CRUZ Partners
Coaches & Directors

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 one of the board members.

From USA Swimming, please read this link on the Coach-Parent Relationship.

Coaching Staff

Jake Soares

Head Coach


Coach Jake has been with CRUZ since 2011. He has helped swimmers reach the Junior Olympics, set national records, and earn college scholarships.  He has coached for the Anderson AquaGators, West Valley High School, Redding Aqua Ducks, Soquel High School, and is currently the Head Coach at Harbor High School.

Jake grew up swimming with the Redding Aqua Ducks, and still holds a few team records there.  In 2007, he graduated from the University of the Pacific with a BA in History and a minor in Business Management.  He balanced school and athletics as a member of the UOP Swimming and Diving team (2005 Big West Conference Champions). In his free time he enjoys reading, playing music, surfing, and fishing trips to the Sierra Nevada Mountains.

Andreas Wessels

Associate Coach


Coach Andreas has been swimming with our team since 2009. He grew up swimming in Santa Cruz with CRUZ where he was a part of the CRUZ All-start Team swimming in Pacific Junior Olympics and the Pacific Senior Circuit. In 2013 he won first place at Mission Trail Athletic League swimming championships. Andreas graduated from Pacific Collegiate School in 2015. The swimmers at CRUZ really like working with Coach Andreas and their strokes and race results prove it. Right now he is a full time student a Cabrillo College. He is a certified AMR lifeguard and 1st-Aide, plus USAS coach.  When he is not coaching or in class he enjoys cooking, spending time with friends and of course swimming.

Lauren Hailey Wood



Coach Lauren started swimming with CRUZ in 2011.  She qualified for the Far Westerns her first year with our team, and was consistently a finalist at the Junior Olympics.  Lauren swam for Soquel High School where she was a SCCAL event winner, CCS finalist, team captain, and valedictorian.  She is currently entering her 4th year at UC Berkeley, majoring in Integrative Biology with an emphasis in Human Physiology & Health Sciences.  In her free time, Lauren enjoys swimming, going to the beach, hiking, camping, and cooking.