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Chris Nissen

Assistant Coach

Professional Experience

  • 20+ years coaching experience in Sacramento and Petaluma

  • Age Group & Assistant Senior Coach, DART at Arden Hills

  • Advanced Group Coach at Arden Hills

  • Current Assistant Coach at Jesuit High School, swimming and water polo

  • Assistant coach at American River Water Polo Club, 10 years


Swimming Background

  • Began swimming at age 8 in Rohnert Park

  • First Swimming All-American at Santa Rosa Junior College (100 & 200 Breaststroke)

  • Scholarship athlete at University of Wyoming

  • Began coaching at Petaluma Swim Club while still swimming at age 17

  • As Head Coach at Rio Americano High School, led team to three Section Championships

  • As assistant and Head Coach of the Rio Girls water polo team, won five Section Championships

  • National Level Starter and Deck Referee

  • Junior National qualifier (back when it was the AAU, and called National Junior Olympics)



  • Met wife Karen on the pool deck at Cottage Pool

  • “Children” Lucas, Jessica, and Troy all swam for Coach Brian at Arden Hills

  • Enjoys dark roast coffee and many other sports, but Swimming and Water Polo are tops on the list

  • Parrothead for Life!

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