Coaches and Directors

Coaches and Directors

Coaching Staff
Mark Schubert Head Coach

Coach Mark Schubert is the Head Coach of the Mission Viejo Nadadores.

He returned to the World Renowned program that developed from 1972-1985.

 

He formerly was the Head Coach and CEO of the Golden West Swim Club in Huntington Beach, California; where he rebuilt one of Southern California's best programs from the bottom up by instilling the values of hard work, commitment, dedication, fun, and a love of swimming. Coach Schubert was also the Head Coach of Gold West College. After nine years of the Rustlers not making it to the championship podium, Schubert leads both the Women's and the Men's teams to the California State Community College Championships Title in 2013 - in his second year! The Men's team also won the State title in 2014 and 2015.

 

Schubert was named the USA Swimming National Team Head Coach and General Manager on March 21, 2006. Prior to joining USA Swimming, he was the head coach at the University of Southern California for 14 years.

 

Schubert has demonstrated coaching success at all levels - club, college, and international - matched by few coaches in the history of the sport. At the club level, Schubert found success on the national swimming scene as the head coach of the Mission Viejo Nadadores from 1972-85, where his teams won a record 44 U.S. National team titles during his tenure. Schubert also served as the head coach of Texas Aquatics for four years, leading the club, along with head coach Eddie Reese, to 10 national team titles.

 

At the collegiate level, Schubert coached at the University of Texas from 1989-92, leading the Longhorns to two NCAA team titles (1990 and 1991). At the University of Southern California, the Trojan women took home one NCAA team title under Schubert in 1997. His USC swimmers won 49 NCAA individual titles.

 

At the international level, Schubert has been a familiar face on the Olympic coaching scene, serving on every Olympic coaching staff since 1980 and placing 38 swimmers on U.S. Olympic teams. Schubert was Head Women's Coach in 1992 and 2004. He was the Head Men's Coach in 2000. He was a Women's Assistant Coach in 1996, and an assistant for the combined Men's and Women's teams for 1980, 1984, and 1988.

 

In his first World Championships appearance as National Team head coach and general manager, Schubert led Team USA to its most dominant performance in history. The Americans ran away with the medal count, winning an incredible

36 medals, 20 of them gold, and setting 12 world records. Schubert is an eight-time World Championships coach, serving as the head men's and women's coach in 1982.

 

Sarah Dawson Team Operations Director

Coach Sarah Dawson began coaching with the Nadadores in September 2009.  After completing her undergraduate degree from California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo (B.S. in Biology), she obtained a job in Thousand Oaks working for a biotechnology company.  While there, she decided to get back in the world of swimming, as she had a long history as an athlete in Southern California Swimming, and decided she would like to return to the sport that she loved, but in a coaching capacity.  She started her coaching career as an Age Group I coach in 2002 for CLASS Aquatics in Westlake, CA.  While working there, her love of the sport drove her to re-define her career priorities and decided to return to Cal Poly and receive her M.S. in Physical Education and Sport Studies with an emphasis in Sport Psychology.  While going to school for her graduate degree, Sarah became the head coach for the San Luis Obispo Girl’s Swimming and Dive Team in 2006.  In her two years of coaching at the high school, she coached two League Championship teams and brought many individual athletes to CIF.  In 2006, Sarah also became the Senior Coach and Head Age Group coach of the San Luis Obispo Seahawks, bringing many athletes from being unable to make a JO cuts to Sectionals athletes.

Sarah’s coaching philosophy encompasses the positive attributes of the team’s philosophy and also allows for her athlete’s to make their own informed choices with a complete understanding of the appropriate consequences that come along with their personal choice.  Sarah is here to solely coach and to guide based off of her expertise in swimming and in coaching and to utilize her background in Sport Psychology to aid her athletes in their personal journey towards success in sport and in life.          

Logan Redondo Head Senior Coach

Logan started swimming when he was five years old at the Mission Viejo Nadadores and he hasn’t stopped since.

Over the course of his swimming career,  he has spent almost 14 years with the Nadadores, the majority of those years training under the legendary Coach Bill Rose.  Logan was able to represent the Nadadores at the 2012 and 2016 Olympic Trials, finishing 18th in the 1500m freestyle at the 2016 Olympic Trials.  Logan also swam for four years at the University of Minnesota, under Head Coach Kelly Kremer and represented Minnesota at the Big Ten and NCAA championships. He graduated from the University of Minnesota with a BS in Kinesiology with an emphasis in Sport Psychology.

