Mark is the Head Coach of the 25 times Marin Swim League Champions, Sleepy Hollow Swim Team. Mark coached the Drake High School boys water polo team for 18 years. He was inducted into the Marin County Athletic League, Hall of Fame in 2014. Mark is co-founder of SHAQ.
Matt grew up in San Diego and attended Poway High School, and was a part of the first water polo club in San Diego. He then attended UCLA and was a part of two NCAA championship teams in 1995 and 1996, earning NCAA player of the year awards both years. After college he moved to Marin County and has coached water polo in the MCAL league for 17 years. Matt and Mark formed SHAQ in 2007.
Sophie Doyle has been swimming since she was four years old and playing water polo since age 9. She grew up in Southern California and attended Mater Dei High School where she played four years of varsity water polo and swimming. Sophie then went on to play water polo and swim at Santa Rosa Junior College. After two years, she transferred to the University of Pacific and went on to play two years of D1 water polo and earn a degree in communication and psychology. After graduating, Sophie moved to Australia to play water polo and coach. Since returning home, Sophie has been coaching for Marin Catholic High School varsity women's water polo and men's and women's swimming since 2013. She has been coaching for SHAQ since 2014 and has a passion for coaching and sharing her love of the game.
Chris has loved the water since infancy, and basically grew up in the pool. He played water polo and was an All-American swimmer for Mission Viejo High School in Orange County. He then attended the University of California at Santa Barbara, where he completed his undergraduate degree in history and played water polo for the Gauchos. After college, he returned to Orange County to obtain a teaching credential and coach water polo. From 2006 to 2014 Chris was a coach for SET Water Polo Club under olympian Brad Schumacher, where he worked with all age groups as a head and assistant coach. Chris moved to the Bay Area two years ago, and he is currently a math teacher in the Tamalpais Union High School District and coaches the Drake Boys JV Water Polo Team.
Steve Carrera is currently the Head Women’s Water Polo Coach at the College of Marin. Steve has been charged with starting the College of Marin’s women’s water polo program. In 2019, Coach Steve led the Orange Lutheran GWP program to a trinity league championship, a CIF-SS D1 Semi Final appearance and the 2019 CIF State Championship. In that same year, the OLu boys water polo team won the trinity league championship and was ranked in the top 8 for the majority of the season. Steve was named SOPAC Zone distinguished coach after leading the North Irvine 12 and Under team to a bronze medal in the 2019 Junior Olympics, a gold medal in the US Club Championships and a gold medal in the Cal Cup State Championship. Steve also hosts the Off The Deck Podcast series. Here is his interview with our own coach Swanny.
Corey Mano grew up in Sleepy Hollow where he began to swim and play water polo for Mark Anderson and Matt Swanson at the age of seven. He was a member of the first Sleepy Hollow Aquatics team to compete in tournaments. He attended Sir Francis Drake High School and played on Swanson's varsity team. In 2018, he graduated from Boston College where he played for the men's water polo club program, making three national championship tournament appearances. Corey is excited to be back in Marin, coaching at SHAQ.
Todd grew up in Hawaii, and played water polo at Punahou and went on to play at UCLA. After UCLA, Todd played in Australia and started coaching youth teams in Sydney. Upon returning to California, he continued coaching at Corona Del Mar High School, and age group teams for Newport Harbor Water Polo Club. He continued to expand his coaching experience by coaching the University of Colorado women’s team. Todd has been lucky enough to coach all levels and ages of water polo players over the years.
SHAQ student coach.