Coach Jane began her swimming career in 1976 on Ann Curtis swim team in Marin County, CA at the age of 5. She was taught to swim by Olympic Gold medalist, Ann Curtis Cuneo. Growing up in Marin and in the Houston, Texas area she swam for the Woodlands swim team, Indian Valley Aquatic Club, Terra Linda Orcas and SwimMarin. In high school Jane swam for her Terra Linda Trojans and began playing water polo in her sophomore year (the first girls team). In her Senior year she was the first girl ever to be on the boy's Varsity team. She played water polo in college at UCSD, winning 2 National Championships. She was also a member of the Junior National water polo team and was chosen to train at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs.
Coach Jane has taught swim lessons since the age of 15, as well as coaching high school water polo and swimming. She has also been a masters swim coach in Sonoma for several years.
Coach Jane has been a teacher and coach in the Sonoma Valley for since 1998, teaching both first grade and PE at St. Francis Solano school and coaching youth soccer. "Coaching and teaching go hand in hand. Working with young athletes everyday and seeing them work so hard inspires me to be the best coach I can be."
When her own children became old enough to join a swim team, Jane was disappointed that none existed in Sonoma. In 2007 she decided to ressurect the Sonoma Sea Dragons. Pulling from children that she had taught swim lessons and stroke classes to, she started the team. It has since grown to over 100 children.
In the spring of 2010, Jane and her husband, Tom, took over ownership of Sonoma Aquatic Club and she is busy building the aquatics program. Not only does this secure a home for the Sonoma Sea Dragons, but it also provides a feeder program through the lessons. Her goal is to provide first class aquatics programs to Sonoma families and put Sonoma back on the swimming map!