Co-Head Coach IVC Age-Group/Senior Team
IVC Age Group Captains Head Coach
Eric Whitten has been coaching swimming in Marin County since 1984. He is returning to the Pirate staff having been the Pirate distance coach from 1999-2003. Recently he was the head coach of Sequoia Aquatics and before that of Indian Valley Aquatics. In those years Eric has coached an Olympian and many nationally ranked swimmers.
Eric grew up in San Anselmo and received a Bachelor of Arts in American Studies at Yale University. He has two Masters degrees. Eric lives in Novato with his wife Christine and their three children Audrey, Kathryn, and Zachary.
Head Coach Kentfield
In addition to coaching for the Pirates, Marie McSweeney is the Head Coach of Tidalwaves Swim Team as well as the Head Coach of the Tam Masters, an adult swim team recognized for its excellence in the USA. Marie has developed these swim programs into a great swim and athletic experience for thousands of children in our community. She has the ability to encourage, motivate, drive and support swimmers, young and old in a POSITIVE way that focuses on transferring her love of the sport to her swimmers. On top of that, she has an unbelievable memory for names and swim times. You too will marvel at the way she can tell them all apart even when they are all wet!
Assistant Coach IVC Age-Group
Annika M Mellen
IVC Bucs Age-Group Coach
Annika grew up in San Rafael, California and began swimming at age five on Swimmarin. At age eight, Annika switched to year-round swimming and swam with the Pirates through age 18. Swimming with coaches Tom and Warren throughout high school has taught Annika many important lessons both in and out of the pool. Annika graduated from Novato High School in 2015 and is currently attending College of Marin. Every summer for the past five years she has been a swim instructor for the Evers’ organization, Swim America. Swimming has always been a significant part of her life.
Coach Scott Valley & Kentfield Pirates
Tom has coached high school swimming, masters swimming, and developmental age group swimming. He has instructed at various swim schools and provided private instruction to competitive swimmers of all ages and abilities. He believes in the strength of each individual athlete as well as the swim community as a whole and is grateful for all the opportunities he has had to participate within the sport. He teaches a foundation in technique, positive work ethic, and passion for the water. Over the course of his own athletic career, he was blessed with truly wonderful coaches that positively influenced his life. Combined with his joy for the water, he was inspired to follow a career in coaching the sport of swimming. He is committed to providing a safe environment wherein each student can find as much success as possible and he enjoys sharing his competitive athletic background and aquatic knowledge with all of his students.
Senior Team Dryland Coach
Griff was born and raised in Williamsburg, Virginia, where he started swimming and playing other sports at an early age. Competitive swimming helped Griff earn a scholarship to swim in college at the University of North Carolina, where he specialized in the 200 butterfly before a shoulder injury forced him to retire from competing after 3 years. He earned a degree in Philosophy in 2005 and has been coaching swimming at every level and every age group since then.
Assistant Coach IVC Age-Group
Meghan Kannegieter grew up in Crawfordsville, IN. She has been a competitive swimmer since the age of 6, and swam at Carthage College in Kenosha, WI. She graduated with a degree in Exercise Sport Science. Meghan has been a personal trainer, aqua aerobics instructor, swim teacher, and swim coach for the last 14 years.
Meghan is married to Skylar Kannegieter, who serves in the Coast Guard at station Golden Gate. They have one son, Bodhi.
Lisa K Wulf
Assistant Coach Kentfield
Lisa started year around swimming at age 8 for Orinda Aquatics in the Bay Area. She competitively swam until college where she decided to pursue basketball in college. During her years of competitive swimming, Lisa was an assistant coach for Sycamore Stingrays Summer League Swim Team in Danville, CA.
After coaching for multiple years at Sycamore Stingrays, Lisa fell in love with coaching and decided to start coaching club swim. While attending University of South Carolina, Lisa was an assistant coach for over 2 years for Carolina Aquatics Swim Team.
Lisa moved out to San Francisco after college and is currently a Customer Enablement Manager at Glassdoor in Mill Valley, CA. Even though Lisa works full time she absolutely loves to give back to the community and coach a sport she is extremely passionate about. She believes that swimming isn't just a sport, it is a sport that will provide you skills/ life lessons that you will use inside/outside of the pool daily.
Assistant Coach Kentfield
Marco has been coaching in the Marin County area for over 7 years. He started by assisting Redwood Water Polo, and helped them reach NCS finals for the first time in school history, while concurrently assisting the TPC Water Polo Club. Over the years he has worked with the Tidalwaves swim team, Marin Pirates age group program, and most recently San Domenico high school and club teams, the latter which had the first sectional swimmer in the programs history. On an individual level Marco received MVP awards for Redwood Water Polo for the 2008 & 2009 season and achieved Sectional qualifying times for the 50 free with bonus in the 100 free and 100 fly.
Assistant Coach Kentfield
Trevor Nestler is starting his first year as a coach with the Marin Pirates. Trevor has also been the assistant coach for the Tidalwaves MSL swim team for the past four years. In addition to his coaching experience in Marin, Trevor has six years of teaching/lifeguarding/coaching experience in Santa Rosa. He has been swimming competitively with Santa Rosa Neptunes for 15 years. He is well liked by swimmers and parents for his warm enthusiasm for swimming and kids. Trevor is very excited about coaching our swimmers!
Thomas G Mercurio
Coach IVC Pre-Senior Group
Thomas has lived in Novato, California all his life. His swimming career began at the age of nine, when he swam for Novato Riptide. After one season, he joined the Marin Pirates and swam for Tom and Warren until graduating high school. He received multiple National Age Group Awards, and attended Nationals and the US Open. He graduated from Brown University in 2016 with a degree in Software Engineering, where he was a member of the varsity swim team for four years.
"Swimming has taught me so much over the course of my career. It offers structure and discipline, and emphasizes the value of hard work and sacrifice. The lessons I learned through swimming have shaped me into the person I am today."
Coach Pre-Senior Group
Margaret De Somma has been involved in swimming for the last 17 years. She has been an integral member of the local swim community, working with the Marin Pirates swim program as a driving force behind bringing a new swim complex to College of Marin’s Indian Valley Campus. She has worked extensively with 3x Olympian Gary Hall in formulating training programs for high school swimmers. She is the head swim coach at Marin Academy High School where her focus is on developing efficient technique and speed specifically for high school swimmers. While living in Hong Kong, she led at 200+ person swim program, bringing to the team new coaching expertise and increasing the masters program from 15 swimmers to over 100 swimmers. She has competed at the master swimming level as well, including competing at three World Master Championships.
Margaret grew up in Los Angeles and currently lives in Belvedere with her husband, three children and 4 dogs. Her sons Emilio and Max are members of the Marin Pirates Senior Team. She has a B.S. in finance and a B.A in Chinese studies from the University of Pennsylvania.