CRUZ Partners
Coaches & Directors
Coaching Staff

Jake Soares

Head Coach


Coach Jake has been with CRUZ since 2011. He has helped swimmers reach the Junior Olympics and earn college scholarships, and one of the things he enjoys most about coaching is helping athletes reach their goals.  He has previously coached for the Anderson AquaGators, West Valley High School, Redding Aqua Ducks, Soquel High School, and is currently the Head Coach at Harbor High School (Swim + Girls Water Polo).

Jake grew up swimming with the Redding Aqua Ducks, and still holds a few team records there.  In 2007, he graduated from the University of the Pacific with a BA in History and a minor in Business Management.  He balanced school and athletics as a member of the UOP Swimming and Diving team (2005 Big West Conference Champions). In his free time he enjoys reading, playing music, surfing, and fishing trips to the Sierra Nevada Mountains.

Andreas Wessels

Associate Coach


Coach Andreas has been swimming with our team since 2009.  He regularly swam at the Junior Olympics and the Pacific Swimming Senior Circuit.  He graduated from PCS in 2015 and was an event winner at the MTAL Championships. The swimmers at CRUZ really like working with Andreas and their strokes and race results prove it. Right now he is a full time student at UCSC, and when he is not coaching or in class Andreas enjoys cooking, spending time with friends, and swimming.

Lauren Hailey Wood



Coach Lauren started swimming with CRUZ in 2011.  She qualified for the Far Westerns her first year with our team, and was consistently a finalist at the Junior Olympics.  Lauren swam for Soquel High School where she was a SCCAL event winner, CCS finalist, team captain, and valedictorian.  She is currently completing her 4th year at UC Berkeley, majoring in Integrative Biology with an emphasis in Human Physiology & Health Sciences.  In her free time, Lauren enjoys swimming, going to the beach, hiking, camping, and cooking.

Anaiis DY Nysether



Coach Anaiis grew up swimming with SLUG Aquatics, then later for PCS.  She currently works for Santa Cruz Fire as a Beach Lifeguard and is a full time student at Cabrillo, studying pediatrics.  With her background of after school tutoring + teaching swim lessons at Adventure Sports, Anaiis brings to our team her knowledge, experience, enthusiasm and love of the water.  In her free time, Anaiis enjoys running, mountain biking, and travelling.