Kraken Water Polo

Georgia's Finest Youth Water Polo Club 

Our Staff

Owen Sweitzer

Head Coach / Owner

Coach Owen has been coaching water polo in Georgia since 2008. In 2006 and 2007, he was the captain of Wheeler High School's water polo team when they placed both years as state runner-up. Owen has been the Head Coach of Kraken Water Polo and Wildcat Water Polo since 2009. Under Owen, Wildcat Water Polo has won the GHSWPA state championships four times (boys in 2017, 2019, and 2021, and girls in 2018). He has been a 'Team Georgia' coach for the ODP Zone Invitational Tournament in 2017 and 2018. Also attended the ODP Holiday Camp at the US Olympic Training Center as a boys coach in 2017 and 2018. Additionally, Owen has coached swimming for 12 years and was selected as a GA Swimming Zone Team coach in 2016 and 2017.

Jeff Drews

Lead Boys Coach

Jeff played high school water polo at Troy High School in Michigan, and collegiately at Michigan State University While at Michigan State, Jeff and his team won two Big Ten titles and one National Championship. After graduating, He served as the head coach at his alma mater Troy High School for 7 years before coming on board at Kraken Water Polo in 2016. Jeff was a 'Team Georgia' Boys coach for the ODP Identification Tournament in 2017 and 2018.  He won GHSWPA Div. 1 Coach of the Year in 2019 and 2021 when his teams won the Georgia State Championship.

Kelsey Drews

Lead Girls Coach

Kelsey played water polo for 4 years at Troy High School in Michigan. She teaches 2nd grade at Heritage Elementary in College Park where she won the 2020 Teacher of the Year awards for her school, her region, and her county! Kelsey joined Kraken Water Polo in 2016, and has played an important part in the last three state championship teams (both boys and girls). Kelsey is the lead girls coach for Kraken Water Polo.   She won GHSWPA Women's Division Coach of the Year in 2020 (Spring 2021.)

James Herring

Assistant Coach / Strength and Conditioning

James graduated from high school in 2013 after playing for Kraken for 2 years. He has a passion for strength training and bodybuilding. James joined Kraken in 2017 as an assistant coach, and in 2018 James was named the GHSWPA D3 Coach of the Year for his leadership with Wildcats C.  He is currently the Lead Coach for the Wildcats' Intermediate Division (D2) team, having led the team to an undefeated season in 2021.

Chris Sweitzer

Team Administrator

Chris took over the growing team administrator duties in 2012 and has been a huge part of what makes Kraken great. Chris manages registrations, banking, communications, and game/practice attendance. Chris also served as our scorekeeper and timer for many years when his son William played for Kraken, and still frequently serves in this role!  He has also been on the GHSWPA Board since 2016.

Brian Boone

Assistant Coach / Goalie Coach

Brian is a class of 2009 Wheeler grad who was a founding member of Wildcat Water Polo. Brian also played collegiate water polo at Kansas State University. Brian was a past assistant coach for Wildcat Water Polo from 2012-2013. Brian currently works full time at Atlanta Swim Academy, and (re)joined Kraken Water Polo in 2019.  He has focused on goalie training, and his players have received multiple recognitions as GHSWPA goalies of the year.

Tyler McCormack

Assistant Coach

Tyler started playing water polo in San Diego in 2012, and made second place in Junior Olympics in 2015. He played varsity water polo at San Marcos high school in San Marcos, CA from 2014 to 2016 and won divisional and regional championships in the San Diego section going from division 3 to division 1 by his junior year. He moved to Georgia and played with Wheeler High School as a captain and a part of the state championship team in 2017. He was awarded GHSWPA Div 1 First Team All-State as well as team MVP. Tyler joined Kraken as a coach in 2018.

Mitchell Parke

Assistant Coach

Mitchell is a Kennesaw State University student and founding member of the KSU Owls water polo team. He has been a member of Dynamo Masters water polo, Rainbow Trout water polo, and was a swim coach and swim lessons instructor at Atlanta Swim Academy from 2015 to 2017. Mitchell joined Kraken Water Polo in 2019. He has focused on Kraken's developmental teams.

Chris Moore

Assistant Coach

Chris Moore was a part of Wildcat's 2017 State Championship team and brings lots of knowledge he gained at Navy camp and travel tournaments with Kraken. Chris joined Kraken Water Polo as an assistant coach in 2019, and most recently led Wildcats B to a GHSWPA Division runner-up finish in the 2019 season, and Wildcats C to the undefeated division championship in 2020 (Spring 2021), and regular season champions in Fall 2021!

Sydney Buffington

Assistant Coach

Sydney is a Wildcats alumni, member of the Lady Wildcats State Championship squad in 2018, and is now a student at Kennesaw State University and member of the KSU Owls Water Polo team. Sydney is an assistant coach for the women's teams since Fall 2021.

Emily Belinski

Assistant Coach

A member of the State Champion Lady Wildcats team in 2018, Emily is a student at Kennesaw State University and an officer on the Owls Water Polo club. Emily assists with our womens program since Spring 2021. 

Andrew Garrett

Assistant Coach

Andrew played club water polo at Auburn University, and was an assistant coach for Wheeler Wildcats Water Polo in 2008.  Andrew joined as a coach for Kraken in 2021 and was the lead coach for the boys Wildcat-D team in the Fall of 2021.