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

Jim Aumann

CEO, Co-Hd Coach, Simpkins Site Director


Coach Jim Aumann started with Santa Cruz Swimming in 2011. He coaches because he enjoys the wonderful people he get to work with and the opportunity to help young swimmers develop self-esteem, responsibility, independence, determination, and focus. 

Jim started coaching as a student assistant from 1992-1995, at the University of Utah, where they won the conference championships each year. He started several USA Swimming clubs in Utah, which placed numerous swimmers at Far Western, Western Zone, Sectional finals. Several of these swimmers went on to be future college team captains at Utah, USC, UCSB, and UCSD. Upon moving to California, he worked 5 years at UC Irvine Swimming(NCAA - Div1), helping the team earn the schools first several conference titles. During the school year Jim also assisted with many great swimmers and coaches at Aquazot Swim Team(AZOT), helping the team earn JO and Sectional Team Championship titles (many of these swimmers went on to be standout swimmers for Cal, Stanford, USC, Arizona, Utah, Michigan, Ohio, and Nebraska). During the UC Irvine summer breaks he directed a fun and very competative summer swim program in Oregon (sending swimmers on to swim with OSU and Washington).

As a swimmer, he started competative swimming at age 6 (evertually helping his club team win 10 straight state championships).  Jim swam in high school and then walked-on to the college team where he worked his way to a degree, NCAA Div-1 Championships, several US National Championships, and eventually a full scholarship. As a swimmer in college he helped the team earn 4 consecutive conference title (plus 3 more as the sprint coach) and was top point scorer for the team his senior year. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Communication Studies and has been ASCA and USA Swimming certified as a coach. 

In his time away from the pool he enjoys wavesailing, longboarding, cycling, reading, and playing music.

Jake Soares

Co-Head Coach, Harbor High Site Director


Coach Jake grew up in Redding swimming for the Redding Aqua Ducks, reaching the finals at Far Westerns and Sectionals. He attended West Valley High School and in 2002 earned "NSCIF - Most Outstanding Male Swimmer of the Year."  He double majored at the University of the Pacific graduating in 2007 with a Bachelor of Arts in History and Business.  He balanced this while participating as a member of the UOP Swimming and Diving team, helping win the 2005 Big West Conference Championship Men's Title. He has coached for the Redding Aqua Ducks, Anderson AquaGators, West Valley High School, and 3 seasons for Soquel High School.  In his free time he enjoys surfing, playing music, and trips to the Sierra Nevada Mountains.

Andreas Wessels

Coach: Team Assistant


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.