Bobcat Swim Camp at Bates College

Current and Past Camp Coaches

Peter Casares | Head Swimming & Diving Coach | Bates College

Peter Casares joined Bates as the head men’s and women’s swimming and diving coach and aquatics director in 2007. He is well respected in the swimming world, both as an accomplished Division III All-American swimmer and as a passionate coach and tireless recruiter. Peter’s expertise and love for the sport have brought enthusiasm and national visibility to the Bates program.

In 2018, the men's and women's swim teams both made program history on the final day of the NCAA Division III Championships, with the best national finish ever for the men's team and a program-record sixth-place finish in the women's 400-yard freestyle relay.

The Bates men finished the meet with 48 points to claim 14th place out of 53 scoring teams, the best national finish in men's team history. The Bates women scored 76 points to finish 12th out of 51 teams, the Bobcat women's third straight top-13 finish and fifth straight top-17 finish.

The 2014-15 season saw the women's and men's teams break program records that still stand today. The women's swimming and diving team secured second place at the 2015 NESCAC Swimming and Diving Championships at Wesleyan University, the highest finish for the Bobcats in the 15-year history of the meet. This was the first time in team history that all 24 women scored at the meet. The men's swimming and diving team took fifth place, notching the highest finish in program history at the NESCAC Men's Swimming and Diving Championship at Middlebury College.

At the NCAA Championships in Texas, the eight-athlete Bates women's team finished the meet with 91 points to place 11th out of 46 scoring teams, between 10th-place Gustavus Adolphus (99.5) and 12th-place Wheaton (Ill.) College (84). The four members of the Bates men's team scored 16 points to finish in 37th place among 54 teams.

On Sept. 19, 2014, Coach Casares was inducted into the Hall of Honor at his alma mater, Gettysburg College.

Prior to coming to Bates, Peter was the North Coast Athletic Conference Coach of the Year, and he holds the distinction of being one of only three coaches in NCAA history to win a national championship for both men and women in the same year. During his career at Bates the team size has more than doubled, over 60 varsity records have been broken, and each team has experienced a steady climb up the conference ladder. The 2011-12 season turned out to be a banner year with over 20 varsity records broken, the women claiming the CBB (Colby-Bates-Bowdoin) title, and the highest finishes at the conference meet in nearly a decade. At the same time, both the men’s and women’s teams experienced their highest overall grade point average, and has earned Academic All-American team status for the last nine consecutive semesters.

Abby Brethauer | Tufts College | Associate Head Coach

Brethauer brings a wealth of competition and coaching experience to the Bates College Swim Camp. She served as an assistant coach at Columbia University for six years and worked extensively with the sprint group. While at Columbia her team rewrote the record book and she continually attracted some of the best swimmers in the nation to the one of the most academically prestigious institutions in the country.

Not to be outdone by her past successes, Coach Abby experienced immediate success as the new Head Coach at Mary Washington University. She led the Eagles to two conference championships (Men and Women), was named Coach of the Year, and is sending her team to NCAA's.

Now that she has returned to New England and Tufts, we can be assured they will be a national powerhouse before we know it!

Prior to her coaching career, Brethauer was a 12-time All-American and three-time team national champion at Kenyon College. A team captain for the Ladies in 2002, Brethauer is a former NCAA Division III national record holder, and has been a USS competitor at the age group, senior, and national levels.

Brad Burnham | Bowdoin College | Head Coach

Coach Burnham arrived at Bowdoin in 2000 after being involved in all aspects of the UCLA swimming program for six years. While at UCLA Burnham coached his team to 16th or better at the NCAA championships each year - and played a role in over 40 Division I All-American performances. He took his experiences at the highest level into undeniable success at Bowdoin. Not only has his team attacked the record book under his tutelage, but he has produced NESCAC champions and All-Americans as the leader of the Polar Bears. Also, Coach Brad thinks outside the box and is fairly obsessed with technique - and the simple question of how to swim faster and more efficiently. His quest to understand how humans can better relate to water and "train to race" - instead of train to train - is exactly what has led to many so many of his great ideas and success stories. We are thrilled to have him on board.

Dani Korman | Cal Berkley | Assistant Coach

Prior to being hired by Cal in 2019 Dani led MIT Engineers since 2015 - and their program sky-rocketed to the top of DIII swimming. She joined the Engineers after spending three years as an assistant coach with the Yale University women’s swimming and diving program.  During her three years at Yale she assisted with a team that saw improvement each year at the Ivy League Championships, with three swimmers qualifying for the NCAA Division I Championships under her watch and numerous school records broken during her time in New Haven. Her prior collegiate coaching experience includes assistant coach at Johns Hopkins, where she helped both the men’s and women’s teams to a pair of top-10 NCAA finishes.  In addition, she has served as an assistant swim coach and counselor for the University of Texas and Total Performance Swim Camp.

