2020 Coaching Staff

Haley Darr - Head Coach 

Experience

Clayton Valley High School
Assistant Coach - 2019-Current
 
Ygnacio Wood Swim Team
Assistant Coach - 2017-Current
 
Diablo Valley College
Water Polo Coach - 2019
Swimmer - 2017-19
 
Certified Nursing Assistant
2019 - Current

Bio

Hey Seahorses! My name is Coach Haley and I am very excited to be back for a 4th year coaching this amazing team! I have been a seahorse since I was 5 years old and could not imagine spending my summer any other way. Ygnacio is where I fell in love with the sport of swimming. This love took me to swim at Clayton Valley High School and Diablo Valley College where I went on to coach for both of those schools. Ygnacio Wood has given me so much and I am so thankful for this team. It is truly something amazing. I am so lucky to have had some of my life’s greatest experiences on Ygnacio’s pool deck. I cannot wait to make even more memories this summer! Get ready seahorses!!


Cole Welsh - Assistant Coach

Experience

Northgate High School
Assistant Coach - 2019-Current
 
Ygnacio Wood Swim Team
Assistant Coach - 2019-Current
 
Diablo Valley College
Swimmer - 2019-Current

Bio

Hello horses of the sea! I am Coach Cole. I am thrilled to be coaching again in 2020 as an assistant coach. I have been swimming competitively for the past 13 years, from rec swim, to high school, to now college. Swimming is a strong passion of mine and spreading the love of this sport through coaching is truly a treat for me. A summer at Ygnacio is the best 3 month break from real life and it always flys by so soak it all in! See you all so soon and Go Y-DUB Nation!!!


Alyssa House - Assistant Coach

Experience

Berean Christian High School
Assistant Coach - 2018-Current

Ygnacio Wood Swim Team
Assistant Coach - 2019-Current

Bio

Hello Seahorses!  I’m Coach Alyssa. I  joined Ygnacio back in 2007, and wrapped up my last season as a swimmer in 2018.  Ygnacio is truly the best team, and I’m honored and beyond excited to be returning as a coach.  I am currently an assistant coach at Berean Christian High School for my third year.  Being a high school coach has taught me more about this sport than I ever thought possible. Seeing kids and teenagers break through and accomplish their goals, in and out of the pool, is beyond rewarding, and I’m eager to bring what I’ve learned through that experience to the Ygnacio deck! This team is so special, get ready for the best summer of your life. Can’t wait to kick off the season at the pool that has my whole heart!  Goooooo Ygnacio!!


Mary Rosette - Swimmer Coach

Experience

Northgate High School
Assistant Water Polo Coach - 2019-Current
 
Ygnacio Wood Swim Team
Sea Ponies Lead - 2019-Current
 
Diablo Valley College
Swimmer - 2020

Bio

Hello, my fellow seahorses! I am Coach Mary! I started with the Sea Ponies program and now I am approaching my 14th and final season as a swimmer on Ygnacio. Swim was my first love and some of my favorite memories are the ones I made on the Ygnacio Wood pool deck. There truly is no other team quite as special as this one, and I am beyond excited to be a part of the coaching staff this year! This past fall I was an assistant coach for the Northgate Women’s Varsity Water Polo team, and I am currently swimming for Diablo Valley College in hopes to further my swim career to a four-year college. I could not imagine dedicating myself to any other sport; there is no other way I would want to spend my summers other than spending it at Ygnacio. Can’t wait to spend another summer on the Ygnacio pool deck and make more memories that will last forever!! Gooooo Ygnacio!!
 

Kai Welsh - Swimmer Coach

Experience

Ygnacio Wood Swim Team
Sea Ponies Helper - 2019
 
Northgate High School
Northgate Swim Team Captain 2020
 

Bio

Greetings young seahorses! My name is Coach Kai. This is my first year as a Ygnacio Wood swimmer coach and I couldn’t be more thrilled. I’ve been on this team for only a few years but Ygnacio has grown to be one big family for me. This will be my 15th year of swim team and I can’t wait to finally be able to pass on what I’ve learned to our speedy little seahorses so we can have a fun and successful year. Over my 15 years of swim I’ve had fantastic coaches that have built me into the person and swimmer I am today and I hope I can do the same for the seahorses of Ygnacio Wood. Coaching for my team has always been a dream of mine, and I think I can make a positive impact on the parents and children and help take our team to the next level. Go Ygnacio!


Olivia Patterson - Swimmer Coach

Experience

Ygnacio Wood Swim Team
Sea Ponies Lead - 2019-Current

Northgate High School
Swimmer - 2018-Current
 

Bio

Hello all Seahorses! My name is Coach Olivia and I’m super excited to be apart of this great coaching staff this year! I am currently a senior at Northgate High School and will be graduating this June. I joined Ygnacio back in 2006 where I completed Seaponies and joined the team, and now I am participating in my last year as a swimmer. Since the moment I started on this team, I have always wanted to be a coach and words cannot describe how truly excited I am for this summer to start. Running the Seaponies Program last year has given me the experience on how to coach kids efficiently and I am now ready to take that knowledge a step further, as well as continuing to run the Seaponies program. I could not imagine spending my summers anywhere else but on the decks of Ygnacio! I am ready to start giving back to a team that has given me so much. I’ll see you all very soon!! Let’s go Ygancio!!
 

Jordan Wensley - Pre-Season Assistant Coach