Meet Our Coaches

Jeff Pease

Head Coach and Team Owner Jeff Pease founded North Coast Aquatics in 1979 as the first coach owned swim club in San Diego and one of the first in the United States. During the last four decades, Jeff has established North Coast Aquatics (NCA) as the premier swim program in San Diego county and one of the strongest in the USA, being awarded Gold and Silver Medal status by USA Swimming.

Born in Toledo, Ohio, Jeff culminated a successful age group and high school swimming career with All American honors in two events. Jeff went on to Stanford U. on a swimming scholarship, graduating in 1975 with a BA in psychology. He later earned a teaching credential in Secondary Education from San Diego State U, and has done extensive graduate work in the fields of Sports Psychology and Exercise Physiology.

Jeff has been a member of the USA National Team coaching staff, and has coached USA National Junior teams in Sydney and Melbourne Australia and Barcelona Spain. Jeff has helped place over 250 swimmers into universities and colleges across the United States and coached over 270 Junior National and Senior National swimmers and over 30 USA Olympic Trials qualifiers. Jeff has also coached athletes who have won Olympic Gold medals (Kurt Grote, 1996), Pan American Gold medals (Tim Siciliano,1999), World Championship Silver medals (Eric Hedlin, 2013 and Pan Pacific Silver medals (Kendyl Stewart, 2014).

Jeff directed the City of Carlsbad Masters program from 1986-2013 and has coached several Masters National champions and world ranked triathletes, including Hawaii Ironman multiple champion (Paula Newby-Fraser) and 2000 Olympic Silver medalist (Michellie Jones).

Jeff has three children, Jordan (32), Jonathan (30) and James (27) and is engaged to Mary Ann Milne.

Mickey Murad

Mickey Murad began his current tenure with North Coast Aquatics in the fall of 2012. He swam competitively for Head Coach Jeff Pease in the late 1990’s as a middle distance freestyler, butterflier, and backstroker. During his high school career, Mickey was named an All-American, became a three-time Jr. National champion. In 1998, he earned a full scholarship to Cal-Berkeley swimming under legendary coaches, Nort Thorton and Mike Bottom. During Mickey’s time at Cal, he became one of the premier middle-distance freestylers in the country and held world ranking. He was an All-American and multi-time US National Finals.

After his collegiate career, Mickey worked in the financial industry but found his true passion lied in the swimming world. He created First Wave Swim Academy with Cal teammate, former NCA coach and current UC Santa Barbara Head Coach Matt Macedo in 2009.

Mickey was named San Diego Age Group Coach of the Year on 2012. He was a member of the Western Zone staff in 2012 and Head Coach for San Diego-Imperial All-Star team in 2013. In 2012, Mickey was selected as one of six coaches nationwide to join the American Swimming Coaches Association Fellows class, a program designed to mentor “up-and-coming” coaches. He was selected as manager of the Zone Select camp and National Select Camp at Colorado Springs in 2014. In 2015 Mickey managed the National Junior Team at the Olympic Training Center. He was team manager of the 2016 U.S. Junior Pan Pacific Team in Maui, a team consisting of the nations top 18&U swimmers.

Growing up in San Diego, Mickey enjoys anything involving the ocean. He has three siblings that all swam for North Coast Aquatics, both sisters swimming at UC Santa Barbara. Mickey’s parents were active members of the NCA board, his father helping establish the Kay Pentz scholarship fund in 1997.

Kristyn Evans

Coach Kristyn has been with North Coast Aquatics since 2014. Prior to that, she spent six years with Nitro Swimming in Austin, Texas. While there, she was part of building the program into six-time Texas State Champions (TAGS). She was the Head Age Group Coach and oversaw many different facets of the program. Coach Kristyn enjoys working mainly with 14 and Under swimmers and is excited to continue as the primary coach of 11/12 and 13/14 groups at the La Jolla site. Coach Kristyn began coaching while at Vanderbilt University and discovered it to be her true passion while spending a summer at Stanford Swim Camp with Olympic coaches, Skip Kenney and Richard Quick. Since then, she has become an ASCA Level 3 Certified Age Group Coach. Coach Kristyn was selected as a 2011 Fellow tasked with studying Coaching Boys and a member of the South Texas Zone Team Coaching Staff. She is currently the Age Group Vice Chair for San Diego Imperial Swimming, and has been part of the last two Western Zone Coaching Staffs. Coach Kristyn and her husband Rob are excited to be back in Southern California. They have spent lots of time on their bicycles and look forward to spending time with friends and family.

