Swimming & Diving Coaching Staff

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Jason Craighead
Head Coach
Swimming & Diving

Jason Craighead was hired in August 2009 as the Head Coach of the Las Positas College Hawks Men’s & Women’s Swimming Team.  In addition to his coaching duties, Jason is also a professor in Kinesiology, Health Education, Physical Education, and a Red Cross Instructor. In his first 4 years at Las Positas College, he has had 6 All-Americans, one CCCAA Scholar Athlete, and won the Coast Conference Championship for women in 2013.

Jason comes to Las Positas College with vast experience at the community college level, most recently from Sacramento City College where he was the Head Swim & Dive and Women’s Water Polo Coach.  Under his tenure, the Panthers had 22 All-Americans, broke 23 school records, and both the Men’s and Women’s programs place 12th at State Championships.  Jason has also served as an assistant coach and professor at four other prestigious colleges:  Sierra College, American River College, Santa Barbara City College, and Santa Rosa Junior College. 

In 1999, he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and a Minor in Physical Education from UC Santa Barbara, then proceeded to complete a Master’s in Sport Science from the United States Sports Academy.

Jason was born and raised in Santa Rosa, CA and was a 7-time All-American swimmer & All-Conference water polo player at Santa Rosa Junior College, then continued on to the UC Santa Barbara Gauchos to help contribute to 24 consecutive conference titles. He also competed at US Swimming Nationals in 1999 (Clovis, CA), and 2000 (Minneapolis, MN), as well as the United States Lifeguarding Association Nationals in 1999 (Cape May, NJ), 2000 (San Diego, CA), and 2001 (Miami, FL).


Loren Pearson, Assistant Swim Coach

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Loren Pearson was hired in January 2011 as Assistant Coach for the Las Positas College Men's & Women's Swimming Team. In addition to being Assistant Coach at Las Positas Loren is still coaching the Tri Valley Masters in Pleasanton, the Tri Valley Aquatics in Livermore, and is Head Coach at Valley Christian High School.

Her swimming career started at the young age of 6 with a local summer league team in Hayward. Later she transitioned to year around swimming and swam for Chabot Aquatics of Hayward and the Mission San Jose Aquatics in Fremont. She swam varsity all four years at Moreau High School in Hayward. During her time at Moreau the women's swim team won the league. Loren was not limit herself to swimming and also ran Cross Country in high school winning Junior Varsity All league. In college Loren needed something to challenge her so she join a ski team.

Loren has a USA Masters Swimmer, USA Swimming Coach, American Swimming Coaches Assiation Member and a American Red Cross Water Safety Instructor certificates.

Her philosophy for the sport is to provide a safe and fun learning environment for children and adults. She expects all athletes to challenge themselves, in and out of the pool. Swimming is about self discipline, hard work, and striving for perfection. One of the most valuable lesson an athlete learns, is hard work pays off in the pool and in life.


Monte Young, Dive Coach

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Monte was hired in Spring 2011 as a diving coach for Las Positas College. He comes to Las Positas with years of coaching experience. From 1982-1989 Monte was Head Diving Coach at Chabot College. From 1994-2003 he coached at Modesto Jr. College. Since 1981 to the present he has been Head Coach of the All Valley Divers Club. In addition Monte has coached at Amador and Foothill High School as well as five Clubs Kids Nationals.

During Monte's time coaching at Community Colleges, he has had six State Champions and eighteen All-American awards. His high school teams also won six All-American awards.

Monte himself was a student at Chabot and dived competitively from 1974-1981 winning All-American honors.