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Mark Schubert

Head Coach-CEO

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Coach Mark Schubert is the Head Coach and CEO of the Mission Viejo Nadadores.

He returned to the World Renowned program that developed from 1972-1985.

 

He formerly was the Head Coach and CEO of the Golden West Swim Club in Huntington Beach, California; where he rebuilt one of Southern California's best programs from the bottom up by instilling the values of hard work, commitment, dedication, fun, and a love of swimming. Coach Schubert was also the Head Coach of Gold West College. After nine years of the Rustlers not making it to the championship podium, Schubert leads both the Women's and the Men's teams to the California State Community College Championships Title in 2013 - in his second year! The Men's team also won the State title in 2014 and 2015.

 

Schubert was named the USA Swimming National Team Head Coach and General Manager on March 21, 2006. Prior to joining USA Swimming, he was the head coach at the University of Southern California for 14 years.

 

Schubert has demonstrated coaching success at all levels - club, college, and international - matched by few coaches in the history of the sport. At the club level, Schubert found success on the national swimming scene as the head coach of the Mission Viejo Nadadores from 1972-85, where his teams won a record 44 U.S. National team titles during his tenure. Schubert also served as the head coach of Texas Aquatics for four years, leading the club, along with head coach Eddie Reese, to 10 national team titles.

 

At the collegiate level, Schubert coached at the University of Texas from 1989-92, leading the Longhorns to two NCAA team titles (1990 and 1991). At the University of Southern California, the Trojan women took home one NCAA team title under Schubert in 1997. His USC swimmers won 49 NCAA individual titles.

 

At the international level, Schubert has been a familiar face on the Olympic coaching scene, serving on every Olympic coaching staff since 1980 and placing 38 swimmers on U.S. Olympic teams. Schubert was Head Women's Coach in 1992 and 2004. He was the Head Men's Coach in 2000. He was a Women's Assistant Coach in 1996, and an assistant for the combined Men's and Women's teams for 1980, 1984, and 1988.

 

In his first World Championships appearance as National Team head coach and general manager, Schubert led Team USA to its most dominant performance in history. The Americans ran away with the medal count, winning an incredible

36 medals, 20 of them gold, and setting 12 world records. Schubert is an eight-time World Championships coach, serving as the head men's and women's coach in 1982.

 

Todd Conrad

General Manager

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Todd Conrad’s career in aquatics started when he was only a young child and he has since been able to put in 16+ years of competitive swimming. At a young age Todd quickly learned that his passion for swimming was paramount to all other passions and it was this focused ambition that allowed him to successfully pursue swimming at the collegiate level while attending the University of California at Irvine. It was also here that his swimming career was unfortunately cut short and his long and storied coaching and Aquatics experience began.  During his time at UCI, Todd became the Assistant Aquatics Director and helped run all the summer swim camps.  Todd simultaneously took a job coaching for the Aquazot swim team.  Only one year later, Todd took on the role of Aquatics Director at Coto De Caza Golf and Racquet Club. This position also afforded him the Head Coaching position of the then meager Coto Coyote Swim Team.  During Todd's 14 years at Coto he grew said Coyotes from a mere 6 swimmers to upwards of 100 while coaching over 8 All-Americans, 5 Junior National Qualifiers, 1 US Open Qualifier as well as a strong age group program that was consistently in the top 10 for SCS.  Todd is also a 4 time Festival (SCS All-Stars) champion and has served 7 years coaching at the North American Challenge Cup (2 years as associate head coach). In addition to coaching, Todd also managed all other programming at the Coto pool including but not limited to Swim Lessons, and the Summer Swim Team. Todd is also the Head Coach of the Tesoro Lady Titans Swim Team.  His success there includes 4 straight league titles, Runner Up at CIF Division 1 Championships and a 19-1 league dual meet record. Todd's passion for coaching and swimming has not waned over the years and is immediately obvious to anyone who speaks to him about the sport. He looks forward to sharing his knowledge and successes with the Nadador family!

