Meet the Coaches

Our highly energetic and experienced coaching staff provide novice swimmers with a positive introduction to competitive swimming while motivating experienced swimmers to reach the next level. Many of our coaches were Sharks when they were kids. Some have been with the team for ten years or more.


My name is Rachel Gordon. I grew up down the street from the pool and I started swimming for the sharks when I was 6 (I’m now getting a little too close to 30). I was a coach for the sharks for 10 years and left in 2012 because I moved to Santa Cruz to attend UCSC and earn my Masters in Education and teaching credential. I am just finishing up my third year as a kindergarten teacher at John Gill, and I have loved every minute of it! I am excited to be back with the sharks, summers haven’t felt the same since I left!

Message from Coach Rachel:

I'd like to take a moment to introduce our coaching staff, you’ll get to know them all well very soon! They have all been members of the sharks in the past and I am excited to have their help on the pool deck and in the water this year. My brother, Coach Kyle, who many of you may remember will be returning as my assistant-head coach this year!! Aaron, Alejandra, Alessandro, Anna, Brandon, Ben, Diego, Griffin, Olivia, Saul, Sophie, and Tyler will be coaching both in and out of the water.

Interested in joining our coaching staff? Submit your application today!