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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 or Mark Barr

Coaching Staff

Mark D Barr

Head Coach / Gold, Platinum Coach

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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) Championships. 

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 seasons. 

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 moment’.”

 

Eric Butler

Silver Age Group

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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 ".

 

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Kaye L Zoolakis

Bronze /Bronze + Age Group

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Simon Burnett

Consultant and Affiliate

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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.