Rob Mackle

Rob Mackle was a Michigan High School State Champion in Swimming and played high school football. Rob was four year Letterman and Team Captain at Indiana University, under legendary coach “Doc” Councilman. He was a Senior National and NCAA qualifier in the freestyles. Rob completed for team USA in 2 world triathlon championships, and was a top finisher in the Hawaii Ironman. Rob has 20 years of experience coaching youth sports, swimming and football. He enjoys using a positive attitude and good energy at the pool to teach kids to work hard and have fun. Rob is a business owner of StartBuild.com and has been married to Patty for 24+ years. Patty is a former age group swimmer with NCA, and college swimmer at University of Hawaii. Patty is a swim coach with La Costa Canyon High School. Rob and Patty have 3 active children. Mickey a Cal-Poly Graduate in Engineering, and 4-year swimmer. Katlin a Long Beach State Student and water polo player. Duke, a Student and football player at Linfield College.

Hailee Arvizu

Hailee grew up in San Marcos, CA and swam competitively for 13 years, from 5 years old through high school. Hailee was a lifeguard and swim instructor for 6 years through college, and Graduated from California State University, Long Beach with a bachelors in kinesiology. Hailee has been coaching with NCA for 2 years and mainly works with the 10&U group at Alga Norte in Carlsbad.

Eva Pold

Eva began swimming at 6 years old in Los Angeles and then moved to San Diego and joined NCA, swimming there from 2004-2012. She attended Torrey Pines High School from 2008-2012 where she was a four-year letter-winner and one-year team captain, Named team MVP her senior year. Eva attended Northern Arizona University from 2012-2016 where she was part of a 3-time Western Athletic Conference (WAC) winning team, top 24 scorer each year, major in criminology and criminal justice with a minor in international relations. Eva is a four-time WAC All-Academic selection and Golden Eagle Scholar-Athlete Award recipient. She specialized in distance free, fly and IM (200 fly, 500 free and 400 IM).
Eva began her coaching career as a summer intern with NCA at JCC & Alga Norte in 2014-2016, joining the staff full time in September 2016 as 11-14 lead, 10&U 5day lead and 11-12 & 13-14 assistant.

Kristyn Deckard

Kristyn was born and raised in Bend, OR where she was constantly active in all kinds of sports from golfing to skiing to wakeboarding, but her passion ended up being swimming. Swimming 10+ years with the Bend Swim Club, under Mark Bernett, Kristyn was ranked as one of the top swimmers for the state of Oregon in multiple events throughout her club career. She swam at the national level, winning multiple state and sectional championship titles, and still holds the records in the 200 Back and 400 IM for BSC. She was also, one of 16 swimmers in Oregon to be selected to train at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado. Kristyn came to San Diego where she earned an athletic scholarship to swim for the University of San Diego (USD) Torreros for all 4 years. She broke the 100 & 200 backstroke records her Freshman year, continuing to set these records throughout her college career. She is excited to have been with NCA for the last 3 years. coaching all the different age groups throughout those years, but has taken the lead with Senior 2. She's excited to continue to coach up each swimmer and be a part of the NCA family!

Violet Stewart

Violet started her competitive swim career at the age of 8 under the Magdalena Ecke YMCA Riptides in Encinitas, Ca. By the age of 14 she moved to NCA, and continued swimming under Coach Mickey Murad and Coach Kristyn Deckard until she graduated out of Senior 2 program. During her high school career at San Marcos she competed at the CIF championship all four years, and during her senior year, as captain, she helped the girl's swim team achieve their first Avocado East League Championship title. After graduating, Violet started working as an assistant coach for the age group program in the summer of 2017. Violet is also currently swimming at Palomar College.

Dylan Crooks

Coach Dylan was born and raised in Shoreline, Washington. He began his lifelong affiliation with aquatics as an 8 and under on the Innis Arden Swim Team -- a summer league team that competes against other clubs in the North Seattle area. During his high school years, Dylan swam for Cascade Swim Club, as well as Shorewood High School as a varsity athlete, and WIAA State Meet participant his sophomore, junior, and senior year. Dylan swam for Linfield College during his Freshman year, after which he transferred to Western Washington University (WWU). His Sophomore year, Dylan walked onto the WWU Track and Field team as a sprint athlete. In 2011, Dylan received his BA in Psychology from WWU with an emphasis in Neuroscience.
Coaching:
● Summer 2010, Assistant Coach for Klayaha Swim and Tennis Club; another summer league team in the North Seattle area.
● Fall 2010 - Summer 2011, Assistant Coach at Bellingham Bay Swim Team (BBST).
● April 2012 - August 2017, Head Age Group Coach for the South Snohomish County Dolphins (SSCD).
● During his time at SSCD, Dylan coached National Top 200 age-group athletes, Northwest Age-Group Regional champions, and Pacific Northwest Swimming Age-Group Championships champions.
● In 2015, Dylan was an integral part of developing SSCD into a Top 20 club in Pacific Northwest Swimming.
● Between 2014 and 2017, Dylan coached competitors and champions in the Washington State Special Olympics.
Away from the pool, Dylan enjoys skiing, hiking, bodysurfing, attending concerts, and spending time with friends and family.

