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Warren Lager

Head Coach Senior Team

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Head Coach Warren Lager is entering his 39th year at the helm of the Pirates. He prides himself on keeping a healthy coaching philosophy that emphasizes that swimming is a tool to use to reveal and develop character both in the pool and (more importantly) in life.
 
He has worked with all levels of swimmers: Olympic Trial qualifiers/champions, Senior and Junior National qualifiers/champions, dozens of All-Americans and collegiate swimmers.
 
Warren was a National Championship qualifier and intercollegiate swimmer at UCLA.
 
Warren also is a full-time tenured teacher at College of Marin where he coaches the Swimming and Diving Team.
 
He lives in Novato with his wife Amy. His son, Jordan, swam at UC Davis and University of Hawaii (with new MP coach Victor Wales) and, after graduating, he joined the Pirate coaching staff.  Daughter Rachel recently graduated from Boston University.

Tom Evers

Co-Head Coach IVC Age-Group/Senior Team

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Tom has been coaching for 24 years and is an ASCA level 3 Coach.  Tom began his coaching career with the Walnut Creek Aqua Bears and Concord Terrapins as an assistant coach in the early 90’s.    He was the San Marin High School Coach for four seasons and spent 11 years as a Marin Swim League Head Coach and was voted "Coach of the Year" in 2002 before leaving the Marin Swim League at the end of that season. 
 
Tom began his affiliation with the Marin Pirates in 1998 and was the primary coach for the 14-under swimmers until 2012.  The age group team has produced numerous Far Western and Western Zone finalists, champions and over 25 NRT (National Reportable Time) swimmers.  The Age Group program at IVC has also produced 3 Junior National qualifiers along with 9 Sectional qualifiers, and two Pacific swimming record holders.
 
Tom and his wife Liz have lived in Novato since 1995 and have two children, Justus and Georgia.  Tom's personal swimming career highlights included winning 5 individual state High School championships and induction into the Iowa High School Hall of Fame.  Liz and Tom started SwimAmerica in 2003 to bring the only nationally recognized swim lesson program to Marin County.  Tom is the facilities director for two pools in Petaluma and has been the Aquatics Program Director for the IVC pool since 2001.
 
"Swimming is and always has been an integral part of my life.  The life lessons I have learned from those who have coached me to those I have coached and now coach have helped form the values and discipline by which I try to live life today."

Eric Whitten

IVC Age Group Captains Head Coach

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Eric Whitten has been coaching swimming in Marin County since 1984.  He is returning to the Pirate staff having been the Pirate distance coach from 1999-2003.  Recently he was the head coach of Sequoia Aquatics and before that of Indian Valley Aquatics.  In those years Eric has coached an Olympian and many nationally ranked swimmers.

Eric grew up in San Anselmo and received a Bachelor of Arts in American Studies at Yale University. He has two Masters degrees.  Eric lives in Novato with his wife Christine and their three children Audrey, Kathryn, and Zachary.

Marie McSweeney

Head Coach Kentfield

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In addition to coaching for the Pirates, Marie McSweeney is the Head Coach of Tidalwaves Swim Team as well as the Head Coach of the Tam Masters, an adult swim team recognized for its excellence in the USA.  Marie has developed these swim programs into a great swim and athletic experience for thousands of children in our community.  She has the ability to encourage, motivate, drive and support swimmers, young and old in a POSITIVE way that focuses on transferring her love of the sport to her swimmers.  On top of that, she has an unbelievable memory for names and swim times.  You too will marvel at the way she can tell them all apart even when they are all wet!

Jean Haley

Assistant Coach IVC Age-Group

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Jean became involved with swimming as an age group swimmer with the Novato Aquanauts, the first year round swim program in Novato.  She continued as a college swimmer at UC Davis while earning her BS in Kinesiology and K-12 teaching credential in Physcial Education and History. She stayed involved with coaching after college with various coaching positions where her experience included; assistant coach with Novato Aquanauts, head coach for Novato High School 3 years and head coach for San Marin High School for 6 years, Masters coach and Rohnert Park Swim Club Age group coach 8 years. Jean previously coached Novato Riptide 1991-1993 and returned to coach in 2001 as head coach until her retirement after the 2015 season.

Annika M Mellen

IVC Bucs Age-Group Coach

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Annika grew up in San Rafael, California and began swimming at age five on Swimmarin.  At age eight, Annika switched to year-round swimming and swam with the Pirates through age 18.  Swimming with coaches Tom and Warren throughout high school has taught Annika many important lessons both in and out of the pool. Annika graduated from Novato High School in 2015 and is currently attending College of Marin. Every summer for the past five years she has been a swim instructor for the Evers’ organization, Swim America. Swimming has always been a significant part of her life.