Upon returning from college,  Logan began working in swimming as a learn-to-swim and competitive swim instructor, and soon after returned to the pool deck as a coach for the Mission Viejo Nadadores. He spent two years working with both age group and senior level swimmers and was mentored by some of the best coaches in the swimming world. While working as Coach Mark Schubert’s assistant coach,  Logan helped coach and develop a junior national champion, national age group record-breakers, and Olympic Trials qualifiers.  Logan has spent this past year working as the Dryland coordinator and Senior Coach for Santa Clara Swim Club continuing to help develop athletes to Olympic Trials, Junior Nationals, and Futures. 

“I am so excited to be back at the Mission Viejo Nadadores and to work with such a talented group of swimmers and coaches. I love being around the pool, and swimming is a great passion of mine. My primary goals as a coach is to help athletes find joy in the water, continue to grow in the sport long-term, and challenge athletes to constantly pursue excellence both in and out of the pool".

Swimming Accomplishments:

  • 3-Time CIF Division I Team Champions with Capistrano Valley High School

  • 200 Freestyle, 500 Freestyle, & 400 Freestyle Relay Division I CIF Champion

  • 2012 & 2016 Olympic Trials competitor in the 400 & 1500 meter Freestyle

  • Competed with the University of Minnesota 2012-2017 at Big Ten & NCAA Championships

  • Top 20 finishes in 2016 USA Open Water Nationals in the 5K and 10K

Jacinta Batisky Head Age Group Coach, 13-14 Div.Director

Coach Jacinta comes to The Nadadores via the Midwest & East Coast.
Growing up in Columbus, OH swimming was introduced to me at a very early age & it immediately took root and has guided me through a lifetime dedicated to the sport.

My coaching career began in the mid 80s during the summer months of my high school and college years where I coached with the inner city swim team programs of the City of Columbus Recreation and Parks Department; a program that still thrives today.

After college, I found myself in upstate New York and soon joined the coaching staff with Middletown Recreation Swim Team, MRST, a team in the Metropolitan LSC. While there I coached all levels, with most of my focus being with the 11-14 age group swimmers. During my years there, I assumed administrative and communication duties & was instrumental in its strategic and branding planning. I implemented its learn to swim program & was a member of the Metropolitan Zone coaching staff.

In moving to Pennsylvania, I coached at various country club & high school programs within the state. And, I eventually found myself establishing a long-standing Head Coaching role with a club in Western Pennsylvania, Chartiers Valley Swim Club (CVSC), a team in the Allegheny Mountain Swimming LSC. Here, after initially joining the coaching staff as their Masters Coach, I very quickly moved into the role of Head Coach. In this role I was able to coach swimmers at all levels: developmental, age group, senior, college & masters. I was a
member of the AMS Zone Coaching staff and served on the AMS BOD as the Age Group ViceChair.

In 2014, I found myself back “home” in Columbus and back at the club where my swimming career first started, Greater Columbus Swim Team of Ohio, GCSTO. Here, I got to coach and work with the 8-under swimmers. I also worked with the club’s swim lesson and swim camp programs. Also, during this time I attained my ASCA Level 2 certification.

It is with enthusiasm and great reverence realizing this opportunity of sharing the deck with other lifetime and professional coaches and to be a member of the Nadadores Tradition.

Bryan Dedeaux 11-12 Division Director

 

Coach Bryan Dedeaux started coaching in 1990 with the Colony Red Hots swim team in Irvine, California.  In 1999, Bryan took his abilities and unique style to the world famous Mission Viejo Nadadores to further gain knowledge in teaching and coaching at a more competitive level.  With the Nadadores, he worked closely with many world class coaches including Siga Rose and Jim Montrella.  Bryan’s versatility afforded him unique opportunities to coach all levels and ages within the program until settling in as the 10 and under division director in 2004. He has since developed many of the top 10 and under athletes in the United States.  In 2010 Bryan was awarded the Southern California Age Group Coach of the Year.  He has headlined and presented in numerous coaching clinics and teaches the ASCA Level 2 Stroke School.   Bryan also spent a year working for the Irvine Unified School District gaining experience in child development, helping students with special needs, and developing after school programs.   He currently is a NAFC Certified Personal Trainer and Certified Functional Strength Coach and trains athletes and general population clients at Functional Sports Performance in Irvine, Californa.  Bryan became the Mission Viejo Nadadores dryland director in 2017 and developed a comprehensive and progressive teamwide strength program for high performance enhancement and works directly with the National team in the weight room.

