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Warren Lager

Head Coach Senior Team

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Head Coach Warren Lager is entering his 38th year at the helm of the Pirates. He prides himself on keeping a heathy coaching philosophy that emphasizes that swimming is a tool to use to reveal and develop character both in the pool and (more importantly) in life.
 
He has worked with all levels of swimmers: Olympic Trial champion/qualifiers, Senior and Junior National qualifiers/champions, dozens of All-Americans and collegiate swimmers.
 
Warren was a National Championship qualifier and intercollegiate swimmer at UCLA.
 
Warren also is a full-time tenured teacher at College of Marin where he coaches the Swimming and Diving Team
 
He lives in Novato with his wife Amy. His son Jordan swam at UC Davis and University of Hawaii (with new MP coach Victor Wales) and, after graduating,  he joined the Pirate coaching staff.  Daughter Rachel is a senior at Boston University.

Tom Evers

Co-Head Coach IVC Age-Group/Senior Team

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Tom has been coaching for 24 years and is an ASCA level 3 Coach.  Tom began his coaching career with the Walnut Creek Aqua Bears and Concord Terrapins as an assistant coach in the early 90’s.    He was the San Marin High School Coach for four seasons and spent 11 years as a Marin Swim League Head Coach and was voted "Coach of the Year" in 2002 before leaving the Marin Swim League at the end of that season. 

Tom began his affiliation with the Marin Pirates in 1998 and was the primary coach for the 14-under swimmers until 2012.  The age group team has produced numerous Far Western amd Western Zone finalists, champions and over 25 NRT (National Reportable Time) swimmers.  The Age Group program at IVC has also produced 3 Junior National qualifiers along with 9 Sectional qualifiers, and two Pacific swimming record holders.

Tom and his wife Liz have lived in Novato since 1995 and have two children, Justus and Georgia .  Toms personal swimming career highlights included winning 5 individual state High School championships, an induction into the Iowa High School Hall of Fame.  Competing at Nationals on four occasions and a collegiate swimming career at the University of Iowa.  Liz and Tom started the SwimAmerica Swim School in 2003 to bring the only nationally recognized swim lesson program to Marin County and Petaluma, operating in 4 locations .  Tom is the facilities director for two pools in Petaluma and has been the Aquatics Program Director for the IVC pool since 2001.
 
 "Swimming is and always has been an integral part of my life.  The life lessons I have learned from those who have coached me to those I have coached and now coach have helped form the values and discipline by which I try to live life today."
 
 

 

Phone:  415-892-2269

Victor Wales

Head Age Group Coach; Asst Senior Team

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Victor has spent the last 24 years coaching Division 1 Swimming. Most recently, he led the University of Hawaii men's and women's swimming program for the last 10 seasons. Before Hawaii he had stops at SJSU, ASU, UCSB, and the University of Illinois. He also spent time coaching the Senior Group at West Coast Aquatics and DACA. Coach Wales has produced athletes at every level of swimming success, including: multiple olympians, NCAA All-Americans, National and U.S. Open Champions, Olympic Trials, Senior and Junior National Qualifiers. Victor grew up in Daly City, went to S.I., and swam for UCSB. He was a 4x Junior National Champion, Senior National Qualifier, NCAA All-American, and competed at the 1988 and 1992 U.S. Olympic Trials. His wife Miniver grew up in Marin and is a teacher at Marin Montessori School. Victor and Miniver live in Novato with their 3 children: Ethan, Chloe, and Lily.  

Jordan Lager

Assistant Coach IVC Age-Group

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Jordan coaches the IVC Buccaneers after several years of experience coaching Age-Group and Senior level swimmers on both the Marin Pirates and the Davis Aquamonsters.  He was a member of the Marin Pirates for 13 years and was originally coached by Head IVC Age-Group Coach Tom Evers.  After joining the Senior Team, he was coached by his father, Warren.  He was named Team Captain his senior year at San Marin High School in 2008 when he was also High School All-American in 2 events.  Jordan competed as a member of the NCAA Division I UC Davis Men's Swim Team from 2008 to 2010.  In the process, he set two Schaal Aquatic Center Pool records in the 100 and 200 Back, and helped his team bring home the 2010 Big West Conference Championship. After UC Davis eliminated the Men's Swim Team, he transferred and swam for the University of Hawaii.  He finished his academic career at UC Davis with a degree in History.

