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Mark Dewitt Barr
Silver Level Coach
Bronze/Bronze+ Age Group Coach
I grew up in Glendale / La Crescenta and attended Crescenta Valley High School where I was on water polo and swim team. I helped the team win three consecutive Pacific League Championships in water polo and swimming and a CIF Championship in 1993. In my first ever event, I went under one minute in 100 freestyle. Our only loss in three years was to South Pasadena High School. I was inspired by the 2000 USA Olympic Swim Team when they came to the Rose Bowl Aquatics Center for training while I was working there. I have 16 years of coaching experience that started in 2002 at the Palisades Malibu YMCA. My coaching philosophy includes working on the " Butterfly " technique and having " Fun Fin Friday ".
Consultant and Affiliate
At 19, Simon moved to the US to attend the University of Arizona and swim with head coach Frank Busch. While at Arizona Simon won 3 NCAA titles in the 200 freestyle and set an NCAA and US Open record in that event with a time of 1:31.20. Simon captained the Arizona team to a second place finish at the 2006 NCAA championships where he was a member of 3 national championship winning relay teams.
After retiring from international competition Simon moved to Pasadena and started coaching with Maranatha High School. Shortly thereafter Simon and his wife Whitney started a private swim coaching business called L.A. BOSS Club. In 2015 Simon coached for one year as assistant at the University of the Pacific in Stockton, California before returning this summer to Pasadena and resuming coaching with L.A. BOSS Club.
Simon has started working with South Pasadena Sea Tigers on an interim basis, so he can expand on his knowledge and his expertise when working with developing athletes, while using his technical experience.