HEAD COACH:  Brian Marker

The Rudgear Rats are extremely excited to welcome Brian Marker as Head Coach for 2020. Brian’s experience, spirit and extreme enthusiasm for recreational swimming makes him an excellent fit for the Rats. Coach Brian comes to the Rats with over 10 years of swim coach experience and tons of passion for the sport. He learned the fundamentals of stroke instruction while coaching at the Terrapins year round swim team in Concord. There he coached all age levels and won the designation of Pacific Swimming Zone 2 All Star Coach twice. 

Coach Brian’s true passion lies with coaching summer league programs. He has coached at Dewing Park, and most recently was Head Coach of Forrest Hills Swim Team for two years. Brian is a native of Walnut Creek, he swam for Dewing Park and is a graduate of Las Lomas High School. Coach Brian is excited to return to his roots within the Walnut Creek Swim Conference where he aspires to make the Rats the destination for spirit, fun and tradition! Brian looks forward to team socials, dress-up days and creating a fun environment for all ages. He has innovative ideas and is a strong advocate for team traditions. Being a big Oakland A’s fan Coach Brian already has a closet full of green gear and is ready to hit the deck running!  We welcome Brian to the Rats family and look forward to an exciting season ahead!

 

ASSISTANT COACH: Cameron Louie

What’s up Rats! My name is Cameron and this will be my fifth year coaching for Rudgear Estates. I’ve been swimming since I was five, where I started at the Walnut Creek Aquabears and at 13 made the switch over to the Rats where I fell in love with the team’s spirit. I graduated from Las Lomas in 2017 where I swam all 4 years specializing in freestyle and breaststroke. I currently attend the University of Colorado Boulder where I’m studying Economics and Business. I’m so excited for this season and as always - GOOOOO RATS!

 

ASSISTANT COACH (JULY ONLY): Maddie Ward

I am so stoked to be returning for my second year at the Rats! I was a part of Rudgear Rats from polliwogs all the way until I was 14 where I made the switch to the Aquabears. I attended Las Lomas high school where I swam and played water polo all 4 years. I am currently a junior at Colorado State University and I am a part of the Division 1 swim team there as well. Many of you remember me in a sling last season but I have recovered and made Olympic Trials so I will only be a part of the last part of the season. Although my time with you may be shorter than last season, I am ready to hit the ground running! 

 

HEAD JUNIOR COACH: Cate Granskog

Hi everybody! My name is Cate. I'm a freshman at the University of Portland where I am studying Secondary Education and English. I've been a coach for the Rats for six years, and am so excited to return as a Junior Coach. I have been swiming for ten years, and have experience in each stroke, but my heart is in breaststroke. I love the spirit and attitude of the team, and can't wait to work hard and play hard. Let's have a great season! GO RATS!!

 

JUNIOR COACH: Chantel Klawitter

Hello everyone! My name is Chantel. I'm a Freshman at Diablo Valley College with an interest in environmental economics. I've been swimming for the Rudgear Estates Swim Team since I was 7 years old and have been a Junior Coach for the past two seasons. I loved helping children improve their swimming techniques while having fun, so I am super excited to be returning as a Junior Coach this season! I hope to see you around. GO RATS!!! 

 

JUNIOR COACH: Samantha (Sam) Alvarado

Hello! My name is Samantha Alvarado. I will be going into my junior year of high school following this summer. Of course I love coaching and swimming, but I also play volleyball and have a job that I enjoy very much! My favorite stroke is IM because it's very rewarding to race every stroke in one race. I'm so happy I could join the team as a coach this year!

 

SPRING COACH: Jake Freels

Hi everyone! My name is Jake Freels. I am a Junior at Academy of Art University studying screenwriting for film and television. I am excited to be returning to Rudgear Estates for the pre-season. I love getting a chance to see the kids, and set them on the path to having a great season! I was a Rat from ages 9-19 and this will be my 6th year helping coach. The Rats gave me a real sense of community and a love of team, and I can't wait to help our swimmers experience that too. See you on the deck.