Meet the coaches

The King Marlin Swim Club coaching staff is here to address your questions and needs. Our head coaching staff has been vested in the Oklahoma City community area, as competitive swimmers and then as coaches, since 1966. We are passionate about the success of swimming in OK. Please contact us with any questions you may have. (Photos courtesy of Missy Moore Photography.)

Meet our assistant coaches by clicking here.

Coaching Staff

John Brown

Head Coach, Senior Swimming


John has been an integral part of Oklahoma Swimming for more than 30 years. Coach John led the Kerr-McGee Swim Club, which became Chesapeake Swim Club in 2007, for more than 30 years as head coach. In that time, he produced Pan Am champions, U.S. Olympic Trial qualifiers and semi-finalists, Senior National and Junior National champions, and U.S. Olympic Festival champions. Additionally, John has coached hundreds of swimmers with top-10 age-group rankings. Over the years, his swimmers have qualified for U.S. Olympic Trials in nearly every event and have qualified for Junior Nationals in all events. His KMSC/CSC teams won the Oklahoma state age group championships every year from 1992-2014 and has continued this impressive run with the King Marlin Swim Club through 2016.

Coach John’s vision for providing professional opportunities for swimmers was achieved in 1992, when he launched the Elite Pro-Am Meet. This one-of-a-kind national meet brings amateur and professional swimmers together and provides cash prizes to pro swimmers. The meet has drawn top teams from around the country, including Mission Viejo, King Aquatics, Shroeder YMCA and Fort Worth Area Swim Team.

In 2014, Coach John pursued his vision for a coach-owned team to further ensure stability and continuity to his athletes and families. He launched King Marlin Swim Club with two partners, Kathy Mendez and Josh Everett, so that he could continue to pursue his passion for the sport of swimming and provide a high level of excellence to aspiring swimmers in the Oklahoma City area.

Josh Everett

Head Coach, Senior Development


Josh began swimming competitively with KMCS/CSC at age five. In 1992, Coach Josh was part of the team that began KMSC/CSC’s long reign as state champions. He was a Junior National swimmer in high school. Coach Josh continued his swimming at Kenyon College under coach Jim Steen, where Josh was a five-time All American and part of two NCAA Division III team championships. Josh began his coaching career in 2002 for KMSC/CSC until Spring 2008, and then returned as Head Senior Development coach in 2009 through the 2014 Oklahoma Short Course Age Group Championships. 

Coach Josh is instrumental in preparing our swimmers for elite-level competition and has swimmers ranked in the top 10 nationally. Coach Josh joined John Brown and Kathy Mendez in 2014 in beginning a King Marlin Swim Club, a coach-owned swim team.

Kathy L Mendez

Head Coach, Age Group Swimming


Kathy first joined Kerr-McGee Swim Club in OKC in 1966 as a novice swimmer, then went on to set team records, Oklahoma swimming citizen and state records, and was a qualifier for the very first Junior National competition. Coach Kathy started her coaching career with KMSC/ CSC as an athlete volunteer with the pre-competitive groups in the mid-1970s. She returned to the Oklahoma City swimming scene in 2008 when she became a volunteer coach and board member for Chesapeake Swim Club. In 2009, she was promoted to Head Age Group Coach.
In 2014, Coach Kathy joined John Brown and Josh Everett in pursuing their vision of a coach-owned team to provide stability and continuity to their athletes and families. Coach Kathy brings to the team a unique perspective, as she has served as an athlete in the sport, parent, aunt, grandmother, coach, and team board member. She currently serves as the Oklahoma Swimming Diversity and Inclusion Chair and the USA Swimming Diversity and Inclusion Committee Chair. Coach Kathy is passionate about expanding swimming opportunities to all youth in Oklahoma. Her efforts include the Native American Cultural Clinic and Meet, which provides free swimming lessons to Native Americans in our state. Each summer, she teaches swimming at the New Day Camp, which is for children who have a parent incarcerated.