Coaching Staff

Tom Evers

Head Coach IVC Senior and Age Group


Tom has been coaching for 27 years, the last 20 with the Pirates.  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" twice before leaving the Marin Swim League to become a full time USA Coach with the Marin Pirates
Tom began his affiliation with the Marin Pirates in 1998 and was the primary coach for the 14-under swimmers until 2012.  
Tom and his wife Liz have lived in Novato since 1995 and have two children, Justus, 24 and Georgia, 22.  Tom's personal swimming career highlights include mulitple Sate High School Championships, All American status and an induction into  the Iowa High School Hall of Fame.  Tom swam and attended the University of Iowa from 1988-1991.  Tom and Liz started Forevers Aquatics in 2003.  This includes SwimAmerica Swim School in 3 locations in Marin and Sonoma County as well as running two Aquatic Facilites in Petaluma.   Tom  has also been a contracted employee for the College of Marin as the Aquatics Program Director 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."

Warren Lager



Head Coach Warren Lager is entering his 41th 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 getting her masters in London, England.

Eric Whitten

IVC Age Group Head Coach (Captains)


Eric Whitten has been coaching swimming in Marin County since 1984.  He was the Pirate senior team distance coach from 1999-2003.  Recently he was the head coach of Sequoia Aquatics and prior to 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 Point Reyes Station with his wife Christine and their three children Audrey, Kathryn, and Zachary. Kathryn and Zach both particiate on the team.

Victor Wales

Coach IVC Senior Team & Dryland


Victor has spent the last 24 years coaching Division 1 Swimming. He was recently named the head coach of the College of Marin Swimming and Diving team. Prior to that, 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 DeAnza/Cupertino Aquatics. 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 Age Group & Website Administrator


Sarah has been in the aquatics field for 28 years, coaching for the past 21. She has coached the Marin Pirates,  San Marin High School and is currently the head coach for Novato Riptide. She has been fortunate to coach all age groups.  During the school year, she teaches PE at Vallecito Elementary. Sarah lives in Marinwood, her daughter Kellie just started her first year at Santa Barbara City College.

Nicholas H Cruse

IVC Age Group Coach


Nick Cruse has been swimming with the Marin Pirates for fourteen years and competed at the junior national level. Nick began instructing swimming for the Special Olympics at the Rolling Hills club in 2012 and volunteered for the Make-a-Splash program throughout high school. He began coaching for the Marin Aquatic Masters in 2018 and has achieved level 3 status as a masters coach. He began coaching for the pirates soon after, and has been primarily working with the 10-and-unders. 

Kelsey Louderback

IVC Age Group Coach


Kelsey grew up in Lucas Valley and enjoyed her time as a youth competitive swimmer and water polo player. She swam and played water polo for four years at Marin Catholic and earned All-American status Freshman to Senior year. Kelsey is currently a Masters swimmer and has earned National Top 10 times in the Masters league.  Kelsey has 8 years of experience coaching in the MSL, as well as experience coaching Masters in San Rafael and private lesson instruction throughout Marin. Kelsey also coached US Swimming for Sequoia Aquatics in San Rafael and is an ASCA certified coach. She  believes in the power of swimming to enhance the mind and body.  She seeks to share her knowledge and passion for the sport of swimming and inspire youth to be their best in and out of the pool.

Tom Sweeney

Coach Kentfield High School Pre-season


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!