HISTORY

Head Coach Jeff Pease founded North Coast Aquatics in 1979 as one of the first coach owned and operated swimming programs in California. From our original pool in the backyard of a home in Encinitas to the five, state-of-the-art training facilities NCA currently uses throughout San Diego, our families continue to feel the impact of that philosophy and recognize it as the foundation for the many successes this organization achieves.

From the novice to the elite swimmer, NCA believes success comes from not only developing great athletes, but more importantly developing great individuals. NCA has placed hundreds of swimmers into elite college programs and countless others have competed internationally, including competitions in Australia, Canada, Sweden, France, Japan, China, Italy, Mexico, Serbia, and Brazil.

Our age-group staff continues to be recognized locally and nationally as a leading force in competitive swimming by USA Swimming and The American Coaches Association. NCA placed many of its 18-under swimmers onto the USA Swimming National Junior Team and won medals in international competitions around the world. Here is a short list of our swimmers’ competitive success:

  • Kurt Grote: Olympic gold medal (1996), Pan-Pacific gold medal (1997) and World Championships gold medal (1998).
  • Tim Siciliano: Pan American gold medal (1999)
  • 2008 USA Olympic Trials: 8 NCA swimmers qualified
  • 2012 Olympic Trials: 10 NCA swimmers qualified
  • Eric Hedlin: 2013 World Championship Silver Medal
  • Kendyl Stewart: 2014 Pan Pacific Championship Silver Medal

In addition, Coach Pease has been awarded the Certificate of Excellence by the American Swim Coaches Association as one of the top producing club coaches in the United States since 2006.

 

PHILOSOPHY

NCA is committed to the long-term development of our swimmers, and we believe that great attitude, effort, and focus delivers performance results both in the pool and in life.

Our coaches use the NCA Value Wheel regularly on deck to reinforce our expectations. The foundation of the wheel is our Mission: To Develop Student Athletes with Great Character.

When swimmers practice and apply each piece of the Value Wheel, the result is an athlete who learns life skills through competitive swimming. Nothing brings our coaches more pride than student athletes who demonstrate strong characters not only at the pool but in life.

North Coast is committed to the long term development of their swimmers and places the highest value on teamwork, citizenship, academics and character building. The NCA teaching methodology is age based until the swimmers reach their freshman year of high school (10U, 11-12, 13-14). We believe in a model that values friendship and places the onus on the coach. Our groups 14 and under are commitment based and show that if you are attending our workouts you will get better! Once a swimmer reaches high school their progression changes based on commitment and performance standards that align with their physical and mental development at these stages.

 

NCA BOOSTERS

NCA Boosters is a 501(c)(3) organization that consists of five Directors: President, Secretary, Chief Financial Officer, and 2 Members At Large. Additionally, the board also includes one parent (past or current) and three members of the business community without connections to NCA.

The purpose of the NCA Boosters organization is as follows:

  • Administer the Kay Pentz Scholarship
  • Provide financial assistance for swimmers who experience financial hardship
  • Provide financial support for special events like the “Go For The Gold” or Team Relay event that supports local charities
  • Provide community outreach for children who cannot afford learn to swim programs with our existing partners, including Boys & Girls Clubs of Carlsbad, City of Carlsbad, and The City of San Marcos
  • Reach out to NCA Alums and the greater San Diego business community to attract corporate and community grants to support NCA athletes’ training and travel needs

For more information on the North Coast Aquatics Boosters organization, please contact Team Owner Jeff Pease directly at [email protected] or current Chief Financial Officer Dave Pelling at [email protected].