Nick Wooters, Director-competitive swimming
Nick Wooters has been coaching for 15 years including coaching at every level from summer league to high school to USA club teams and one Division 1 collegiate team. He is a member of the American Swim Coaches Association and coached numerous JO, Far Western sectional qualifiers.
Nick’s coaching expertise is highly complimented by his personal experience as a swimmer himself starting at four years old. As a native of Maryland, Nick swam at Division 1 – Loyola University in Maryland. He was a four-year letter winner for the Greyhounds including a member of the medal-winning 200 and 400 Medley Relay teams at the 2004 and 2005 MAAC Conference Championships. He also has five top 10 individual finishes in MAAC Championships competition during his career. His senior year Nick was given the Fr. Francis J. McManamin Unsung Hero of the Year Award. The award is given to only one student-athlete at Loyola whose hard work and determination helped improve Loyola’s intercollegiate athletics program.
A 2015 top 5 finalist for the Pacific Swimming Age Group Coach of the Year, Nick was selected to the 2015 North American Challenge Cup All Star coaching staff as well as the 2016 Pac Coast All Star staff. Wooters is also a two-time top 10 finisher at the Escape from Alcatraz swim.
Peter Krieg, Head Age-Group Coach
Peter Krieg has been teaching or coaching swimming in the Bay Area since 1984 at all levels – from age group swimmers under the age of eight to coaching an Olympian. He has coached summer league, USA Swimming and Masters teams in his career.
Peter has a long-term relationship with Ladera Oaks: He originally started with the club in 1986 and stayed through the late 90’s. He re-joined the club in 2006 and has never looked back. Peter loves coaching at Ladera Oaks. He comes to the pool each day with great enthusiasm, striving to help each swimmer see measurable improvement. Peter believes that improvement directly relates to each swimmer’s sense of positive self-esteem and self-confidence.
Peter is devoted to bringing out the best in each swimmer, in providing the best and safest experience and helping kids be the best they can be. He says, “It’s a privilege to work at Ladera Oaks. It's hard to explain the experience here in words: The people, the facilities and the attitude are all terrific. I’m lucky to have this opportunity.”
Roman Willets, HEAD PSA COACH
We are excited to announce that Coach Roman will be leading our PSA Summer Team.
Coach Roman’s swimming background includes some big personal in the water accomplishments such as, Ohio High School State Champ, Michigan Captain of Big Ten Championship Team, and NCAA Honorable Mention All-American. He has also worked with numerous athletes including Michael Phelps after the London Olympics.
Roman found his way to the West Coast via Bay Club where he took the building blocks from Nick and developed a fantastic swim program. In his parting letter to the Panther family he wrote, “I believe coaching is a vocation that provides the amazing opportunity to teach athletes to face challenges and learn from them, to learn self-confidence, work ethic, self-respect, and how to support and respect teammates and others.” The team here couldn’t agree more and can’t wait to welcome Roman to our Ladera Oaks community.
Roman will be pursuing a Master’s degree in Exercise Physiology and Sports Psychology in addition to his duties here at Ladera Oaks.