Coaches and Directors


Coaching Staff

Lucas Salles-Cunha

Head Coach


2016 and 2017 Pacific Swimming Coach of the Year nominee.  2017and 2018 ASCA Coach of the Year nominee. Lucas is part of a coaching family that has helped produce multiple College, Far Western, Junior Olympic finalists.  He has coached a range of swimming abilities from beginning to Olympic Trials swimmers. 

Lucas' own accomplishments have been: 8 Time Florida State Finalist, 4 Individual Finals, Masters competitor and Multiple Event Winner, Jr. Olympic champion.  He has 6 years of ocean lifeguarding experience, placing 2nd in the Swim, Paddle, Run at the East Coast Regional Lifeguarding Championship.  He has also participated and placed top 10 in multiple open water swim finishes. 

Lucas has a patient and relaxed coaching style that motivates each individual to rise to their own best, paired with a relentless focus on excellent technique.

Outside of swimming, Lucas has a degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Marketing from SDSU.  He is a small business owner and a Certified Insurance Counselor

Courtney Daley

Age Group Coach, Simpkins


Courtney Daley started her swimming career at the age of five, when she joined her first competitive team in Raleigh North Carolina where she grew up. Later in high school she moved to Northern California and swam with the Terrapins swim team. Additionally she swam for her high school (Liberty Union High) on Varsity all four years. Courtney also swam for Masters in Portland Oregon, as her college did not have a swim team.

She coached for two years in Visalia for TNT, within her two years of coaching the quality of the program evolved to include swimmers earning championship final performances at the 2014 Short Course Far Western Championships, and include swimmers who earned second swims at the Western Zone Championships in Federal Way, Washington while representing Central California Swimming as All Star members in the summer of 2014. Courtney's success as a club coach attracted interest from high school principals, and she agreed to coach the Mt. Whitney High School team during their season. Courtney Templeton moved to Santa Cruz in 2015 from Visalia, California.

Courtney has taught swim lessons for 10 years, has coached all levels and started working for Quicksilver in January 2017. Her ability to connect with kids is apparent not only on the swim team, but also in the classroom where she is a dedicated elementary teacher. The love she has for the sport of swimming and for coaching is evident. Her specialties are correcting stroke technique and increasing endurance. Courtney currently works as our age group coach at Simpkins.

She is a graduate of Multnomah University in Portland Oregon, and earned her B.S. In Theology and Elementary Education.

Sara Fernandes

Age Group Coach, Scotts Valley


Sara began swimming competitively at age 4 with the Almaden Swim and Racquet Club and continued through high school. As a swimmer, she helped coach some of the younger groups during the summer.  Sara also taught swim lessons throughout high school and college.

She switched her focus to water polo in high school and played club water polo with Stanford and made the Youth National Team Pacific Region Training Team. Sara attended Archbishop Mitty High School where she was awarded her water polo team's MVP and earned individual WCAL and CCS awards in her Junior and Senior years. She was also named Most Valuable Goalie at the USA Women's Water Polo National Team Camp her Junior year of high school. After high school, Sara was recruited to be CAL's goalie. Unfortunately, multiple knee injuries ended her water polo career, and she transfered to Santa Clara University to focus on her academics at a smaller school.

Sara began teaching swim lessons in 2006 and went on to coach adults through QSS Masters 2013. Sara then used her teaching experience and positive coaching style to teach middle and high school students at FLEX College Prep. She has been with QuickSilver Santa Cruz since 2018 and was selected as the 9-10 girls coach for Pacific Zone All Stars this past year.

Sara has a B.A. in English, attended law school, and has a Master's Degree in Library and Information Science. In her free time, Sara loves being in the water, reading, and spending time with her husband and fluffy dog.

Sara currently coaches the competitive age group teams at our Scotts Valley location and functions as the team's manager.



