assistant coach