Cate Sports Academy

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

Strength & Conditioning 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.

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.

Victor Olivares

Head Baseball Coach

A Tucson, AZ native, Coach Olivares was a two sport athlete and team co-captain for his high school football and baseball teams.  In football he was 2004 Pre-Season All-State Safety and received All-City honors in 2003 and 2004. In baseball he was an All-City infielder in 2003 and 2004.

Coach Olivares received a baseball scholarship to Pima Community College and then transferred to Metropolitan State College in Denver, CO where he studied Sports Industry Operations.

His coaching career began in 2003 as a student athlete when he worked at IRHS Baseball camps. He continued after graduation during the 2005 & 2006 summers.  Other coaching experience includes camps for Baja Baseball (’05 & ’06), Metro State College (’07, ’08, & ’09), the University of Indiana Purdue Fort Wayne (2010-present), Tucson Youth Baseball Association (2014-present), and Camp Dirtybirds (2010-present).  He has also coached the baseball and softball teams at Wilson Middle School.

From 2008 to 2015, Coach Olivares worked for Nike Baseball Camps in Boston, Mass. where he has served as the head baseball coach. Under his direction, Nike Baseball Camp saw a 260% rate of growth from start to finish. Camp Dirtybirds in Tucson, AZ also enjoyed the same increase in attendance during his tenure. 

Coach Olivares coached high school baseball at IRHS in Tucson, Az for the past 5 years. His first 4 years Coach Olivares was the head JV coach and has a combined 52-14-2 record. The past couple years Coach Olivares has been an assistant varsity coach. As an assistant, Coach Olivares was part of the team who took 3rd place in state and was nationally ranked 24th. Coach Olivares is also the head of baseball operations, runs the off season strength and conditioning for IRHS baseball and coaches the schools off season club team the Dirtybirds IR. In the past five years Ironwood Ridge Baseball has been a top high school baseball program in Arizona.

In 2017, Coach Olivares moved to Chandler, AZ and took a position at Vista Grande High School where he is the Assistant Varsity Coach, Head of Operations and runs the off season programs.

Coach Olivares is CPR and first aid certified and has passed his NFHS (National Federation of high Schools) concussion in sports certification and fundamentals of coaching certification.

Chris Ecklund

Strength and Conditioning

Chris is the President/CEO and Performance Director for Prevail Conditioning Performance Center located in Santa Barbara, CA. Chris works with athletes ranging from youth to elite levels for enhanced performance, reduced injury, and improved movement function through the most up-to-date training methods and nutritional guidance. Chris has been in the industry for over a decade working in health clubs in both training and management, secondary education developing and implementing curriculum, and strength and conditioning in both the private industry and collegiate levels. Chris teaches Strength and Conditioning and Functional Training at Westmont College , and at the University of California Santa Barbara. Chris is also currently spearheading an internship program for aspiring Personal Trainers and Strength Coaches in Santa Barbara as well as developing Continuing Education curriculum for trainers.
Finally Chris continues to both speak and write in the areas of performance and fitness and has been featured in various local and national publications as an expert in these areas.
Chris holds/has held the following Credentials:
Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (National Strength and Conditioning Association)
SPARQ Certified Trainer (Speed, Power, Agility, Reaction, Quickness)
Olympic Lifting Club Coach (USA Weightlifting Federation)
MA Kinesiology (San Jose State University)
BA Kinesiology (Westmont College)
Certified Personal Trainer (American Council on Exercise)
Certified Personal Trainer (National Academy of Sports Medicine)

Taylor Lily

Head Basketball Coach

Taylor Paige Lilley is an American professional basketball player in the WNBA. After attending Hart High School (in Newhall, CA), she became a 4-year letterman for the University of Oregon Ducks. She garnered Pac-10 All-Freshman accolades for the 2006-07 season, and went on to Pac-10 All-Conference honors the following 3 years. Under new coach Paul Westhead, she had a break-out senior season (2009–2010) in which she led the team in scoring (a career best 17.5 points/game), finishing her career with 1,338 points (10th all-time in Oregon Duck history). She holds the Oregon single season record for three point shoot percentage (50.6%), and her 254 career three-pointers is the best in Oregon history and 4th best in Pac-10 history.

A free agent signing of the Phoenix Mercury, she made the team roster for 2010 season over the two draft picks of the year. She appeared in 21 games as a rookie. Per the Santa Clarita Signal, Lilley was recruited and signed by Mercury General Manager, Ann Meyers Drysdale. However, she would be cut during the pre-season of the 2011 season. Currently, she is the assistant women's basketball coach at The Master's College in Newhall, California, a small NAIA powerhouse.

Chris McBride

Head Tennis Coach

Chris McBride is an assistant coach at SBCC and owner of McBride Tennis Instruction. He is a PTR teaching professional with a wide range of certifications. He is currently a head pro teaching for the City of Santa Barbara. He has taught in Vancouver, Canada at the Jericho Tennis Club and locally at Knowlwood Tennis Club. Chris grew up in Vancouver, Canada where he was a ranked junior.

Teaching, coaching and learning has been a life-long passion. Chris is graduate of Santa Barbara City College, earning his AA degree before earning a B.A. in Psychology from UCSB. He also received his Masters in Education from Columbia University, was an elementary school teacher, and owned and taught at his own yoga studio locally.  McBride and his wife Dani have a 4-year-old daughter.

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.

Peter Blumert

Strength and Conditioning

Peter grew up in Northern California and has lived in various states throughout the country (Colorado, Texas, New York, and Connecticut) pursuing various education and athletic endeavors.
He was a multi-sport athlete in high school and competed for 2 years on the America’s Cup U.S. Bobsled team. He completed an internship in Strength and Conditioning at the United States Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, CO. He was awarded the 2005 National Strength and Conditioning Association Student Research Award in the “poster” category. He is a published author for the Journal of Strength and Conditioning.
From 2009-2011, he was the strength and conditioning coach for the Bridgeport Sound Tigers, the AHL affiliate for the New York Islanders. Peter has worked with many athletes ranging from adolescent to Masters, and amateur to Olympic medalists/professionals. He enjoys working with people who have passion, desire, and a will to succeed.
Peter holds/has held the following Credentials:
MS Kinesiology (Midwestern State University)
BS Kinesiology (California State University, Chico)
Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (National Strength and Conditioning Association)
Olympic Lifting Club Coach (USA Weightlifting Federation)
Certified Personal Trainer (International Sport Sciences Association)

Jordan Wild

Head Basketball Coach

Upon completion of his college education at Fresno Pacific University, holding a bachelor degree in Communication along with a Coaching Minor, Jordan began his pursuit as a professional athlete. He played a significant role in a four year basketball career leaving with further dreams to continue playing the game at the highest level possible. Jordan played professional for three different seasons in Australia. Club teams in Australia are very community orientated so Jordan had the privilege of participating in weekly personal trainings with kids as well as coach after school sessions for elementary students. Jordan was the head coach of a U20 & two different U16 club teams in his three seasons in Australia. Since then Jordan began a career playing in Europe. He finished two seasons in Germany playing for the Kirchheim Knights, last year and is currently playing for the Hebeisen White Wings, also in Germany. Jordan’s wife, Taylor, remain involved in the youth and continued development of young aspiring athletes within their club and community in Germany and travel back to Santa Barbara each summer to run Cate Sports Academy Basketball Program.

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 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!