Coaches and Directors

Coaches and Directors
Coaching Staff
Lucas Salles-Cunha Head Coach

2016 and 2017 Pacific Swimming Coach of the Year nominee.  2017and 2018 ASCA Coach of the Year nominee. Lucas is part of a coaching family that has helped produce multiple College, Far Western, Junior Olympic finalists.  He has coached a range of swimming abilities from beginning to Olympic Trials swimmers. 

Lucas' own accomplishments have been: 8 Time Florida State Finalist, 4 Individual Finals, Masters competitor and Multiple Event Winner, Jr. Olympic champion.  He has 6 years of ocean lifeguarding experience, placing 2nd in the Swim, Paddle, Run at the East Coast Regional Lifeguarding Championship.  He has also participated and placed top 10 in multiple open water swim finishes. 

Lucas has a patient and relaxed coaching style that motivates each individual to rise to their own best, paired with a relentless focus on excellent technique.

Outside of swimming, Lucas has a degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Marketing from SDSU.  He is a small business owner and a Certified Insurance Counselor

Kim Rutherford Stroke Development Coach, Simpkins

Kim started swimming age group at 6 years old and went on to add surfing and paddling into her life in the cool Pacific. She started coaching, teaching swimming, and life guarding in high school at multiple pools and continues to coach and mentor OW swimmers today. Her dedication to improving strokes, giving lessons to all levels of proficiency stand today. Currently she coaches for Quicksilver Swim Team, teaches private swim lessons at Simpkins Family Swim Center, and coaches marathon, ultra marathon and channel swimmers in the Pacific Ocean.

Kim's first marathon swim was Seal Beach Rough Water in the early 1980's and was hooked! Favorite swims include a 25 mile Monterey Bay crossing (Monterey to Santa Cruz), the 20 mile Catalina and 12.4 mile Anacapa channels, 28 Miles around Manhattan Island, 12 Mile Mercer Island circumnavigation, The Strait of Juan de Fuca, Ice Swims in Lake Tahoe, San Francisco Bay, Semana Nautica, and daily swims at home in Soquel Cove. Kim is also a member of the South End Rowing Club.

Brooke Lynch Stroke Development Coach, Watsonville

Brooke Lynch has been a swim coach for most of her adult life and has coached all levels of our sport. Her career started with the original Santa Cruz Aquatics team. She formed the first Santa Cruz Masters swim team in 1987 when the UCSC pool was built and was the Coach at UCSC at the same time.
Later Brooke transitioned to high school coaching and has continued her high school coaching career until this day. Currently Brooke is the swim coach for the Watsonville High School team.

Brooke joined the Quicksilver Santa Cruz coaching team in February 2018, and coaches Stroke Development in Watsonville. She enjoys spending time with these young swimmers and teaching them an important life skill. Swimming stays with you forever.

Brooke spent years in Masters competition and she still swims. She is also an avid open water swimmer and has a wealth of experience and swimming knowledge to share with our young Quicksilver swimmers.

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