The Waterdevils Swim team is proud of the commitment, enthusiasm and sportsmanship displayed daily by our coaches. Their hard work, positive example, and dedication help to mold our Waterdevil swimmers into confident and competitive athletes.
Kent Morales -- Head Coach
Kent Morales began his swimming career as a youth with the Lucas Valley Waterlogs. Kent swam in the Marin Swim League, Terra Linda High School, and collegiately. As a nineteen-year-old at U.C. Davis, Kent joined the Marinwood Waterdevils as an assistant coach, and worked at that position for two seasons. Shortly after graduating from Davis in 2000, he joined Coach Barb Wheeler at the Marin YMCA Dolphins, and has been coaching there since. In 2001, Kent was the Head Coach for the Lucas Valley Lightning. The following season, he joined the Waterdevils as Head Coach, and has been with us ever since.
Kent is passionate about swimming, and is deeply committed to bringing a rewarding experience to his swimmers. He wants the swimmers to have fun, while realizing the enjoyment of achieving goals through dedication and camaraderie. His greatest thrill as a coach is watching young swimmers mature into fine young adults.
Away from the pool, Kent is a science teacher, working with students at San Rafael High School. He and his wife, Amanda, have two young children, Giselle and Forest. This year, Giselle starts her 2nd year with the Waterdevils as a Novice Under 8 swimmer, and Forest joins as a Tadpole.
Chris Case -- Head Coach
A note from Chris:
I began my swim coaching career as an assistant coach with the Waterdevils in 1986. From there I went on to re-build the Lucas Valley Swim Team, yes you read that correctly, first as assistant coach and then as a long time head coach. I have to say, since my two kids joined the Waterdevils a few years ago and I got involved with the board it made me realize how much I missed coaching swimming in the Marin Swim League. I can’t imagine a better summer than to be working with each one of you on becoming a better swimmer this year and far into the future. Get ready for some hard work, to accomplish things you never thought you could, and to have a great time while doing it. See you at the pool.
Barb Wheeler -- Tadpole Head Coach and Assistant Team Coach
Barb Wheeler has been heading the Waterdevil Tadpole program since 1999. She has been Assistant Coach to the main team since 1999 and has held several board positions as a Waterdevil parent prior to that.
She is mother to four former Waterdevils and a competitive Masters swimmer herself. For many years Barb was the head coach for the Dolphin Swim Team at the Marin YMCA and has enjoyed teaching swimming at all levels from Waterbaby to Senior Non-Swimmer. Barb is devoted to the progress and success of her swimmers.
Prior to joining the Waterdevils, Barb was a buyer for Macys and a graduate from Colorado College with an Art Studio degree. She is currently active as a painter and has had works in several exhibits and collections.
Payton Juarez -- Tadpole Coach
Payton is a current high school sophomore at Terra Linda High. She is 15 years old and has been a Waterdevil since 2009. She began her Waterdevil career as a tadpole learning everything she knows from Coach Barb. Payton has been a tadpole assistant coach for 3 years and has taught swim lessons at the Marinwood pool. She is excited to be working with the youngest members of the community, preparing them to become life long swimmers.