Coaching Staff

Coaches and Directors

Erik Ran Head Coach

Coach Erik was a swimmer with the Dutch National team from 1981 to 1992. 

Erik was the captain of the National Dutch team for many years and participated at European Championships in 1987 in Strasbourg, France, 1989 in Bonn, Germany and 1991 in Athens, Greece and competed at the 1986 World Championships in Madrid.

Erik was the former Dutch National record holder in the 100 meters freestyle and 50 meters fly and was recruited by USC where he swam from 1987 to 1991.

At USC Erik held many relay records and had the 100 butterfly record and held the 100 free record for over 20 years.

Erik won the 100 free at Pac 10s in 1990 and 1991 for USC and came in 2nd at NCAA’s in the 100 free in 1990. 

Erik's father was a former Olympic waterpolo player for Holland and went to the games in Rome in 1960. In 1984 Erik went to the LA Olympics as a sponsorship provided by McDonalds and saw the opening and all swimming events as a young 17 year old. In 1992 Erik came in first at Olympic trials for Holland.

Steve Hotchkiss Assistant Coach


Steve  Hotchkiss has been involved in ocean and pool water sports his entire life.  He swam competitively in college in the 50, 100, 200 free style.  In the 1980’s Steve worked as a youth swim instructor, youth team coach, and Chief Lifeguard for Santa Monica Pools helping to manage a multi pool swim program.  For the past 36 years he has worked as a LA County Fire Dept. Ocean Lifeguard, working Northern section the past 26 years. He has been active as a swim parent first in 2008 with the Malibu branch of Westside Aquatics, and since 2012 with Malibu Seawolves.  

He has always been proactive in helping to keep a swim program in Malibu.  His older son Logan started training and competing in Malibu at age 12 and had success in High school swimming holding many CIF Division 4 tittles and records.  Logan swam on Div. 1 scholarship for UC Santa Barbara and holds many of the University and conference freestyle records.  He competed at the 2016 Olympic Trials, and is currently training for 2020 trials.  In the summer, Logan is also an Ocean Lifeguard on Zuma beach.  His other son Kennan (18) started training and competing at age 8.  He is currently swimming on a Div. 1 scholarship for UC Santa Barbara where he is a freshman studying science.  Steve feels the Seawolves program has been critical to both Logan and Kennan’s success in and out of the pool.  He swims with the Malibu Masters at 6:00AM and enjoys being around motivated swimmers of all ages. Steve is also a Board Member of the Malibu Aquatics Foundation, 501 c 3. 

Max Jaben Substitute Coach


Coach Max Jaben is the youngest male swimmer ever to qualify for Olympic Trials. In 2008 he qualified for the Israeli Olympic Team and became the Israeli National Record Holder in the 200 Meter Freestyle. In 2004 Max placed 2ndplace at USA Nationals in the 400 Meter Freestyle. Max swam at the University of Florida. He was coached by Coach Peter Malone (Kansas City Blazers), Greg Troy & Anthony Nesty (University of Florida), Dave Salo & Jon Urbanchek (Trojan Swim Club) & Leonid Kauffman (Israeli National Team). In 2016 Max became a U.S. Masters Swimming National Record Holder. Coach Max is a LA County Ocean Lifeguard (Zuma Beach) and was named 2013 rookie school “MVP. Coach Max is a Zuma Beach “B Group” Junior Lifeguard Instructor and a certified emergency medical technician. 

Max was an assistant coach at Royal Swim Club in 2010. He was an assistant coach at Harvard Westlake from 2011-2012. In 2012 Max became an assistant Coach of Malibu Seawovles Swimming. From 2014-2018 Max was owner and head coach of Malibu Seawolves Swimming. During his leadership, MSS swimmers became CIF Champions, CIF Junior National Qualifiers and Olympic Trials Qualifiers. In 2015-2016 Max was the Aquatics Directior at the Wise School (Stephen S. Wise Temple) where he developed a learn-to-swim program and swim team. In 2018 Max was named the Coastal Club Coaches Chair Representative. His ownership of MSS ended in December 2018 when Malibu Seawovles Swimming became a Malibu Aquatics Foundation 501 c3 program.  In 2019 Coach Max became Head Swim Coach of Westlake High School where he led the girls Varsity team to a Marmonte League Championship and an undefeated season. Max returned to MSS in the fall of 2019.

Max is an advocate of functional fitness. Max believes in integrating a variety of swim training philosophies into his workout plans and training cycles. It is important to Max that his team offers swim training for all athletes with different goals; a swimmer may have a goal to qualify for a Junior Lifeguard standard, qualify for Junior Olympics or becoming an Olympian. Max assist his athletes to build and accomplishing their athletic goals and develop valuable tools for what comes outside, or after, their swim careers.  Max has an in-depth understanding of how to develop young swimmers into elite athletes while maintaining a healthy balance. When away from the pool Max spends time with his 4-year old son, surfs, and writes music. He also works selling credit card processing services for US Bank.