 
 

Bill Voigt

Head Age Group Coach

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Bill Voigt joined the Mission Viejo Nadador coaching staff in November 2002.  He began coaching over 30 years ago and has coached at every level from age group through senior, high school and college. He has coached a number of Junior and Senior National qualifiers and over a dozen high school All-Americans; his San Mateo High School team won the CIF Central Coast Section Championships in 1992.   He also coached one Junior College All-American while at Napa Valley College. Prior to a brief stint as the Senior Coach with Swim Tucson in Arizona, Bill was most recently the Head Age Group Coach at Napa Valley Swim Team, before joining the Nadador coaching staff.   While in Northern California Bill coached 15 Pacific Age Group Swimmers of the Year between 1991 and 2000 and his swimmers were ranked in the national top 16 more than 100 times in that period.   He was selected for the Pacific All-Star Coaching Staff three times for the Western Zone Championships and once for the Quad Meet. Coach Bill places a strong emphasis on stroke technique and dedication to a goal-oriented work ethic.   He sees training champion athletes as a long-term and multi-faceted process, one that gradually develops potential from childhood to athletic maturation.   Bill grew up in the St. Louis, Missouri and swam at the University of Michigan, where he graduated with a BA in English Language and Literature in 1970.   Bill resides in Mission Viejo.

Joey Gracia

15 & Over and National Coach

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Joey Gracia is a Northern California native where he first learned how to swim at the age of six. He has been able to achieve times for Sectionals, CIF Central Coast Section, Far Westerns, and Junior Olympics. Joey first started coaching in 2011 and under the guidance of his mentors he has been able to become part of multiple championship winning teams. Joey will be working with our Rio and Tokyo groups. He has helped Golden West College, under the guidance of Mark Schubert and Tracy Maurer, acheive the 2015 Men’s Orange Empire Conference Champions & 2015 Men’s State Champions. He also was the Head Swim coach for Ocean View High School, 2016 Men’s and Women’s Golden West League Champions. Joey has been nominated to be part of the All-Star Festival and North American Cup Challenge coaching staffs. Joey has been able to produce champions for all levels from our 9-10 age group swimmer up to our college swimmers. Joey is currently going to school at Cal State Fullerton while pursuing a degree in Communications and is hoping to coach in the college ranks in the future.

“I am extremely excited to be part of such a storied program with the Nadadores and I cant wait to impact the lives of your children.” Coach Joey Gracia.

Liz Bridgford

Swim School Director

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Liz began her teaching career in 1996 at Grandview Swim School in Monterey Park. She swam throughout high school and continued teaching during the summer months at Grandview. A year after graduating from high school she was invited to be the JV swim coach at Gabrielino High School. In addition to coaching she taught swim lessons for the city of Sierra Madre for two years. In 2010, she began teaching swim in South Orange County while obtaining a Masters in Special Education from Loyola Marymount University. After successfully running her own private swim school for five years, she has now become a part of the world renowned Mission Viejo Nadadores.

 

 

Sarah Dawson

11/12 Division Director

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Coach Sarah Dawson began coaching with the Nadadores in September 2009.  After completing her undergraduate degree from California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo (B.S. in Biology), she obtained a job in Thousand Oaks working for a biotechnology company.  While there, she decided to get back in the world of swimming, as she had a long history as an athlete in Southern California Swimming, and decided she would like to return to the sport that she loved, but in a coaching capacity.  She started her coaching career as an Age Group I coach in 2002 for CLASS Aquatics in Westlake, CA.  While working there, her love of the sport drove her to re-define her career priorities and decided to return to Cal Poly and receive her M.S. in Physical Education and Sport Studies with an emphasis in Sport Psychology.  While going to school for her graduate degree, Sarah became the head coach for the San Luis Obispo Girl’s Swimming and Dive Team in 2006.  In her two years of coaching at the high school, she coached two League Championship teams and brought many individual athletes to CIF.  In 2006, Sarah also became the Senior Coach and Head Age Group coach of the San Luis Obispo Seahawks, bringing many athletes from being unable to make a JO cuts to Sectionals athletes.

