Head Swim Coach
Ben comes to BAC in 2014 after many years as an athlete and a coach in the Bay Area. Ben grew up swimming in Los Altos for Los Altos-Mountain View Aquatic Club and for Los Altos High School, where making CCS Finals was a highlight of his prep career. After moving to Palo Alto Swim Club (now part of PASA) for his senior year in high school, Ben attended Vassar College, where he was a 4-year varsity swim team member, 3-year captain, and 9-time school record holder.
Upon completing his degree in Sociology with minors in American Literature and French from Vassar in 2003, Ben began his coaching career at PASA. While at PASA, Ben guided multiple swimmers who broke Pacific Age Group Records, placed in the National Top-10, and would earn accolades on local, national and international levels. Athletes that Ben has coached have gone on to represent Team USA at international competitions and have gone on to become NCAA All-Americans.
One of the underlying emphases of Ben’s coaching philosophy is that swimming can help open the door for athletes to new experiences and an enhanced academic profile. Athletes that Ben has coached have gone on to swim at many of the country’s best colleges and universities, including UC-Berkeley, Stanford, USC, Harvard, Princeton, Brown and Amherst College, among others. Ben is excited to bring his passion and energy for developing the student-athlete to the Burlingame pool deck.
Lead Coach - Boys Water Polo
I never had a good water polo coach. I had a different coach for
every year of my high school career. Although I never experienced
the success of a winning season or a great squad, I loved water
polo from the very minute I jumped into the pool. I applied for an
assistant coaching position at my old high school after I graduated
college just to stay in the sport. I was given the head coaching
position with absolutely zero experience.
I inherited a team at the bottom of the league and my first
season I went 0-12. And for three years after that we could never
get past a .500 record. But I kept at it, and boys kept coming back
to the team, and I got better as a coach. In the last three years
we’ve been able to climb from the bottom of the Ocean
Division and jump to the Bay while still maintaining a competitive
My goal as a coach is to instill perseverance and tenacity to
the players through tough strength and endurance training while
teaching them the importance of teamwork. I believe that every kid
that jumps into to the pool can be made into a great water polo
player if they are taught to envision long and short term goals for
themselves to achieve.
I want to win every game, but know that this is ultimately not
possible. But there’s a difference between losing with
dignity and heart and just giving up a battle. Water polo to me is
just a microcosm of life; it has taught me a lot about work,
ethics, wins and losses. I want to extend these lessons to the
players not only for games and competition, but all other arenas in
their lives as they grow up to be men.
Associate Head Age Group Coach
Coach Rob began swimming for Mid-Peninsula Mariners club swim team at the age of 8. With the help of a few great coaches and motivators, he was able to reach the collegiate level and swam for the College of San Mateo for their 2011 and 2012 seasons. Since college he has continued to pursue personal swimming for fitness and is currently practicing with the Burlingame Masters team.
Rob's coaching career began in late 2009 and he has been coaching ever since, spending two years coaching for the Peninsula Family YMCA, one year with South San Francisco Aquatics Club, and four years with the City of Campbell WAVE swim team. Rob was promoted to the Head Coach position for the City of Campbell after his first year and found much success leading and developing a strong team of nearly 150 participants at both the age-group and senior levels.
Associate Head Age Group Coach
Kayla is beginning her first season as the Associate Head Age Group Coach for BAC. She is the lead coach for the Junior 2, Junior 1 and Waves swim groups.
Prior to joining the BAC coaching team, Kayla was a full time lead coach at PASA – Cardinal Site for multiple seasons. She worked primarily with the 11 – 12 age group and has coached many swimmers at the JO, Far Western and All Star level meets. In addition to coaching, Kayla took the lead for building and developing the Imagination Team, a fitness oriented swim group for swimmers ages 9 to 13 and was the Site Manager for the Cardinal Swim School.
Kayla has also coached for 4 summers at the Stanford International Swim Camp, 2 seasons with South San Francisco High School Swim Team and 1 season with Hillsdale High School Swim Team. She graduated from San Jose State University with a degree in kinesiology and an emphasis in movement science.