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Coaches & Directors

Coaches & Directors

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Coaching Staff

Kacy Vig Ota

Head Coach

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Kacy Ota is on his second year as Head Coach of Conejo SImi Swim Club. Kacy has been coaching some level of swimming since the age of 14 years old, and now is in his 19th year of coaching some level of swimming. He has taught learn to Swim, Pre-Competition swimmers, Novice Swimmers, Summer Leaguers, Age Groupers, High School, Masters, Advanced Age-Goupers, Pre-Seniors, Seniors, College, and National Level Swimmers. He has also been active in the operations of Local Swim Committees since the age of 17 years old.

He previously was the Senior Assistant and Head Age-Group Coach for Conejo Simi Swim Club from 2010 - 2015. Prior to joining the CSSC Coaching staff Kacy was Head Coach for two years for Raisin Country Aquatics (The Selma Site for the Tule Nation Tritons). Prior to be head coach at RCA, Kacy was the Head Age-Group Coach for six years, and an age-group coach for 2 years prior to that position. He coached under the supervision of the Head Coach Gary Ota (his father) before taking over the swim club. As Head Coach he continued to coach the Advanced Age-Groupers while his brother coached the Senior Swimmers. During this time Kacy attended California State University, Fresno where he earned his Bachelors Degree in Mass Communcations and Journalism with an emphasis in Electronic Media Productions.

Kacy is a member of the American Swim Coaches Association which through his achievements have earned a Level 3 status as an Age-Group Coach.

He has also served as a Head Coach for a recreational summer team, the Selma Aqua Bears for 7 years, and also served as President of the Selma Aqua Bears for 3 years. The Aqua Bears are part of the Central Valley Recreational Swim League (CVRSL) which Kacy has been a Team Representative for 7 years, Vice-President for one year, taught a coaches clinic two years, and taught Meet Admin for two years. He served as an Athlete Representative for Central California Swimming for four years, a Team Representative for four years, and Age-Group Vice Chair for one year. He has also served as Diversity and Inclusion Chair for the Coastal Section of Southern California Swimming and now as Diversity and Inclusion Chair for Southern California Swimming. Throughout his coaching career Kacy has coached 13 All-Star Teams Coaching Staffs and was Head Coach of the Central California Western Zone Team in 2010.

Kacy was Head Diving Coach for Immanuel High School for two years and then became Head Swim Coach of Selma High School where he coached for 7 high school seasons. During his time at Selma he developed the team to over 60 athletes and had Division 1 CIF qualifiers and relays almost every year. Upon moving to Simi Valley, Kacy began the Grace Brethren High School Swim Team which he coached for 3 years. He had multiple Division 4 CIF qualifers and relays including a Individual event champion. Kacy is now a Volunteer Coach for California Lutheran University Swim and Dive Team. In his first year with the program, the team broke numerous school records.
 
Kacy's swimming career was fairly short, as he ended his swimming after High School. He was a backstroker in high school. He chose to attend school close to home and began his coaching career at the age of 18, after 4 years of coaching the Summer League Level and one fall as a Seasonal Club Coach. He became Head Age-Group coach at 20 years old and then Head Coach at 25. He also worked with school district a lot to help get the new Selma High School Pool to be built during his time in Selma. 

Jennifer Ota

Age Group Coach

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Coach Jen is the Head Age Group Coach for Conejo Simi Swim Club.  

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Coach Jen joined the CSSC coaching staff in 2011 and took over as Head Age Group Coach in 2015.  Jen swam for CSSC (CSA at the time) and graduated from Royal High School in 2001.  Jen's prior coaching experience includes 6 years of coaching at Clovis Swim Club (near Fresno) where she attended school and competed>  Jen has coached Clovis Swim Club's Stroke Team, has taught at a Swim America Swim School, and has worked with Clovis Swim Club's age groupers where she helped develop a nationally ranked 8 and under athlete.  Jen truly understands age-group development coaching, from learn-to-swim to advanced 12 and under training, and she absolutely loves swimming and kids.

Andy H Nguyen

Age-Group Coach

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Andy began swimming at age 10 at the Simi Valley YMCA.  He swam for 3 years there before his family moved to Orange County where he continued swimming with Irvine Novaquatics.  Upon returning to Simi in 2009, Andy joined Conejo Simi and swam in the Blue and Senior 2 groups before graduating from Simi Valley High School in May.  Andy is currently a Freshman at Cal Lutheran University where he will continue his swimming career and hopes to earn a degree in Bioengineering.

 

Outside of the pool, Andy enjoys vanilla ice cream and cheering>

Kevin Lane

Assistant Coach

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Kevin has been teaching and coaching aquatics for over 30 years. In our area he has coached Novice teams for Daland Swim School and South Coast Aquatics, and has done lessons for numerous young people in and around our area including many of our current CSSC swimmers. The last 5 years he has been the Cal Lutheran Assistant Coach for their Swim and Dive Team, and will continue this year for his 6th year in that position. Kevin has also been a coach for local Masters Teams and is a Certified US Masters Swimming Coach Level 2.

Kevin's swimming experience began at the young age of 7 years in Connecticut. During his swimming career he set and helped set Connecticut state records, as well as being 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 2 Team at the time. He swam at the national level and set school records in the 200 Fly and in relays, and was elected as team captain his senior year. Kevin continued his swimming after college as a Masters Swimmer and won the US Masters National one mile Open Water Event for his age-group.