Our Coaches

Coaching Staff


Head Coach/Aquatics Director Courtland Day

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Courtland is a former NCAA ALL-American with over 12 years of coaching experience. He began Coaching at the age of 16, with his local club team. While swimming in college he returned in the summer to serve as Head Coach.  After obtaining his degrees, he worked as an archeologist for several years,  traveling across much of the United States. Missing swimming he returned to coaching. Many of his swimmers have gone on to win state and regional titles, several of whom are now swimming in college. He has taught swimming to people of all ages and skill levels. This is Courtland's 5th season with the Polar Bears. Under his leadership, the team has grown from 10 to 160 year around swimmers. 

Assistant Coach Jimmy Rogers

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Jimmy began swimming in Washington State where he placed in the top-3 at the state championships and swam at the Junior Olympic level. He was awarded a Division-I scholarship to swim at Cal State University Northridge where he swam for two years until the program was cut. In that short time, he managed to place in the top-10 all time in several events. This sparked Jimmy to get into coaching which renewed his passion for the sport. He has been coaching ever since: starting his own U.S. Masters team, working with PEAK Performance Swim camps across the country, teaching private lessons, and coaching both club and high school swimming in the area. After a brief stint as a wildlife biologist, Jimmy has gone back to CSUN to obtain his Master’s degree in Kinesiology (M.S.) studying the biomechanics of swimming. This is Jimmy’s first season with the Polar Bears.

Assistant Coach Olivia Hynes

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Olivia has been involved in competitive swimming since the age of 7. After starting her high school's first swim team, she went on to become a 5 time NCAA All-American at Fresno Pacific University, where she also obtained her bachelors in Art and English. Throughout her college years and after graduating she gained experience as an assistant club coach as well as a head coach for a local high school swim team. She has also taught private lessons to children and adults of various ages. Olivia believes swimming can teach anyone valuable lessons that can be transferred into life. She truly enjoys spending her time and effort with children in order to help them reach their full potential. 

James Dawson


James is a former NCAA Division 1 Football player from the University of Louisville, who later went on to play professionally in the Arena Football League.  After football, James moved to Los Angeles to hone his skills in the fitness industry. He has been an avid health and fitness enthusiast, coaching clients from all walks of life for 15+ years. He has trained professional athletes, entertainers, high school athletes and the elderly. James believes strongly that positivity, consistency, and a growth mindset can lead an athlete to greatness.  His motto is HEALTH IS WEALTH.  This is James’ first season with the Polar Bears and he is excited to help the next generation of athletes to become their absolute best..