1140 W. Mission Rd.
San Marcos, CA 92069
(760) 744-1150 X 2460
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Athletic Director:
John Woods

 Swimming & Diving



Jem McAdams

In his 14th year of coaching at Palomar College, Jem McAdams has elevated the Comets into the Upper echelon of the competitive Orange Empire Conference and state prominence.

After finishing first in the conference dual meet schedule for men in 2003, Palomar placed first in the conference championships, placed sixth in the state community college meet in 2003, and the men placed 5th in the state in 2005.

 Before coming to Palomar, McAdams coached 16 years at Golden West College, winning seven titles in 7 years as head coach of the Rustlers' women's swim team. He also served as assistant coach of the men's swim and water polo teams.

McAdams, who prepped at Fountain Valley High School, was a community college water polo All-American at Golden West when the Rustlers' finished third and fourth in the 1972 and 1973 state tournaments. Transferring to Cal State Fullerton, he was an all-conference water polo player, helping the Titans to fourth place in the 1974 NCAA tournament.

Jem lives in Vista with his wife Terri and four children Ryan, Troy, Andra, and Jana... and their wonder dog Comet, who was found at the Palomar pool.

Contact Jem at:  jmcadams@palomar.edu




Scott Lawson

Scott has served as a Palomar Assistant swim coach for 12 years and also heads the Inland Coast Aquatics Club program at the school. A member of the American Swimming Coaches Association, Lawson was selected by the San Diego chapter as Age Group of the year in both 1990 and 1996. Scott was awarded the Coach of the Year for Orange Empire Conference in 2003, for men's swimming, leading his Palomar swimmers to a conference championship.  A graduate of Texas Christian University, where he swam freestyle and butterfly competition, he holds a B.S. degree in math and B.A. in history.  Lawson lives in Oceanside and plans to attend graduate school at APU. 



Kelly Falcone

Kelly graduated from Vista High School in 1997, Palomar College in 1999, completed her Bachelors of Arts degree in Kinesiology- Fitness, Nutrition, and Health from San Diego State University in 2001, and completed her Masters of Arts degree in Kinesiology with specialization in Biomechanics from SDSU in 2005.  Her former sports life includes four years of swimming and water polo at Vista High, 2 years of swimming and water polo at Palomar, and 2 years on the SDSU division one water polo team. 

At Vista, Kelly earned several awards including team MVP, captain, and all-CIF honors.  At Palomar she received All-American honors in water polo both years she competed.  She was also awarded Athlete of the week for Pacific Coast Conference and received Scholar Athlete of the year for Palomar College Women’s athletics.  She earned a full ride scholarship to SDSU for her final two years of water polo.   At SDSU Kelly was a Scholar athlete and team captain.  In her final year of play, Kelly was awarded for her academics being honored with the SDSU Jim Malik award for the highest GPA among all SDSU athletes.  Immediately upon graduating from SDSU Kelly began her coaching career as an assistant water polo coach for Southwestern Community College.  Today, Kelly continues to play with a San Diego Masters team and competes regularly, most recently selected as an All-American for the 2004 Masters Nationals tournament.  This outstanding Comet Scholar returned home in 2004 to be the head water polo coach at Palomar.  In her first season coaching the Comets, she helped guide the team to earn the title of Conference Champions and was named Pacific Coast Conference Coach of the Year!  Welcome home Kelly!


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