Our Coaches

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.


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.

On a personal note, Justin met his sweetheart Cassandra while at school and got married soon after graduating. He and his wife have a daughter, Daphne. 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 Development 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’s interests outside the pool include football, fishing, hunting, camping, and wake-boarding. Matt is a recent graduate of Portland State University, with a Master's degree in Health Administration. He lives in Portland with his wife, Chelsea.


Kevin Cleary – Developmental and Senior Development 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.


Anna Heller – Novice/Developmental/Age Group Coach

Anna joined the HEAT coaching staff during the summer of 2013, as an assistant to Coach James and the senior gold squad, and was permanently hired in August of 2013 to work with Novice and Developmental squads. Anna began her swim career as a young child swimming for St. Helens Swim Team and swam competitively with them for 16 years before moving to the HEAT in high school. After high school, Anna swam for Oregon State for 2 years before transferring to Texas A&M University, where she finished her swimming career. While swimming for Texas A&M, Anna helped with the Texas A&M Swimming summer camp which required her to oversee and work with over 400 youth swimmers on a daily basis. Anna found great personal success as a swimmer and was a Junior National, US Open, National, NCAA and US Olympic Trials qualifier.

Anna graduated from Texas A&M University in May 2013 with a degree in Communications & Journalism and a minor in Sports Management. She is currently working towards becoming a Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist and would eventually like to go back to graduate school.

During her free time, Anna enjoys being around her family and friends, watching funny movies, exercising and doing yoga, hiking and taking advantage of any new adventures that come her way.



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