Mark D Barr
Head Coach / Gold, Platinum Coach
Coach Mark is the Head Coach as well as the Gold and Platinum coach
for the Seatigers. He has been with the team for close to 20 years,
this being his first as Head Coach. Coach Mark has coached numerous
swimmers to Junior Olympic finals and to Senior Meet Levels. He has
also coached swimmers to compete at the CIF (high school)
Coach Mark coached at Pasadena City College where he coached diving
along with swimming. Coach Mark is also the Head Coach of
Women’s Aquatic’s at San Marino High School. While at
SMHS had 6 undefeated seasons and 3 Rio Hondo League (RHL)
championships with JV boys. Now coaching the Varsity Girls, Coach
Mark has 5 RHL titles. 3 in the last 4 years with 4 undefeated
Coach Mark believes heavily in technique, often telling his
swimmers “get it right first, then worry about speed”.
Coach Mark is a local kid. Growing up in Pasadena he attended La
Salle HS, PCC, and UCLA. “Before I really knew it, coaching
kids and sharing the sport of swimming is what I always wanted to
do. What I really like about Swimming is everyone can have their
own success, their own ‘olympic
Silver Age Group
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. I was inspired by the 2000 USA Olympic
Swim Team when they came to train at the Rose Bowl Aquatics Center
while I was working there. I have 18 years of coaching experience
that started in 2002 at the Palisades Malibu YMCA. My coaching
philosophy includes working on and improving stroke technique and
having " Fun Fin Friday ".
Coach Eric Butler
Consultant and Affiliate
Simon was born in Oxford, UK and quickly joined a local swimming club. In his late teens, Simon represented Great Britain several times on national junior teams.
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.
Throughout college and beyond, Simon continued to represent Great Britain at the international level competing in 3 Olympic Games, 4 world championships and 3 Commonwealth Games. Simon appeared in 4 Olympic finals including a 7th place finish in the 200 Freestyle and a 4th place finish in the 4x200 freestyle relay at the 2004 Athens Games. In 2006 Simon was ranked number 1 in the world in the long course 100m freestyle after winning that event at the Commonwealth Games that year.
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.