Megan Guevara

Pre Comp Coach, Simpkins


Kim Rutherford

Stroke Development Coach, Simpkins


Kim started swimming age group at 6 years old and went on to add surfing and paddling into her life in the cool Pacific. She started coaching, teaching swimming, and life guarding in high school at multiple pools and continues to coach and mentor OW swimmers today. Her dedication to improving strokes, giving lessons to all levels of proficiency stand today. Currently she coaches for Quicksilver Swim Team, teaches private swim lessons at Simpkins Family Swim Center, and coaches marathon, ultra marathon and channel swimmers in the Pacific Ocean.

Kim's first marathon swim was Seal Beach Rough Water in the early 1980's and was hooked! Favorite swims include a 25 mile Monterey Bay crossing (Monterey to Santa Cruz), the 20 mile Catalina and 12.4 mile Anacapa channels, 28 Miles around Manhattan Island, 12 Mile Mercer Island circumnavigation, The Strait of Juan de Fuca, Ice Swims in Lake Tahoe, San Francisco Bay, Semana Nautica, and daily swims at home in Soquel Cove. Kim is also a member of the South End Rowing Club.

Allie Lovell

Sr Technique&Conditioning Coach, Soquel


Allie first started coaching swimming in 2000 where she coached for Cabrillo College and Soquel High School. She continued to coach the college team for 3 more seasons.  In 2009 Allie began her age-group coaching career for the Cabrillo Threshers where she went on to coach for seven seasons. Allie started swimming competitively at the age of eight for the same team, the Cabrillo Threshers. She won many local and regional championships and placed at many National championships. She attended Aptos high school where she was undefeated all four years in the league and was also a two-time All-American in the 100 yard backstroke. She is now a part of the Athletic Hall of Fame at Aptos High School. Allie was a walk on swimmer at Arizona State University her freshman year, but shoulder injuries kept her out of the pool her second year. She returned to the area and swam for the Cabrillo College Seahawks where she was a six-time Community College All-American, and state champion in the 100 backstroke in 1999. She also has competed at the Masters swimming level and placed 3rd in both the 50 and 100 meter backstroke at the World Masters Championships in 2006. For the last three years Allie has worked in special education as a Resource Specialist at Main Street Elementary school in Soquel and has also been the girls head swim coach at Soquel High School. Allie loves being on the pool deck sharing her love of the sport with the youth in the community.  In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, taking her dog for walks, and traveling.  Allie is also recently engaged and is looking forward to planning her big day for next June 2020. She is excited to be a part of the Quicksilver staff!



Brooke Lynch

Stroke Development Coach, Watsonville


Brooke Lynch has been a swim coach for most of her adult life and has coached all levels of our sport. Her career started with the original Santa Cruz Aquatics team. She formed the first Santa Cruz Masters swim team in 1987 when the UCSC pool was built and was the Coach at UCSC at the same time.
Later Brooke transitioned to high school coaching and has continued her high school coaching career until this day. Currently Brooke is the swim coach for the Watsonville High School team.

Brooke joined the Quicksilver Santa Cruz coaching team in February 2018, and coaches Stroke Development in Watsonville. She enjoys spending time with these young swimmers and teaching them an important life skill. Swimming stays with you forever.

Brooke spent years in Masters competition and she still swims. She is also an avid open water swimmer and has a wealth of experience and swimming knowledge to share with our young Quicksilver swimmers.

Juan Pablo Chavez-Guerrero

Associate Coach


JP has coached the Ceiba program since its inception a year and a half ago. He has also worked with the City of Watsonville as a lifeguard and swim instructor, teaching various age groups water safety and helping them improve their swimming skills to become more adept swimmers.

JP swam for Watsonville High School and on QuickSilver with both Coach Brooke and Coach Lucas respecitively. They have both been a huge help to him, teaching him a lot of what has gotten him to where he is now. His experiences with Coach Brooke and Coach Lucas inspired him to get into coaching himself.

JP is responsible for our Ceiba Charter School program and swim lessons. He also coaches stroke development groups.