Sarah’s coaching philosophy encompasses the positive attributes of the team’s philosophy and also allows for her athlete’s to make their own informed choices with a complete understanding of the appropriate consequences that come along with their personal choice.  Sarah is here to solely coach and to guide based off of her expertise in swimming and in coaching and to utilize her background in Sport Psychology to aid her athletes in their personal journey towards success in sport and in life.          

Bryan Dedeaux

9/10 & Dryland Division Director

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Coach Bryan Dedeaux started coaching in 1990 with the Colony Red Hots swim team in Irvine, California.  In 1999, Bryan took his abilities and unique style to the world famous Mission Viejo Nadadores to further gain knowledge in teaching and coaching at a more competitive level.  With the Nadadores, he worked closely with many world class coaches including Siga Rose and Jim Montrella.  Bryan’s versatility afforded him unique opportunities to coach all levels and ages within the program until settling in as the 10 and under division director in 2004. He has since developed many of the top 10 and under athletes in the United States.  In 2010 Bryan was awarded the Southern California Age Group Coach of the Year.  He has headlined and presented in numerous coaching clinics and teaches the ASCA Level 2 Stroke School.   Bryan also spent a year working for the Irvine Unified School District gaining experience in child development, helping students with special needs, and developing after school programs.   He currently is a NAFC Certified Personal Trainer and Certified Functional Strength Coach and trains athletes and general population clients at Functional Sports Performance in Irvine, Californa.  Bryan became the Mission Viejo Nadadores dryland director in 2017 and developed a comprehensive and progressive teamwide strength program for high performance enhancement and works directly with the National team in the weight room.

Nicki Lucas

8 & Under Division Director

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Coach Nicki Lucas brings over 23 years of coaching experience to the Nadadores’ Program. Throughout her career, Nicki has worked with both novice and competitive swimmers and has been involved with her Zone and LSC. She is certified as an ASCA Level Three Age Group Coach and has participated>


Prior to joining the Nadadores Staff, Nicki spent 14 years in the Bay Area, where she worked with both competitive entry-level and novice swimmers. Off the pool deck, Nicki is also a certified Cross-Fit instructor and enjoys open water swimming and triathlons. Coach Nicki firmly believes in providing a positive learning environment and making all athletes feel welcome. She loves to make workouts fun, and strives to develop a long-term coach-athlete connection with all of the swimmers she coaches.

Rebekah Ankeny

Asst. Age Group Coach

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Coach Rebekah is one of the coaches of the Novice and Transition groups. She has been with the Nadadores since March 2014. In addition to coaching, she is currently working toward a degree in child development. Rebekah began swimming when she was six years old and has loved the sport ever since.

 

Darian Primer

Asst. Age Group & High School Coach

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Coach Darian Primer was a swimmer for the Mission Viejo Nadadores for 11 years, from age 7 to 18. During his time swimming for the Nadadores, Darian was coached by much of the present day coaching staff and was able to learn from each of their different coaching styles. He worked his way through the ranks and was a National Team member his last two years. Darian was a Division-1 CIF qualifier in the 100y Backstroke and sectional qualifier in the 200m Backstroke. Darian graduated from Mission Viejo High School in 2015 and is now attending Saddleback College and is majoring in Mechanical Engineering. In his free time, he enjoys surfing, fishing, biking, and traveling.

Christopher McElroy

Asst. Coach

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Coach Chris McElroy is a lifelong Nadador. He spent 13 years working his way up through each group along the way, training under many of the current coaches on staff, including Coach Rose, Coach Bill, and Coach Richard on the National Team. He holds several Nadadores records in breaststroke and competed in the CIF Swimming & Diving Championship all four years of his high school experience. Since 2014 Chris has been an instructor in the Nadadores Swim School and spent a brief period coaching with the Nellie Gale Gators. He graduated from San Juan Hills High School in 2016 and is currently enrolled at Saddleback College with a major of Music Composition. In his free time, he enjoys composing orchestral works and playing piano. 

