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Bill Rose

Head Coach

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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.

 

2004

Sent Larsen Jensen to the 2004 USA Olympics where he won a Silver Medal in the 1500 meter freestyle and set the American Record by 11 seconds

2004

Inducted into the American Swim Coaches Hall of Fame

2006

“Developmental Coach of the Year” by the United States Olympic Committee

2006

Member, coaching staff – USA World University Games, Turkey
His swimmer, Justin Mortimer, earned a Gold Medal in the 1500 meter freestyle

2007

Head Coach, USA Open Water Team – World Championships, Melbourne, Australia

2007

Coached Fran Crippen to Pan American Games Gold Medal in the open water 10K

2008

Named Head Coach for the USA Open Water Olympic Team in Beijing, China

2008

Took seven Nadadores to the USA Olympic Trials and placed Chloe Sutton on the 2008 Olympic Team for the open water 10K

2009

Named to USA Swimming’s World Championship staff in Rome

2010

Pan Pac Swim Coach and Open Water Head Coach - Irvine, CA

2010

Pan Pac Swim Coach and Open Water Head Coach - Irvine, CA

2010

Short Course Coach, World Championships - Dubai, UAE

2012

National Team Staff, Training Camp - San Diego, CA

2012

Took 15 Nadadores to USA Olympic Trials and placed Chloe Sutton on the 2012 Olympic Team in the 400 freestyle

2012

Named to FINA Short Course World Championships staff in Istanbul, Turkey

2013

Named Coach U.S. Junior World Cup Tour Team to World Cup meets in Tokyo and Beijing

2013

Named Southern California Swimming Coach of the Year

2013

Coached Ashley Twitchel to a gold medal at the World University Games in the open water 10K

2014

Named Southern California Swimming Coach of the Year for the second year in a row

2014

Coached Katie McLaughlin to a bronze medal at the Pan Pacific Championship in the 200 fly

2015

Coached Janardan Burns (1500 freestyle) and Stephanie Peacock (open water 10K) to the World University Games

2015

Coached Katie McLaughlin to the World Championship in Kazan, Russia in the 200 fly

Bill Voigt

Swim Program Development Director

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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.

Richard Hunter

13/14 Division Director

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Coach Richard swam for the Nadadores for his entire swim career from age 5 to age 22. He graduated from Trabuco Hill High School in 2004 where he set the current school record in the 100 yard breaststroke. He went on to attend U.C. Berkeley where he competed for the Men's Swim program under Nort Thornton and David Durden for four years and majored in History. During his time there he earned multiple accolades including NCAA All-American and Academic All-American. He qualified for and competed in the 2007 and 2008 NCAA Championships. In 2008 Richard served as co-captain and helped lead the team to a 4th place finish at NCAA's. After graduating he swam the 100m breast at the 2008 Olympic Trials in Omaha, Nebraska. 

Richard coached the Junior Varsity boys swim team at Trabuco Hills High School during the 2009 season. In his free time he enjoys running, reading, and cheering on his favorite baseball team, the Angels!

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

10 & Under Division Director

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Coach Bryan Dedeaux started coaching in 1990 with the Colony Red Hots swim team in Irvine, California.  It was at that point that Bryan realized his love for teaching young children and began developing his philosophy and unique style of coaching.  In 1999, Bryan took his abilities and style to the world famous Mission Viejo Nadadores to further his knowledge of teaching and coaching at the 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 2005. He has since developed many of the top 10 and under athletes in the United States.   He was selected as a Western Zone age group coach in 2004 and 2005 and co-headlined the 2008 ASCA Eastern States Coaches Clinic in Boston Massachusetts.  In 2010 Bryan presented two talks at the ASCA World Clinic in Indianapolis and received the Southern California Age Group Coach of the Year.  He is currently lined up to speak at the SCS Fall Kick-Off Clinic in October and then at the Southern California All Sports Clinic in January. 

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.

Bryan believes in developing each individual child to ensure the greatest chances for success in their future. He teaches positive attitudes and ideas through positive teaching strategies.   Coach Bryan is a true student of the sport and spends a tremendous amount of time reviewing current research and attending clinics. 

