Malibu Seawolves’ Max Jaben began 2018 with a new swimming title.
Jaben, coach for the Seawolves and also a lifeguard, began his tenure as a 2018 Southern California Swimming Coastal Committee co-coaches representative on Jan. 1. Coastal Committee coaches voted Jaben and Santa Barbara Swim Club head coach Mark Warkentin, an Olympic swimmer, to the post in late December.
In the new role, Jaben will represent nearly 100 coaches, from Paso Robles to the San Fernando Valley, on issues pertaining to governance, budgets and operations to the board of directors and board of review of Southern California Swimming, the largest of United States Swimming’s local swimming committees. Jaben will also take coaches’ input regarding internal operations of the Coastal Committee, which contains 28 teams and more than 5,000 swimmers.
His first Southern California Swimming meeting is on Jan. 16.
Jaben said his new position would not affect how the Seawolves, a local swim club, operates. He said the new job would allow him to be on the frontline to stand for issues that will build Malibu swimming.
“As the Malibu Seawolves’ swimming coach, I want to make sure all my athletes are focused only on what they can control, which is bettering themselves as athletes,” he said.