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 also raced in
open water events in the Amazon River, around Manhatten Island and
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.
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
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.
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
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 Jenny!
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!