 

Daniel Colvin

Dryland Coordinator/Strength Coach

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Coach Danny Colvin came to the Mission Viejo Nadadores after spending two years as Head Strength and Senior Sprint Coach for the Buenaventura Swim Club.  While at Buenaventura, Danny helped train and coach four swimmers to their first Olympic Trials cuts, as well as Junior National and Sectional times.  Danny spent the last three years as the Strength and Conditioning Coach for the Ventura College Women's Water Polo Team.  Last spring he became the Strength and Conditioning Coach for the Ventura College Men's Swim Team where he helped coach the 2015 California Community College Men's Swimmer of the Year, Mitch Ongstad. Danny also served as the Strength and Conditioning Coach for the fall of 2015 Ventura College Men's Water Polo Team and Weight Training Coach for a local high school in Ventura.

 

Siga Rose

8 & Under Division Director

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Siga Rose was the highly successful Head Age Group Coach of the Nadadores from 1981 to 1986. Before returning in 1992, she coached age group programs at Stockton Tiger Aquatics and Golden West Swim Club.She has coached more than 75 Top-16 age group qualifiers and her swimmers have set 25 national age group records. She has been chosen by her peers to coach Zone camps, All-Star camps and All-Star meets. Coach Siga was named the USA Swimming - SCS Age Group Coach of the Year in 2000. A marathon swimmer herself, Coach Siga is known throughout the coaching profession for her special ways with young swimmers.  Coach Siga has won numerous distinctions for her work in swimming and has been a key presenter at both domestic and international clinics. 

 

Jacqueline O'Hagan

Transition & Novice Director

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Jacqueline recently joined the Nadadores after working for Aquazot for 3 years where she was the Head Age Group Coach for 1 year.  She is a graduate from UC Irvine with a degree in Cognitive Science and a minor in Biology.  She has been a competitive swimmer since the age of 6 in her hometown of Thousand Oaks, California.  Jacqueline swam for Ventura College and was an All-American Athlete and Scholar Athlete for 2 years before transferring to UC Irvine to swim.  She was also the Head Coach and a Head Swim Instructor for Daland Swim School in Southern California for 6 years and loved every minute of it.  She also currently works with children with ADHD, Autism and other disabilities and is trained in Cognitive Behavior Therapy at UCI. She is excited to join the Nadadore family to help swimmers with great technique and develop a love for the sport. 

Theresa Jean Sorenson

Dry Side Assistant

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T Sorenson joined the Mission Viejo Nadadores coaching staff in September 2012. She began coaching swimming in 1989 in Minnesota and has coached with the Burnsville and South Metro Storm swim clubs and high school girls at Prior Lake High School. She has coached swimmers from the novice level to Junior National qualifiers in age group as well as masters swimmers. Age group swimmers she has coached include several state and zone record holders and one national age group record holder.

 

T also served as a high school communications teacher, K-12 principal, and then district superintendent in Minnesota. She has also served as a member of the University of St. Thomas licensure review panel, a panel that evaluates candidates for superintendent licensure in the state of Minnesota. In March 2012 she retired from the superintendency and focused her career in coaching. Coach T received several honors while working in public schools including the following:

·Prior Lake High School Coach of the Year, 2005

·Best Buy Te@ch Award winner, 2005

·Knowledge Points Outstanding Teacher, 2005

·Minnesota Teacher of the Year nominee, 2005

·Advisor of the Year, 2003

·Led production of the first all-digital high school yearbook in Minnesota, 2003

 

Earlier in her career, T served as a Marketing Manager (1996-1998) and a Marketing Coordinator (1995-1996) for Medtronic, a multi-national medical device company. She also worked as the Assistant Editor for the American Phytopathological Society (1989-1990) until taking time off to stay at home with her first child.

