Coaches and Directors

Coaching Staff
Julio Zarate Head Senior Coach/Competitive Team Dir.

Coach Julio comes to Team Eugene after spending the last 3 years as the Head Coach of Swim Torrance. As Head Coach of Swim Torrance, Coach Julio oversaw all aspects of competitive swimming. He created a comprehensive program that stressed process and continuity from the 10 & under age group through senior-level swimming. He grew membership numbers, improved team retention, and improved total team performance. Swim Torrance improved in the USA Swimming Virtual Club Championship (VCC) from 696th in the country in 2016, to 354th in 2019. Swim Torrance also achieved the club’s first ever Futures Championship qualifiers as well as its first USA Junior National Championship qualifier in over 10 years.  

Prior to Swim Torrance, Coach Julio was a Senior Lead Coach at SwimMAC Carolina. While at SwimMAC, the club was ranked 1st and 2nd in the country in the VCC and won the 2015 Winter Junior National Championships. Coach Julio also had the opportunity to work with SwimMAC Team Elite and then-Head Coach David Marsh, who became the 2016 Team USA Women’s Head Coach at the Summer Olympics held in Rio.

Coach Julio is a native of Maryland, which is where he started his coaching career. Julio began coaching full time in 2004 as an assistant coach for St. Mary’s College of Maryland and Lead Senior Coach for Chesapeake Bay Aquatic Club. Julio became Head Coach of Chesapeake Bay Aquatic Club in 2008, and personally coached the club’s first US Open, USA Junior National, Arena Pro Series, USA Open Water National, and Olympic Trials qualifiers.

Jill Black Head Age Group Coach/13-14 Lead Coach

Jill Black is our Head Age Group Coach and interim Head Coach.  Coach Jill brings a wealth of competitive swimming experience--both professional and personal--to TEAM Eugene Aquatics.  Jill co-owned and head coached Columbia-Willamette Swimming, a Portland-based club (2006-13)and was the senior coach for Maverick Aquatics (2014-15) until joining the TEAM Staff. She has also served on 3 Oregon All Star teams (2004, 2007-09) and was named the 2018 Oregon Age Group Coach of the year. 

Coach Jill was a multiple-event finalist in 5 Canadian National Swimming Championships before accepting an athletic scholarship from the University of Washington. She graduated with a BA in Kinesiology in 1984. "Dr. Black" also holds a masters degree in sports psychology (UO, 1991) and a PhD in counseling (OSU, 2002) 

Jill lives in Eugene with her husband, Chris and their cats. When not on deck she also publishes a weekly workout blog: www.workoutsoffthebeatenpath.wordpress.com

Rachael Zarate 11-12 Lead Coach, Dry-land Coordinator

Coach Rachael comes to us from Swim Torrance, in Torrance, CA, where she was the Lead 13-14 coach, auxiliary program director, and meet coordinator. She spent two years developing the athletes and program at Swim Torrance and coached swimmers from novices up to a Sectional level. Prior to her stay in California, she coached college teams at the University of Northern Colorado and DePauw University. While at DePauw, she helped the Tigers to a 3rd place NCAC Conference finish in 2016, qualifying 6 swimmers for the 2016 NCAA Championships, setting 10 new school records, with 3 new NCAC records by 2016 Swimmer of the Year, Angela Newlon.

Coach Rachael found her love of swimming and coaching at SwimMAC Carolina, in Charlotte, NC, where she was born and raised. SwimMAC is consistently ranked as one of the top clubs in the nation and has produced numerous Olympians. She got her BA in Psychology at Emory University, where she was an All-America Honorable mention in the 1,650 Fr and helped the Eagles to three NCAA Championship titles. She also has an MS in Sport and Recreation Management from Indiana State. When not at the pool, you can find Coach Rachael at a CrossFit gym or snuggling with her 5-month-old son, Mac.

Britta Wyatt Executive Director, Head 10&U Coach

Britta Wyatt has been coaching since 1999, and has been with TEAM (formally known as EYAC and ECSC) since 2001.  She grew up swimming in Southern CA, and has always had a passion for the sport. She has a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education, a master’s degree in Early Childhood Education from Arizona State University. Since her time with TEAM, Britta has helped to develop over 1200 youth swimmers, and sent over 300 of them to 10&U Oregon State Champs, Y regionals, and Age Group Regionals. Although developmental coaching is her specialty, she also coaches high school swimming for South Eugene HS, and substitute teaches at Thurston Elementary School.  She lives in Thurston with her husband Jason, daughter Reese, and son Brody.  In her free time Britta loves to run, swim, read, and cook. 

Stephanie Reinwald 11-12 & 13-14 Green Coach

Coach Steph works with the R4 and R5 group in our 11-14 program. She grew up in Pittsburgh, PA and started swimming at the age of 9. She swam for Mt. Lebanon Aqua Club until graduating high school. Steph attended Edinboro University of Pennsylvania,  where she swam all four years and received her BFA. After college, Steph started coaching for South Fayette Aqua Club from 2007 - 2012. During this time, she returned to school at Carlow University to earn her teaching credentials. In 2012, Steph moved to Missoula, Montana where she continued coaching with Missoula Aquatic Club and taught K-12 Art. Steph currently lives in Eugene and teaches high school art and applied technology. She is excited to be coaching for TEAM!
 

Sarah Walters-Wall 8&U & 9-10 Green Coach /Operations
Growing up in Eugene, Sarah swam for SEHS (with Britta as her coach!),  played water polo, taught swimming and was the assistant 10&U coach from 2012-2014.  After leaving Oregon to spend time in the Bay Area and Australia, she is recently back and excited to be part of the TEAM Eugene coaching staff again!
 
Sarah studied psychology and philosophy and is currently working on a Masters in Education. Eager to learn more, she is continuously expanding her swimming knowledge reading books, doing trainings and staying up to date on what's new in the sport. As a 10&U coach she's dedicated to bring out the best in her swimmers both in the water and out of it. She believes the technical, emotional and intellectual skills learned at this age can last a lifetime. She is committed to finding the best way to engage with individual swimmers and coach with understanding and compassion. 
 
When not studying or on the pool deck Sarah spends her time traveling, camping, hiking, gardening and reading. 
Chas Esping Senior & 13-14 Green Coach/Logistics

Chas is an assistant coach for the 10&U, 11-14, and Senior Groups. Chas also works with all the Polo groups. He is a native Oregonian, born in Portland. He first discovered his love of swimming while living in McMinnville. There he joined his first club swim team and learned he love the sport of swimming. He loved swimming so much he started lifeguarding, teaching swimming lessons, and coaching summer swim teams. While working around the pool he shared his love of swimming and water safety with all age groups. He attended Western Oregon University and during that time he started coaching for the local swim club in Salem and was the Head Coach for Sprague High School Swim Team. After graduating college he then went on an adventure to Austin, Texas where he worked outside in conservation and wildfire mitigation. With 15 years of pool time and the love for the sport he is excited to be coaching for TEAM and happy to be back in Oregon. Go TEAM!

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