2018-2019 ROSTER & STAFF
2018-2019 VARSITY TEAM
Head Coach - Kevin Brown
- Kevin has coached swimming in Colorado and Michigan since 1989.
- Head Coach Rockford Middle School Boys Swim and Dive Team 2000 to present.
- Head Coach Rockford Middle School Girls Swim and Dive Team 2000 to present.
- Rockford High School Mens Assistant Varsity Coach 2015 to 2018.
- Rockford High School Girls Assistant Varsity Coach 2001 to 2014.
- Age group coach Rockford Riptide Swim Club 2000-2002
- Head Coach Cannon Pool Swim Team 2016 to present.
- Middle School Swim Coach Bill Redd Middle School, Loveland CO, 1989 -1999
- Age Group coach Loveland Swim Club 1990 – 1999
- Kevin teaches math at the Rockford Freshman center and is the head of the math department.
Diving Coach - Doug Karsen
- Doug is a veteran staff member of Rockford's Swimming & Diving programs.
- In addition to coaching the Rockford Men's Varsity divers, Doug has been the Middle School Diving Coach at Rockford for the past 18 years.
- Doug has also served as a Swimming and Diving Official for 23 years.
- Outside the pool, Doug works for Grand Rapids Public Schools, which equips him with even broader experience and wisdom to lead and mentor student athletes.
Assistant Coach - Alex Savage
- Alex has been involved with the sport of water polo for the past 15 years as a player and as a coach. In high school he played for Rockford, earning two State Championships before graduating in 2012.
- Alex was also a part of the Midwest ODP team for four years, being a member of the travel team each season.
- Alex attended Miami University where he earned a degree in Integrated English Language Arts Education and a minor in coaching. At Miami, he was the player coach for the men’s club water polo team for four of the five seasons he was there, and head coach of the women’s club team for those same four seasons.
- He has both played and coached at the middle school, club, high school, and collegiate club levels, and uses these experiences every day as a coach and mentor to young athletes.
- As a water polo player, Alex earned Second Team All Great Lakes Conference in his final season, and as a coach he earned Coach of The Year honors in two seasons.
- Alex is no stranger to the Championship Tradition that Rockford upholds, and looks forward to seeing what this team can accomplish and assisting in any way that he is able!
Assistant Coach - Dave McWatters
- Dave swam distance freestyle for Grandville High School, although with nothing too much to brag about, except for his coach frustratingly yelling at him one practice, “McWatters, some day you will be a much better coach than you ever will be a swimmer!”. (Of which Dave reminded his coach when defeating him years later.)
- Dave began coaching swimming and water polo at Rockford in the early’s 1990’s, taking over as Men's Water Polo Head Coach in 1998 and also taking over the Jenison High School swim program for three years when Jenison opened it’s new pool.
- Dave has been on the Rockford coaching staff for 13 Water Polo team State Championships and has coached over 40 All-Americans in swimming and water polo.
- Now retired from full-time work after 30 years in ministry, education and coaching, Dave will be serving as assistant coach, helping out wherever needed.