Pacific Swimming

Coaches and Directors

Coaches and Directors
Coaching Staff
Ken Fittro Head Coach/Senior Coach

Coach Ken serves as Head Coach and Senior Coach. He has been coaching swimming and water polo since the age of 17.  Ken swam competitively in Southern California and for his mentor, Ro Davis, who gave him the opportunity to work with a new group of developmental swimmers forty-two years ago while a prep swimmer with Fairfield High School and Solano Aquatic Club.  Except for a two-year hiatus he has been coaching ever since. Ken is also a Special Education teacher (29 years) for Salinas Union High School District. In the last forty years he has coached swimming and water polo at Fairfield High School, Solano Aquatic Club, Peninsula Family YMCA and Chula Vista High School, San Diego, Reno Aquatic Club, Bishop Manogue High School, Washoe County School District, League Champions Seaside High School (20 years) and the Dolphins (24 years). Coach Ken’s swimmers have won high school league championships, Junior Olympic and Far Western Championships, and finished top eight at numerous, CCS,  Sectionals and Futures Championships.  He has also developed numerous High School All America swimmers, nationally ranked age group swimmers, and Junior National and Senior National Qualifiers. Ken has served many years as Head Coach for the Pacific Leadership Camp, Assistant Coach for Pacific ALL Star Team, and Assistant Coach for Pacific Swimming Distance Camp at Colorado Springs. Ken is married and lives in Seaside, his children Molly and James are also coaches for Seaside Aquatic Club.  

Molly Fittro Head Age Group Coach/ AG2+ - Peninsula

Molly Fittro first started swimming at the age of 4 when her dad needed an extra swimmer for an 8-un relay.  She continued swimming for Seaside Aquatic Club until she graduated from high school.  You can still find Molly’s name in various Top Ten Times for our team.  Molly also swam for Seaside High School all four years and was awarded Most Valuable Swimmer every year.  She was Team Captain her sophomore through senior years.

Molly earned a swimming scholarship to Union College in Barbourville, KY.  She swam for Union all 4 years and placed in the Top 10 at the NAIA Swimming Championships every year.  Her freshman year she was awarded the Melva & Brick Award for succeeding in both the pool and the classroom.  Molly still holds the school records in the 500, 1000, and 1650 freestyles.  She graduated from Union in 2012 with a Business major and an Economics minor.

After graduation, Molly heard SEA needed a coach and she felt it was time to give back to the team who had given her so much.  She enjoys coaching a great deal and is quite the “kid-magnet.”  The kids keep her laughing, and she loves watching them improve so much.  SEA is grateful that Coach Molly is back!!

Brian Potts Site Dir-Hartnell/Pre Senior/Junior
Coach Brian Potts started coaching at the age of 20 on the Monterey Peninsula in both water polo and swimming. Brian, in his thirteen years on the Monterey Peninsula, has coached swimming and water polo for the Barracuda Aquatics of the Monterey Peninsula, York, Captain Cooper School, and Carmel High School.

Brian was selected and has had the great opportunity to work with Olympic Coach Dr. Dave Salo at the University of Southern California. Brian worked with the USC Swim Camp for six summers to further his study of swimming at one of the top ten Swim Camps in the United States. In this capacity he worked with and met numerous Olympic swimmers under Coach Salo’s tutelage.

Coach Brian is the Salinas Site Head Coach at Hartnell College for the Dolphins Aquatic Club. He serves as the coach of the Pre-senior and Junior groups.  During the last six years with the Dolphins, Coach Brian has leveraged all of his experiences and knowledge while his swimmers have achieved numerous Dolphin Team Records, Junior Olympic Championship Finalists, and Champions, Far Western Champions, numerous CCS top eight finishes, Sectionals qualifications, CIF Swimming State championship finalists, and Futures time standards. He has also developed numerous Meet High Point Swimmers, Alcatraz open water winners, High School All-American swimmers, USA Nationally ranked age-group swimmers, and Junior National Qualification times.

Coach Brian currently serves as the Pacific Swimming Board of Directors: Camps Coordinator. Brian has also served as Head Coach for Pacific Swimming Zone All-Star team, assistant coach for Pacific Swimming All-Star team, assistant coach at Western Zones, assistant coach at Pacific Swimming Leadership camp, assistant coach at Pacific Swimming 10-Under camp, and Manager/ Assistant Coach at Pacific Swimming Distance camp at Colorado Springs. 

