Swim Team Coaching Staff

Maddie King – Co-Head Coach

Hello everyone!  My name is Maddie King and I am one of your coaches for this incredible team.  This will be my fourth year coaching this team, but my 17th year on the team overall.  This team is truly like a second family to me, and I have gained so many incredible memories and friendships from my time here.  I know I will treasure these memories for the rest of my life, and I would love to be the one who helps create those memories for our current swimmers.  When I am not hanging out with kids on the pool deck, I am at the University of Nevada, Reno pursuing Elementary Education with a minor in human development and family studies.  I can’t wait to see our swimmers smiling faces this May and can’t wait to start working hard and having fun!  Gooooo Ygnacio!

Alex Humann – Co-Head Coach

IMG_1402Hello!  My name is Alex Humann and I am beyond excited to come back to the pool for my fourth year as your Co-Head Coach.  I became a Seahorse when I was just four years old and have been loving it ever since.  I continued swimming competitively at Santa Barbara City College where I have was voted team captain for two seasons and now coach.  I am eager to give back to the team that has fueled my love and enthusiasm for the sport.  This team has been more of a family to me and I love having the opportunity to give back all that I’ve gotten over the years.  I am looking forward to another great season!  Go Seahorses!

Haley Darr – Assistant Coach

Hello everyone!  I have been on Ygnacio Wood since I was five years old and I am incredibly excited to be back for another season of coaching this amazing team!  This team is like a family to me and has given me so many great experiences.  Ygnacio is where my love for swimming began.  I am continuing swimming at Diablo Valley College where I play water polo as well.  Ygnacio has been such a large part of my life and has led me to the realization that I want to have a career as a pediatric nurse.  Ygnacio is so much more than a team and I know that this summer is going to create even more unbelievable memories.  Goooo Ygnacio!

Taylor Welsh – Assistant Coach

Hey seahorses!!  My name is Taylor Welsh and I am so excited for the amazing opportunity to be one of your assistant coaches and the director of the Sea Ponies program this season!  I swam recreationally for Valley Vista Swim Team for ten years, competitively as a Captain for Northgate High School for four, and was fortunate enough to swim my last season as a seahorse last summer.  At Valley Vista, I was a swimmer coach for three years, worked with the fall and spring programs, and was a Cuda Program instructor for five years.  Last summer I co-directed the Sea Ponies program and assisted with pre-season.  I am attending Saint Mary’s College of California where I am in the Justice, Community, and Leadership program in pursuit of a career in law enforcement.  I can’t wait for all the memories to be made this summer with my Ygnacio family!

 Evan Lonestar – Assistant Coach

Hi everyone!  My name is Evan Lonestar and I am thrilled to be one of your new coaches for this new swim season!  Currently I am a college student at Gonzaga University where I am planning to major in Human Physiology.  I began my first year swimming on this team when I was 8 years old and have loved every second of it year after year.  What I love most about Ygnacio is the great memories and lifelong friends I have made in the past few years.  This team has taught me to work hard for the things I want to accomplish whether it be for the sport or in my life.  I hope to bring much enthusiasm and energy for everyone on the team starting this May!  I can’t wait to work hard and help make exciting memories this upcoming summer!  Go Seahorses!

 Cole Welsh – Swimmer Coach

Hi!  My name is Cole Welsh.  I am turning 18 this May and super excited to be part of the 2K’18 Ygnacio Wood coaching staff!  I previously swam for Valley Vista Swim Team for 9 years until I became a Seahorse last season!  I also have swam for the Northgate High School Varsity Swim Team for the past 4 years.   I love all the events (excluding butterfly), but am most passionate about breaststroke.  I will be attending Diablo Valley College next fall and plan on swimming there as well.  I am stoked and truly honored to be joining this elite staff of coaches this upcoming summer!