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Coaches and Directors

We are here to support your needs. If your questions are related to workouts, meets, events, goal setting, and other swimming related needs, please contact one of the coaches. For all questions related to administrative, such as dues, safety, or policy issues, please contact one of the board members.

Coaching Staff

Ethan O Hall

Head Coach, Fall Swim, Aquatics Director

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Ethan Hall has 13 years coaching experience (all at Crow Canyon).  He has coached the Sea Lions to County Meet Team Championships from 2005 to 2016.  He coached the Sharks to a Long Course Far Western Team Championship in 2010.  Ethan was the U.S. National Record breaker in the 15-16 200 meter Breaststroke and an Olympic Trials participant in 1996 and 2000.   He swam collegiately at both UNC-Chapel Hill and UCSanta Barbara.  He was the UNC record breaker in the 200 yard Breaststroke in 1999 and the Big West Conference Champion in 100 yard Breaststroke in 2001.  Ethan was also given UCSB's Athletic Department Golden Eagle Award in 2002 for the Highest GPA.

 

 

Joe Natina

Head Coach, Sea Pups, Fall Swim

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Ben Hunt

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Scott Mendelssohn

Sea Lions Head Coach, Fall Swim

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I grew up swimming for Indian Valley Swim Team in Walnut Creek, Las Lomas HS and played water polo and swam at Las Lomas and DVC,and played club polo at University of Arizona.  I have been coaching swimming for a variety of recreational, year-round and high school programs for the past 35 years.  I coached Las Lomas to its first NCS title and 2 titles in 4 years.  I am a Cal State Hayward graduate with a BS in General Science—Biology emphasis.  In the off-season I am part of the PE Department at Charlotte Wood Middle School in Danville. In addition to my teaching duties I also am mentor teacher for Alliance University.  Outside of teaching and coaching I am also involved in functional athletic training, possesing a Performance Enhancement Specialization from the National Academy of Sports Medicine and have passed the State Board of Real Estate exam. I live in Lafayette with my girlfriend and we have four kids Caitlynn, Emma, Owen and Jon.

Elizabeth Pelton

Assistant Coach

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Elizabeth Pelton joins Crow Canyon as an Assistant Coach this fall. A native of Fairfield, Connecticut, Pelton grew up swimming on North Baltimore Aquatic Club under Bob Bowman, and trained alongside Michael Phelps and Katie Hoff while in high school. A graduate of the University of California - Berkeley, class of 2016, Pelton swam under the leadership of US Olympic Team Head Women’s Coach, Teri McKeever. Here, Liz served as Team Captain (2015-2016), set an American Record (200 backstroke), was an Individual NCAA Champion (200 Backstroke, 2013), NCAA Team Champion (800 Freestyle Relay 2013, 2014, 2015) , and was the NCAA + Pac 12 Athlete of the Year (2013). Finally, she represented USA Swimming, as a World Championships Team Member, and a multi-international gold medalist (2009, 2011, 2013). In her free time, Liz enjoys surfing, hiking, and cooking!

Kaya Philapil

Assistant Coach

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I started swimming for Joe and Ethan when I was 12 years-old and I am so excited to be coaching alongside them. I graduated from Arizona State University in the spring where I was part of the women's swim team. At ASU I was extremely fortunate to swim and learn from Bob Bowman, the 2016 Rio Olympic head coach. In my collegiate career I have been a 4-time Academic All-American, 4-time PAC-12 top 16 finisher, and 4-time PAC-12 All-Academic Honoree. I'm really looking forward to this opportunity to coach you guys, have fun, and share the swimming knowledge I've learned over the years!

Board of Directors

Jeff Hartman

President

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Karin OConnell

Team Communication and Travel

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Michael Davis

Treasurer

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Tammy Gardner

Membership, Website Admin

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Stephanie DePaco

Volunteer Coordinator

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Dora Jih

Team Apparel

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Adel Nassim Heddadji

Meet Director

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Kent Lockyer

Zone 2 Representative

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Gretchen Scheberies

Social Coordinator

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