Kristeen Gracia 9-10 Division Director

Kristeen Gracia started swimming competitively at a young age for San Jose Aquatics in Northern California. Her accomplishments, drive, and love for the sport inspired  her first job in high school. Working with the Swim America program, she began teaching swim lessons and water safety to swimmers of all ages at her local community pools.. Shortly after, she started coaching entry-level and competitive Novice level swimmers in 2006 with Monterey County Aquatics. In 2009, she took a break from coaching to pursue her college education and returned to the pool deck 3 years later. Under the management of Mark Schubert and Tracy Maurer,  Kristeen began teaching private swim lessons and coaching age-group swimmers at Golden West Swim Club.. In 2016, she added high school swimming to her coaching career as Head JV coach for Ocean View High School (Golden West League Champions 2016(M/W) and 2017(M)). Kristeen is excited to join the Mission Viejo Nadadores community and is looking forward to sharing and broadening her knowledge and expertise with its swimmers and staff.

Asami Uzawa 8 & Under Division Director

Asami has spent the last 20 years poolside - first as an athlete and then as a coach. 

Her swimming career began with the Mission Viejo Nadadores at the age of 10 and she continued swimming with them for almost 10 years. She had the privilege of swimming under Coach Bryan Dedeaux and Coach Bill Voigt. She competed with her high school, Capo Valley, for 3 years and then with Saddleback College. During her 2 years with Saddleback College she earned records in all freestyle events and 200 fly, 200 back, 200 breast and 400 IM. 

 

She spent one year working as a sales associate with Competitive Aquatics Supply before beginning her coaching career with the Nadadores. From January 2007 through July 2008, she coached the 10 & Under Division with Coach Bryan and was Co-Director of the Novice program with Coach Siga Rose. 

 

After transferring to Cal State Long Beach, Asami began coaching with the Irvine Novaquatics at their Fountain Valley location where she coached the Bronze, Silver and Senior Varsity level athletes ranging from ages 8-18. After three years at this location she transferred to the Irvine Woollett Aquatic Center and became the Head Bronze Coach for 5 years coaching athletes 9-18 years old. 

 

Asami has her Bachelors in Science in Kinesiology emphasis in Sports Psychology with a minor in Psychology from Cal State Long Beach. She has also been with Irvine High School Boys swimming as an assistant coach since 2012.

Jim Montrella Senior Elite Coach

Jim Montrella has been a part of the Mission Viejo Nadadores family since 2002 and has decided to rejoin the Nadadores on deck as a coach! 

 

Prior to joining the Nadadores back in 2002, Coach Jim served 3 years as an assistant coach with the University of Southern California. Before USC, he was Head Coach of the Ohio State University Women’s Swim Team. During his 17 year tenure with OSU, he led the Buckeyes to five Big Ten Championships and helped guide five Big Ten Swimmers of the Year. 

 

Jim was named Big Ten Coach of the Year in 1985 and 1991 and led his teams to Top 3 conference finishes in 11 of 16 years.

 

He was named American Swimming Coach of the Year. He served as the U.S Olympic Coach for the 1976 Olympic Team in Montreal and as the Columbian Olympic Team coach in 1972. He was a member of the board of directors of the Collegiate Swimming Coaches Association and had been on the U.S Swimming Olympic International Operations Committee for 25 years. Before joining Ohio State, he was Athletic Director and swimming coach at Indian River Community College in Fort Pierce, Florida. He led Indian River to four National Titles and earned National Junior College Coach of the Year honor in 1978 and 1979. 

 

Coach Jim Montrella’s career accomplishments has resulted in several teams across the United States consulting him on how to improve their coaching programs in the present day. 

 
Daniel Roa Assistant Coach
 

Coach Daniel Roa is originally from Bogota, Colombia. Daniel started his swimming career at the age of five. As a swimmer, he was able to achieve multiple qualifying times for regionals and national championships, getting to represent Colombia on multiple occasions. Daniel moved to Southern California in August 2012 to attend Golden West College and swim under the guidance of Mark Schubert, where he earned multiple conference records and was awarded the MVP on his first season with the Rustlers. Daniel started coaching in 2013 with the age group program at Golden West Swim Club, but his coaching and teaching experience goes back to his days in Colombia helping his dad on his swimming/triathlon team. Coach Daniel emphasizes stroke technique as a fundamental piece for a successful athlete at any given level, as well as establishing goals in order to have a successful and fun journey in the sport.  Daniel has been selected to be part of the coaching staff for the SCS All-Star Festival and North American Cup Challenge.“I will be at the pool every day building successful swimmers, and outstanding citizens”

Heidi Zuniga Assistant Coach

Coach Heidi began her swimming career at the age of 6, and spent the majority of her Age Group career swimming for The Claremont Club. She continued her swimming career throughout college at Azusa Pacific University, and served as Team Captain during her senior season.

