Cate School and Jessica Seriano have teamed up to create an athletic summer elite training program not to miss! Jessica Seriano brings her years of multi-sport summer sport camp experience to develop a dynamic program which encourages young athletes to achieve the ultimate goal of taking one’s self to another level while evolving a lasting love for the game.

Cate Sports Academy offers day, extended day and overnight camp options for current 6th through 11th grade students, placing an emphasis on both athletic advancement and personal development. We truly believe in a unified sports camp culture and create this by doing as much together as a complete sports program before and after dividing into specific sport teams.

Our family is comprised of motivated, experienced, and attentive coaches, a separate staff of trained counselors in the evenings, and diligent athletic trainers that oversee every sport with access to a fully equipped athletic training facility. As an additional value we offer our EXOS Strength and Conditioning program, which provides strength and conditioning for every sport.


Who We Are

Max Bergeson

Head Water Polo Coach

Max is currently the Head Water Polo Coach at Cate School and Santa Barbara Premier Water Polo Club. He has also coached the UC Berkeley Club Team, where the team took third place in the Collegiate Water Polo Association Nationals. During that time, he was named 2014 CWPA Nationals Coach of the Year.

Born in Portland, OR, Max began his water polo career in southern California. During his high school years, he was 2x Pacific Coast League MVP, 2x high school All-American and All-CIF, 2x Daily Pilot Dream Team Player of the Year, 2009 Slovakian International Tournament Offensive MVP, and member of the Carlsbad 2007 CIF SS Championship Team. In 2010, his SoCal club team took home the gold medal in Junior Olympics. Max moved on to play water polo at UC Berkeley, as a left handed attacker. As a freshman, he scored 15 goals in 24 matches with 14 assists, 13 steals, six field blocks and an ejection earned.

Joseph Cordero 

Head Basketball Coach

Joseph started his coaching career as a youth coach in the Santa Barbara area and made is way to the Mesa to work with the Cate School Rams in 2017. A native to the area, Joseph played his high school hoops at Dos Pueblos High School. Joseph serves as a Outreach Specialist at Ventura College and his love for students and education is evident when he is on the bench helping lead the Rams.

Katya Welborn

Head Tennis Coach

Katya grew up in Ojai, California and currently resides there. Growing up she was a pretty active child playing any sport she could get her hands on. In high school she was a avid basketball and tennis player. She was the number tennis player for her varsity tennis team all four years of her high school career. She helped her team go to CIF two out of four of those years.

After graduating in 2008, Katya pursued her college education majoring in Communication of Arts at her local community college. While attending she played position number two singles and number one doubles for their tennis team. In 2010, Katya was recruited by Sonoma State University to play for their  tennis team. She transferred and played for their DII tennis team during the two years she attended SSU. While attending SSU she majored in Graphic Design.   During her college summers Katya worked as the assistant tennis summer coach for her local Athletic Club in Ojai, Ca, and has been part of the summer tennis program since 2010.

After her college career Katya had the opportunity to the take the position at the Ojai Valley Athletic Club as the Tennis Pro and had been teaching since. Katya is a part of the Ojai Valley Tennis Tournament committee, one of the oldest tennis tournaments going. She still manages on her free time to get out on the court and play some tennis for fun.

Sara Hayes

Head Softball Coach

After graduating from the University of Notre Dame in 1995, Sara Hayes coached collegiate softball until the summer of 2008. In that time, she had the privilege of working alongside, and learning from, some of the most enthusiastic, dynamic, and brilliant leaders of women’s college fastpitch softball – Liz Miller (Notre Dame), Eugene Lenti (DePaul), Patrick Murphy (Alabama), Sue Enquist (UCLA), Brian Kolze (Pacific), and Kathy Van Wyk (San Diego State).

During the 2008 softball season, Sara assisted San Diego State University, in putting together the most successful campaign in Aztec history thus far. Sara was honored as a member of the Mountain West Conference Softball Coaching Staff of the Year, after the Aztecs won the conference championship and earned an automatic bid into the NCAA Regional softball tournament.

Sara has four years of experience as a Division I head softball coach, including a two-year stint at Indiana University from 2003-04, where in 2004 the team celebrated its first winning campaign since 1996. Sara has coached numerous USA Today/NFCA All-Americans through her career, including the First Team Thirdbaseman when she was head softball coach at the University of Northern Iowa.

Sara began her softball coaching career as an assistant coach at DePaul University from 1996-2000. During that time, she helped lead the Blue Demons to five NCAA Regional appearances and two Women's College World Series (WCWS) bids, the first two in Blue Demon history. She was part of the coaching staff that was named NFCA National Softball Coaching Staff of the Year in 1999 and NFCA Midwest Softball Coaching Staff of the Year in 1998 and 2000.

As a player, Sara was a softball standout at the University of Notre Dame as a catcher, third baseman and outfielder. She was the 1995 Midwestern Collegiate Conference Softball Player of the Year and a three-time all-Mideast region selection. She was the Irish MVP as a junior and senior when the softball team earned trips to the NCAA Regional softball tournament. Sara graduated from Notre Dame as the school's all-time leader in 10 offensive categories and the holder of eight single-season school records.

Through Power Line Consulting, Sara's influence on the game of softball extends further; beyond the field, the grandstands, and college arena. It is Sara's vision to assist in the education, mentoring, and support of high school athletes and their families; to help them achieve greatness on and off the field of play.

