Co-Head Coach IVC Age-Group/Senior Team
IVC Age Group Captains Head Coach
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.
Assistant Coach IVC Age-Group
Annika M Mellen
IVC Bucs Age-Group Coach
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.
Coach Scott Valley & Kentfield Pirates
Tom has coached high school swimming, masters swimming, and developmental age group swimming. He has instructed at various swim schools and provided private instruction to competitive swimmers of all ages and abilities. He believes in the strength of each individual athlete as well as the swim community as a whole and is grateful for all the opportunities he has had to participate within the sport. He teaches a foundation in technique, positive work ethic, and passion for the water. Over the course of his own athletic career, he was blessed with truly wonderful coaches that positively influenced his life. Combined with his joy for the water, he was inspired to follow a career in coaching the sport of swimming. He is committed to providing a safe environment wherein each student can find as much success as possible and he enjoys sharing his competitive athletic background and aquatic knowledge with all of his students.
Senior Team Dryland Coach
Griff was born and raised in Williamsburg, Virginia, where he started swimming and playing other sports at an early age. Competitive swimming helped Griff earn a scholarship to swim in college at the University of North Carolina, where he specialized in the 200 butterfly before a shoulder injury forced him to retire from competing after 3 years. He earned a degree in Philosophy in 2005 and has been coaching swimming at every level and every age group since then.
Coach Pre-Senior Group
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.
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!
Coach Senior Team
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.