Head Swim Coach
Over the past 40 years Kevin has experienced a wide range of
coaching success. That success includes NCAA All American, Junior
Nationals qualifiers as well as novice swimmers entering their
first swim meet. In the greater Ventura area, he has coached
College, Senior club swimmers, novice, masters, and triathlete
teams. In addition to his club coaching duties, he has run his own
private swim lesson business, teaching preschoolers and on up to 80
year olds. For 9 years he was the Cal Lutheran Assistant Coach for
their Swim and Dive Team. He continues at Cal Lutheran as an
adjunct instructor for the exercise science department.
Kevin's swimming experience began at the young age of 7 years in
Connecticut. During his swimming career he set and helped set
Connecticut age group state records. During that time, he was a
swimmer on various Connecticut All-Star Teams. He continued his
career in college at Southern Connecticut State University, which
was a Top Ten NCAA Division II Team at the time. He swam at the
NCAA Championships in the 200 y and 400 IM and in relays. He set
school records in the 200 Fly and in several relays. He was elected
as team captain his senior year. Kevin continued his love of
swimming after college as a Masters Swimmer and won the US Masters
National one mile Open Water Event for his age-group. He helped set
national masters relay swim records as a member of our own Ventura
Silver Group Coach
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.
Bronze Group Coach
Coach Stewart is a resident of Ventura, California. He began
swimming for Buenaventura swim club when he was 12. He went to
Ventura high school and set records on the VHS swim team. Stewart
went on to compete in the 2016 Olympic Trials for the 100 meter
butterfly and finished 41st in the Nation! He went to college and
swam for University of the Pacific in Stockton, where he was also a
volunteer assistant coach for a year. During the summer he guards
the Ventura beaches as a California State Parks Lifeguard.
Brittany E Oliver
Director of Nutrition/Swim 4 Triathletes
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.
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.