Jordan is looking forward to the opportunity to pass on his knowledge about the sport that he loves to a new generation of swimmers.

Holly Munger

Assistant Coach IVC Age-Group

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My name is Holly Munger, and I am twenty-four years old. This will be my 7th season coaching for Marin Pirates Swimming. I have a broad range of experience working with all of the Age- Group swimmers. This upcoming season, I will be one of the primary coaches for our Captains group. I am also the age group drylands coach, where we stretch and do a lot of exercises to strengthen the core muscles along with agility work.
 
I am from the small town of Penngrove, California and grew up with the sport of swimming. Swimming has been a huge part of my life and has molded me into the person I am today. The sport of swimming provides kids with positive life long lessons, and I hope to carry those lessons to each of my swimmers. My swimming career started when I was just five years old. I have been with a couple local teams within my area (Sonoma County): Piranha Swimming, Twin Valley Aquatics, and Westside Aquaducks. Alongside with swimming with my club teams year around, I also swam for Petaluma High School. I was awarded “Most Inspirational” my Sophomore year and “Most Valuable Player” my Freshman, Junior, and Senior year. I graduated Petaluma High School in 2010, with High Honors and continued my education at Santa Rosa Junior College. I graduated from the SRJC in the fall of 2015 with Associate Degrees in Child Development, Early Childhood Education, and Social and Behavioral Sciences. I am currently at Sonoma State University entering into my Senior year as an Early Childhood Studies major. I plan on continuing my education further to obtain my Multiple-Subject teaching credential in the fall of next year.
 
I am excited to kick off the new season of 2016-2017, and I am looking forward to seeing our returning swimmers as well as meeting our new swimmers and families!

Marie McSweeney

Age-Group Coach, Kentfield

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Welcome Marie, Head Coach of Tidalwaves,  who joins the Marin Pirates for the Fall Session!  She is also the Head Coach of the Tam Masters, an adult swim team recognized for its excellence in the USA.  Marie has developed Tidalwaves 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!  We are fortunate to have her on board!

Barrie T Nolan

Assistant Age-Group Coach Kentfield

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Barrie Nolan coaches the Kentfield Age-Group Team.
 
She began her swim career as a 6 & under with the Scott Valley Sea Serpents.  In 1988 she began swimming for Coach Warren on the Marin Pirates team, being the youngest of that team at the age of 12.  Barrie went to Tamalpais High School where she swam and played water polo for all four years and was captain her senior year for both sports.
 
After graduating, she went on to play Club Water Polo while earning a Bachelors of Science in Education/ Special Education with emphasis in Deaf Studies, Psychology and Sociology at the University of Arizona, Tucson.
 
In the spring of 2012, Barrie came back to the Pirates as an Age-Group Swim Coach at the Kentfield pool.  Since then Barrie has been a swim coach with the Rafael Racquet Swimming Team, San Domenico Swimming Team and the Petaluma Valley Athletic Club Team.
 
When Barrie is not on the pool deck she is supervising at-risk children birth -3 yrs. old and their families as an Early Intervention Specialist. In her spare time, she enjoys crafts and likes to “up-cycle” old wooden furniture and make it reusable and new! Barrie loves to read and will even take recommendations from her swimmers as a way to connect with them.  Barrie is an extremely creative and enthusiastic coach and looks forward to another season working with the Age-Group team at Kentfield. 

Tom Sweeney

Coach Scott Valley & Kentfield Pirates

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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 both novice and advanced 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.

 

Griff Helfrich

Senior Team Dryland Coach

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I was born and raised in Williamsburg, Virginia, where I started swimming and playing other sports at an early age. Competitive swimming helped me earn a scholarship to swim in college at the University of North Carolina, where I specialized in the 200 butterfly before a shoulder injury forced me to retire from competing after 3 years. I earned my degree in Philosophy in 2005 and have been coaching swimming at every level and every age group since then. In 2011, I started training at CrossFit gym and have since gone on to compete at CrossFit and become a Level 1 Certified CrossFit coach and am currently employed at Tamalpais CrossFit. Living in California is the fulfillment of a lifelong dream for me and I am extremely excited to become a part of the Marin Pirate family and share my wisdom, passion and experience with everyone!