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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 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.

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.

Kathrine Warren

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Kathrine "Moose" Warren grew up as a swimmer in Chicago. She continued swimming through high school at the Peddie School in New Jersey. Ranked nationally through this time, she began dabbling in open water swimming, and was eventually led to try her hand at triathlons. Moose raced triathlons in college, was consistently first out of the water and top-5 at Collegiate Nationals from 2008-2012. It was through pursuing a career as a professional athlete that she found a new passion for coaching. She has spent the last two years in Colorado Springs coaching every level from age 6 and on. Moose is excited to be on staff with SBSC and will be coaching younger age-group swimmers as well as masters. If you see her in the pool, on the road or trails, make sure to say hello!

Jessica Morgan

Assistant Coach - AG 2 & 3 - UCSB

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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

Age Group and Dry land 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.  

 

Jenny Fant

Novice and AG coach at UCSB

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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!

Board of Directors

Bob Bell

Board President

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Pam Nguyen

Vice President

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Mike Hayes

Treasurer

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Naomi Reeves

Secretary

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Elizabeth H Boscacci

Board Member

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Holly Leager Smith

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Diane Gabriel

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Mark Gallbraith

Board Member

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Lance Depew

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Lucia Eickert

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