Coaches and Directors

Coaches and Directors
Coaching Staff
Felipe Delgado Team Director

Felipe Delgado is a two-time Olympian (1996 & 2000). Felipe started his career by swimming for the South Gate Gators before moving to Orange County.  Felipe competed at Mission Viejo High School where he set numerous high school records.  He went on to compete at Arizona State University where he graduated with a Marketing Degree.  Felipe graduated as a member of the dean's list and was recognized as a scholar-athlete. While at Arizona State, he was a fifteen time All-American, and qualified for finals multiple times at the NCAA Divison I Championships.  He was the bronze medalist at the 1996 NCAA Championships (50-yard freestyle) and went on to help set multiple team records in the relay events, while posting Top 10 all-time swims in individual events. Felipe was a Pac-10 Champion and US Open bronze medalist (50-meter freestyle). Felipe finished his career swimming for Mike Bottom and The World Sprint Team.

Felipe is married to Megan Delgado, and has three daughters and one son—Anicka and Valentina, who both currently swim for the Gators Swim Club, Francesca and Luca, both in learn-to-swim lessons at Evolution Swim Academy.

Evan Forbes Site Director / Head Coach

Evan Forbes is the Site Director at Ladera Ranch. He comes to the pool deck with a myriad of experiences with children, as well as competitive swimming. He has 15 years of experience as a classroom teacher, working with grades K through 6 and spent 10 years as an age-group swimmer, and finally coach. Evan began his swimming career late in life at the older age-group level, he swam for his high school team in Ohio and then went on to The Ohio State University where he walked on as a sophomore and earning varsity status by his senior year. In that same year, Evan represented the United States in international competition as a member of the U.S. Maccabi Team competing in Sydney, Australia where he won 3 gold medals (one individual and 2 relay). Evan has coached for nearly 20 years at the age-group level and one year at the collegiate level. He holds a Bachelors of Science from The Ohio State University and a Masters of Science Education from Northern Illinois University. He has been married to his wife Tracey for 23 years and they have two boys Eric and Ryan. Eric has represented the Gators Swim Club since his Junior Year of High School and will again be swimming this fall at the University of Redlands as a junior.

Jeff Natalizio Head Senior Coach

Jeff Natalizio  did his college swimming at UC Berkeley, and credits much of his coaching style to having trained with some of the sport’s greatest coaches- Nort Thornton, Mike Bottom, Dave Salo, and Dave Durden. Jeff is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) and, as a strength coach, was instrumental in Anthony Ervin’s achieving a record-setting gold medal in the 50 freestyle at the Rio Olympics in 2016. Before joining Gators, Jeff spent a year coaching in Serbia, working with some of that country’s top swimmers. Jeff has been coaching with Gators since April, 2015, and many of his swimmers have gone on to swim in college at various levels. Jeff brings a level of technical and physiological understanding to his workouts, and his passion for the sport of swimming is palpable and infectious. In his own swimming, Jeff is a multiple US Masters national record holder. You can learn a little more about Coach Jeff at www.ziofitelite.com

Brandy Sanders Coaching Staff

Brandy Sanders  grew up in Orange County, CA swimming club at the age of six years old for Saddleback Valley Aquatics and then NOVA. She also played water polo starting at the age of eight years old playing with all boys. Brandy went on to Irvine high school and played water polo and swam lettering all four years. Her favorite events were the 100 butterfly, 200 IM and the 500 Freestyle. After high school Brandy attended College of the Redwoods where she earned her Associate's degree in child development and social science. She also attended Newbridge College where she graduated at the top of her class studying Ultrasound. After graduating college Brandy and her family moved to Alabama where she became the Head Swim Coach of the YMCA Blue Dolphins, as well as Aquatics and Sports Director for the "Y" for eight years. During her tenure as head coach at the YMCA, she brought up many young age group athletes to sectional and national levels. She also successfully started high school swimming in the small town in Alabama where she resided. In 2016, Brandy returned home to Southern California to be closer to her family. S he coached girls water polo and swimming at Irvine High School with her high school coach, colleague and friend Scott Hinman. She has spent the past several summers as Head Swim Coach for the Northstar's, a part of  the Irvine Swim League. Brandy loves to spending her free time with her 16 yr old s on Sterling. She is very excited to be joining  Gators Swim Club.

Alejandro Fuentes Coaching Staff
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