Viking Aquatics, Long Beach CA

David Kasa - Aquatics Director

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. His most recent honors came in leading the men's water polo team to a State Championship, and the women's team to a Conference Championship, in 2015. He has been involved with the Viking Aquatics Club since 2003 and took over as head coach of the swim program in 2009. In July 2018, Dave became the Aquatics Director of Whittier College and Head Water Polo coach.

Bradley Adamson- Head Coach, Gold Group, Masters, Age Group Supervisor

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. Coach Bradley has also been an assistant coach with LBCC Swim and Water Polo Program since 2017.

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 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 completed his Masters Degree in Kinesiology in 2018, with an emphasis in Sport Management, at Long Beach State.

Peter Knapp - Blue Group, Meet Coordinator

Peter has been a coach at Viking, where his two daughters also swim, since 2013. In 2018 he was voted Coach of the Year for the USA Metro Committee, with several JO/JAG/WAG swimmers to his credit since starting coaching the Blue group in 2016. He trains regularly with Viking Masters, and ocean swims 1-2 times a week year round. He started his swimming career as an adult in 2010 (formerly a competitive runner), working with Coach Kasa and Coach Oeding, and practicing with the college team, to jump-start and advance his training. In 2014, after several open-water races, he swam a leg on a Catalina Channel relay, and in June, 2016, completed the Catalina Channel (20 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.
 

Max Taylor - Red Group, Masters
 

Max grew up playing for Team Vegas Water Polo Club and the BCH Heatwave Swim Club. During his time with Team

Vegas he was captain for five years and was apart of the National Team Pipeline from 2011-2014. Upon graduating high school he attended Long Beach City College where he swam, and played water polo both years under coaches Chris Oeding and David Kasa where he helped contribute to a State Runner-up finish his in 2014 season and a State Championship in 2015. During his time at LBCC he was 2nd Team All-SCC in 2014, and in 2015 he was 1st Team All-SCC, 2nd Team All-State and 2nd Team All-American. Max graduated from LBCC with an AA in Social Sciences. After Long Beach City College he transferred too the University of Redlands where he played under Head Coach Tom Whittimore in 2016 and 2017 and swam at Redlands in 2017 for Leslie Whittimore. During his last two seasons he was the leading scorer and team captain in 2016 and 2017. In 2016 he helped lead his team to a 3rd place finish in SCIACs and was 2nd Team All-SCIAC and an Honorable Mention All-American. In 2017 he was 1st Team All-SCIAC and 1st Team All-American. He graduated from the University of Redlands with a B.A. in Political Science.

During his coaching career, he has coached for Team Vegas Water Polo for four years helping the 2016, 18 and under Women’s Team to a 13th place finish in Platinum at Junior Olympics. He most recently just finished coaching for Foothill Club Water Polo under Head Coach Alex Rodriguez and coached the 16 and under Boys White Team. During and after his playing career he has been on and off coaching with Viking Aquatics for 4 years but is now back coaching for the club long term - coaching Gray group and helping out with all the groups from time to time. He is also the Head Coach for Lakewood High School water polo.


Alana Murray - White/Red Groups

Coach Alana grew up in Long Beach, California. She began her swimming career taking swim and technique lessons from Blue Buoy Swim School in Tustin, California. At age 12, she began her competitive swimming career at Viking Aquatics. During high school, she competed on the varsity swim team at Long Beach Polytechnic High School for all four years. She earned All-Moore League honors in the 100 yard and 200 yard freestyle, and was a CIF finalist in 2013 and 2014. She graduated from the PACE Program at Long Beach Poly in 2014. She swam for Viking Aquatics until August 2014, when she left Long Beach to begin her college career.

 

After graduating from Poly, Alana moved to Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts and attended Boston College. During her sophomore year, Alana joined the BC Women’s Rugby team and competed at the D1-Club level in the Northeast Women’s Collegiate Rugby Conference. During her summers, Alana came back to Long Beach and coached White Group for Viking. She graduated from Boston College with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology. In addition to coaching at Viking, she works as a behavioral therapist for children with autism.



Brenna Knapp - White/Red Groups


Brenna Knapp has been swimming with Viking Aquatics since 2009. She currently swims on the Occidental College team. Brenna is a distance (500, 1000, 1650) and mid-distance stroke (200 fly and 400 IM) specialist. Brenna has experience as a Lifeguard and swim instructor at the YMCA, as well as the Summer Recreation Aquatics program at LBCC. She is a Kinesiology major at Occidental College, and plans to be a Physical Therapist.