A native Oregonian, Caleb grew up swimming on Corvallis Aquatic Team in Corvallis, Oregon. After graduating college, Caleb Started his coaching career under his childhood coach Rick Guenther and former Oregon State Head Coach, Larry Lebowitz. In 2008, Caleb accepted an apprenticeship with USA Swimming Coach, Bob Gillett in Huntington Beach, California.
Caleb accepted a position with Tucson Ford Dealers Aquatics and University of Arizona in Tucson in 2010. While in Tucson, Caleb was immersed in every level of swimming from their pre-competitive groups to their post graduate and professional programs. He also had the opportunity to work with national team members such as Matt Grievers, Amanda Beard, Kevin Cordes. After Tucson, Caleb moved to Santa Clara Swim Club where he was Club Manager and High Performance Coach from 2012-2016. Caleb was in charge of the overall operations and management of Santa Clara Swim Club’s Learn to Swim, Developmental, Competitive, Masters, and Water Polo programs.
Coach Caleb also held the position of Aquatics Director and Head Coach of Alpine Hills Tennis and Swim Club from where he managed all day to day operations of their aquatics and PASA-Alpine programs. Coach Caleb had the opportunity of producing CCS, Far Western, Junior National, and US Open level swimmers who went on to become student athletes at programs such as Cal Poly, UCLA, and Princeton. There, he also led their summer league team to undefeated dual meets, relay meet champions, and overall league champions.
Coach Caleb’s philosophy is to create a healthy and safe environment in which athletes feel comfortable taking risks and accepting challenges to achieve the next level of swimming excellence. I am personally motivated to share my passion for swimming and commitment to specific techniques with all athletes participating in the GMCA programs.
Tjasa Kmetec is a junior at Smith College in Northampton, MA, where she is also a swimmer on the Smith Swim and Dive team. She has been part of the Greenmeadow swim team since she was 7 years old (for 12 years). She has been working as a lifeguard at Greenmeadow for the past five years, and as a swim instructor for three years. The past three years she has also served as the assistant swim coach for the Greenmeadow Marlins and was the head coach of the Jr. Marlins program for the last two summers.
Malia Jefferson, another 12-year Marlin, has also been a part of the Greenmeadow swim team since she was 7 years old, and is the Assistant Coach for the Fall 2020 program. Malia was a competitive NPL club soccer player, and on Gunn’s varsity soccer and track teams in high school. Each summer she returned to the Marlins, relishing her role as a CIT and junior coach. She was co-head coach for the Marlins during the summer of 2020, and has been a lifeguard at Greenmeadow for the past four years. Malia is a second year student at Santa Barbara City College and plans to transfer to USC next fall.