Sean Kakumu Coach

Coach Sean Kakumu has coached and provided leadership for every important swimming organization in the City of Santa Clarita over the last decade. In 2012 Sean was brought onboard the Canyons staff by former Head Coach Jeff Conwell. Sean is currently the College of the Canyons (COC) Site Director and Swim School Director. At COC, Sean supervises all of the coaches and instructors and ensures that everyone on the staff is giving their very best; infusing his philosophy that swimmers are people first and every one of them has unlimited potential if they work for it. With Sean's efforts, the Swim School program has doubled in membership through a new comprehensive program and the hiring of qualified swim instructors. Before he was instructing age group swimmers, Sean coached the Senior 1 and Varsity groups, where he produced a multitude of Junior Olympic, Senior Development, and numerous Sectional cut swimmers. In 2012, Coach Sean was selected as the 13-14 Girls coach for the Southern California Swimming Pacific Coast All-Star Team in Santa Rosa. Since 2015, Sean has been on the staff for the North American Challenge cup; in 2017 Sean was the 17-18 Girls and Boys Coach in UC San Diego. Sean for the last two years has been the Southern California Swimming Coastal Committee Age Group Chair, providing direction for age group swimmers in the Coastal Committee. As of 2018, Sean was appointed to Open Water Chair for Southern California Swimming and was Meet Director for the 2018 Southern California Open Water Junior Olympics and 2018 USA Swimming Western Zones Championship.

When Sean is not with Canyons Aquatic Club, he holds the position of Adjunct Professor of Kinesiology and leads the successful College of the Canyons Cougar Swim & Dive team as Head Coach. Starting his era in 2012, Coach Sean implemented a modern and unique program never before seen at College of the Canyons, or their competitors, in the team’s four-decade-long history. Over the last six seasons the program has set 43 new school records and claimed 11 individual Western State Conference championships, 14 California Community College Athletic Association State qualifiers, Junior National level swimmers, four medley conference championships, and produced five CCCAA state finalists, six All-American relay teams, six All-American Individuals, one WSC Men’s Swimmer of the Year, one CCCAA Men's Scholar-Athlete of the Year, and one on the 2-year College National Rankings. Climbing the Western State Conference ranks, College of the Canyons Swim & Dive program has achieved unprecedented success in the pool, both in team and individual competition.

Before taking his position with Canyons, Sean served as Pool Manager with the City of Santa Clarita. During his 16 years with the City of Santa Clarita, Sean has overseen and supervised multiple city swim teams, trained and mentored city swim team coaches and meet support staff, initiated the creation of swim meet events for 5-6-year-olds, and currently still trains the staff in and helps run swim meet timing equipment and video scoreboard design. Aside from the swim team, Sean oversaw, directed, and influenced thousands of swim lessons at his facilities. Being a natural competitor, he wanted his swim lessons to be the best taught, have the most fun, and be the most professional out of all other city lessons. Sean still helps trains and educates city swim team coaches, provides technical assistance and provides administration for city swim teams.

Personally, Coach Sean has been waterlogged his whole life. Starting at Canyons Aquatic Club in 1989, Sean swam his way to the Senior group at the age of 12 and worked under former Head Coach Bruce Patmos. During this time he swam for Hart High School as a varsity member for four years, finishing his high school career winning a CIF Championship with his team. In 2002 he went off to swim for Division I University of Illinois at Chicago. 

Sean graduated from Hart High School in 2002 to study Architecture at the University of Illinois at Chicago, earning multiple Dean’s List awards and leading the student body as President. Graduating in 2006, he went on to the University of Southern California (Fight On!) to earn his Masters in Architecture with a specialty in building systems and materials application.  

In his off time, Sean is an avid reader and writer, designer of everything, furniture maker, traveler, and attends multiple sporting events including USC football.