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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.

Jean Haley

Assistant Coach IVC Age-Group

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Jean became involved with swimming as an age group swimmer with the Novato Aquanauts, the first year round swim program in Novato.  She continued as a college swimmer at UC Davis while earning her BS in Kinesiology and K-12 teaching credential in Physcial Education and History. She stayed involved with coaching after college with various coaching positions where her experience included; assistant coach with Novato Aquanauts, head coach for Novato High School 3 years and head coach for San Marin High School for 6 years, Masters coach and Rohnert Park Swim Club Age group coach 8 years. Jean previously coached Novato Riptide 1991-1993 and returned to coach in 2001 as head coach until her retirement after the 2015 season.

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!

Meghan Kannegieter

Assistant Coach IVC Age-Group

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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 Age-Group Coach Kentfield

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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.

 

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. 

Kimberlyn M Kreuzberger

Assistant Age-Group Coach Kentfield

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Kimmie Kreuzberger, a Marin County native began her swimming career at the age of 5 with Coach Tom Evers on the Novato Stingrays Summer league team in 1999. Taking a bigger step for her swimming career she decided to begin year round swimming with The Marin Pirates Swim Team (IVC) at age 7 in 2001. Kimmie spent 11 years with the program under the mentorship of Warren and Tom. Her successes throughout age-group swimming continued due to the Marin Pirates swim program. Kimmie specializes in Sprint Freestyle.
 
Over the years with the Marin Pirates, she attended multiple Junior National Qualifying meets and was a member of many top-placing relays. She attended and swam at Justin-Siena High School for 2 years, where she was named “MVP” in 2009 and 2010. The following 2 years Kimmie attended and swam at Marin Catholic High School, where she was named “MVP” in 2011 and 2012. She was named a high-school All-American for the 2010, 2011, and 2012 seasons. In 2011 after her junior year of high-school swimming, she was named the Marin County Female Athlete of the Year. Holding sprint freestyle records at Justin-Siena, a top finisher each year at NCS, she finished her junior and senior high school seasons with MCAL sprint freestyle titles. Kimmie served as a Team Captain for The Marin Pirates during the 2011-2012 season. She graduated from Marin Catholic High School in 2012 and received the Peter Ruona Scholarship. In addition, she received an Intercollegiate Athletic Scholarship to swim Division I at the University of California, Santa Barbara.
 
In college, she served as an integral role of UCSB’s sprint freestyle squad. Scoring all four years, Kreuzberger was a top scorer at dual and end of season meets. As a freshman, she was recognized at the Santa Barbara Athletic Round Table for outstanding athletic performance at the MPSF Conference Championships. Her final collegiate race as a UCSB Gaucho was leading off the 4x100 freestyle relay, in which they broke the MPSF Conference Meet record. She graduated the University of California, Santa Barbara with a BA in Cultural Anthropology, University emphasis in Sociology and Professional Writing, and Sports Management Certificate.
 
Kimmie’s single most memorable achievement was qualifying and swimming at the 2016 USA Olympic Team Trials in June.
 
As a Marin Pirates veteran, Kimmie is excited to help young swimmers realize their full potential and continue to build the Marin Pirate legacy.
 
“Without The Marin Pirates swim program, I would not have had the positive experiences, learned the life-long skills, achieved the successes, and built the friendships that I did. Warren has built an understanding environment in which kids learn, grow, and be apart of something that is bigger than themselves. He doesn’t just develop great swimmers; he helps to develop great people. Marin Pirates is and always will be family.”

Annika M Mellen

Assistant Age-Group Coach Kentfield

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I grew up in San Rafael, California and began swimming at age five. I swam on the summer league team Swimmarin until I switched to year round swimming. I swam with the Pirates from eight to 18 years old. Swimming with coaches Tom and Warren throughout high school has taught me many important lessons inside and out of the pool. I graduated from Novato High School in 2015 and am currently attending College of Marin. Every summer for the past five years I have been a swim instructor for the Evers’ organization, Swim America. Swimming has always been a significant part in my life.

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!