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.
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.
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.
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.
Coach Kentfield High School Pre-season
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!