Korman is a 2006 graduate of Kenyon College where she was part of four national championship teams. She was a seven-time All-American at Kenyon and served as team captain as a senior. She earned a Masters of Education with a concentration in guidance and counseling from Carthage in 2008.

Vanessa Williamson | Bates College | Assosciate Head Coach

In April 2016, Vanessa Williamson was promoted to associate head swimming and diving coach after serving as an assistant coach the previous four years.

A 2005 Bates graduate and eight-time All-America performer in the butterfly and individual medleys, Williamson joined head coach Peter Casares's coaching staff in 2012 after coaching at the high school and club level in California for five years. Casares said he recognized Williamson's coaching talent right away.

"After watching her coach her first year I handed over nearly half of the team to her and put her in charge of the sprint group," he said. "Her first year training that group led to many successes and she immediately followed it up her second year as Vanessa not only coached three NESCAC champions in the sprint events [Matt Gagne in the 50 butterfly, Whitney Paine in the 50 backstroke and Logan McGill in the 50 freestyle], but Bates' first ever NESCAC record holder, Logan McGill in the 50 free."

"This year Vanessa moved to the endurance group and led those swimmers to many of their best performances to date - with three individual invites to the NCAA meet [Melissa Paione, Sara Daher, Hope Logan]. Her ability to not only train athletes, but keep them happy and motivated has played a huge role in her athletes' successes."

Carlos Vega | Trinity College | Head Coach

Carlos arrived at Trinity as their head coach in the fall of 2014 and his impact was felt immediately. Vega comes to Trinity after several successful years as an assistant coach at Amherst College, Kalamazoo College, and, most recently, Wellesley College. As an assistant at Wellesley, Vega played a major role in the resurgence of the Blue program over the last four years. He is a 2003 graduate of perennial swimming powerhouse Kenyon College, where he was a 19-time all-conference selection, conference swimmer of the year twice, and an 11-time All-American honoree, and won five NCAA titles.

 

 

 

Kata Franczyk | Kingswood Oxford | Connecticut College

Kata is one of the most sought after camp coaches in the country. A natural leader and tremendous athlete, Kata has parlayed her swimming successes at Conn College into a tremendous career as a High School teacher, administrator, and coach. Her students respect her knowledge and crave her enthusiasm. We are lucky to have Kata join us each year to pass on her knowledge and love for the sport.

 

 

David Baker | Strength, Conditioning, Video | Kingswood Oxford School

David is a 3x Ironman finisher, ultra marathoner, track and soccer coach, a capella director, talent show guru, and knowledgeable about all things Google. A natural addition to our star-studded staff, when David walks in the room, we all pale in comparison.

 

 

 

 

Bill Wallace | Bates College | Assistant Coach

Coach Bill Wallace first joined Bates swimming program during his sabbatical year from St. Andrew’s High School in Middletown, Delaware. He returned to the Bates coaching staff in 2016.

While at St. Andrew’s, Coach Wallace experienced tremendous success in leading his program to two top-three finishes at the state meet. He has also coached his team to four consecutive 200 free relay state championships.

Wallace has also produced several All-Americans and state champions that have gone on to great success at the Divisions I and III levels. Coach Wallace was the high school coach of Division III’s most highly decorated swimmer, Olympic Trials finalist Lyndsay Paine.

 

 

Ben Hewitt | Nova Southeastern University | Head Coach

Ben is the Nova Southeastern head swimming and diving coach. Prior to this appointment Hewitt was the head coach at DePauw University in Indiana.  He has coached and mentored student-athletes who won conference championships, twice finished in the top 10 at the NCAA Division II Championships. Additionally, individuals earned three NCAA titles and 24 all-America honors with one student-athlete representing his country in the 2012 Summer Olympics. Prior to coming to Nova Southeastern, Hewitt served as an assistant at Wabash College and Kenyon College.

A native of Greenwood, Indiana, Hewitt received his bachelors of arts from Wabash College in 2005 where he was an All-Conference performer and served as team captain in his senior season. He was also named MVP his junior year.

 

 

COUNSELORS

TBD - There will be Conference Championship Finalists, ALL-Conference Swimmers, and several All-Americans! Our staff will allow us to provide 1:6 staff to camper ratio this year!