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Our Coaching Staff would like to welcome you to the JCC Waves!  Below are biographies of our staff, as well as some of their accomplishments.  Through 10 years of colaboration the coaching staff utilizes a common teaching language to teach skills for a lifetime.  All JCC Waves coaches are background checked through the Merage JCC of Orange County and USA Swimming’s Coaches Background Check system, and all have current certifications in American Red Cross First Aid, CPR, and Coaches Safety Training.  Chris Duncan and Gina Duncan are current members of the American Swim Coaches Association (ASCA.)  

Coaching Staff

Chris Duncan

Aquatics Director, Head Coach

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Chris Duncan, The Merage JCC Aquatics Director, is a career swim coach with an outstanding background training Olympic Trial and Junior National qualifiers. Chris has extensive professional experience directing swim programs including country clubs, ISL, swim schools, masters swim teams and USA clubs for all age groups from preschool through adults.  His swimmers excel in a small group environment where they can individualize the workouts to suit the swimmers talents and work ethic.  He works with each swimmer to effectively strengthen their skills and sharpen their weaknesses.  As the JCC OC Waves head coach he keeps watch for the next great talent in the younger groups and fosters the talent all the way to his group and training.  Chris is a lifetime member of the America Swim Coaches Association attending 15 of its World Coaching Conventions. 

Gina Duncan

Assistant Aquatics Director, SG Coach

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Gina Duncan, Assistant Aquatics Director has been coaching for over ten years at all levels of swimming.  She has a proven track record with top 11-12 swimmers, often helping them to achieve top 16 or top 10 recognition. Gina manages the aquatics department administration and assists in implementing aquatics programs for all ages.

Lara M Navarro

Red Group Coach

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Chris Madayag

Senior 1 & Bronze group coach

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