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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.

From USA Swimming, please read this link on the Coach-Parent Relationship.

Coaching Staff

Jake Soares

Head Coach

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Coach Jake has been with CRUZ Swimming since 2011. Jake has coached many swimmers to Junior Olympics and Far Western Champs, several who have gone on to achieve national records and many who earned college scholorships. He has coached for the Redding Aqua Ducks, Anderson AquaGators, West Valley High School, and 3 seasons for Soquel High School. He is currently the Head Coach at Harbor High School.

He grew up in Redding swimming for the Redding Aqua Ducks, reaching the finals at Far Westerns and Sectionals. He attended West Valley High School and in 2002 earned "NSCIF - Most Outstanding Male Swimmer of the Year."  He double majored at the University of the Pacific graduating in 2007 with a Bachelor of Arts in History and Business while balancing as a full time member of the UOP Swimming and Diving team (helping win the 2005 Big West Conference Championship Men's Title). In his free time he enjoys surfing, playing music, and trips to the Sierra Nevada Mountains.

Andreas Wessels

Associate Coach

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Coach Andreas has been swimming with our team since 2009. He grew up swimming in Santa Cruz with CRUZ where he was a part of the CRUZ All-start Team swimming in Pacific Junior Olympics and the Pacific Senior Circuit. In 2013 he won first place at Mission Trail Athletic League swimming championships. Andreas graduated from Pacific Collegiate School in 2015. The swimmers at CRUZ really like working with Coach Andreas and their strokes and race results prove it. Right now he is a full time student a Cabrillo College. He is a certified AMR lifeguard and 1st-Aide, plus USAS coach.  When he is not coaching or in class he enjoys cooking, spending time with friends and of course swimming.