Mark David Warkentin
Coach Mark assumed the role of head coach at SBSC on December
1st 2012. He previously coached locally for San Marcos High
School, La Cumbre Country Club and SBAC. He also acted as a
volunteer coach for the UCSB collegiate program under head coach
Gregg Wilson between 2004 and 2009.
Mark began his swimming career in Santa Barbara with SBSC in the
late 1980's. As an age group swimmer he broke 3 Southern
California Swimming records, was a member of the USA Swimming
National Jr. Team, a 4 time CIF champion and was a finalist at the
1996 Olympic Trials in the 400 Freestyle. Over the next 10
years Mark competed at National competitions as a finalist in
events ranging from the 200 to the 1500 free and the 400 IM.
Mark competed for the USA National team as a member of the
Goodwill Games team and the World University Games Team winning
multiple gold medals. In 2006 he transitioned to Open Water
Swimming and was a National team member for 4 years, earning a
Silver Medal at the World Championships in the 25k in 2008.
Mark's competitive career culminated with an 8th place finish
at the 2008 Beijing Olympics in the 10k.
Coach Mark is the Coaches rep for the Coastal Section committee
in his 4th full year of coaching at the USA Swimming level.
He is very excited to help SBSC athletes achieve their own
greatest success in the pool.
Mark and his wife Diana have two boys.
PM Masters Coach, Assistant Coach
Coach AB has been coaching for over 26 years. He has
coached at every level from beginning age swimmer to the senior
national level. At the LSC level coach AB has been an
All-Star coach, Zone Coach, served on the board of directors, Coach
of the Year and led his team to the LSC championship. Coach
AB has also coached Masters swimming for 26 years. During
that time he has coached world ranked masters swimmers, world
ranked triathletes and a Masters National Championship.
Coach AB believes that perfecting technique and developing a
strong aerobic base is the key to success in any swimming
event. He believes that improving the small details of
starts, turns, and stroke technique along with consistent training
will led to fast swimming. Swimming is a great sport; the
attributes you need to succeed in swimming are the same ones you
need to succeed in life. Being involved in swimming
can’t help but make you a better person.
Head Age Group Coach. AM Masters Coach
Coach JJ grew up in
Hemet, California where he swam for the Hemet Valley Dolphins from
the time he was eight years old until leaving for college. He swam
in college at U.C. Santa Cruz where he was conference finalist in
the 500 free two years in a row. After graduation from U.C. Santa
Cruz in 1998 with a B.A. in History, he helped coach the swim team
for five years. As the assistant swim coach for U.C. Santa Cruz JJ
coached the distance group and the 400 I.M.ers; out of this group,
seven All-American swims were produced. While coaching for the
University JJ also coached for the USS swim team in the area,
Cabrillo Threshers. At Cabrillo the junior group and the pre-senior
group were his primary focus. While coaching the college students
and the age group swimmers Coach JJ also coached for Santa Cruz
Masters. Coach JJ moved to Santa Barbara in 2004 and is the
Advanced Age Group Coach at Los Banos as well as the morning
ASCA Level 3. JJ
was appointed to coach at the 2007 Western Zone Select Camp. JJ for
the past 9 years has coached Western Zones
(2005-2006) and the North American Challenge Cup (NACC)
(2007-2013) for Southern California Swimming. All these levels
of swimming have taught JJ a lot about coaching the sport and about
life in general. Coach JJ enjoys reading and watching movies in his
spare time and would like to see how far his coaching can take him.
Coach JJ lives in Santa Barbara with his wife Sarah
who is a lecturer in the writing program at U.C. Santa
Assistant Coach - AG 2 & 3 - UCSB
Coach Jessica began
swimming as an age grouper with Industry Hills
and Rose Bowl
Aquatics. Once at Bonita High School she was the team captain
for two years and set many school records. Coach Jessica then
attended University of La Verne where she earned her Bachelor's
Degree and Elementary Teaching Credential. While at ULV, she
was elected women's team captain for two years and set school
records in the 200 freestyle, 500 freestyle, 1000 freestyle, 1650
freestyle, and was a member of the record holding 800 freestyle
After college, she begain teaching elementary school in the
Compton Unified School District, then moved to the Baldwin Park
Unified School District. While teaching in Baldwin
Park, Jessica began coaching with the Claremont Club
swim team. She coached beginning swimmers, and more
advanced junior high and high school swimmers who were able to
qualify for Age Group Championships, Junior Olympics, Southern
California Sectionals, and CIF.
Currently, Coach Jessica
is a 4th grade teacher at La Patera Elementary School in
Goleta. She is in charge of the before school tutoring for
under privledge students, and serves on many school committees
including the Principal Advisory Committee. At SBSC, Jessica
helps coach the Advance Age Group swimmers. She enjoys seeing
her swimmers improve their times and become better individuals
through their experiences with SBSC
Rebecca Rae Vossler
Assistant Coach, Age Group
Coach Becky grew up in Santa Barbara and was a member of Santa
Barbara Swim Club. She swam for Dos Pueblos High School and
Concordia University. She currently coaches Novice, Age Group 1 and
Age Group 3. Coach Becky also provides most of our pirvate lessons
for our Age group swimmers at Los Banos Coach Becky is also the
assistant coach for Santa Barbara City College Women's swim team.
Age Group and Dry land coach
Coach Chris comes to us with a background in swimming and dry
land training. Chris is a certified crossfit instuctor and will be
working with our Elite athletes on their dryland training. He will
also be coaching our early session of Age Group 2.
Novice and AG coach at UCSB
Coach Jenny comes to us from Marin county in Northern
California. She is a sophomore at UCSB majoring in Environmental
Studies. Jenny has a background in recreational swimming and group
swimming lessons. She will be coaching our Novice and Age Group 1
at UCSB and working with AG 2 and 3 doing dryland. Welcome Coach
Assistant Coach - AG2
Coach Paul comes to us from Colorado where he has coached age
group swimmers. He is a recent graduate of the Marine Diving
program at SBCC and will be working with our late group of AG2.
Welcome Coach Paul!