Jenny Richardson-Rossbach Varsity Peninsula Coach
Marlee Figueroa Dolphins & AG2 Coach - Peninsula

Marlee Figueroa was born and raised in Southern California in an aquatic family.  Her mother swam and dove competitively and her father coached swimming and water polo, from beginners to Olympians.  Marlee attended UC Irvine where she met and married her husband Gary Figueroa , a water polo player.  He is the women’s water polo coach at CSUMB. They have two grown children, a daughter Jorji, and a son Sam.


Coach Marlee began her career as a swim coach/teacher when she was 15, working for a swim club that practiced at her high school.  She has coached swimming off and on since then working at YMCA’s, swim clubs, water polo clubs and country clubs.  


Currently, Marlee coaches the Dolphin group for Seaside Aquatics.  She is also in charge of Seaside’s satellite team at Corral de Tierra Country Club.  There she coaches a novice level swim team and gives ‘learn to swim’ lessons to brand new swimmers.

Santiago Maciel AG2 & AG3 - Hartnell Coach

Santiago Maciel grew up in the bay area and swam locally since he was 8 years old.  He swam competitively for 10 years on the local Gilroy Gators Swim Team, swam in high school all four years qualifying for CCS every year and retiring with Club and High School Records, some of which still stand today.  Later he swam for 2 years while atending Cabrillo College.  He found his way back to swimming through coaching which he has been doing for the past 9 years.  Santiago has further shared his passion for swimming with others as a guest coach at many Swim Camps and All Star meets held by Pacific and USA Swimming.  He follows ASCA/USA Swimming recommended Developmental Progressions for Age Group Swimmers and believes in developing a strong foundation with healthy life habits in and out of the pool.

Travis Jones Dolphins - Hartnell Coach

  Travis is very excited to be the new coach for the Dolphins-Hartnell group this year. He just moved to Salinas from Huntington Beach to pursue a career as a school counselor and wanted to continue his coaching career as well. His competitive swimming career began when Ihe was in 3rd grade and lasted until he graduated from Chapman University in 2016. He has coached high school and club swimming for the last 3 years in southern California. He is looking forward to helping the Dolphins become the best swimmers they can be. His coaching philosophy is simple, he believe's every athlete can succeed and it is the coaches’ job to help every swimmer achieve their own goals as well as develop their passion for the sport. He hopes to get to know every swimmer as an individual and have as much fun as they can. 

Nicole Meyer AG3 - Peninsula Coach
Nicole Meyer grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area and has spent her life in the water through multiple capacities. Nicole began competitive swimming at the age of four and competed up into her first year in college at DVC; however, she continued to play water polo for CSU East Bay until her senior year. 
Being in a corporate environment left something missing from her life: so when she would go and coach after work, it all made sense. Nicole switched career paths to become a Social Science teacher to help students reach and surpass their academic goals. She currently is teaching at Seaside High School. 
Since the age of fifteen, Nicole has been teaching/coaching swim to students ages 6 months to 90 years. She has held roles such as technique developer, assistant, team coordinator, and head coach. 
Mariah Lacroix Soledad - Dolphins

I was born in Southern California. I grew up in the pool but didn’t do competitive swimming until I moved to Chowchilla, CA at the age of 10. That is when I joined my first swim team and I when fell I love with the sport. After moving to Soledad, CA I then started swimming with the Soledad Aztecs under Jess Hogg. After graduating High school in 2013 I had the opportunity to become an assistant coach under my mentor Jess Hogg. That same year I started workinf for the Soledad Mission Recreation District where I taught swim lessons and I became head coach of the Soledad Sharks until 2016. Now I’m returning to my position as head coach. My favorite part of coaching is seeing my swimmers grow and accomplish their goals in the water. And seeing all of them fall in love with the sport just as I did as a kid.

Briana Barrios Soledad - Dolphins

I was born in Salt Lake, Utah. I moved to Salinas California at age 6. Joined my first swim team as a freshman at North Salinas High and I continue swimming all four years. Started teaching kids how to swim when I was 18. After graduating from high school I decided I wanted to continue to teach at the Soledad pool. I enjoy watching the swimmers gain confidence in the pool when they reach their goals. 

Board of Directors
Ken Fittro President
Tina Cieri Team Manager/ Member-at-large
William Douros Board Member
Joe Sullivan Board Member