Tom Sweeney

Coach Scott Valley & Kentfield Pirates

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Tom has coached high school swimming, masters swimming, and developmental age group swimming.  He has instructed at various swim schools and provided private instruction to competitive swimmers of all ages and abilities. He believes in the strength of each individual athlete as well as the swim community as a whole and is grateful for all the opportunities he has had to participate within the sport.  He teaches a foundation in technique, positive work ethic, and passion for the water.  Over the course of his own athletic career, he was blessed with truly wonderful coaches that positively influenced his life.  Combined with his joy for the water, he was inspired to follow a career in coaching the sport of swimming.  He is committed to providing a safe environment wherein each student can find as much success as possible and he enjoys sharing his competitive athletic background and aquatic knowledge with all of his students.

Victor Wales

Asst Senior Team

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Victor has spent the last 24 years coaching Division 1 Swimming. Most recently, he led the University of Hawaii men's and women's swimming program for the last 10 seasons. Before Hawaii he had stops at SJSU, ASU, UCSB, and the University of Illinois. He also spent time coaching the Senior Group at West Coast Aquatics and DACA. Coach Wales has produced athletes at every level of swimming success, including: multiple olympians, NCAA All-Americans, National and U.S. Open Champions, Olympic Trials, Senior and Junior National Qualifiers.

Victor grew up in Daly City, went to S.I., and swam for UCSB. He was a 4x Junior National Champion, Senior National Qualifier, NCAA All-American, and competed at the 1988 and 1992 U.S. Olympic Trials. His wife Miniver grew up in Marin and is a teacher at Marin Montessori School. Victor and Miniver live in Novato with their 3 children: Ethan, Chloe, and Lily.

Griff Helfrich

Senior Team Dryland Coach

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Griff was born and raised in Williamsburg, Virginia, where he started swimming and playing other sports at an early age. Competitive swimming helped Griff earn a scholarship to swim in college at the University of North Carolina, where he specialized in the 200 butterfly before a shoulder injury forced him to retire from competing after 3 years. He earned a degree in Philosophy in 2005 and has been coaching swimming at every level and every age group since then.

Meghan Kannegieter

Assistant Coach IVC Age-Group

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Meghan Kannegieter grew up in Crawfordsville, IN. She has been a competitive swimmer since the age of 6, and swam at Carthage College in Kenosha, WI. She graduated with a degree in Exercise Sport Science. Meghan has been a personal trainer, aqua aerobics instructor, swim teacher, and swim coach for the last 14 years. 


Meghan is married to Skylar Kannegieter, who serves in the Coast Guard at station Golden Gate. They have one son, Bodhi.

Lisa K Wulf

Assistant Coach Kentfield

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Lisa started year around swimming at age 8 for Orinda Aquatics in the Bay Area. She competitively swam until college where she decided to pursue basketball in college. During her years of competitive swimming, Lisa was an assistant coach for Sycamore Stingrays Summer League Swim Team in Danville, CA. 

After coaching for multiple years at Sycamore Stingrays, Lisa fell in love with coaching and decided to start coaching club swim. While attending University of South Carolina, Lisa was an assistant coach for over 2 years for Carolina Aquatics Swim Team.  

Lisa moved out to San Francisco after college and is currently a Customer Enablement Manager at Glassdoor in Mill Valley, CA. Even though Lisa works full time she absolutely loves to give back to the community and coach a sport she is extremely passionate about. She believes that swimming isn't just a sport, it is a sport that will provide you skills/ life lessons that you will use inside/outside of the pool daily.

Marco Farahmand

Assistant Coach Kentfield

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Marco has been coaching in the Marin County area for over 7 years. He started by assisting Redwood Water Polo, and helped them reach NCS finals for the first time in school history, while concurrently assisting the TPC Water Polo Club. Over the years he has worked with the Tidalwaves swim team, Marin Pirates age group program, and most recently San Domenico high school and club teams, the latter which had the first sectional swimmer in the programs history. On an individual level Marco received MVP awards for Redwood Water Polo for the 2008 & 2009 season and achieved Sectional qualifying times for the 50 free with bonus in the 100 free and 100 fly.

Trevor Nestler

Assistant Coach Kentfield

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Trevor Nestler is starting his first year as a coach with the Marin Pirates.  Trevor has also been the assistant coach for the Tidalwaves MSL swim team for the past four years. In addition to his coaching experience in Marin, Trevor has six years of teaching/lifeguarding/coaching experience in Santa Rosa. He has been swimming competitively with Santa Rosa Neptunes for 15 years. He is well liked by swimmers and parents for his warm enthusiasm for swimming and kids.  Trevor is very excited about coaching our swimmers!