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Coaches & Directors

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

Coaching Staff

Brian Nabeta

Head Coach

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Professional Background

- 25 years coaching experience (Golden Bear Swim Club, DART at Arden Hills, DART at Sacramento)

- Aquatics Director and Head Coach of DART at Arden Hills

- Head Coach of the Sierra Nevada Olympic Training Camp, Zone and National Select Camp, USA swimming National Diversity Camp

- Assistant coach of USA Swimming National Junior Team

 

Swimming Background

- Swam for Golden Bear Swim Club

- Won high point at Far Westerns and was a finalist at Junior and Senior Nationals

- Was a Member of UC Berkeley Swim Team

- Was a scholarship athlete at UC Berkeley and BYU

 

Other

- Grew up in the Bay Area

- Married to Cherie for 23 years

- Daugher Kailee is 18 and freshman at Boisie State; Son Kaleo is a Freshman at Jesuit High School

- Enjoys Crossfit and FOOD

Cortney Martellucci

Head Age Group Coach

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Professional Background

- 18 years coaching experience (Springfield Aquatics, Drury University, Arden Hills Swimming)

- Head Age Group Coach at DART at Sacramento

- Age Group Coach and Assistant Senior Coach at DART at Arden Hills

- Head Coach of the several Sierra Nevada Zone Age Group Zone Teams and All Star Team

- Assistant coach at USA Swimming Western Zone Select Camp and Sierra Nevada Olympic Training Center Camp

 

Swimming Background

- Junior National qualifier

- Scholarship athlete for 4 years at Drury University - Team captain senior year

- NCAA DII National Championship Team 3 times

- NCAA DII National Champion (200 Breaststroke, 400 Medley Relay)

- CSCAA Academic All American and NCAA Post Graduate Scholarship recipient

 

Other

- Daugher, Tessa, is an honorary DART swimmer, class of 2036

- Attended St. Francis High School in Sacramento

- Began competitive swimming at 15 years old

- Enjoys dabbling in sewing, drawing, and other hands-on creative activities

 

Adriana V Contreras

Assistant Coach

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Professional Background

- Assistant Coach at DART Sacramento

- Assistant Coach for University of the Pacific Men’s and Women’s Swimming Teams

- Senior Group Coach for California Gold - Lodi Swim Club 

- Age Group Coach for Tiger Aquatics

- Has served on the following USA Swimming Staffs: Zone Diversity Select Camp, Zone Select Camp, and National Diversity Select Camp

- Currently serves on the Sierra Nevada Swimming Board of Directors

 

Swimming Background

- Grew up swimming for Swim Club of NorCal and Tiger Aquatics in Stockton

- Swam at Cal State East Bay

- Favorite events: 50 Free, 100 Free, and 100 Fly 

 

Other

- Graduated from St. Mary’s High School in Stockton

- Is a Soccer Referee at the professional and Division 1 levels

- LOVES Chocolate Chip Cookies :

 

Chris Nissen

Assistant Coach

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Professional Experience

  • 20+ years coaching experience in Sacramento and Petaluma
  • Age Group & Assistant Senior Coach, DART at Arden Hills
  • Advanced Group Coach at Arden Hills
  • Current Assistant Coach at Jesuit High School, swimming and water polo
  • Assistant coach at American River Water Polo Club, 10 years

 

Swimming Background

  • Began swimming at age 8 in Rohnert Park
  • First Swimming All-American at Santa Rosa Junior College (100 & 200 Breaststroke)
  • Scholarship athlete at University of Wyoming
  • Began coaching at Petaluma Swim Club while still swimming at age 17
  • As Head Coach at Rio Americano High School, led team to three Section Championships
  • As assistant and Head Coach of the Rio Girls water polo team, won five Section Championships
  • National Level Starter and Deck Referee
  • Junior National qualifier (back when it was the AAU, and called National Junior Olympics)

 

Other

  • Met wife Karen on the pool deck at Cottage Pool
  • “Children” Lucas, Jessica, and Troy all swam for Coach Brian at Arden Hills
  • Enjoys dark roast coffee and many other sports, but Swimming and Water Polo are tops on the list
  • Parrothead for Life!