San Domenico Aquatics
December 8, 2018
Dear San Domenico Community Members,
We are writing to share some news with you regarding our Aquatics Program.
Coach Gadi has decided he will be moving on from SD to pursue other professional opportunities. Please join me in thanking Gadi for leading our swim program this last five years and for the commitment and inspiration he has shared with his students.
As we wish Gadi well, we are concurrently thrilled to share the exciting news that Mark Anderson, Head Coach of the 25-time Marin Swim League Champion, Sleepy Hollow Swim Team and 18-year Drake High School Water Polo coach will be joining our San Domenico community as Director of Aquatics starting February 1, 2019.
With our Strategic Plan goal to “Develop and enhance athletic offerings and facilities in line with the interests of the students and mission of the School,” we could not be more excited to add Mark to our SD team as his values align strongly with our School. Mark was inducted into the Marin County Athletic League, Hall of Fame in 2014 and brings with him not only a history of success at building programs, but also a strong commitment to building community.
Mark and his wife Julie grew up in Marin and are local residents of Sleepy Hollow. “This feels like a natural step in my professional path,” says Mark. “This campus is in my backyard and I already coach so many SD kids, it’s like an extended family. To have the chance to train total athletes, K-12, to work on mind-body, health and wellness, using aquatic strength and conditioning, it’s very exciting to be a part of building this program and to help shepherd in this new era of aquatics at San Domenico.”
Effective immediately, Mark will begin consulting with us and sharing his expertise as we grow our aquatics program with a vision toward a Middle School Water Polo Club team and JV and Varsity Water Polo teams in the Upper School. Mark will also run our year-round swim program, JV and Varsity Swim teams, and work with students K-12 on water safety, physical education, and water-based conditioning and training for our athletic teams across the board.
In addition to coaching, Mark is dad to Marcus, Keenan, Logan, and Nolan. He is known for connecting with each and every athlete on a personal level. Mark takes tremendous pride in developing the character of his swimmers, helping families raise their kids, and building a supportive community.
We look forward to all of you getting to know Mark. In January 2019, we will host a community meeting for families to meet Mark and learn more about his coaching philosophy and the opportunities for swimming and water polo at San Domenico. Please join us in welcoming Mark and his wife, Julie, to our SD family!
Cecily Stock '77, M.A., J.D.
Head of School
Director of Athletics