James Resare – Head Coach
James joined the Hillsboro Swim Team in September of 2001. He quickly earned the Head Age-Group coaching responsibilities, a position that he held for over five years. In June 2006, Coach James was hired as the Head Coach of the Hillsboro Swim Team.
James started his competitive swimming career at the age of 14 with the Oregon City Swim Team. While attending college, James started his coaching career by “helping out” with coaching duties on the Oregon City Swim Team. Coaching quickly became more addictive and fun than swimming was for James. James coached for OCST for four years. In addition to his duties at OCST, James was the Head Coach of the Gladstone High School Swim Team for four years and was a staff member of the Oregon Zone team in 2001, 2002, and in 2004.
Some of James’ coaching accomplishments include: multiple Oregon Age Group State champions; multiple Age Group Sectional champions; multiple Western Zone champions; multiple Pacific Northwest Senior Sectional finalists and champions; USA Swimming Spring Championship finalists, USA Swimming Junior National finalists, and multiple NCSA Junior National finalists. Along with these feats, James’ swimmers have also achieved: USA Swimming Olympic Trial time standards and multiple USA Swimming Top 10 (previously Top 16) National Reportable swims; including four #1 Rankings. Along the way James’ swimmers have accumulated 42 Oregon Swimming records.
In 2007, James was selected by his peers as the Oregon Swimming Age Group Coach of the Year. In 2008 the American Swim Coaches Association (ASCA) also recognized James as the Age Group Coach of the Year for Oregon.
James also has an Associate’s Degree in Education. When James is not on the pool deck, he is spending time with his wife Leah and their three cats.
Mark Bennett – Associate Head Coach and Senior Development Coach
Mark Bennett is the Associate Head Coach and Senior Development coach for the Hillsboro Swim Team. He has been coaching Senior and Age-Group squads since January of 2008. In this short period of time, Mark has been responsible for producing multiple individual State Champions, State Champion relays, multiple team record setters, multiple senior sectional qualifiers, and an Age-Group Sectional Champion.
Before coaching in Hillsboro, Mark had coached as the Head Age-Group Coach of Poseidon Swimming in Richmond, Virginia. In five years at PSDN, he coached multiple swimmers to National Top-16 finishes, including a national #1 ranked individual and relays. He also coached swimmers to Eastern Zone and Virginia Swimming records and titles. Previous to his stint in Richmond, Coach Mark was acting Head Coach of South County Aquatic Waves in Pismo Beach, CA, where significant improvement was made in team numbers and team finishes at Age-Group and Senior level championship finishes. Mark‘s swimmers at SCAW represented the team at the US Open, Junior National, Western Zone, and Sectional levels. Mark began his career with the Santa Maria Swim Club in Santa Maria, CA as a Pre-Senior and Senior Assistant Coach.
Mark‘s swimming career brought him success at the age group and Junior National level in Southern California with the Santa Maria Swim Club, and then later at the National and NCAA Division I level with the University of Nebraska. While at Nebraska, Coach Mark was honored with Athletic All-American and Academic All-American status in three seasons, and was also granted the team captainship in his senior year.
On a personal level, Mark lives in Hillsboro with his wife, Joy and their two children, Nathan and Anne. He holds a Bachelor‘s degree in English from the University of Nebraska and a California Teaching Credential from Cal Poly University at San Luis Obispo. Mark really enjoys working with adolescents and is a firm believer in swimming fast and having fun, always with each swimmer‘s long-term best interests in mind.
Matt Viglione – Age Group and Senior Prep Coach
Matt started coaching with the Hillsboro HEAT in September 2008. He was born in New York and also lived in New Mexico before be moved to Oregon in 2001. He was a competitive swimmer for over 14 years with Duke City Aquatics in New Mexico and both the Tualatin Hills Swim Club and the HEAT in Oregon. Matt was a National Qualifier in the 100 and 200 meter breaststrokes and also swam IM events.
Matt attended Oregon State University where he graduated in September 2008 with a B.S. in General Science. He swam during the summers with the HEAT while attending OSU. Matt coaches Pre-Senior Silver and assists with Devy Gold and other squads as needed.
Matt’s interests outside the pool include football, fishing, hunting, camping, and wake-boarding. Matt is currently a graduate student at Portland State University, working on his master's degree in Health Administration. He lives in Portland with his wife, Chelsea.
Ryan Myers – Age Group and Senior Prep Coach
Ryan joined the Hillsboro HEAT coaching staff in September of 2009. He grew up in Hillsboro and began swimming for the Hillsboro Swim Team at the age of 7. He went on to be a 4-year letterman on the Hillsboro High School Swim Team, and was co-captain of the 2004 Metro League championship team. Ryan was also a founding member of Hillsboro’s water polo team, which started in 2003.
Before joining the HEAT, Ryan was an assistant coach for the Hillsboro High School Swim Team for 3 seasons. He worked mainly to develop swimmers new to the sport. He also worked as a Water Safety Coordinator, lifeguard, and swim instructor for the Shute Park Aquatic and Recreation Center. Ryan coaches Junior Gold and Junior Silver squads and assists with other squads as needed.
When Ryan is not on the pool deck, he is busy studying to be a Medical Lab Technician.
Kevin Cleary – Novice and Developmental Coach
Kevin joined the HEAT coaching staff in April of 2012. He began his swimming career as a young child with St. Mary of the Valley’s CYO team and took up swimming again for Jesuit High School, where he was a four-year letterman. After his sophomore season, he joined the Tualatin Hills Thunderbolts for the remainder of his high school career. Kevin was elected as team captain for Jesuit and swam on a state-qualifying relay during his senior season.
Kevin began his coaching career with the Tualatin Hills Splash Program in 2004. Many of his swimmers went on to join year-round swim clubs. In 2009, he became the assistant swim coach for Hillsboro High School and has been with them each season since. In 2011, Kevin joined the coaching staff of the Tualatin Hills Barracudas Masters team. He is an American Swim Coaches Association Level II Masters coach.
On a personal note, Kevin earned a bachelor’s degree in Exercise and Sports Science from Oregon State University in 2008. He is also an active Masters swimmer, possessing 3 National titles (200 lcm FLx2 and 800 lcm FR) as well as holding 10 Oregon Masters State Records. When Kevin is not training or working on the pool deck, he enjoys reading, movies, and trips into the wilderness for hiking, hunting, and relaxation.