HEAT Coaches

James Resare – Head Coach

James joined the Hillsboro Swim Team in September of 2001. He quickly earned the Head Age-Group coaching responsibilities, a position that he held for over five years. In June 2006, Coach James was hired as the Head Coach of the Hillsboro Swim Team.  He currently coaches the Senior 2 and Senior 3 squads.

James started his competitive swimming career at the age of 14 with the Oregon City Swim Team. While attending college, James started his coaching career by “helping out” with coaching duties on the Oregon City Swim Team. Coaching quickly became more addictive and fun than swimming was for James. James coached for OCST for four years. In addition to his duties at OCST, James was the Head Coach of the Gladstone High School Swim Team for four years and was a staff member of the Oregon Zone team in 2001, 2002, and in 2004.

Some of Coach James’ coaching accomplishments include: 

  • multiple Oregon Age Group State champions
  • multiple Age Group Regional champions
  • multiple Western Zone champions
  • multiple Pacific Northwest Senior Sectional finalists and champions
  • USA Swimming Spring Championship finalists
  • USA Swimming Junior National finalists
  • multiple NCSA Junior National A finalists and medalists
  • USA Swimming Senior National Finalists

Two HEAT athletes under James’ charge have been selected for international teams:

  • Austin Ringquist for the 2010 Youth Olympics in Singapore
  • Ethan Heasley for the 2018 Junior Open Water World Championships, and the 2018 Junior Pan Pacific Championships

Along with these feats, Coach James’ swimmers have also achieved: 

  • Bronze medal at Junior Pan Pacs – 400 FR
  • USA Swimming Olympic Trial time standards 
  • Multiple USA Swimming Top 10 (previously Top 16) National Reportable Swims, including four #1 Rankings. 
  • Over 100 Oregon Swimming records
  • Athlete named to the USA Swimming National Junior Team

Coach James has been recognized by his peers and has achieved the following honors:

  • 2007:  Oregon Swimming Age Group Coach of the Year
  • 2008:  American Swim Coaches Association (ASCA) Age Group Coach of the Year for Oregon
  • 2016:  Oregon Swimming Co-Senior Coach of the Year 
  • 2017:  Oregon Swimming Senior Coach of the Year
  • 2018:  Named to the USA Swimming National Junior Team Coaches list
  • 2018:  Oregon Swimming Co-Senior Coach of the Year 

James also has an Associate’s Degree in Education. When James is not on the pool deck, he is spending time with his wife Leah and their dogs and cats.



Matt Viglione – Pre-Senior Coach

Matt started coaching with the Hillsboro HEAT in September 2008. He was born in New York and also lived in New Mexico before be moved to Oregon in 2001. He was a competitive swimmer for over 14 years with Duke City Aquatics in New Mexico and both the Tualatin Hills Swim Club and the HEAT in Oregon. Matt was a National Qualifier in the 100 and 200-meter breaststrokes and also swam IM events.

Matt attended Oregon State University where he graduated in September 2008 with a B.S. in General Science. He swam during the summers with the HEAT while attending OSU. Matt is also a graduate of Portland State University, with a Master's degree in Health Administration. 

Matt’s interests outside the pool include football, fishing, hunting, camping, and wake-boarding. He lives in Portland with his wife, Chelsea, and his daugther, Stella.



Kevin Cleary – Developmental and Senior Coach

Kevin joined the HEAT coaching staff in April of 2012. He began his swimming career as a young child with St. Mary of the Valley’s CYO team and took up swimming again for Jesuit High School, where he was a four-year letterman. After his sophomore season, he joined the Tualatin Hills Thunderbolts for the remainder of his high school career. Kevin was elected as team captain for Jesuit and swam on a state-qualifying relay during his senior season.

Kevin began his coaching career with the Tualatin Hills Splash Program in 2004. Many of his swimmers went on to join year-round swim clubs. In 2009, he became the assistant swim coach for Hillsboro High School and accepted the position of Head Coach in 2018. In 2011, Kevin joined the coaching staff of the Tualatin Hills Barracudas Masters team. He is a Level II coach for both the American Swim Coaches Association and United States Masters Swimming.

Kevin is a longtime strength and conditioning student, and holds StrongFirst certifications in both the kettlebell (SFG Level 1) and bodyweight (SFB) disciplines.

Kevin has been an active Masters swimmer since 2003, and has traveled across the country and the world to compete. Some of his achievements include:

  • USMS All-American:
    • 400-LCM medley relay (2008, 2012)
    • 200-SCM butterfly (2012)
  • 4 individual National championships:
    • 200-LCM butterfly (2008, 2011, 2016)
    • 800-LCM freestyle (2009)
  • 2017 World Masters Games silver medalist
  • FINA Masters world record (400-SCM medley relay)
  • Over 60 USMS National top ten times

Outside of coaching and training, Kevin is involved in martial arts, and enjoys movies, reading, and outdoor excursions.



Gary Roberson – Head Age Group Coach

Gary began coaching for the HEAT in the summer of 2015. Since then, he has worked with HEAT athletes at the Novice, Developmental, Age Group and Senior levels. Currently, he is coaching the Age Group 3 and Devy 2 squads.

As a coach on the HEAT, Gary’s swimmers have garnered several individual and team accolades that include: multiple individual and relay state champions, multiple NWAG Regionals Top 8 swimmers, one NWAG Regionals champion, one Western Zone qualifier, and one Oregon Swimming State Championships High Point Award winner.

Gary’s own swimming career began at the age of 6 on the Tualatin Hills Swim Club. After swimming with THSC for nearly a decade, he moved to the HEAT in 2004 where he swam for 2 years. After high school, Gary attended Williams College in Massachusetts. There, he was a 17 time All-American and was the 2011 NCAA DIII Champion in the 200 yard freestyle. In 2011, he graduated with a degree in Psychology and concentrations in Neuroscience and pre-medical studies.

After college, Gary began working as a logistics coordinator at a company that runs summer hiking and biking programs for kids.  During that time he was a volunteer assistant coach for his alma mater before moving into a full time assistant position with the Williams College swim team. The season he coached with Williams culminated in 3 national records, multiple individual and relay national champions, and men’s and women’s 3rd place team finishes at the NCAA DIII National Championships. During his time at Williams, Gary was also an assistant age group coach for Purple Valley Aquatics and coached the local Master's program.  Gary moved from Massachusetts back to Oregon in May 2015 and shortly after rejoined the HEAT as a member of the coaching staff.

When he’s not on the pool deck, Gary enjoys hiking, biking, backpacking, basketball, and lawn games and BBQs with his family and friends.



Crystal Kociemba – Novice and Age Group Coach




Laila Kayfes - Sparks and Novice Coach