Mark David Warkentin
Coach Mark assumed the role of head coach at SBSC on December
1st 2012. He previously coached locally for San Marcos High
School, La Cumbre Country Club and SBAC. He also acted as a
volunteer coach for the UCSB collegiate program under head coach
Gregg Wilson between 2004 and 2009.
Mark began his swimming career in Santa Barbara with SBSC in the
late 1980's. As an age group swimmer he broke 3 Southern
California Swimming records, was a member of the USA Swimming
National Jr. Team, a 4 time CIF champion and was a finalist at the
1996 Olympic Trials in the 400 Freestyle. Over the next 10
years Mark competed at National competitions as a finalist in
events ranging from the 200 to the 1500 free and the 400 IM.
Mark competed for the USA National team as a member of the
Goodwill Games team and the World University Games Team winning
multiple gold medals. In 2006 he transitioned to Open Water
Swimming and was a National team member for 4 years, earning a
Silver Medal at the World Championships in the 25k in 2008.
Mark's competitive career culminated with an 8th place finish
at the 2008 Beijing Olympics in the 10k. Coach Mark also raced in
open water events in the Amazon River, around Manhatten Island and
Coach Mark is the Coaches rep for the Coastal Section committee
and is in his 5th full year of coaching at the USA Swimming level.
He is very excited to help SBSC athletes achieve their own
greatest success in the pool.
Mark and his wife Diana have two boys.
PM Masters Coach, Assistant Coach
Coach AB has been coaching for over 26 years. He has
coached at every level from beginning age swimmer to the senior
national level. At the LSC level coach AB has been an
All-Star coach, Zone Coach, served on the board of directors, Coach
of the Year and led his team to the LSC championship. Coach
AB has also coached Masters swimming for 26 years. During
that time he has coached world ranked masters swimmers, world
ranked triathletes and a Masters National Championship.
Coach AB believes that perfecting technique and developing a
strong aerobic base is the key to success in any swimming
event. He believes that improving the small details of
starts, turns, and stroke technique along with consistent training
will led to fast swimming. Swimming is a great sport; the
attributes you need to succeed in swimming are the same ones you
need to succeed in life. Being involved in swimming
can’t help but make you a better person.
Head Age Group Coach, AM Masters Coach
Coach JJ grew up in
Hemet, California where he swam for the Hemet Valley Dolphins from
the time he was eight years old until leaving for college. He swam
in college at U.C. Santa Cruz where he was conference finalist in
the 500 free two years in a row. After graduation from U.C. Santa
Cruz in 1998 with a B.A. in History, he helped coach the swim team
for five years. As the assistant swim coach for U.C. Santa Cruz JJ
coached the distance group and the 400 I.M.ers; out of this group,
seven All-American swims were produced. While coaching for the
University JJ also coached for the USS swim team in the area,
Cabrillo Threshers. At Cabrillo the junior group and the pre-senior
group were his primary focus. While coaching the college students
and the age group swimmers Coach JJ also coached for Santa Cruz
Masters. Coach JJ moved to Santa Barbara in 2004 and is the
Advanced Age Group Coach at Los Banos as well as the morning
Coach JJ is currently
entering his 11th year coaching for Santa Barbara Swim Club. During
his tenure he has coached many SBSC swimmers to success. Many of
his swimmers have made various Southern California All-Star teams
such as, Pacific Coast All-Stars, the North American Challenge Cup
(NACC) and Festival. ASCA Level 3. JJ was appointed to coach
at the 2007 Western Zone Select Camp. JJ for the past 10 years
has coached Western Zones (2005-2006) and the North
American Challenge Cup (NACC) (2007-2014) for Southern
California Swimming. All these levels of swimming have taught JJ a
lot about coaching the sport and about life in general. Coach JJ
enjoys reading and watching movies in his spare time and would like
to see how far his coaching can take him. Coach JJ lives
in Santa Barbara with his wife Sarah who is a lecturer in
the writing program at U.C. Santa Barbara.