 

Stephanie Rahman

Pre Competitive Director

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Coach Stephanie Rahman has a long history with Southern California Swimming, which started at the age of five where she swam for ORCA Aquatics. When her personal career ended Stephanie asked her coach if there were any opportunities to coach for her with her lifelong team. Stephanie started working with the summer swim lesson programs, and novice year round swimmers. Throughout her thirteen years of coaching at ORCA, she coached varying levels of athletes from swim lessons, to Junior Olympic swimmers.

Along with her many years of coaching competitive swimming, she was also an assistant coach at Villa Park High School, where she swam and played water polo, and an assistant coach at El Modena High School. Her love of teaching young children to love the water also led her to be a swim instructor at Swim Safe Swim School where she taught infants to adults how to swim. The fundamentals of swimming are very important to Coach Stephanie. Her love of watching individual athletes learn and succeed with a new skill is what she enjoys most about coaching the Novice and Transition level with the Nadadores. 

Logan Redondo

Assistant Coach

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Logan started swimming when he was 5 years old at the Mission Viejo Nadadores and he hasn’t stopped swimming since. Over the course of his swimming career he has swam almost 14 years with the Nadadores, with many of those years training under Coach Rose, Coach Bill, and Coach Siga. Logan was lucky enough to be able to represent the Nadadores at the 2012 and 2016 Olympic Trials finishing 18th in the mile at the 2016 Olympic Trials. Logan also swam in college at the University of Minnesota under Coach Kelly Kremer and was able to represent Minnesota at the Big Ten and NCAA championships. Logan graduated from the University of Minnesota with a BS in Kinesiology with an emphasis in Sport Psychology.

“I am incredibly honored to be back with the Nadadore family and to be able to be a part of the coaching staff. I have learned a lot growing up with the Nadadores and I am truly grateful for all the gifts the team and the sport of swimming have given me. I love being around the pool and competition, as well as, the freedom that comes with being confident in the water. Swimming is a great passion of mine and my primary goal as a coach is to help others find that joy in the water, continue to grow in the sport long term, and reach their best potential.”

3 Time CIF Division I Team Champions with Capistrano Valley High School

200 Freestyle, 500 Freestyle, & 400 Freestyle Relay Division I CIF Champion

2012 & 2016 Olympic Trials competitor in the 400 & 1500 meter Freestyle

Competed with the University of Minnesota 2012-2017 at Big Ten & NCAA Championships

5k & 10k Competitor at 2010 & 2016 USA Open Water Nationals

Kristeen L Gracia

9-10 Bronze and Pre-Comp Assistant

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Kristeen Gracia started swimming competitively at a young age for San Jose Aquatics in Northern California. Her accomplishments, drive, and love for the sport inspired  her first job in high school. Working with the Swim America program, she began teaching swim lessons and water safety to swimmers of all ages at her local community pools.. Shortly after, she started coaching entry-level and competitive Novice level swimmers in 2006 with Monterey County Aquatics. In 2009, she took a break from coaching to pursue her college education and returned to the pool deck 3 years later. Under the management of Mark Schubert and Tracy Maurer,  Kristeen began teaching private swim lessons and coaching age-group swimmers at Golden West Swim Club.. In 2016, she added high school swimming to her coaching career as Head JV coach for Ocean View High School (Golden West League Champions 2016(M/W) and 2017(M)). Kristeen is excited to join the Mission Viejo Nadadores community and is looking forward to sharing and broadening her knowledge and expertise with its swimmers and staff.

