John E Flanagan
John began his coaching career after his graduation from Auburn University where he was a member of the NCAA National Championship Swim Team in 1997 and a 4 year National Team member. John is a distance freestyle specialist where his swimming career continued to excel after college by winning the 10K National Open Water Championship in 2001. John’s international fame came from a gold medal in the 1998 World Championships and the 1999 Pan Pacific Championships. John also competed as a professional triathlete with an 8:49 best Ironman. He was first out of the water at the 2009 Ironman World Championships and holds numerous 70.3 and Ironman Swim Records.
John combines his coaching strengths with his brother Kevin, as they share the Head Coach responsibilities at the Kamehameha Swim Club. He joined KSC in 2001 and has seen the team win 29 straight Hawaii State Championships. John and Kevin have taken KSC swimmers to a USA National Title, the 2008 Olympic games, Olympic Trials, Senior Nationals, Junior Nationals, Sectionals, and Zones. Along the way KSC swimmers have broke over 400 Hawaii State Records and also include Sectional and Zone Champions. John is an ASCA Level 5 coach with a Masters in Exercise Physiology from the University of Hawaii.
Kevin took over the reigns as Head Coach of KSC in 2000 where he has led the team, along with his brother John, to 29 straight Hawaii State Championships. The Head Coaches have coached KSC swimmers to a USA National Title, the 2008 Olympic Games, Olympic Trials, Senior Nationals, Junior Nationals, Sectionals, and Zones. Along the way KSC swimmers have broke over 400 Hawaii State Records and also include Sectional and Zone Champions. Kevin graduated in 2000 as a two-time All American swimmer at Florida State University where he was a conference and sch ool record holder. Kevin won three high school swim championships while at Punahou and was a High School All American. He is a two time American Swim Coaches Association (ASCA) Hawaii State Coach of the Year.
Age Group Coach
Kimberlee began her swimming journey at KSC in 2000 under Coach John and Kevin. What started off as a casual after school activity grew into a love of training hard and competing. After 9 years with KSC, she went off to swim at the University of Pittsburgh where she focused on the 100 and 200 breaststroke events while earning a degree in English Writing. Kimberlee coaches the age group swimmers at the Kamehameha location and is excited to be back on deck with KSC.
Anna Marie Watkins
Age Group Coach
Anna Marie started her coaching career under head coach Don Chong “several’ years ago . . . and even coached Coach Kevin when he was about 10 years old! Now she coaches the Bronze 1 and Bronze 2 groups at the Oahu Club and specializes in teaching the basic elements of competitive swimming with emphasis on proper stroke technique, drills, starts, turns, following the pace clock and proper training and competitive etiquette.
Anna Marie started swimming competitively when she was seven years old. Since then she:
-Swam for and was the team captain of the Kaiser High School Swim Team
-Swam for the University of Hawaii
-Changed schools and swam for Humboldt State University in California where she was a team captain, won the “Most Inspirational” award all 3 years she was there, and became an assistant coach during her senior year
-Came back to Hawaii and won the North Shore Swim Series for women
-had her best finish in the Waikiki Rough Water Swim finishing as the fourth woman overall and the 1st Hawaii female
-was selected three times to compete in the Olympic Sports Festival for water polo
-Most recently earned the honor of All-American for the 2016 Master’s National Water Polo Championships in the 50+ division.
Luke Warren Barnes
Age Group Coach
Born and raised in Tulsa Oklahoma in the small community of Berryhill.
I began my aquatic adventures through Boy Scouts of America getting my Mile Swim Badge, scuba certification and a 10 day High Adventure canoe trek into Minnesota and Canada. Lifeguard certification lead me to become waterfront director at YMCA Camp Takatoka for 3 summers in a row. I also was head lifeguard and teaching swim lessons at the downtown Tulsa YMCA between summers. My move to Hawaii at the age of 21 helped me to further peruse my aquatic dreams. I found the Oahu Club and have been living out my dream teaching swim lessons and coaching swim team ever since.