Neily Esposito

Swimming has been a part of my life since a very young age. I began swimming lessons at a very early age due to my love for the water. I was on my first swim team (Carmel Barracudas) by the age of 5 where I swam summer league until the age of 9 when I moved to a more competitive, year round swim club (Monterey Bay Swim Club). I was a successful swimmer (breaststroker) through the age of 12. My last swim meet was Far Westerns and then sadly I told my coach I was going to quit swimming due to my heart not being fully committed to the sport anymore. I was a product of being exposed to many other sports and dedicated to put my heart into playing tennis and field hockey throughout my remaining middle/high school years. The best part of this/my story is I came back to swimming in my first year at University of California San Diego.I was a "walk on" and lucky for me (and a lot of uncomfortable retraining) I was accepted. This for me was the best thing I ever did for myself athletically and it catapulted me to further my athletic career as an adult in open water swimming as well as triathlon. I will never leave the sport again.

I have had a long coaching relationship with NCA. I founded the JCC Barracuda Novice swim team as a feeder program for NCA while I was attending graduate school at San Diego State University. After securing my Masters in Public Health, I decided to dedicate myself to coaching full time and worked at the JCC for 16 years until the end of 2007. I then moved to New Zealand where I coached 13 and older swimmers at North Shore Swimming Club This was an awesome learning experience to not only work with older, high level swimmers but to understand that swimming has an universal goal... make swimming a lifelong sport. I came back to the water two years ago when I began teaching again (at a more basic/instructional level) at WaterWise Swim School as well as filling in for NCA coaches until I was hired this past October to lead the 10/under 3 Day Group as well as assist the 10/under 5 Day Group. This is definitely my favorite age to coach and where I have the most expertise and experience. I am loving every day of it!

Hannah Hawker

Hannah grew up in a swimming family, the 4th of 6 siblings. She hails from Minnesota and Wisconsin, and was a state, zones and Jr. National qualifier during her 15 year swimming career. She competed for Hamline University for 4 years and held 2 school records. Hannah began coaching while still in high school and gained valuable experience. She continued coaching during her college years and upon graduation, she began coaching for the Aquajets Swim Team in Eden Prairie, Minnesota. Hannah has worked with swimmers of all ages. In the summer of 2017, Hannah moved to California and began coaching for North Coast Aquatics. She is happy to be a part of such a great team, wonderful staff and awesome families!

Katie Ross

Katie started her swim career at age 8, swimming for a summer league team in Montgomery County, Maryland. Her love of the sport has never stopped growing. Katie swam Division 1 for University of Maryland Baltimore County where she had the privilege to serve as captain her senior year. She studied psychology and biology during her undergraduate degree. While in her collegiate years, she coached clinics, group lessons, and just finished her sixth year coaching the Forest Knolls Swim Team. In 2018, Katie joined Americorps where she worked for a nonprofit called Playworks in Baltimore city. Over the course of the year Katie used healthy play to facilitate the growth of social emotional wellness in children. Katie just moved from Maryland to San Diego and is excited to grow her coaching career here at North Coast Aquatics.

Johanna DeLeon

I enjoyed playing water polo and swimming though college. I began teaching swimming as a way to finance my college expenses 33 years ago. I began coaching as a volunteer coach for Mt. Carmel High School. This lead to a 4 year stint coaching for Mt. Carmel JV boys and girls team as well as an assistant coach for PQ Aquatics. I have coached all levels of swimmers since then: 10-U to Master Swimmers (Adults). I have been a part of NCA since 2010 often being called the “Super Sub” by Jeff. I am also a professional educator of 27 years teaching middle school in Escondido. My son is a former NCA swimmer who trains with Senior 1 when he is home from college. I bring this up because I have traveled the age group swim journey as a coach and parent. Get ready for a great ride of being a swim family. I am excited to coach at San Marcos. Looking forward to a great season. Johanna:)

Ethan Attebury

Ethan Attebury joined the NCA coaching staff this Fall after working as an intern this summer with our age group program at Alga Norte. Ethan is a 2016 graduate of Vista HS where he swam and played water polo for his high school. Ethan is starting his 3nrd year of college, attending Palomar College. Ethan came to NCA after teaching lessons and coaching a novice team at Waterworks Aquatics in Carlsbad. After sending many of his students to NCA, Ethan wanted to take his coaching to a higher more competitive level and has been a great addition to our NCA coaching family. Ethan brings a sound understanding of stroke mechanics and an enthusiasm to the pool deck. NCA is excited to be have Ethan on our coaching staff!