Her coaching experience began at the high school level in 2013, as Head Junior Varsity Coach at Etiwanda High School. At the end of her first season, she had multiple JV swimmers swim in the Varsity League Championship meet. In 2014, she was invited back to her Alma Mater, Alta Loma High School, to serve as the Head Coach for the Girl’s team. During her two seasons at Alta Loma the team won the 2 League Championship meets, multiple swimmers qualified for CIF Division 4 as Finalists, and in 2015 the girl’s team won CIF Runner Up for Division 4. In 2016, she took on the role as Head Boys and Girls Coach at Charter Oak High School. During that season, 100% of individuals achieved personal best times, and 5 swimmers qualified for Division 3 CIF, which was the largest number in recent years.

Heidi graduated from Azusa Pacific University in 2017, with a Bachelor’s of Science in Applied Exercise Science. After graduation, she was given the opportunity to earn a Master’s Degree at Concordia University-Irvine, while serving as a Graduate Assistant Coach. During her time at Concordia she worked closely with stroke and mid-distance athletes, created and coordinated the Men’s and Women’s Strength and Conditioning program, and conducted Leadership Development Training for current and future team leaders.

Heidi began working with the Nadadores Swim School in August of 2018, where her main concentrations were stroke development, and preparing swimmers to make the team. Heidi is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in Public Health at Azusa Pacific. As an age group swimmer, Heidi always admired the Nadadores and is honored and EXCITED to be on staff, working with the 13-14 division! Heidi hopes to not only develop excellent athletes, but also strong leaders, on and off of the pool deck!

 

Christopher Mendoza-Smithour Assistant Coach

Coach Chris Mendoza-Smithour hails from Fairfield, CA, a city in between the Sacramento Valley and the Bay Area. He grew up swimming with his local club team, SASO Swimming, for ten years, where he was able to develop a love for the sport of swimming. After graduating from high school, he attended UC Santa Barbara and majored in Sociology with a minor in Asian American Studies. During his undergrad, he would go back to Fairfield in the summer and coach with SASO as an Assistant Senior Coach. However, he was eager to coach during the school year, so he was given the opportunity to work with the Santa Barbara Swim Club in 2017, where he was the Head Developmental and Novice Coach. After graduating from UCSB in 2018, Coach Chris interned and worked for a technological innovation firm in the Philippines, but was still interested in coaching part-time. So when he returned to the US, he was given the opportunity to continue working with SASO Swimming while he worked remotely, and was a Lead Site Coach, as well as the Lead 8-10 Age Group Coach. He was able to send athletes to JO’s and Far Westerns, and had three athletes in the Top 10 Sierra Nevada LSC rankings of their respective age groups. He was also an Assistant Coach for the inaugural swim team at Vanden High School, where he aided in sending three athletes and two relays to CIF Sections, with one of them scoring in the Top 3 of the Junior Varsity Division.

Coach Chris is excited to bring his passion for the sport of swimming on deck, and to guide athletes to new heights in order to achieve their goals.

Wade Nelson Assistant Coach

Coach Wade grew up in Southern California and started swimming at the age of 6 years old. As a swimmer, he was able to achieve times and compete at various levels of the sport including Junior Olympics, Sectionals, Junior Nationals, Nationals, and the 2016 Olympic Trials. In high school, he swam for Golden West Swim Club under Coach Mark Schubert before he went on to swim in college at the University of Wyoming. Coach Wade swam all four years of college and graduated with a B.S. degree in physiology.   

 

I am excited to be a part of the Nadadores  storied program and I look forward to helping athletes achieve their goals both in and out of the pool.  

