Coaching Staff

The Malibu Seawolves Swimmming Staff are here to support your needs. If you have questions for your swimmers coach please email them at the link below.

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Coaching Staff

Max Jaben

Head Coach


Coach Max Jaben is the Head Coach and Owner of Malibu Seawovles Swimming. Max has coached Olympic Trials Qualifiers & CIF Champions. Max has served as the Aquatics Director & Head Swim Coach at Wise School, an Assistant Coach at Harvard Westlake Middle & High School, and an  Assistant Coach at Royal Swim Club. Coach Max is also a Zuma Beach Ocean Lifeguard.

Coach Max is the youngest male in US history to qualify for Olympic Trials- at 14 years old. Coach Max has finished runner up at the United States Swimming National Championships in the 400 Meter Freestyle. He is the former 200 Meter Freestyle Israeli National Record Holder and qualified for the Beijing Olympics. In 2013 he was part of a 4 X100 Freestyle Relay team that broke the United States Masters Swimming National Record. In 2017 Coach Max was the USMS National Champion in the 500 Freestyle.

Coach Max attributes his coaching style and swimming knowledge to his past coaches, whom included USA Swimming Hall of Fame Coaches: Dr. Dave Salo, Jon Urbanchek, Greg Troy & Peter Malone. When not at the pool, Coach Max enjoys spending time with his son, making music and surfing. 

Steve Hotchkiss

Assistant Coach


Steve Hotchkiss has been involved in ocean and pool water sports his entire life.  He swam competitively in college in the 50, 100, 200 free style.  In the 1980’s Steve worked as a youth swim instructor, youth team coach, and Chief Lifeguard for Santa Monica Pools helping to manage a multi pool swim program.  For the past 34 years he has worked as a LA County Fire Dept. Ocean Lifeguard, working Northern section the past 23 years. He has been active as a swim parent first in 2008 with the Malibu branch of Westside Aquatics, and since 2012 with Malibu Seawolves.  

He has always been proactive in helping to keep a swim program in Malibu.  His older son Logan started training and competing in Malibu at age 12 and had success in High school swimming holding many CIF Division 4 tittles and records.  Logan is currently swimming for UC Santa Barbara and competed at the 2016 Olympic Trials.  Logan is also an Ocean Lifeguard on Zuma beach in the summer.  His other son Kennan (16) started training and competing at age 8, is a Junior at Malibu High, and swimming very fast with a goal of also swimming for a Div. 1 school.  Steve feels the Seawolves program has been critical to both Logan and Kennan’s success in and out of the pool.  He swims with the Malibu Masters at 6:00AM and enjoys being around motivated swimmers of all ages. Steve is also a Board Member of the Malibu Aquatics Foundation, 501 c 3. 

Brad Ulbrich

Sealion Coach


Coach Brad is an aqua-fitness enthusiast with chlorine in his blood.  He has been involved with swimming since he was a toddler.  He began competing as a skinny kid in grade school, was varsity captain in high school, and was the highest placing freshman on the University of Delaware swim team.  He began coaching and instructing as a teenager.  His degrees in Psychology and Communication expanded his approaches to instruction, and his experience teaching private lessons to swimmers from ages 2 to 42 since 2009 have honed his skills considerably.  Brad had an 11-year career working at Disney Theme Parks  and if you ask him for his Aladdin impression, and you might just think you're in a whole new world.