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 Coach 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;
- multiple Futures Championship finalists;
- USA Swimming Spring Championship finalists;
- USA Swimming Junior National finalists;
- and multiple NCSA Junior National A finalists and medalists.
In 2010 one of Coach James’ swimmers was one of four young men in the country to be selected to compete at the inaugural Youth Olympic Games. This swimmer moved on to the medal round in the men’s 200m BK.
Along with these feats, Coach James’ swimmers have also achieved:
- USA Swimming Olympic Trial time standards
- multiple USA Swimming Top 10 (previously Top 16) National Reportable Swims; including four #1 Rankings.
- 49 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 coaches the Senior 3 and Senior 4 Squads.
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, their dog and three cats.
Justin Morin – Senior Development Coach
Justin joined the HEAT coaching staff in August of 2013 and it has been a bit of a homecoming for him. Born in Hillsboro, Justin began his swim career with the HEAT when he was 11. He had fallen in love by his first race doing breaststroke and never looked back. Justin competed at many levels while with the HEAT, including Age Group and Senior meets. His family moved to Seattle when he was 16 and he continued to excel at National and International competitions. Justin received a scholarship to Brigham Young University for swimming and was an Academic All American for 3 years, graduating with a BA in Applied Social Psychology and a Minor in Korean language. While taking a break from school after freshman year, he spent 2 years in South Korea on a religious mission. That experience has instilled an appreciation for service, community, and diversity. Justin also caught a traveling bug. Before moving back to Seattle after college, he traveled to 15 different countries on 4 continents.
Justin’s passion for swimming continued through Masters Swimming and coaching at Central Area Aquatic Team and Seattle University. He coached many swimmers to regional top 8 while swimming to National top 8 himself. He has continued his education by being selected as an ASCA Fellow in 2011 where Justin had the chance to discuss topics of coaching and training with the nation’s top coaches. He is a firm believer in always learning and growing. In addition to his impressive swimming and coaching career, Justin also worked as a Mental Health Specialist at Seattle Children's Hospital. Specializing in behavioral interventions, he grew into a role that supported the whole hospital as he implemented and taught practices and procedures that are on the forefront of the mental health field. He is also currently working towards his Masters Degree in Mental Health Counseling at George Fox University.
On a personal note, Justin met his sweetheart Cassandra have a daughter, Daphne and son, Ira. Justin loves to ride bikes (especially steel frame ones), hike, white water raft, spend time with family, and delve into a good philosophical book. Those that have inspired him over the years include:
- John Gottman: Author of many books and esteemed Psychologist
- Ron Chamberlain: UW Varsity Sports Psychologist
- Victor Frankl: Author of Man's Search for Meaning
- Daniel Siegel: Author of Mindsight
- John Wooden: The most successful collegiate coach of all time and creator of the Pyramid of Success.
- Jose Mourinho: Current manager of Chelsea Football Club.
- Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi: Author of books Flow, Finding Flow, and Creativity.
- And of course his wife Cassandra and daughter Daphne.
Matt Viglione – Senior 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 is also a graduate of Portland State University, with a Master's degree in Health Administration.
Matt’s interests outside the pool include football, fishing, hunting, camping, and wake-boarding. He lives in Portland with his wife, Chelsea.
Kevin Cleary – Developmental and Senior 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.
Gary Roberson – Novice and Developmental Coach
Gary’s swimming career began at the age of 6 when he joined the Tualatin Hills Swim Club (now the Thunderbolts). After swimming with THSC for nearly a decade, he moved to the HEAT in 2004 where he swam for 2 years. After high school, Gary headed out to Massachusetts to attend Williams College. There, he was a 17 time All-American and was the 2011 DIII NCAA Champion in the 200 yard freestyle. In 2011, he graduated with a degree in Psychology and concentrations in Neuroscience and pre-medical studies.
After college, Gary remained in Massachusetts where he volunteered with his college team while working full time in the office of a company called Overland that runs youth outdoor summer adventure programs. In the fall of 2014, Gary moved from a volunteer to a full time assistant coach with the Williams College swim team. The season with Williams culminated in 3 national records, multiple individual and relay national champions and 3rd place team finishes at the NCAA National Championships for both the men and women. During his time at Williams, Gary was also an assistant age group coach on the local club team, Purple Valley Aquatics, and coached the local Master's team. Gary moved from Massachusetts back to Oregon in May 2015 and is thrilled to begin coaching with the HEAT.
When he’s not on the pool deck, Gary enjoys biking, running, hiking, backpacking, basketball, and lawn games and bbqs with his family and friends.
Erica Nelson – Novice and Age Group Coach
Erica began her swimming career on the Salem Aquatic Team, now known as Mid Valley Aquatics, when she was 8 years old. She swam on the club through high school and was on State and Sectional teams. Erica also competed on the cross country, swimming, and track team for her high school. She attended Western Oregon University for her freshman year and competed on their cross country team. After her first year, she realized her how much she missed swimming and decided to try and get back into the sport. She transferred to Oregon State University where she joined their Division I swim team. She received her Bachelor of Science in Exercise and Sport Science from Oregon State.
She interned at ADAPT Training in Beaverton where she became a certified Personal Trainer and developed a passion for functional fitness training. After finishing her internship and degree, Erica joined the McMinnville Swim Club as their Head Age Group Coach and Linfield Swimming as an Assistant Coach. She coached for two years before applying to Pacific University’s Masters of Science in Athletic Training program that is located in Hillsboro. She is currently taking classes to become a Certified Athletic Trainer.
Erica also enjoyed teaching Jazzercise classes, running, going on hikes, being with family, and any outdoor activity.
Zach Berquist – Novice and Developmental Coach
Zach has been coaching off and on the last few years for the HEAT, and has also taught swim lessons for the SHARC for the past five years. He is a recent graduate of Portland State University with a Bachelor's in General Science with a focus on the prerequisites for Physician's Assistant School. He has a passion for knowledge and imparting that knowledge to those who want to learn. Zach is very excited to be coaching again and looks forward to getting to know all the families on the team.