Daniel Roa

Assistant Senior Coach

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Coach Daniel Roa is originally from Bogota, Colombia. Daniel started his swimming career at the age of five. As a swimmer, he was able to achieve multiple qualifying times for regionals and national championships, getting to represent Colombia on multiple occasions. Daniel moved to Southern California in August 2012 to attend Golden West College and swim under the guidance of Mark Schubert, where he earned multiple conference records and was awarded the MVP on his first season with the Rustlers. Daniel started coaching in 2013 with the age group program at Golden West Swim Club, but his coaching and teaching experience goes back to his days in Colombia helping his dad on his swimming/triathlon team. Coach Daniel emphasizes stroke technique as a fundamental piece for a successful athlete at any given level, as well as establishing goals in order to have a successful and fun journey in the sport.  Daniel has been selected to be part of the coaching staff for the SCS All-Star Festival and North American Cup Challenge.“I will be at the pool every day building successful swimmers, and outstanding citizens”

Bill Rose

Coach Emeritus

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Coach Bill Rose

Coach Bill Rose's brilliant career began at the University of the Pacific (1968-1974) where his team won two PCAA championships. He then built the DeAnza Swim Club in Cupertino, CA into the nation's largest club during his tenure (1974-1976). For the next three years, he coached the Canadian Dolphin Team of Vancouver, before taking the Head Women's Coach Position at Arizona State University in 1979.Coach Rose has served as U.S. National Team Coach in Bremen, Germany, and Head Coach of the Canadian Pan-American Women's Team, the Canadian World Championship Team, and the Canadian Commonwealth Team.
After a successful ten-year stint as vice-president with Dean Witter and Prudential Bache, Coach Rose returned to his first love, coaching, joining the Nadadores in 1992. Not missing a beat, Coach Rose served as a coach for the United States team in the 1995 Pan American Games in Mar Del Plata, Argentina and has been named to the staff of the U.S. World University Games Team competing in Sicily, Italy in August, 1997 and again on the 1999 WUG team competing in Palma de Mallorca, Spain as Head Women's Coach. Coach Rose then placed Chad Carvin on the 2000 US Olympic team as well as six athletes from other nations. He was then named Head Olympic Coach for Mexico after placing a number of swimmers on their team.
The recent years with the Nadadores have continued to be a "whirlwind" of accomplishment. In August 2001, Coach Rose was a coach for the Philippines in the Southeast Asian Games held in Malaysia. In 2003, he was the U.S.A. Head Coach for the Pan American Games in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. The year of 2004 was very special. Coach Rose was able to put Larsen Jensen on the U.S. Olympic Team in Athens, Greece. It was there where Larsen achieved his dream and became a Silver Medal Winner in the 1500 meter freestyle and demolished the American Record by 11 seconds! Coach Rose was being named to the staff of the U.S.A. World University Games held in Turkey in August 2006. His protégé swimmer there was Justin Mortimer, who earned a Gold Medal in the 1500 meter freestyle. In 2007, Coach Rose was the Head Coach for the U.S.A. Open Water Team at the World Championships in Melbourne, Australia. At the same time, Coach Rose held a position on the Swimming Staff for the Melbourne events as well. In 2008, Coach Rose was named to the USA Olympic Team Coaching staff and was the Head Coach for the Olympic debut of the 10K; one of his swimmers, Chloe Sutton, was the first American woman to compete in this Olympic event. In 2009 he was appointed to USA Swimming's World Championship staff in Rome. In 2013, he coached the U.S. Junior World Cup Tour Team in Beijing, China, and Tokyo, Japan.
Along the way, Coach Rose received the highest honor that can be bestowed by his peers as he was inducted into the American Swim Coaches Hall of Fame in 2004. In 2006 and 2008 Coach Rose was named the Developmental Coach of the Year by the United States Olympic Committee. In 2013 and 2014 Coach Rose was selected as the Southern California Swimming Coach of the Year. Coach Rose's unique approach has allowed him to positively influence the lives’ of 1000's of swimmers throughout his career.

Board of Directors

Suzi Elizabeth Fitzpatrick

Chairperson

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Harold Epps

Foundation Treasurer

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Jim Montrella

Board Member

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Khash Sarrafi

Board Member

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Kris Yellin

Foundation President

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Steve Gunnell

Vice Chair

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Amy Collins

Board Member

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Angela Taylor

Foundation Secretary

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Stephanie Rosenthal

Board Member

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