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Santa Barbara Swim Club Coaching Staff

We are here to support your needs. If your questions are related to workouts, meets, events, goal setting, and other swimming related needs, please contact one of the coaches. For all questions related to administrative, such as dues, safety, or policy issues, please contact the office at swimoffice@sbswim.net.

Coaching Staff

Mark David Warkentin

Head Coach

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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 also raced in open water events in the Amazon River, around Manhatten Island and throughout Croatia.

Coach Mark is the Coaches rep for the Coastal Section committee and is in his 5th 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.

John Abrami

PM Masters Coach, Assistant Coach

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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. 

JJ Jones

Head Age Group Coach, AM Masters Coach

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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 Masters coach.

Coach JJ is currently entering his 11th year coaching for Santa Barbara Swim Club. During his tenure he has coached many SBSC swimmers to success. Many of his swimmers have made various Southern California All-Star teams such as, Pacific Coast All-Stars, the North American Challenge Cup (NACC) and Festival. ASCA Level 3. JJ was appointed to coach at the 2007 Western Zone Select Camp. JJ for the past 10 years has coached Western Zones (2005-2006) and  the North American Challenge Cup (NACC) (2007-2014) 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 Barbara.

Jessica Morgan

Swim School Coach

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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 relay. 
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

Chris Bull

Dryland Coach

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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.  

 

Jacqueline Ann Frappia

Swim School Coach UCSB

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Mark Stori

Masters Coach, UCSB Swim School Coach

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Coach Mark came to Santa Barbara Masters in June 2015.  He has been coaching master swimmers for over 20 years in Dallas, Chicago and Santa Barbara. While with Dallas Aquatic Masters, he developed a Swim Basics program to help beginning swimmers and triathletes learn the fundamentals of swimming to help swimmers feel confident moving to an organized swim practice and allowing for improved efficiency and fitness in the water,

Coach Mark grew up in Iowa and attended the University of Iowa.  He swam for the University of Iowa from 1984-1988 and was the team captain his senior year.  He qualified for Nationals in the 200/400 IM , 200 Back and 200 Breast and made Olympic Trial cuts in the 200 Back.   He now competes in masters swim meets and has won several events at USMS Nationals and achieved multiple Age Group Top 10 times.   He likes to swim in at least one meet a year so that he has something to train for, has a chance to get to know his swimmers better and to still feel butterflies before his first swim!

Coach Mark is very honored to be part of the Santa Barbara Swim  Club and truly enjoys being on deck working such a great group of masters swimmers!

 

Micaela Velasquez

Advanced Age Group Red

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Coach Micaela fell in love with the water when she began her competitive swimming career at the age of 6. Her love of the water transcribed from the swimming pool to the ocean as she grew up enjoying the beach, surfing with her dad, and countless hours in the pool.

She was a 4-year Varsity member of the Valencia High School swim team and Team Captain her senior year. It was during her high school years that she began to see her hard work and dedication to the sport of swimming pay off. As a 4-year CIF Finalist and 2-time member of the USA Swimming Scholastic All-America Team, Micaela set her goal of swimming at the collegiate level.

Micaela swam for the University of California, Santa Barbara from 2011 until she graduated in 2015 with a Bachelors of Arts degree in Sociology with a minor in Women, Culture, and Development. During her career as a Gaucho, Micaela was a major contributor to the team as she was a 4-year Conference team member and finalist. Throughout her college swimming career Micaela swam the Freestyle events of 100, 200, 500, 1000, mile, and was a part of the 4 x100 and 4 x 200 Freestyle Relays during the dual meet season and at the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Conference meets. She was voted Team Captain of the Women’s swim team by her peers and coaches for the 2014-2015 season, during which she lead the team to a historic year and acted as a mentor and leader to the team and potential recruits. 

During her last 2 years at UCSB Micaela coached the Junior Varsity Boys and Girls Swim Teams at Dos Pueblos High School. After graduation she relocated responsibilities to San Marcos where she was the Assistant Women’s Swim Coach.  She helped coach the SM team to a League Championship and a fourth place finish at CIF Finals.

During this past swim season she also coached the Women’s Swim Team at Santa Barbara City College. The Vaqueros posted their highest finish ever with a fourth place showing in the State Swimming & Diving Championships. During her year as Assistant Coach, Micaela helped guide the women’s team to setting 10 school records and SBCC went 41-1 in dual meets and won their 2nd straight WSC Championships.

Currently Micaela works at Mad Fitness Santa Barbara as a fitness trainer, spin instructor, and gym manager. Focusing on corrective and preventative therapy combined with strength and conditioning programing, Micaela specializes in working with athletes of all ages and levels. 

Mackenzie S Frambes

Swim School Coach

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Mackenzie Frambes is an avid swimmer and lover of sports. Originally from San Antonio Texas, she has lived in California for the past four years in order to obtain her undergraduate degree. She is currently finishing up her bachelor’s in Kinesiology with an emphasis in Occupational Therapy at Westmont College. She is fond of watercolor painting, traveling, reading, learning languages, and meeting new people!  

Maelyn K Adornetto

Swim School Coach UCSB

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Corinne Taylor

Swim School Coach UCSB

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Corinne Taylor is a junior at UCSB majoring in Biology. She started her swimming career when she was 6 years old and continued to swim competitively until she was 18. She swam for Hillside Aquatics, Red Hill Country Club and for her high school team all four years. Corinne is a swim instructor for the UCSB aquatics program as well as a lifeguard at the recreation center. She has coached swimming for four years now and is excited to be joining the SBSC team. 

Board of Directors

Jack Bish

Board President

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Pam Nguyen

Board Member

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Sara Ellis

Treasurer

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Naomi Reeves

Board Member

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Elizabeth H Boscacci

Board Member

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Sarah Stretz

Vice President

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Lance Depew

Board Member

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Paul A Castleberg

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Tom Hopkins

Board Member

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Lucia Eickert

Secretary

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Christopher Roderick

Board Member

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