The Claremont Club Coaching Staff takes pride in working with all ages and abilities.  We focus on making each swimmer the best he/she can be both in and out of the water.

Meet the TCC Coaching Staff

Coaching Staff
Christian Watts Head Coach

Hello Swim Families,

I started swimming competetively at five years old for the Exeter Eels Swim Team. Upon reaching high school, I joined a club swim team and the high school team. I was on the varsity swim team and varsity waterpolo teams throughout high school, and then swam one year at College of the Sequoias. My best swimming events were the 50 free, 100 free, 100 breast, and 200 I.M. My greatest achievements were an AAAA time standard in the 50 free with a time of 20.89 seconds and an AAA time standard in the 100 free with a time of 46.77 seconds. 

My experience includes two years of Rescue Swimming in the U.S. Navy, four years of lifeguarding, and 5 years of coaching with 1 year as a head coach. I am a USA Swimming certified coach and ASCA Level 2 coach. 

My education background includes a Master's in Criminology, Bachelor's in Sociology and Criminal Justice, and Associate's in Criminal Justice. I had the honor of working for the federal government for a couple years following college, but have decided to follow my true passion as a swim coach.

My goals for this team include: 10 swimmers attending Junior Olympics in March, 2 swimmers qualifying for Sectionals, and growing the senior group to 30-40 swimmers. 

Ricardo Castro-Navarro Assistant Coach
Zachary Turner Assistant Coach

When I was just barely eight years old, I joined the TCC Swim Team and spent the next ten years of my swimming career here at The Claremont Club. Over this tenure I have been to countless Junior Olympic, WAG, and JAG swim meets. In high school, I swam on the varsity swim team for all four years, where I made it to CIF multiple times. My best events were the 100 and 200 breaststroke, as well as the 200 Individual Medley. 

My experience includes competitive swimming with The Claremont Club for over ten years and competitive swimming at Claremont High School for four of those years. I also have two years of lifeguarding experience here at the Claremont Club and I am a USA Swimming certified coach.

I have graduated from Claremont High and am currently attending Citrus College with plans to go to the U.S. Coast Guard after earning my Associates degree. I do plan to return to college after a number of years in the military. 

My goal for the overall team is to expand the senior group, which would include getting more swimmers to be able to move up and adding other swimmers from outside the team. My goals as the coach of the goldfish group would be to get the swimmers to be able to read pace clocks and follow time bases. I also want to get their endurance and technique down to be able to start moving up a lot more swimmers at a time.