 

She earned her B.S. from Iowa State University, with a double major in English and speech communication with an emphasis in science. She earned her master’s degree in education and doctoral degree in leadership, policy, and administration from the University of St. Thomas. As part of her academic and swimming pursuits, she has shared her knowledge through several publications and presentations including:

  • Voight, B. & Sorenson, T. (2013). “Our Favorite Drills and Workouts.” Presented online via Club Excellence Wednesday, USA Swimming.
  • Sorenson, T. (2012). Pay-for-Performance Redux: A Comparative Case Study of Four Districts’ Experiences in One State. Ann Arbor, MI: ProQuest.
  • Sorenson, T. (2012). “Pay-for-performance Redux: One School District’s Experience.” Presented at the Midwest Qualitative Research Conference, Minneapolis, MN.
  • Udoibok, K. & Sorenson, T. (2009), “Truancy: The Gateway to Adult Crime.” Presented at the Minnesota School Boards Association Annual Leadership Conference, Minneapolis, MN.
  • Cacich, J., Jeffrey, D., Collins, S. Malovhr, S. Sorenson, T. Bequette, M., & Lee, J. (2007), “Nuts & Bolts: Funding, Agreements, and Curriculum.” Presented at the Second Annual K-14 Symposium of the Alliance for Successful Student Educational Transitions, Anoka, MN.


T began swimming in high school and improved quickly; competing at the national level and earning high school All-American honors her senior year. She earned all-conference recognition multiple times while swimming at Iowa State University. Coach T has been swimming with Nadadores Masters Team since 2009 and continues to compete at the national level in US Masters Swimming.   She has also earned several accolades in her swimming career including:

·U.S. Masters’ Swimming national record 4 x 200 m. free relay (2011)

·U.S. Masters’ Swimming National Top 10, free (2009-2012), back (2011), breast (2011), individual medley (2009-2011), fly (2012)

·Iowa State University swimming letter winner (1985, 1987-1989), All-Conference (1985, 1988, 1989)

  • National competitor (1984)
  • High school All-American (1983)

T still holds her high school team and pool records in the 100 and 200 free. They have been unbroken for more than 30 years.

 

Chelsea Ankeny

Swim School Director

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Chelsea Ankeny brings 10 years of coaching experience with her to the Nadadores program. She taught lessons and coached the first groups of Elite Aquatics from 2004-2006. She then took over as the Head Age Group coach for Elite Aquatics from 2006-2010. Moving to Bakersfield to swim for CSU Bakersfield she came into Roadrunner aquatics as their Head Age Group Coach. She also spent the summer directing the Summer Recreational Team for Roadrunner Aquatics. She assisted the college team after graduating in 2012 through August 2013. After finishing her MBA degree at the end of November 2013 she moved to Southern California to work for the Nadadores.

Nicki Lucas

Age Group Coach

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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 on the coaching staffs for several all-star meets, including the Pacific Swimming All-Star Development Meet and the North American Challenge Cup. Nicki’s swimmers have seen much success, achieving JO, Far Western, and Western Zone Championship titles.


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.

Emi Yamaguchi

Age Group Coach

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Coach Emi has been a proud Nadador for almost 20 years. She first learned how to swim through the Nadador swim school program and from there, continued swimming all the way through college, where she was a team captain her Junior and Senior year. She graduated from Tesoro High School in 2009 and received her Bachelors of Science in Biology from UC Santa Cruz in 2013. She has worked with the swim school and Novice and Transition programs over the past 7 years and enjoys helping children develop their love for swimming along with improving their stroke technique.

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.

 

Brittney Lugo

Asst. Age Group Coach

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Coach Brittany Lugo joined the Nadadores in 2012. She taught swim lessons at the Nadadores Swim School her first year, and has since been coaching the Novice and Transition groups since then.
 
Brittany played water polo for at Mission Viejo High School, SET Aquatics, and Triad Water Polo Club for a total of five years in the sport.  She attended Irvine Valley College for two years and then attended a beauty college in Laguna Hills. She is now a licensed esthetician.
 
While at Irvine Valley College, Brittany connected with one of her former high school swim coaches, Melinda Bolton, who used to work with the Nadadores. Brittany was looking for work and Bolton encouraged her to apply at the Nadadores’ Swim School. Brittany was hired, and loves her work. Her favorite parts of coaching are that the coaches break the technique into small steps and progress step by step with her swimmers until they can understand what is expected of them. The swimmers are also lots of fun. Building relationships with the swimmers can make Brittany feel like they are her own children because she can bond and relate to them at their level.

