David Kasa: Head Coach, Competition Group
Coach Dave was born and raised in Yorba Linda, California. He graduated from Canyon High School in 1992 after earning All-CIF and All-Century League honors in water polo and swimming. He then continued his aquatic endeavors at Orange Coast College once again being recognized with All-American, All-Southern California and All-Orange Empire accolades. After suffering a career-ending elbow injury Dave transferred to San Diego State University and completed his bachelor’s degree in history.
After graduating from San Diego State University Dave returned to his alma mater and took a teaching position in the history department. Along with his teaching duties he assumed responsibility over the boys and girls varsity water polo and swimming programs. In his four years at Canyon he twice won coach of the year honors and led Canyon to their first ever league title. His Athletes would go on to attend and swim at many nationally ranked universities including: Air Force Academy, Auburn, Uci, Usc, Lmu, San Diego St and others. In addition, Dave coached at the club level with Orange Regional Competitive Aquatics (ORCA) from 1996-1999.
Since 2001 Dave has worked coaching with the men’s and women’s swimming and water polo teams at Long Beach City College. Over the years he has worked with a number of All-Americans and state and conference champions while earning multiple coach-of-the-year honors. He has been involved with the Viking Aquatics Club since 2003 and took over as head coach of the swim program in 2009.
Danielle Kasa - Learn-To-Swim and Private Lessons Instructor and Coordinator
Bradley Adamson - Competition, Masters
Coach Bradley grew up in Lakewood, California. He graduated from Lakewood High School in 2010. Throughout his prep-sports years he earned All-Moore League honors in water polo and swimming, including being the Moore League Champion in the 50 and 100 free-style. He continued to compete for Long Beach City College for swim and water polo. While at LBCC he achieved All-American honors. After two years of competition, Bradley received a scholarship to swim for Olivet Nazarene University in Bourbonnais, Illinois. Throughout his final two years of competition he earned NAIA All-American honors and was a part of the first National-Runner up team for the university. While at Olivet he completed his B.S. in Exercise Science.
After completing his swimming career he had the opportunity to coach at Olivet Nazarene University for both the men’s and women’s swim team. He was in charge of the strength and conditioning program and stroke mechanics. During that year of coaching he helped produce National Champions and All-Americans.
Since 2010 Bradley has coached a wide-variety of age groups and abilities with Viking Aquatics, ranging from beginner swimmers to elite athletes. In addition to coaching at Viking, he was most recently hired to assist in coaching men’s and women’s swimming and water polo teams at Long Beach City College. Bradley is currently completing his Masters Degree in Kinesiology, with an emphasis in Sport Management, at Long Beach State.
Peter Knapp - Blue, Meet Coordinator
Peter started his swimming career as an adult (2010), and has been a coach since 2013, at Viking, where his two daughters also swim. He trains regularly with Viking Masters, ocean swims 1-2 times a week year ‘round, and trains semi-regularly with the Viking college team. He participates in Masters meets, cannot get enough open water racing events (11 so far), in 2014 swam a leg on a Catalina Channel relay, and in June, 2016, completed the Catalina Channel (20.8 miles). By day he is a faculty member at LBCC in the Performing Arts Department (Music Theory), and enjoys bringing that teaching experience to swimming and coaching.
Marilyn Carey - Gray
I have been drawn to the water since I could speak. I love swimming, surfing, body surfing, SUPing, and just about anything involving a body of water. I learned to swim at the original Belmont Plaza Olympic Pool, and shortly after that I joined the Seal Beach Swim Club at McGaugh. I competed for Los Alamitos High School, where I was the varsity captain my junior and senior years. I continued my swimming career as a student athlete at UC Davis; I swam distance freestyle for the Women's NCAA DI team, and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Managerial Economics and a Minor in Communications in the summer of 2015.
I began coaching in the summer of 2011 at the Long Beach Yacht Club, and have since worked with Rocket Fish, and Team Davis (Special Olympic team). Thank you for welcoming me into the Viking family!