Coaches Corner

The Gator coaches work tirelessly to bring out the best in our swimmers.  The Gators have a long tradition of excellence, exemplified by our peerless coaching staff.  Whether it's a simple smile, a pat on the back or a spirited pep-talk, Gator coaches will do what it takes to bring out the best in each and every swimmer they mentor.

Our Coaches

Jonathan Malapira
New Head Coach in 2017

Jonathan was born and raised in the Philippines. He began swimming competitively at the young age of 10, and that's when he discovered his passion for water. Balancing swimming and school was never easy for him, but his strive for achievement, passion, and determination helped him succeed in achieving his goals.

Soon after finishing college, Jonathan moved to USA and began his career as a dental technician by day and a swim coach by night. In 2010, he began coaching for MSJA and after 3 years Jonathan became the deck manager for Swim America. Alongside coaching, one of his duties is to supervise their, "Learn to Swim" program. In addition, Jonathan has also coached several Fall/Summer swim teams, and has ongoingly, for 3 years, coached Irvington High School. Currently, Jonathan is part of the coaching staff for Tri-Valley Masters. When he is not working or coaching, Jonathan loves to enjoy great food, watch movies and of course swimming.

Emily Grant
New Asst. Coach in 2017

Coach Emily with sister Kate
Coach Emily started swimming for the Gators when she was 5 years old, then participated in competitive swimming for 13 years. While swimming for Irvington High School, she had an awesome coach who helped her improve as well as develop a deeper love for swimming (here's a hint: Coach Jonathan coached her!). She also had the opportunity to be a captain for the IHS swim team, and a co-coach for a girls water polo team at the university she attends.
Emily worked as a swim instructor for 4 years, and quickly discovered her passion for working with and teaching children. She currently is a student at Brigham Young University - Idaho, and is majoring in Elementary Education! Emily loves learning more about all the swimmers and their families, and helping individuals improve and learn to love swimming. She also enjoys exploring, pretending she's a pro-photographer, learning to make new foods, and having a good laugh with friends! She's excited for this opportunity to teach as well as learn! If you ever need her, she's just a stones throw away!

Casey Primeau
New Asst. Coach in 2017

Coach Casey
Born and raised in Fremont, Casey has grew up as a Gator for 13 years, from 2001-2013. She has worked at the Cabana Club for the last 7 years as a lifeguard and swim instructor. At Irvington High School, she captained the varsity swim team and played varsity water polo.
After graduating from IHS, she moved to Tucson to attend the University of Arizona. While there, she received her degree in Neuroscience and Cognitive Science and discovered her passion for working with people with disabilities. Now Casey is in the middle of getting her Doctor of Occupational Therapy at Boston University. Never far from the water in Boston, she provided aquatic therapy to people with brain injuries last year and will be learning to sail on the Charles River next year. Coach Casey's favorite events are backstroke and the I.M. When not pretending she is a mermaid, Coach Casey enjoys playing with her dogs, crafting, trying new food, and cooking!

Amy Laus
New Asst. Coach in 2017

Coach Amy
Hello, I'm Amy Laus and I have been on the Gator swim team for 13 years. I'm excited to return to the Gators as a coach. I attend Montana State University and I am majoring in dietetics. I'm looking forward to this season. Go Gators! 

Warm Springs Coach Alumni

 1991 - 92John Hoskins 
 1992Rocky Pagan^ 
 1993Paul Self^ 
 1994Annie Alesna^ 
 1994 - 95Liz Elliott^ 
 1995Kelly Tanazaki 
 1996 - 98Patrick Ryken^ 
 1999 - 2000Jeff Hancock^
 2001Josh Fulk* 
 2000 - 2003Aubrey St. Marie* 
 2004Fred Avina+ 
 2005Allison King* 
 2005Brittany Lovejoy* 
 2005Alexis Woodrum* 
 2006 - 07Robert Herndon* 
 2007Devin Scully* 
 2008 - 09Shelby Aldinger* 
 2010Erin Garcia 
 2011 - 12Steven Baugher* 
 2013Mikey Parissenti* 
 2014 - 15Michael Avina* 
 1996 - 2016Victor Seeley^+
 2006 - 2016 Kelsey St. Marie*
 2016  Desiree Burbank*
 2017 Jonathan Malapira
 2017 Emily Grant *
 2017 Casey Primeau*
 2017 Amy Laus*
(* = Gator Alumni; ^ = EBSL Alumni; + = Gator Parent)