Arianna Cummins Assistant Coach

Coach Ari has been swimming since she was 4 years old and started out being afraid of the water, but over  the  past 14 years of swimming she  has co me  to love it.  During her time as a swimmer at Nadadores ,  she’s had the pleasure of being coached by Coach Joey, Coach Daniel, Coach Logan, and Coach Adam; who have  modeled attributes  of what  it is to be an excellent coach . She  has  always had a gift for helping motivate  others , specially  when  working with kids   As a coach, she  has had the ability to bring these character traits  to the Nadador   family!  Coach Ari  is looking forward to being a positive influence for the athletes and showing them  their  swim team  can  become  family . Her favorite part of coaching is keeping the kids entertained and motivated to get in the water. Coach Ari currently coaches Pre-Competitive Novice Blue and Gold groups.  

Nathan Buneta Assistant Coach

I began swimming at age 4 in my backyard pool for fun. I grew up playing baseball but at age 11 I decided to stop playing baseball and try swimming competitively. I joined the Mission Viejo Nadadores where I swam for 6 years. My favorite events were breaststroke backstroke and IM.

I just graduated from Capo Valley high school in 2020 where I also swam and played water polo.

In 2014 I joined the junior guards. While doing junior guards I moved up to being a instructors assistant where I taught children in the junior guard program about ocean safety. After a few summers assisting the junior guards program I became an ocean lifeguard and a junior guards instructor. It was here where I learned that I enjoyed the teaching aspect of water and ocean safety.

I am so excited to start this journey of coaching with the Nadadores and being back on the pool deck where I started my swimming journey.

Bill Rose Coach Emeritus

Coach Bill Rose

Coach Bill Rose's brilliant career began at the University of the Pacific (1968-1974) where his team won two PCAA championships. He then built the DeAnza Swim Club in Cupertino, CA into the nation's largest club during his tenure (1974-1976). For the next three years, he coached the Canadian Dolphin Team of Vancouver, before taking the Head Women's Coach Position at Arizona State University in 1979.Coach Rose has served as U.S. National Team Coach in Bremen, Germany, and Head Coach of the Canadian Pan-American Women's Team, the Canadian World Championship Team, and the Canadian Commonwealth Team.
After a successful ten-year stint as vice-president with Dean Witter and Prudential Bache, Coach Rose returned to his first love, coaching, joining the Nadadores in 1992. Not missing a beat, Coach Rose served as a coach for the United States team in the 1995 Pan American Games in Mar Del Plata, Argentina and has been named to the staff of the U.S. World University Games Team competing in Sicily, Italy in August, 1997 and again on the 1999 WUG team competing in Palma de Mallorca, Spain as Head Women's Coach. Coach Rose then placed Chad Carvin on the 2000 US Olympic team as well as six athletes from other nations. He was then named Head Olympic Coach for Mexico after placing a number of swimmers on their team.
The recent years with the Nadadores have continued to be a "whirlwind" of accomplishment. In August 2001, Coach Rose was a coach for the Philippines in the Southeast Asian Games held in Malaysia. In 2003, he was the U.S.A. Head Coach for the Pan American Games in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. The year of 2004 was very special. Coach Rose was able to put Larsen Jensen on the U.S. Olympic Team in Athens, Greece. It was there where Larsen achieved his dream and became a Silver Medal Winner in the 1500 meter freestyle and demolished the American Record by 11 seconds! Coach Rose was being named to the staff of the U.S.A. World University Games held in Turkey in August 2006. His protégé swimmer there was Justin Mortimer, who earned a Gold Medal in the 1500 meter freestyle. In 2007, Coach Rose was the Head Coach for the U.S.A. Open Water Team at the World Championships in Melbourne, Australia. At the same time, Coach Rose held a position on the Swimming Staff for the Melbourne events as well. In 2008, Coach Rose was named to the USA Olympic Team Coaching staff and was the Head Coach for the Olympic debut of the 10K; one of his swimmers, Chloe Sutton, was the first American woman to compete in this Olympic event. In 2009 he was appointed to USA Swimming's World Championship staff in Rome. In 2013, he coached the U.S. Junior World Cup Tour Team in Beijing, China, and Tokyo, Japan.
Along the way, Coach Rose received the highest honor that can be bestowed by his peers as he was inducted into the American Swim Coaches Hall of Fame in 2004. In 2006 and 2008 Coach Rose was named the Developmental Coach of the Year by the United States Olympic Committee. In 2013 and 2014 Coach Rose was selected as the Southern California Swimming Coach of the Year. Coach Rose's unique approach has allowed him to positively influence the lives’ of 1000's of swimmers throughout his career.