Meet Our Wolverine Coaches
Head Coach, Program Director
Chris has enjoyed success as both a swimmer and coach. He graduated from CSU Bakersfield where he was an NCAA National Champion and All-American. His coaching career also began in Bakersfield, where he coached for the Golden Empire Swim Club. After moving to Sacramento, he coached for the Sierra Marlins Swim Team. In 2001, he and his wife started All-American Swim Academy, which hosted Fall, Winter, Spring, and Summer swim clinics for recreational swimmers. They also developed a large summer swim lesson program, serving the greater Placer County area, with hundreds of lessons per day throughout the summer. In 2008, Chris started Wolverine Aquatics Club, in partnership with Sierra College. Since that time, the club has continued to grow every year and has achieved much success. Chris takes pride in the positive team culture, the Wolverine coaching staff, and the dedication of the Wolverine athletes.
Chris is currently the Head Coach of Wolverine Aquatics, the Rocklin Aquatic Masters Swim Team (RAMS), and Sierra College's Men's Swimming and Water Polo Teams. Chris received the Big 8 Conference Coach of the Year in 2004, 2006, 2010, 2016, and 2017. In 2016, he also led Sierra College to its first swimming State Championship Title and was the Men's California Junior College State Coach of the Year. He has coached swimmers to several individual state titles and has produced over 60 All-American swimmers since 2002 while coaching at Sierra College. Chris is married to Amy and they have 2 swimmers, Michael and Tessa. He enjoys family time when he is not on the pool deck. Chris coaches the Senior I Group.
Head Age Group Coach
Coach Kainoa is our Head Age Group Coach and currently coaches our Black and Pre-Senior Groups. Kainoa has been coaching swimmers ages 4-18 since 2005. He has coached finalists at Junior Olympics, Far Westerns, and Age Group Western Zones. He has also coached Senior Zone qualifiers, Sectional qualifiers and CIF Section top-three finishers. Kainoa currently serves as the Sierra Nevada Swimming Age Group Co-Chair and has been a coach selected for the Sierra Nevada All Star Team. Kainoa was also the Head Coach of the Sierra Nevada Western Zone Team as well as a coach at many Sierra Nevada Swim Camps.
Before becoming a Wolverine, Coach Kainoa served as Head Coach at Bella Vista High School for four years, leading the girls program to four straight conference championships. After two years, he took over the boys team and led them to a 2nd place finish the first year and a conference championship the next. During that time, he also coached the high school group for the Rollingwood Rockets Swim Team in Fair Oaks.
In his free time, Kainoa likes to go to Sacramento Kings games and spend time with his family.
Program Director, Assistant Coach, Cardinal & White Groups
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Assistant Coach, Senior I & Senior II Groups
Steve brings a lifetime of swimming experience to Wolverine Aquatics Club with 42 years combined experience as a swimmer and a coach. Over the years, Steve has produced Senior National swimmers, US Open qualifiers, Junior National, Grand Prix, and Sectional Finalists. Overall, Steve has come up with 76 swimmers that have achieved a sectional level cut or higher.
Steve grew up in the Bay Area and swam for the Santa Clara Swim Club under Hall of Fame Coach, George Haines. As an age group swimmer, he held 2 national rankings. During his high school career, he earned All-American Status in the 200 IM. He competed at the Division I Level for Brigham Young University where he was a Western Athletic Conference finalist in the 200 and 400 IM and the 1650.
Steve has served on numerous camp staffs for USA Swimming as well as Western Zone Coach 5 times. Steve was voted Sierra Valley Conference High School Coach of the Year in 2012 and 2013, as well as Style Magazine's "Favorite Athletic Trainer" in 2011, 2012, and 2013 in the El Dorado County area. Steve currently coaches the Senior II Group and assists Chris with the Senior I Group.
Assistant Coach, Black & Cardinal Groups
Summer was born and raised in Boise, Idaho where she lived until moving in 2010 with her family to Northern California. Her love for swimming began at the age of 6 when she joined her first competitive swim team. Swimming continues to be a tremendous passion and love of hers. After moving to California, she began coaching at Woodcreek High School where she was an assistant coach for 2 years. In 2011, she began coaching with California Capital Aquatics (CCA). While on staff, she enjoyed coaching multiple groups and teaching the Pre-Team program for 6 years.
Summer has coached Junior Olympic and S.W.A.G.R. Finalists, High Point Winners and Far Western Qualifiers. She has also coached on staff for the Sierra Nevada Catch the Spirit Camp and Sierra Nevada Western Zones Team.
In her spare time, Summer enjoys spending time with her 4 kids and supporting them in their various sporting activities. She also loves everything the outdoors has to offer, bike rides, cooking and various crafting projects. Summer is very excited to join the Wolverine Staff and is looking forward to working with and getting to know all your swimmers.