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Courtney Pehl

Head Volleyball Coach

Courtney began playing volleyball at 11 years old at a local club organization. Her love for the game grew as she continued to play club and then joined her high school team.  She then spent two years at Highland Community College playing in the NJCAA. After that she spent two years at Rockford College where she was the conference leader for most aces/set and acted as her team captain. Following her collegiate career, Courtney took over as a varsity head coach at Aquin High school where she lead the teams there to record-breaking program wins in a season. Along with coaching at a high school level, Courtney also ran youth camps during her time at Aquin. During a brief intermission from high school, she took over a middle school program in her hometown of Freeport. Her most recent, and current, position is at Sabino High School in Tucson, AZ where she lead her team to a region title. Courtney coaches club volleyball for Zona Volleyball in Tucson as well as continuing to run youth programs. In her free time she enjoys traveling, reading, and going to spin class.

Jessica Seriano

Director of Summer Programs

Jessica grew up in the Tampa Bay area of Florida, began playing softball as a young girl and developed a lasting love of sports. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Mass Communications, Public Relations from the University of South Florida. After graduating, Jessica worked as a financial representative for high-net worth clients at T. Rowe Price. While at T. Rowe Price, she was offered a position to manage a large multi-sport Nike camp in Boston, MA. In Jessica’s three years as the office manager she consistently saw over 25% camper growth annually and expanded from one to three locations. In 2014 Jessica stepped back and reduced her role with the Nike camp to include hiring, training and consulting while also working full time as a marketing coordinator for Clear Channel Outdoor.  Jessica currently resides in Safety Harbor, FL with her husband, Peter, and two children, Johnna and Reese. When she is not busy working or playing co-ed softball and kickball, Jessica manages her daughter’s travel softball team, is a board member of the Safety Harbor Little League and Junior Achievement’s Circle of Enterprising Women and volunteers for various pediatric cancer organizations around Tampa Bay.

Shannon Desgrosiellier

Athletic Trainer

Originally from Central New York, Shannon began pursuing her career at Elmira College where, as an undergrad, she was a student athletic trainer with various athletic teams and an intern at St. Mark's School in Massachusetts. While at Elmira she created her own major geared towards graduate school requirements and graduated with her BA in Pre-Physical Therapy in 2008. Following graduation, Shannon went on to pursue her Masters in Athletic Training at Seton Hall University where she completed semester long clinical rotations at The Lawrenceville School, at Lenape Valley Regional High School, and with The Somerset Patriots Minor League baseball team. She also presented a two-year-long group research project at the National Athletic Trainers Association annual meeting in 2010. After graduation in 2010, Shannon moved to Massachusetts to take a position as the Athletic Trainer at Assabet Valley Regional Technical High School and as a personal trainer at The Body Workshop in Dedham, MA. Shannon is Cate School's athletic trainer during the academic year, and she is excited to join CSS as well. When she's not in the athletic training room, you can find her hitting the field hockey ball, working out, or at the beach!

Cate Sports Academy

Todd Francis

Head Boys Lacrosse Coach

Coach Francis has over 30 years of Lacrosse experience.  He was an All New England goalie for the Williston Northampton School in Easthampton, Mass.  He then went on to Cornell University where he was converted to an LSM in the middle of his sophomore year.  In his senior year he was voted All-Ivy, Division 1 All-American and was an NCAA Championship runner-up.  He then went on to play for the Boston Blazers professional indoor lacrosse team.  He played for the team throughout their entire existence which was suspended in 1998 and captained the team in its final year.

He began coaching Newburyport High School (MA) in its inaugural season in 2002.  He has remained there ever since winning 2 coach of the year honors and amassing a 75-16 (.824) record in the last 5 years.  He was the Defensive Coordinator for the US Indoor Lacrosse team that won the Bronze Medal in the 2007 World Championships in Halifax Nova Scotia. He then was the Defensive Coordinator for the resurgent Boston Blazers in 2009.  Coach Francis lives in Newburyport Massachusetts and has three sons, Grant (Northeastern University ’16), Sam (Bates College ’17) and Henry (Newburyport High School ’16).

Our talented staff and top notch facility creates an elite sports camp located in beautiful Carpinteria, CA. We are excited for another great summer on the Mesa and hope you'll join us too.  

Check out our more information regarding sports offered, daily schedule, tuition and fees, coaches, and/or sports by week. For any further questions, contact Director of Cate Summer Programs, Jessica Seriano at or by calling (805) 684-4127 ext. 134.

Matt Drew

Head Baseball Coach

Growing up in Waltham, MA Matt Drew was a four year, three sport varsity athlete in high school playing football, hockey and baseball. Junior year of high school he was named captain of his baseball team and added football and hockey his senior year. Coach Matt was All-League Football and twice All-League Baseball.

Matt played 4 years of baseball at Curry College while working towards his degree in Business Management. As a pitcher and first baseman, he was named captain his senior year, was awarded second team All-League and Pitcher of the Year. Coach Matt was also a member of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee all four years.

After graduation, Matt coached hockey and baseball at the Dexter School in Brookline, MA prior to moving to California. While in California, he received his Maters in Coaching and Athletic Administration from Concordia University-Irvine and began working at Cate School. Coach Matt is a member of the Athletic team at Cate and coaches football and baseball, including specializing in pitching.

Matt’s coaching philosophy revolves around teaching young student-athletes to excel in their respective sport by mastering fundamentals, working hard, showing leadership and sportsmanship.

When he is not on the field, Matt spends his free time with his family and dog, Kit. He enjoys playing hockey, snowboarding and watching sports. 

Aysia Shellmire

Strength and Conditioning

 Aysia Shellmire is from Burbank, California and attended Westmont College in Santa Barbara. She graduated in 2017 with her B.S. in Kinesiology.

Aysia played 4 years of basketball at Westmont College. She was a WBAC All American in 2017 and 3x All American for the NAIA. Aysia is a Certified Functional Strength Coach, a Performance Coach at Prevail Conditioning, and the assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach at Cate School.

Aysia is currently in pursuit of her CSCS (Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist). In her free time, Aysia enjoys hiking, going to the beach, and sining.