Coaches

Coaching Staff
Tim Baker Head Coach

Tim is returning as head coach for the 2020 Orca season. He brings with him decades of swimming and coaching experience—from the beginning of his career as an Orca at age nine, to his competitive experience as a NCAA Division 1 swimmer, to his current 17th season coaching Orcas. Tim has taken the Orcas from last in the league to second in the MSL and has coached champions at the State and NCS levels. Tim's focus is leveraging the strengths of each swimmer to help them achieve their personal bests. Tim, along with the dedicated assistant coaching staff, looks forward to welcoming new and returning Orcas and families.

Daniel Castagnola Assistant Coach

Daniel began coaching for the Orcas in 2013, where he also swam as a 15-18 and helped the Orcas to a third place finish. He is honored to have the chance to come back on deck and coach his favorite swimmers. Daniel grew up swimming on the Marinwood Waterdevils, winning countless high point awards and coaches awards for his age group. Daniel played water polo and swam at Marin Catholic High School. He graduated in 2013, with two MCAL water polo championships (2012&2013) under his belt. His senior season, as a captain, he led his team to the NCS championship game, where Marin Catholic became the first ever Marin team to win a NCS water polo championship. Daniel also spent a year at Whittier College, playing water polo and swimming. His water polo team won the SCIAC championship, and made their first ever NCAA appearance. Daniel had two top ten times in school history for the Whittier swim team (100 fly, and 100 back). Daniel plans to transfer to a UC or State school to continue his water polo and swimming careers. Daniel could not be happier to spend another season with the Orcas!

Hope Garrett Assistant Coach

Hope started swimming for the Orcas when she was eight years old and continued to do so until she was 18. Since that wasn’t enough, she came back to coach for the next three seasons. She swam on the Terra Linda High School team for 4 years, then swam for College of Marin for two years. Hope earned the title of Swimmer of the Meet at her last championship meet and qualified for the State meet. She went on to attend California State University, San Marcos, where she received her Bachelor’s degree in Childhood and Adolescent Development. Hope enjoys working with children and loves swimming, she is excited to be coaching again this season!

Trent Williams Assistant Coach

Trent joined his first swim team when he was eight years old after his father had taught him how to swim. He went on to swim for the Marinwood Waterdevils, the North Bay Aquatics and Terra Linda High School (under head coach Tim Baker!) where Trent was a two-time MCAL Champion in both Butterfly and Free, and was the NCS Champion of 2010 in 50-free. Following high school, he attended Santa Rosa Junior College and was the 100 Butterfly State Champion in the California Community College Athletic Association for two years in a row and he still holds the state record in the 200-medley relay. He then swam for the University of the Pacific’s NCAA Division 1 swim team. He has great experience in teaching both swimming and lifeguarding and he says “I am extremely excited to be a part of the Orcas and be able to coach this new generation of swimmers.”

Molly Hodge President
Margo Beren Vice President
Erica Providenza Treasurer
Staci McEldowney Secretary
Leigh Steffy MSL Board Representative
Matt Foley Computer Desk Director
Scott Metzger Communications Director
Andrei Pasternak Membership Director
Margaret Chong Registration Director