Coaches and Directors

Coaching Staff
Britta Wyatt Executive Director, Coach

Britta Wyatt has been coaching since 2001, and has been coaching with TEAM since 2002. She started as Executive Director back in 2017.  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. She lives in Thurston with her husband Jason, daughter Reese, and son Brody.  In her free time Britta loves to run and cook. 

Julio Zarate Head Senior Coach

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.

Rachael Zarate Head Age Group Coach

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 babies, Mac and Margot.

Sarah Kiem Coach

I've been coaching since 2015 and teaching swim lessons since 2013. Getting kids excited and having fun with swimming is my goal. I've gotten to work with entry level swimmers to age group and seen the most success when were having fun!

Chas Esping Logistics and Operations/Coach

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!

Taylor Cole Coach

Taylor Cole has been coaching in his two hometowns, Eugene and Springfield, since 2006. Coach Taylor brings a breadth of competetive aquatic experience, having coached at the age group and collegiate level in both swimming and water polo. He comes to us from Willamalane Swim Club, where he has spent the last 13 years coaching Age Group and Seniors. In his first five years with the club, he worked dilligently to increase membership from 30 swimmers to over 100. In 2019, Willamalane Swim Club placed top 20 in the state of Oregon with a roster size of less than 100 swimmers. His enthusiasm and passion for working with kids is really what makes him special. Taylor has also coached several Division 1 scholarship athletes and has sent hundreds of swimmers to state and sectional level qualifying meets. He has over 30 athletes on Oregon's "Top 5" list. Taylor has two years of collegiate co-ed swim coaching experience at the University of Oregon, sending a group of athletes to nationals. He also has four years of Masters swim coaching experience at the Downtown Athletic Club, where one of his athletes was ranked top 10 in the nation. Aside from swim coaching, he has five years of water polo coaching experience at the University of Oregon (UO) and one year at South Eugene High School. He coached the men's UO water polo team for one year and in his four years coaching the women's UO team they won the Northwestern Division of College Water Polo each year and competed in Club Nationals. He is an energetic, charismatic, and loud coach. Coach Taylor's passion for water started long before his first introduction to a pool. Raised in Oregon, he spent the majority of his summers on family rafting trips. When not on deck, you can find Coach Taylor cruising on his boat through the beautiful Oregon creeks and rivers.

Dan Cole Coach
  • Born in California; raised in eastern Washington/northern Idaho on a cattle ranch
  • Education: B.A. history/english M.A. history/political geography
  • Swam 4 years in college - 1960-64 - University of Idaho
    • team captain in junior and senior year
    • most inspirational in junior and senior year
    • former school record holder-400 individual medley
  • Children:
    • Jessica ; instructor at University of Michigan
    • Hannah; webmaster
    • Taylor; swim/water polo coach
  • Coaching background:
    • Lewis-Clark Neptunes - 1961-66
    • Reedsport, Oregon - 1966-69
    • Willamalane Swim Club - 1970-82
    • University of Oregon - 1981-86
    • Eugene Y - 1998-2008
    • South Eugene High School - 1994 - 2015
    • Willamalane Swim Club - 2008-2020
    • Developed 17 High school All-Americans; 33 National Qualifiers; 8 Olympic Trials
    • Qualifiers; 2 NCAA qualifiers
  • Hobbies: rafting; cooking; physical fitness; reading; crosswords
  • Favorite sayings: “don’t confuse activity with achievement” (John Wooden) “don’t sweat the small stuff” (anonymous)
  • Pet peeves: whining; negativity; unrealized potential
Jill Black 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:

Amelia Heckman Coach

Amelia is an assistant coach for the 10&U and 11-12 groups. She is originally from Boulder Colorado. She is currently a student at the University of Oregon studying biology and hopes to go into the medical field after. Amelia started competitively swimming when she was 7 years old and swam through high school on a local club swim team. She swam for her high school swim team all 4 years and even made it to the state level competition for breaststroke for 3 of those years. She absolutely loves the sport and is so excited to be coaching for TEAM Eugene Aquatics.