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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 administration, such as dues, safety, or policy issues, please contact one of the board members.

Coaching Staff

Jason York

Director - Head Coach

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Luke Corley

Head Coach - Rio Mesa Site

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Toby Petty

Gold Group Coach

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I am a people person and I have a passion for seeing the positive in everything. I enjoy being of service to others through teaching and coaching. Ventura is my hometown. I graduated from Buena High School in 1975, and Ventura College in 1979. I received my Bachelor of Science Degree in Physical Education and received my Clear Secondary Education Teaching Credential from California State University Northridge in 1981. I am a Mother and a Grandmother. My Daughter and family live in Ojai and my Son lives in Sacramento.
 
Over the years, I have swam competitively and just for fun! I've taught Middle School and High School, participated in Triathlons, and completed the Chicago Marathon. I have taught swim lessons and coached at every age level, including Adult Masters. In 2003, I founded The Rio Mesa Swim Club and ran a very successful program for ten years.
 
The Buenaventura Swim Club holds fond memories for me. In 1967, at age 10, I joined the team which began my passion for swimming. Then in 1995,  I was the teams Intermediate Age Group coach during the same time my Daughter and Son swam with the team through their schooling years. Now in 2018, I am thrilled to be back to share my passion and joy in coaching swimming.

Betsy Harrison

Silver Group Coach

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   VVv C Coach Betsy  has  been a member of the Ventura community since 1969. She was a competitive swimmer in her younger years, a lifeguard and a swim instructor/coach since 1993. She has been an invaluable coach with Buenaventura Swim Club since 2008. Betsy is a full-time Physical Education instructor at  Balboa  Middle School . She holds a clear credential in Physical Education K-12. Betsy has a BA Degree in Kinesiology from CSU Northridge, and a Masters Degree in Education from Grand Canyon University . She also has education in athletic training. Coach Betsy loves swimming and gets a charge out of seeing kids excel in the water.
 

Brittany E Oliver

Director of Nutrition/Swim 4 Triathletes

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Britt loves drinking black coffee, sitting on swiss balls, and writing autobiographies. She dislikes foggy goggles, lukewarm foods and drinks that should be hot, and having water in her ears. Her favorite type of sauce is worcestershire, and her favorite color is orange. Fun fact: Britt first started swimming with BVSC at age 8, and competed for the Buena Bulldogs. After swimming as a walk-on at UCLA for one season, she found her real niche in triathlon in 2008 and hasn't looked back. In 2011, she started coaching for BVSC. Driven to merge her passions for coaching and nutrition, Britt completed her Masters in Nutrition in 2014, focusing her research on endurance athletes. In 2015, she became a USA Triathlon certified coach, and will soon be adding a USA Weightlifting certification to her coaching quivver (just for fun). She currently LOVES working with adult and youth triathletes, and enjoys competing in ITU draft-legal triathlons. 

Theo Schmeeckle

Masters Coach

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Theo grew up in Washington State where he started competitive swimming at the age of seven. He was a four year college letterman in swimming graduating with an engineering degree from the University of Idaho. After many years out of the water he returned to swimming mostly in open water events and channel swims.

Kevin Marble

Masters Coach

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Sport has been and continues to be a way of life for me. In my early days I found success in a variety of sports, including, swimming, water polo, basketball, track and field, soccer, volleyball and Triathlons. The rewards of sport opened many doors; a swimming scholarship to the University of Utah, NCAA D1 All America honors, international travel and competition, assistant men’s NCAA D1 swimming coach, a degree in coaching lifetime sports, and later a water related career.

From age 16, I was a seasonal Ocean Lifeguard for Ventura County. After college I returned to my roots and began coaching Channel Islands Aquatics and Oxnard High School boys and girls swimming. Soon I was off to Catalina Island working for Los Angeles County Fire Department as a Paramedic Lifeguard in Avalon and the Isthmus.  I later was promoted to Rescue Boat Captain Paramedic and recently finished out my career of 39 years of service.

I returned to competitive sport in my late 40’s by taking up open ocean paddling and traveled with the US Team to Fiji and Australia where I finished top in my division. Also completed a couple Catalina Classic 32 mile paddleboard races with high finishes.

In 2009 I sustained a traumatic brain injury while surfing in Mexico and was asked by my wife to find something less life threatening to participate in. That’s when I joined VCM and began the road back to competitive swimming. Now full circle, I returned one year ago to the deck and coaching.  I feel honored to be apart of this team and to work with such dedicated adult athletes.   Your daily commitment to pre-dawn workouts is inspirational and I’m proud to be a part of the team. 

Board of Directors

Mavis Laughlin

President

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Debra Beckman

Vice President

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Team Admin

Team Administrator

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Amarie Wright

Secretary

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Julie Monroe

Treasurer

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Nicole Montano

Member at Large

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Janice Talmage

Member at Large

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