 

Courtney Nguyen

Asst. Age Group Coach

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Courtney recently started coaching for the Nadadores as Coach Bryan’s Assistant Coach. Funnily enough, her swimming career started on the Colony Red Hots, where she learned how to swim from Coach Bryan when she was 7 years old. However, her love for swimming really started when she returned to the Red Hots in 2002, at the age of twelve. As her passion for swimming grew, she went on to also coach for the Colony Red Hots, from age 16-22; after which she had to leave to become a volunteer English teacher in Thailand. During her time as both swimmer and coach for the team, the Red Hots came in 1st at the Irvine Swim League Championships 7 years in a row.

Courtney graduated from UC Santa Cruz in 2012 with a B.A. in Psychology, and is currently working as an eCommerce Coordinator for Marriott. She is thrilled to return to the pool deck to help her very first coach, coach the Nadadores.

 

Daniel O'Connor

Age Group/High School Coach

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    Coach Dan O’Connor was born and raised in Syracuse, NY. His best friend and teammate growing up, Ashley Twichell, came to Mission Viejo to continue training with the Nadadores after she graduated from college, and Coach Dan joined her here after his sophomore year of college. He has been every summer until he graduated from college. He now trains year-round with the Nadadores and will continue to do so until the 2016 Olympic Trials.   
    Since Coach Dan came to train full-time with the Nadadores in 2015, he has been an assistant coach with the 13-14 Gold and 13-14 Blue groups during the 2014-2015 winter and summer seasons at Mission Viejo. Coach Dan is now the lead coach of the London Group.
    Coach Dan came to the Nadadores as an accomplished swimmer. In 2011, he was named Atlantic Coast Conference Freshman of the Year, and earned NCAA Division I All-American honors in 1650-yard freestyle.  He participated in the 2012 Olympic trials, and has three qualifying times for the 2016 Olympic Trials. In 2013, Coach Dan finished fourth in the US Open 1500-meter freestyle.
    Coach Dan loves coaching because it not only gives him an opportunity to give back to the team that has provided him with so much over the past three years, it also makes his day to help a swimmer improve. Coach Dan loves passing on knowledge that he has learned through his own training and from the coaches who have coached him throughout his career. Beside his first priority of helping swimmers to improve their times, Coach Dan also makes sure he emphasizes the value that swimming can have in swimmers’ lives. He loves the Community of Mission Viejo and there is not another place in this world he would rather be than right here in Orange County.

 

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.

Michael Span

Asst. High School Coach

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 Coach Michael Span began coaching early on while living in Virginia with a city program that transitioned kids from lessons and beginner swimming to the local club swim team. Along with coaching this program, he competed as a club and high school swimmer. He moved from Virginia to California at the end of his sophomore year, leaving behind five varsity school records in freestyle, backstroke, and relay events. 
    While in California, Michael swam for both the Mission Viejo Nadadores and the Laguna Hills High School Varsity Swim Team. Michael finished his high school career with a school varsity record in a relay. He was also competing with the Mission Viejo Nadadores National Team.
    After high school, Michael was a member of the Honors College at Arizona State University studying Computer Science for his freshman year. He is now at Irvine Valley College studying economics with the intent of transferring to a school within the University of California system. This summer, he began coaching with Mission Viejo as the head coach of one of the Nadadores’ Satellite teams and now coaches the London group. He is excited to share everything he knows about the sport of swimming and to watch his swimmers achieve their goals.

 

Lucas Norman

Asst. Coach

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Coach Lucas swam for the Mission Viejo Nadadores for 14 years from the ages of 8-22. He swam at Capistrano Valley High School where he helped his team to 2 CIF titles. He went on to attend and swim at UC Santa Barbara where he competed in the PAC-12 conference and was named a team captain his senior year. Coach Lucas graduated from UC Santa Barbara in 2014 with a B.S. in Cell in Developmental Biology and is currently applying for medical school. He also works in an ophthalmology lab at UCI and is a private tutor during the school year for AP Biology/Chemistry. Outside of work, Coach Lucas still loves to swim daily and surf whenever he can get himself to the beach.