Coaches and Directors

Coaches and Directors
Coaching Staff
Todd Hickman Head Coach

Todd is an enormous asset to our team. Todd has been a competitive swimmer for 22 years with successes including:
• Olympic Trials qualified& finished top 16 3 times 1984, 1988, 1992
• USA Nationals Qualified 9 years best finish 4th place 400 IM
• Full Scholarship University of Arizona 1984 -1988
• NCAA All American 1987
• USA Junior National Team 1984-1985
• Ranked top 15 in the USA and top 25 in the world 1984-1988 and 1991-1992
• Age Group National Record Holder 13/14 boys 500 free
• Member US National Lifeguard Team 1990
• High School Swimming 1st in Nation 200 IM 1984
• Athletes Rep. Southern California USA Swimming 3 years 1996 to 1998

Todd has coached all swimming levels from Learn To Swim (Blue Buoy Swim School) through High School and on to National Levels!! 
Some of Todd's most cherished accomplishments include "Sending athletes to Olympic trials and Division 1 Colleges , Breaking National Group Records,  2017/2018 National Junior Team Coaches List, and MOST IMPORTANTLY Teaching children to LOVE and BE SAFE in the water "  which is the embodiment of what HVST stands for. Todd's Coaching Philosophy is to bring Enthusiasm and Inspiration every day to the pool and to Motivate and Empower young athletes to be Champions in life through Excellence in Swimming.
With Todd's expertise in coaching and long history of success in the swimming world, we are so excited with what wonderful additions he is going to add to our HVST family. He is a true family guy with four children and has great ideas to implement to our Community and Swim Team on all levels.

Tom Norton Assistant Head Coach

Tom Norton is excited to be part of the HVST coaching staff! Tom is no stranger to our League. He swam on Newport Hills Swim Team from the age of 5 to18 years old where he set many swim records and won many SCSC championship races. At CDMHS, he was on Varsity Swimming for 4 years and played Water Polo. While at CDM, he was an All American swimmer and CIF Finalist and All-CIF Water Polo Player. Taking his swimming and polo to the next level, he played Water Polo at UCSB for 3 years and then 2 years at UC Irvine from where he graduated.

Tom currently is the Head Coach for Boys’ Swimming at University HS where he was named the 2012 OC Register’s Coach of the Year for Swimming. He is also the Head Varsity Swim Coach at Sage Hill. Tom is the Head Girls’ Varsity Water Polo Coach at University HS and Head Boys’Water Polo Coach at Sage Hill. Tom began coaching at Newport Hills and coached CDM Junior Water Polo for 10 years for Coach Ted. As you can tell, Tom loves coaching!

Tom is thrilled to join the HVST family as some of his best childhood memories are being part of the neighborhood swim team where he made lifelong friendships!

Ben Dowswell Coach

We are thrilled Ben is returning to coach this year. Ben was born and raised in Vancouver, BC, Canada. He graduated from Minnesota State University in 2010 where he swam varsity and earned a BSc in Exercise Physiology. Ben swam competitively for 14 years and is the current Minnesota State record holder in the 100 freestyle, 100 butterfly and 200 butterfly. During his college tenure, he earned ten NCAA II All-American awards and is an NCAA II medalist in 100 fly and 100 backstroke. He competed in the 100 butterfly, 200 butterfly and 100 freestyle at the 2008 Canadian Olympic Trials, placing 23rd in the 100 butterfly.

Ben began coaching in 2004 and coached with the BCSSA (British Columbia Summer Swimming Association) for 7 seasons. During the last three, he served as Head Coach of the Comox Valley Blue Devils. He currently coaches the Pre Senior group and the Masters group for SOCAL Aquatics in Tustin. He has his ASCA Level II coaching certification.

When not coaching, Ben enjoys riding his motorcycle, exploring new places, camping, surfing, mountain biking, and enjoying the Southern California sun!

Stephanie Gabert Coach

Coach Stephanie Gabert will be returning to the HVST coaching staff this year! Stephanie coached at HVST during the 2012 Season where she displayed her excellent swim techniques and passion for swimming and our kids. Stephanie is the current Assistant Girl’s Varsity Swim Coach for CDM High School. She has also coached at the club level. Stephanie grew up swimming at HVST, starting at the age of 3. She still currently holds many HVST records on our board. She went on to swim at CDM HS where she was MVP for 4 years and set many records. She continued her passion for swimming at the UCI and was a 2004 & 2008 Olympic Trials Qualifier.

Board of Directors
Jennifer Seaton President
Megan Wilks Treasurer
Anne-Marie Angeloff Secretary
Ben Johnson Computers
Glenn Chisholm Computers
Brad Guynn Computers
Corey Anthony Registration
Jennifer Schafer Registration
Amy Cohen Age Grp Coordinator & Elig Rpts
Kata Jurevich Directory/Sponsorship
Laura Tennant Directory/Sponsorship
John Wrate Website
Anne Kittleson Volunteers
Ashley rhodes Dolphin Dollar Store
Patricia Frankel Spirit Committee
Liz Foster Team Gear
Poppy Banks Swim A Palooza
Gabe Steffens Meet Set Up
Julie Chiaverini Team Records & Trophies
Scott Lea Announcer/Music
Ron Garsh Announcer/Music
Mike Fell HVCA Liaison