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All of our coaches are highly skilled, former or current competitive swimmers.  Each one is trained and certified through USA Swimming.  As a group, they meet once a month to scrutinize the success of the techniques being implemented and to discuss new ideas, methods, and seasonal plans.  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 BAC by email contact@bakersfieldaquatics.com

Coaching Staff

Cristian Serrato

Head Coach/Age Group Elite

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Cristian Serrato: Head Age Group Coach/Age Group Elite

Cristian competed for the South High School Varsity swimming team where he lettered all four years and was named MVP for two of them. He was also the team captain his senior year in 2013. That same year he was awarded the Bakersfield Jockey Award for outstanding athletic performance. After high school Cristian attended  Bakersfield College and competed on the BC Men's Swim team where once again his leadership earned him the title of team captain. During his second year at BC he qualified for the All-Conference Team at the Western State Conference Championships in the 100 and 200 Breaststroke. Before joining BAC he coached with multiple Bakersfield City Recreational squads, one of them winning a City Championship in 2014. Cristian has been a part of the coaching staff at multiple Junior Olympic teams, 2017 South West Age Group Regional Team, 2016 & 2017 Age Group Western Zone team, 2017 Central California Swimming All-Star Team, and the 2017 Central California Swimming Catch the Sprit Camp. Furthermore, Cristian has coached multiple swimmers who have qualified for finals every Junior Olympics he has coached, Southwest Age Group Regionals, and has helped swimmers achieve Age Group Western Zone cut times. Cristian has experience working with all levels from beginners through the high school level.  Cristian says his passion for the sport was solidified the first time he experienced the excitement of competition in the pool. His love for coaching young athletes is infectious and shines through in his enthusiastic coaching style. He will soon earn his Associates Degree in Physical Education and plans on pursuing a career in education.   

Kaytlin A Mendez

Junior Age Group Development Coach

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Esteban Jesus Gutierrez Robles

Junior Orcas Coach

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Matthew O'Malley

Elite Plus Coach, HSD Coach

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Matthew O'Malley: Age Group Premier Black

Coach Matt started swimming competitively at 10 years old.  He is still a swimmer today with over 28 years in the pool.  Matt got his start in the pool swimming with various Summer recreation teams in the Bakersfield area.  His talent and feel for the water launched a very successful high school swimming campaign at Garces Memorial that earned him multiple All-American awards.  He was a regular fixture at the CIF Valley Championships and in 2004 placed 3rd in the 100 Breast and was a member of the winning 200 freestyle relay team.  His times were historically fast at Garces.  12 years later he still holds the school records there for the 100 Breast, 200 IM, 50 Free and 200 Free Relay.  Matt brought his knowledge for success in the pool to the pool deck.  He spent 3 years coaching with the City if Bakersfield swim program and 2 years as the head coach of the Lakeside Swim Team.  Matt also was the head coach of the Independence High School Varsity Swim Team.  In just one year at Independence he qualified 15 swimmers for the Valley Championships of which 3 placed top 8 in finals.  In addition to coaching the Age Group Premier squad at BAC, Matt is also the Aquatics Coordinator for the City of Bakersfield.  In his free time he enjoys perfecting his skills as an accomplished musician and record producer.  Matt says it is hard to think of coaching as a job when he gets so much satisfaction out of working with children and being an integral part in helping them reach their goals.

Board of Directors

Marc Haverstock

Board President

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Jon Malamma

Board Vice President

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Amy Dorsett

Board Secretary

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William Charles Potter

Treasurer

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Tristen H Lawrence

Board Advisor / Membership Chair

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