Coaching Staff

Warren Lager

Head Coach Senior Team


Head Coach Warren Lager is entering his 39th year at the helm of the Pirates. He prides himself on keeping a healthy coaching philosophy that emphasizes that swimming is a tool to use to reveal and develop character both in the pool and (more importantly) in life.
He has worked with all levels of swimmers: Olympic Trial qualifiers/champions, Senior and Junior National qualifiers/champions, dozens of All-Americans and collegiate swimmers.
Warren was a National Championship qualifier and intercollegiate swimmer at UCLA.
Warren recently retired from College of Marin where he served as the  the Swimming & Water Polo coach and Kinesology instructor for 35 years..
He lives in Novato with his wife Amy. His son, Jordan, swam at and graduated from UC Davis and is pursuing a career as a ranger at Richardson Grove State Park.  Daughter Rachel recently graduated from Boston University and is working in Austin, TX..

Tom Evers

Co-head Coach IVC Senior/Age-group Teams


Tom has been coaching for 24 years and is an ASCA level 3 Coach.  Tom began his coaching career with the Walnut Creek Aqua Bears and Concord Terrapins as an assistant coach in the early 90’s.    He was the San Marin High School Coach for four seasons and spent 11 years as a Marin Swim League Head Coach and was voted "Coach of the Year" in 2002 before leaving the Marin Swim League at the end of that season. 
Tom began his affiliation with the Marin Pirates in 1998 and was the primary coach for the 14-under swimmers until 2012.  The age group team has produced numerous Far Western and Western Zone finalists, champions and over 25 NRT (National Reportable Time) swimmers.  The Age Group program at IVC has also produced 3 Junior National qualifiers along with 9 Sectional qualifiers, and two Pacific swimming record holders.
Tom and his wife Liz have lived in Novato since 1995 and have two children, Justus and Georgia.  Tom's personal swimming career highlights included winning 5 individual state High School championships and induction into the Iowa High School Hall of Fame.  Liz and Tom started SwimAmerica in 2003 to bring the only nationally recognized swim lesson program to Marin County.  Tom is the facilities director for two pools in Petaluma and has been the Aquatics Program Director for the IVC pool since 2001.
"Swimming is and always has been an integral part of my life.  The life lessons I have learned from those who have coached me to those I have coached and now coach have helped form the values and discipline by which I try to live life today."

Eric Whitten

IVC Age-group Head Coach (Captains)


Eric Whitten has been coaching swimming in Marin County since 1984.  He is returning to the Pirate staff having been the Pirate distance coach from 1999-2003.  Recently he was the head coach of Sequoia Aquatics and before that of Indian Valley Aquatics.  In those years Eric has coached an Olympian and many nationally ranked swimmers.

Eric grew up in San Anselmo and received a Bachelor of Arts in American Studies at Yale University. He has two Masters degrees.  Eric lives in Novato with his wife Christine and their three children Audrey, Kathryn, and Zachary.

Victor Wales

Coach IVC Senior Team & Dryland


Victor has spent the last 24 years coaching Division 1 Swimming. Most recently, he led the University of Hawaii men's and women's swimming program for the last 10 seasons. Before Hawaii he had stops at SJSU, ASU, UCSB, and the University of Illinois. He also spent time coaching the Senior Group at West Coast Aquatics and DACA. Coach Wales has produced athletes at every level of swimming success, including: multiple olympians, NCAA All-Americans, National and U.S. Open Champions, Olympic Trials, Senior and Junior National Qualifiers.

Victor grew up in Daly City, went to S.I., and swam for UCSB. He was a 4x Junior National Champion, Senior National Qualifier, NCAA All-American, and competed at the 1988 and 1992 U.S. Olympic Trials. His wife Miniver grew up in Marin and is a teacher at Marin Montessori School. Victor and Miniver live in Novato with their 3 children: Ethan, Chloe, and Lily.

Sarah Paoli

IVC AG (Bucs) & HS Pre-season


Sarah has been in the aquatics field for 27 years, coaching for the past 20. She has coached with MSL teams, Marin Pirates and San Marin High School . She has been fortunate  to coach all age groups.  Sarah will be the head coach with Riptide during the MSL season.  During the school year, she teaches PE at Vallecito Elementary. Sarah lives in Marinwood with her daughter Kellie who is a senior at TLHS.  Sarah is excited to be back on the deck with Pirates.

Margaret DeSomma

HS Pre-season Conditioning program


Margaret De Somma has been involved in swimming for the last 17 years.  She has been an integral member of the local swim community, working with the Marin Pirates swim program as a driving force behind bringing a new swim complex to College of Marin’s Indian Valley Campus. She has worked extensively with 3x Olympian Gary Hall in formulating training programs for high school swimmers.  She is the head swim coach at Marin Academy High School where her focus is on developing efficient technique and speed specifically for high school swimmers. While living in Hong Kong, she led at 200+ person swim program, bringing to the team new coaching expertise and increasing the masters program from 15 swimmers to over 100 swimmers. She has competed at the master swimming level as well, including competing at three World Master Championships.

Margaret grew up in Los Angeles and currently lives in Belvedere with her husband, three children and 4 dogs. Her sons Emilio and Max are members of the Marin Pirates Senior Team. She has a B.S. in finance and a B.A in Chinese studies from the University of Pennsylvania. 

Jean Haley

Assistant Coach IVC Age-Group


Jean became involved with swimming as an age group swimmer with the Novato Aquanauts, the first year round swim program in Novato.  She continued as a college swimmer at UC Davis while earning her BS in Kinesiology and K-12 teaching credential in Physcial Education and History. She stayed involved with coaching after college with various coaching positions where her experience included; assistant coach with Novato Aquanauts, head coach for Novato High School 3 years and head coach for San Marin High School for 6 years, Masters coach and Rohnert Park Swim Club Age group coach 8 years. Jean previously coached Novato Riptide 1991-1993 and returned to coach in 2001 as head coach until her retirement after the 2015 season.

Annika M Mellen

IVC Age-Group Coach (Buccaneers)


Annika grew up in San Rafael, California and began swimming at age five on Swimmarin.  At age eight, Annika switched to year-round swimming and swam with the Pirates through age 18.  Swimming with coaches Tom and Warren throughout high school has taught Annika many important lessons both in and out of the pool. Annika graduated from Novato High School in 2015 and is currently attending College of Marin. Every summer for the past five years she has been a swim instructor for the Evers’ organization, Swim America. Swimming has always been a significant part of her life.

Marie McSweeney

Head Coach Kentfield Fall Program


In addition to coaching for the Pirates, Marie McSweeney is the Head Coach of Tidalwaves Swim Team as well as the Head Coach of the Tam Masters, an adult swim team recognized for its excellence in the USA.  Marie has developed these swim programs into a great swim and athletic experience for thousands of children in our community.  She has the ability to encourage, motivate, drive and support swimmers, young and old in a POSITIVE way that focuses on transferring her love of the sport to her swimmers.  On top of that, she has an unbelievable memory for names and swim times.  You too will marvel at the way she can tell them all apart even when they are all wet!

Dana Luis

Website Administrator


Dana started swimming at the age of 5 and competed through high school in the East Bay. During summers throughout college, she coached her local recreational swim team. After graduating from Cal Poly in Industrial Engineering, Dana began working in the Information Technology field. Dana's oldest son Nathan is on the Marin Pirates Senior team and her youngest son, Caleb, swims in the Marin Swim League and plays high school and club water polo. Dana now combines her love of technology with her love of the sport of swimming as the website administrator for the Marin Pirates.